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Thursday, January 03, 2013

Thrifty Thursday - Using Google Books

Thrifty Thursday - is a daily blogging prompt at Geneabloggers.com used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites. Do you have some neat ways of saving money when it comes to genealogy? Have you located a bargain on some research resource or office supply? Post about it during Thrifty Thursday! This series has been suggested by Judy Webster of Queensland Genealogy.

Learning how to use Google books has brought some fresh information in my genealogy. First go to books.google.com and play around with it. You can do searches for names of ancestors (it's possible they were written about in a book) or the names of a business or community to see if they were written about.

For instance, one of the cotton mills that employed some of Stan's ancestors was Monarch Mills in Union, SC. I typed in "Monarch Mills" and did a search. Here are just some of the books that it came up with:

History of South Carolina, Volume 5, Yates Snowden, Harry Gardner Cutler - 1920
America's Textile Reporter: For the Combined Textile Industries, Volume 35, dated 1/27/1921
Fabric of Defeat: The Politics of South Carolina Millhands, 1910-1948, By Bryant Simon
The Southern Textile Basketball Tournament: A History, 1921-1997, By Mac C. Kirkpatrick, Thomas K. Perry
Power from Steam: A History of the Stationary Steam Engine, By Richard L. Hills, 1993

Of course, just like with a regular Google search, you have to sift through other items that had "Monarch" and "Mills" in the same text. But if I wanted to learn more about Monarch Mills, here is a good way to get started researching. And, once you've found something you would like to add to your data, you can select text and clip (another word for copy) and paste either the link or the text to your machine into your notes. Be sure to note the source so you don't forget where you got it.

Another example was looking up "William Rankin Michael" who was one of my direct ancestors. And here were the results:
Timber Ridge Church: a two hundred year heritage of Presbyterian faith, 1786-1986 by Katharine Susong Harmon
Cobb connections: a history of the Cobb and related families by Joan Cervenka Cobb

Both of these books would interest me and add more information to my notes on him. Unfortunately both of these books were searchable but did not have all the text. Here is what Google has to say about that:

Many of the books in Google Books come from authors and publishers who participate in our Partner Program. For these books, our partners decide how much of the book is browsable — anywhere from a few sample pages to the whole book. Some partners offer the entire book in a digital edition through Google eBooks, in which case you can purchase the book.

For books that enter Google Books through the Library Project, what you see depends on the book's copyright status. We respect copyright law and the tremendous creative effort authors put into their work. If the book is in the public domain and therefore out of copyright, you can page through the entire book and even download it and read it offline. But if the book is under copyright, and the publisher or author is not part of the Partner Program, we only show basic information about the book, similar to a card catalog, and, in some cases, a few snippets — sentences of your search terms in context. The aim of Google Books is to help you discover books and assist you with buying them or finding a copy at a local library. It's like going to a bookstore and browsing — with a Google twist.

But it still gave me the names of some books to look for. I would particularly like to get my hands on the Timber Ridge Church book so I will be looking for it. So I learned several things from my Google book search on "William Rankin Michael".  One was that he was baptized in the Freiden Lutheran Church on 8/20/1843; two, he was an elder at Timber Ridge Church; three, that there is a book about Timber Ridge Church that I want. That church involved other ancestors and would be valuable to me.

So check out Google Book search before heading out to the library. You may find text without having to purchase a book, you might find a book that rates more interest or you might find things you would never have known because they were in obscure, old, even rare volumes or publications.


the honeymoontrail.blogspot.com said...

I love google books. It was through this source that I received "An Early Christmas Gift" and thanks to Geneabloggers (where I have been a member for four months) was able to share it. I could not have received a better or more timely gift. My readers may hear more about what I found in my "gift" than they would like. :-)

Regards, Grant


Heather Kuhn Roelker said...

I also love Google Books. Archive.org also has a lot of great books.

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