This post is part of the "52 Weeks to Better Genealogy," written by a brilliant princess and graciously hosted by Geneabloggers.com. The week 1 challenge:
Go to your local public library branch. Make a note of the genealogy books in the collection that may help you gain research knowledge. Don’t forget to check the shelves in both the non-fiction section and the reference section. If you do not already have a library card, take the time to get one. If you have a genealogy blog, write about what you find in your library’s genealogy collection.
When I moved to Texas, I went and got a library card even before I got a new driver's license. Here is what mine looks like:
My nearest library is a small suburban branch that's part of the larger Harris County Public Library system. For most of the year, the bushes on the right are part of a glorious garden. In winter, not so much. The pointy green thing is a dragon. In a few weeks, the library is moving to a much larger brand new building. I do not know what will happen to the dragon.
This is my library's genealogy collection. I've circled the basic genealogy books in orange. They are all ones you've heard of, with no unique or unusual books on the shelf. We do have Emily Croom's works, including Unpuzzling Your Past, because she is a local author.
There are no genealogy books in the reference section, but there are a couple almanacs that might come in handy in my research.
Though the pickins are slim, this isn't a bad genealogy collection. The library is part of a bigger system, so I have access to all their books, too. Also, we are near the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, so it's not like there's a shortage of genealogy books in the area.
Every few months, I go back to the little genealogy shelf and see what they've added. There's always a rotation. Always something new to learn.