News from the Reference Desk Category: Genealogy

Free Photo Colorization from MyHeritage

Would you like see your family’s black and white photographs in a new light? You may want to look into a service offered by the genealogy online resource MyHeritage. The company revolutionized the world of online genealogy web sites recently when the company announced that anyone could upload black-and-white photographs to MyHeritage.com and then the web site would AUTOMATICALLY convert each photo to a color image.  This service was only available to people who had a full MyHeritage subscription.  Now EVERYONE can obtain FREE and unlimited access to MyHeritage In Color™ from March 23 to April 23, 2020. Ordinarily only 10  photos can be colorized by users who do not have a Complete plan, but now, you can colorize as many photos as you’d like for free.  A free online access subscription is required if you would like MyHeritage to add the photos to their extensive photograph collection.

To get started, go to http://www.myheritage.com/incolor.

 

Ancestry Library Edition available from home

If you are looking for at-home project, Ancestry Library Edition is opening its database for home users for a limited time. This is an exciting deal because it is regularly something only available in the Library. So if you are one our regular genealogists or want to explore something new, you can access it through our Web Resources page with your Library Card and PIN.

Another of our genealogy web sites, Family Search, has assembled family history activities to keep you occupied. You will need to create an account, but the service is free.

 

New Web Resource: Newspapers.com Library Edition

Newspapers.com Library Edition is an extensive online database of 4,000+ historical newspapers from the early 1700s into the 2000s. It contains a diverse blend of well-known regional and local newspapers in the U.S. and other countries. Here, you will find articles from The Daily Herald from 1902 to 2009.

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Getting History Right: Mayflower’s 400th and Your Own Family Story

Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor paintingThanksgiving Day, 2019 marks the start of the 400th annual celebration of the landing of the Mayflower ship at Plymouth, Massachusetts.  The celebration committee is working hard to look beyond the myth of Thanksgiving and colonial experiences to better tell the stories of the women of the Mayflower and the Native American tribes which lived in the area.  You can learn about some of the plans for this commemoration in this recent article from the Boston Globe newspaper.

collection of old family photographsGreat events like the coming of the Mayflower and colonial people’s interactions with Native American tribes are made up of many individual stories of individuals and families.  Those stories can be easily lost if not shared.  A recent article from Good Housekeeping magazine explains the current situation and offers some tips for encouraging young and old family members to start sharing and collecting these stories. Don’t let your family history be left out of the historical record.  Mount Prospect Public Library has a strong collection of print and online sources that can help individuals research and document their family histories.  Come to the Research Services desk or contact genealogy librarian Anne Shaughnessy for more information.  Let’s get history right.

New Genealogy Resource

October is Family History Month, and the Library is celebrating by announcing the acquisition of My Heritage, a genealogy subscription database. Like Ancestry Library Edition and Ancestry.com, My Heritage has indexed census, vital records and family tree information. My Heritage,however, can be accessed at home by Mount Prospect Public Library cardholders! To find more clues to your family MyHeritage web resource iconhistory check out this resource either in the Library or at home. Please remember that the Library Research Services staff is available to help you search this database and any of the others in our collection. You may also set up an appointment with Genealogy Librarian, Anne Shaughnessy. Let’s celebrate our families, past and present!