January 5th, 2016

Gateway to Freedom

UndergroundRRI enjoy learning about American history and have recently been reading about the Underground railroad, going beyond traditional Harriet Tubman tales.

In “Gateway to Freedom,” Pulitzer-Prize winning scholar, Eric Foner delves into American slavery and freedom, focusing on New York City, where slavery continued even after it was abolished. New York also had the largest free black community, where slave-catchers trolled, often selling free children into slavery in the south. Abolitionists and free blacks formed the New York Vigilance Committee in 1835 and by the 1840s was a thriving network which became known as the underground railroad.
Using the formerly secret records of Sydney Howard Gay, Foner develops an inspiring chronicle, introducing characters formerly unknown to the history books. This 2015 book is also available for immediate download via Hoopla, which provides free movies, music, television, and audiobooks.
Looking for more Underground Railroad stories? Check out the DVD “Underground Railroad: the William Still Story,” a compelling tale of William Still, one of the most unheralded individuals of the Underground Railroad. There’s also a book of journals published by William Still called “The Underground Railroad: Authentic Narratives and First-Hand Accounts.”
If you’re interested in local history about the Underground Railroad, visit the Chesapeake City Branch, Monday, January 11 at 6:30 PM when Historian Milt Diggins explores the Underground Railroad through the Baltimore-Wilmington-Philadelphia corridor and how the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal played an important part of this history. Or he will present Regional Tales of the Underground Railroad at the Perryville Branch, Wednesday, February 17 at 7 PM.
What do you know about the Underground Railroad?


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November 8th, 2015

Genealogy Symposium Saturday, November 14th

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It wasn’t that long ago that I became interested in genealogy – and at first it was quite daunting! I’ve learned that we have so many resources that you can use! One that could really help you is the upcoming 4th Annual Cecil County Public Library Genealogy Symposium.

On November 14th, from 9am-1pm, we will have three speakers all of which are designed to help people further their research. I’ll be the first speaker and I’ll be presenting “Exploring Library Genealogy Resources.” This lecture is designed to help people discover what resources are available at the Cecil County Public Library. There will also be two other speakers: Mary Mannix, the manager of the Maryland Room in Frederick County, will present “Thinking about Your Stuff: Estate Planning for Genealogists,” and Shamele Jordan, a genealogical researcher, lecturer, writer and podcaster, will present “Visualizing the Past: Mapping Your Ancestors.”
We will have tables with representatives from local and state organizations such as the Historical Society of Cecil County, Daughters of the American Revolution, Enoch Pratt Free Library, and the Delaware Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society.

In case you cannot make it to our symposium on the 14th, we have a great collection of books that you could check out that would be very helpful when beginning this search.

Genealogy online for dummies
How to do everything : Genealogy
Quillen’s Essentials of Genealogy : Tracing Your European Roots
Family photo detective : learn how to find genealogy clues in old photos and solve family photo mysteries
Troubleshooter’s Guide to Do-It-Yourself Genealogy

Another resource that might be of help is our Gale Online Courses which are six-week courses taught by professors and experts. These classes are free with your library card. A good place to start is our “Genealogy Basics” course, which introduces you to the basic concepts of research.

As always, if you have any more questions, please contact any of our librarians. We all would be happy to help you or to point you in the right direction. Hope to see you at the Symposium!


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