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Pulp-less Fiction: Digital Downloads

This blog is about new paperless reading materials like downloadable audio books, ebooks, and online magazines, made available to you through the Appleton Public Library. I plan to provide helpful tips on using these new products, along with reviews of audio books, music on cd, and movies on DVD and Blu-ray.  The library is changing as rapidly as your access to media and the Internet. We want to keep on top of the trends and bring you information and entertainment in a way that fits your life today.   -Beth


Did you grow up with stories about a grandfather who worked on the railroad, or a family who sailed to America?  Are you related to an important person?  Do those unlabeled photos taken a hundred years ago make you wonder who they are and how they fit with your family? 

Coming to America

Many people become interested in their family history as they grow older, or their interest is piqued when their children come home from school with a request for a family tree.  Perhaps you stumbled across the TV show, “Who Do You Think You Are?” 

Genealogy is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the U.S.  It combines detective work, reading, travel (sometimes), photography, fashion, technology and the science of DNA.

Starting your family tree is easy, but when researching it can be hard to know where to begin. Here’s help:

Genealogy 101: Where to Start
October 19 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Meeting Room C

We will go over the basics of starting a search for your family history. Topics will include organizing your information, local sources, including those at Appleton Public Library, and what to look for on the Internet.  The slides and handouts will also be posted to next week’s Pulp-less Fiction blog, if you are unable to attend. 

If you are already interested in family history, did you know that the Appleton Public Library has Ancestry Library Edition available for free inside the library?  We also have HeritageQuest available to use online with your library card.

Family record

The second floor of the library has the Wisconsin Collection, which includes city directories, Appleton school yearbooks, plat maps, history books of the area and the state, and much more.  On the main floor you can access microfilm of the Appleton Post-Crescent and earlier newspapers on microfilm, or other newspapers online from the library or from home.

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