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It’s Database Friday!

The world of databases is constantly changing, and it is definitely hard to keep up. Yesterday, for example, I was helping someone on MassAnswers with a question about the Squirrel Lodge Motor Court which used to be just outside of Nashville, Tennessee. During the course of researching this question, I discovered that Ancestry Library Edition now includes a historical postcards collection. (which includes two postcards of the Squirrel Lodge Motor Court, as it happens) The database contains approximately 50,000 postcards dating from about 1893-1963. About three-quarters of the postcards contain pictures from places within the United States, while the remaining fourth contains pictures from abroad. So, of course, I searched for Falmouth and did come up with one postcard of Menauhant Beach, East Falmouth, Mass. Pretty cool. Ancestry is one of the few databases that can only be used in the library, due to the restrictions put on us by the company that sells the database. The experts on Ancestry are here every Tuesday afternoon from 2-4, they are members of the Falmouth Genealogical Society, and are happy to help you navigate Ancestry or even our genealogical book collection.

By the way I’ve put up the last puzzle of the summer photo on our flickr page, as well as photos from last weeks closing party for the Wearable Art Exhibit ... so you can now see the girls who created those fabulous outfits that have been on display in the teen room. I was away, but I understand there was a great turnout for the party last week including friends and family of the artists.

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