In my August blog, Genealogy: The Brick Wall, Part One, I discussed “brick wall” research, analysis, creating timelines and census research strategies. Here are additional strategies to help you break through your brick walls.
Look for avenues beyond census and vital records.
There are so many other sources available online or in person. Each has their own research strategy, so do the research about available records before you go to any repository. Try some of these alternate resources: (more…)
As we head into fall Jeanne and Vicky take a last glance at their summer reading. What’s cool about these reads is that they offer new perspectives on old friends. When you read them it is like going back to school and seeing how much everyone has changed.
I noticed that “Animal Farm” was on the high school reading list again for some of our teenagers. It seems to be a staple of the summer reading list. Many of us will remember reading this book back when we were in high school. Well, this year I decided to read it again just for fun. I checked out the CD and listened to it on my commute to work. (more…)
Hispanic Heritage Month (which began as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968) has been celebrated since 1988; unlike most month-long observances that begin on the first of the month, Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15 in honor of independence anniversaries for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua (Mexico and Chile celebrate independences on 9/16 and 9/17) and ends on October 15. (more…)
“I can never forget this county was the revered author of my being…that in this county I first breathed the vital air, that in it my infancy was cradled and my youth reared up and encouraged; that in the first dawn of manhood I marched from it…Here my affections as well as my interest still remain, and all my sons are planted among you. The brave people of Fauquier – brave soldiers in time of war, good citizens in time of peace and intelligent patriots at all times.” So said John Marshall, one of Fauquier County’s native sons, in 1825. (more…)
Check out this information in the October issue of Consumer Reports:
Caring for the Elderly
This month’s cover article, “Who Will Care for You?,” discusses assisted living facilities and nursing homes. In Virginia, the 2016 annual median cost for a private one-bedroom apartment in assisted living was $47,400, slightly higher than the national median. The article examines contracts, long-term-care insurance and how to afford the care you might need. (more…)
Do you remember taking a civics class? Learning about the branches and duties of government? Watching “I’m Just a Bill” from Schoolhouse Rock? If so, it’s likely that younger generations do not. In fact, a 2016 comprehensive study of recent college graduates found that:
-Only 20.6% were able to identify James Madison as the “Father of Our Constitution.” (Most named Thomas Jefferson–clearly mixing up the Declaration of Independence with the Constitution.) (more…)
Fauquier County Public Library Hosts Author Bobbie Pyron
(Warrenton, VA) September 13, 2017 ̶ Bobbie Pyron, author of five books for children and young adults, will discuss her life and writing at the Warrenton central library on Saturday, September 30, 10:30 – noon.
Pyron’s work includes “Lucky Strike,” a 2017-2018 Virginia Reader’s Choice and Fauquier County Battle of the Books title. “This well-told story of growth, friendship and small-town life hits all the right notes,” according to School Library Journal, a review journal for librarians who work with children and teens. (more…)
Going back to school can be exciting…new teachers, new classes, new friends! Now that you’re back in the swing of school days, you may be looking for activities to do after the last bell rings. Consider joining the Teen Advisory Group (TAG). (more…)
The lazy days of summer are over (and so is our Summer Reading Program) and the children are back in school. Although it might mean less time to read, hopefully you will still be able to find time to kick back and enjoy a good book. Here are a few favorites that staff at the Warrenton central library read this summer which you too might enjoy.
The Last Queen of England by Steve Robinson
“The Last Queen of England” is third in Robinson’s Jefferson Tayte series. Each book in the series is better than the last. The series follows Jefferson Tayte, genealogist and ordinary guy, as he stumbles into and uncovers family secrets that some would prefer to remain hidden. Who knew genealogy could lead to murder? Apparently, some would kill to cover their family secrets. (more…)
It’s been sixteen years since the horrific events of 9/11/2001. An entire generation has grown up in the aftermath. In the 16 years since the attacks, a number of outstanding children’s books have been written–fiction and nonfiction–to help those who were not yet born understand the significance of the day. If you’re searching for books to help you explain this momentous day, here are some top choices to consider. (more…)