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Parenting Series: Nursing Knowledge

During the month of April, there will be a series of Monday morning programs concerning breastfeeding issues for new parents and expectant mothers. All aspects of the process will be reviewed along with secondary concerns such as returning to work and storage guidelines. Qualified counselors and personnel wiil be available at the sessions. Meet and discuss your concerns with other mothers and get your questions answered. Each session begins at 10 AM and ends at 11:30 AM.

Newspaper Choices

There is increased interest in researching old newspapers as they become digitized.This eliminates those blackened fingers, crumbly pages and musty smellsl! The time saved by keyword searching has also enhanced researchers' finding.

At the February meeting of the Genealogy Society of Rockland, two members discussed digital newspaper web sites that were very helpful to them. The first is offered by the Northern New York Historical Newspapers and the address is nnyln.net. Through this you can look at many of the newspapers in north western and central New York. The articles appear and you can reduce the full page to the article. The member speaking mentioned that he was looking for information on a relative and could never find anything about her. Voila!! He found a bunch of social notes that described tea and other social meetings at her house.

Newspaper Choices

There is increased interest in researching old newspapers as they become digitized.This eliminates those blackened fingers, crumbly pages and musty smellsl! The time saved by keyword searching has also enhanced researchers' finding.

At the February meeting of the Genealogy Society of Rockland, two members discussed digital newspaper web sites that were very helpful to them. The first is offered by the Northern New York Historical Newspapers and the address is nnyln.net. Through this you can look at many of the newspapers in north western and central New York. The articles appear and you can reduce the full page to the article. The member speaking mentioned that he was looking for information on a relative and could never find anything about her. Voila!! He found a bunch of social notes that described tea and other social meetings at her house.

Program Change

On March 20, there is a program planned to honor Women's History Month. The program is being coordinated by the library, Historical Society of Rockland County and film makerand author, Lynn Manzione. Because of the passing of Dr. Martha MacGuffie, the program will be a tribute to this remarkable woman who overcame adversity and made important contributions here and in Africa. Another program will be planned at a later date to focus on the other presenters who were to be speaking at the event.

Online with Genoom!

Researching your family genealogy online and want to share your findings with your family? Go to a fast-growing online genealogy site known as Genoom. This new site focuses on the "social" aspect of family research, building networks and gathering information from relatives, friends and others. Begun in 2007 in Spain, Genoom is offered in free and premium versions (subscription). When you go to the home page you will be offered several links including photos, forum, messages, calendar and videos. Once logged on, you can choose to network with friends and relatives via messaging and e-mail, or communicate via your own customized family forum. There is much more available on this site so log onto www.genoom.com.

1940 Census is Coming!!

There is a lot of movement and correspondence coming through as we approach the release of the 1940 Federal Census. The magic date is April 2, 2012. If you want a peek at a census form and get an overall view of this decade, go to this web site: www.archives.gov/research/census/1940/. This census will be totally digital with free access, and there will be no microfilm available. NARA has no plans to index. Any censuses thereafter are bound by the 72-year privacy restriction making the 1950 census available in 2022.

Adult Programs Cancelled

Wednesday's adult programs for Wednesday, February 2 are cancelled due to weather conditions. The movie, Out of Towners will be shown Wednesday, February 23 @ 1:30PM. The Grief Counselling talk will be postponed until June. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Budget Passed

The New City and West Nyack budgets passed Thursday, December 9 with a wide margin. Voter turnout was large showing  670 yes and 295 no. The staff and Board of Trustees would like to thank the voters for their support.  Happy Holidays and New Year to all.

Custer, Sherman papers

Historians, genealogists, and researchers have a window of opportunity to view more than 115,000 U.S. Military Academy application documents dating to West Point's early years. Beginning with Veterans Day and running through Sunday, November 14, there will be no charge when viewing these images on Ancestry.com, a genealogy website. Thereafter, when searching from home, a person would need a subscription. However, the New City Library offers this database in the library as an ongoing  free database. Documents such as the papers of Lt. Col. George Custer and Gen William Tecumseh Sherman are there for the viewing.

Rockland History Month

The county of Rockland abounds with so much history reflected in county activities this month.  Residents have been invited to an interpretive walk on Iona Island, an island with a varied history of activity, travel a postcard ride of New City, view a play of John Andre meeting Benedict Arnold. The list continues. Currently the library has on exhibit images and original contracts owned by the Concklin family of South Mountain Road.

Take a look around you. Check out the many places that are part of our proud past. Remember that Rockland County began in 1798, 212 years ago! “Oh the place you’ll go” when you walk the Hessian Trail out of Bear Mountain; walk past Rockland Lake into the hills to view the remnants of a past ice industry; or visit the oldest lighthouse on the Hudson River in Stony Point.

I’m certain you will return home with a greater appreciation for this very unique county, smallest in the state outside of Manhattan and yet an integral part of our country's beginnings.

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