ORNE 002 – Social Sciences at the Boston Public Library

ORNE 002 – The Social Sciences department at the Boston Public Library
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The Boston Public LibraryIn this episode, host Marian Pierre-Louis visits the social sciences department of the Boston Public Library in Boston, Massachusetts to interview reference librarian Patrica Feeley, curator Gail Fithian and reference librarian Linda McIver about their genealogy and local history collection.

The social sciences department has a very strong collection of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts research materials though their collection encompasses much of New England and beyond.

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(left to right) Patricia Feeley, Gail Fithian and Linda McIver

In this interview the staff provide an overview of all the resources in the department with tips for a successful visit. Did you know that many of the genealogy books held by Boston Public Library have been digitized and made available online? They have if they are in the public domain. The librarians will tell you how to access them.

Topics include:

  • The main reference collection
  • Local history resources
  • Armorial books and Royal Crests
  • The Boston Neighborhood and Street files
  • and much more!

This 30 minute show will prepare your for a successful research visit to the social

The entrance to the social sciences alcove in Bates Hall.

The entrance to the social sciences alcove in Bates Hall.

sciences department.

 

 

ORNE 001 – Microtext at the NEHGS

ORNE 001 – The Microtext Department at the New England Historic Genealogical Society
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NEHGSIn this episode, host Marian Pierre-Louis visits the 4th floor of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) in Boston Massachusetts to interview genealogist Rhonda McClure about the microtext collection.

The microtext department at NEHGS has a large collection of New England microfilm and microfiche. They also have a strong collection of the Canadian Maritime Provinces. Their collection is not limited to these regions but you will RhondaMcClurehave to check their online catalog for details on specific microfilm.

In this interview Rhonda McClure provides an overview of the microtext department with tips for a successful visit.

This 30 minute show will prepare your for a successful research visit to the microtext department.

 

Welcome to On-site Research New England!

On-site Research New England is a podcast created to help people do historical research in New England. Researchers might be genealogists, house historians, curators, collectors searching for the provenance of antiques, photo historians, authors and screen writers doing background research, freelance writers and many others. This podcast is for you.

Each podcast will contain an interview recorded on location at a New England archive, library, repository or society. The staff will provide overviews and tips for researching at their facility. To conduct successful on-site research is to “Know before you go!”

Tips will also be provided for researchers who can’t get on-site themselves by providing a list of staff or consulting researchers who can be your on-site eyes and ears.