Thursday, October 18, 2007

What about my genealogy?

CBC’s Who Do You Think You Are has brought a lot of attention to genealogy. People in my library and I am sure all over Canada are logging into and turning to their local libraries for help to trace their ancestry. VPL has a pamphlet called Explore Your Chinese-Canadian Roots available at and an information sheet on Indo-Canadian History. Being an Indo-Canadian myself I have always wondered about researching in this area. I know that none of my folks came to Canada but they did go to other places. I am sure it would be thrilling to find out about ones’ forefathers and point ones' place in the family tree.

Are you looking for more information? Your local library should have the databases and print sources necessary. Look for these databases:

1. Ancestry Library Edition

2. Biography and Genealogy Master Index

Other Sources:

• Marriage records
• birth records
• death records (obituary index)
• Census
• Immigration and Citizenship records

A good blog to refer to on genealogy:

Friday, October 05, 2007 has revamped its appearance

Tweaking, tweaking and more tweaking!, a site produced by Amazon has revamped its appearnce. There are two choices in its search box - the OpenSearch and Product Search. OpenSearch has results from According to their website "OpenSearch is a set of simple formats for the sharing of search results" which means OpenSearch is an aggregator that searches many sites at once. I would like to know (I am not a techie) how that is different from other search engines that search many sites at once - such as Google.

Their Product Search searches amazon sites worldwide. Convenient!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Library Science Degree Online

Recently Dr. Ken Haycock came to Regina to give a presentation on San Jose's fully accredited online MLIS program. Unfortunately I couldn't attend this presentation. Here is the website if you would like to pursue this further:

I also did a google search and found this information

Just make sure you find an MLIS program that is fully accredited by ALA if you are going to work in North America.

When I was looking for such help there weren't any schools offering a fully online MLIS. Hybrid classes were available. This will be useful to many living in States and provinces that do not have an MLIS program in their region. Hope we have more librarians in the future! Hurray!