Re-blogged from The Library of Congress Blog:
November 20, 2013 by Jennifer Gavin
As the world turns its sympathy toward the Philippine islands devastated, just days ago, by the largest typhoon in recorded history, a fascinating fact has emerged and moved explosively across the Internet:
IFLA International Newspaper Conference 2014 (http://www.ula.org/content/2014-ifla-international-newspapers-conference)
Theme: Start Spreading the News!
Date: 4-5 February 2014
Organized by: IFLA Newspapers Section and FamilySearch
Venue: Joseph Smith Memorial Building
15 E South Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150, USA
The IFLA Newspapers Section is currently seeking proposals for papers (http://www.ifla.org/files/assets/newspapers/Call_for_Papers/ifla_international_conference_2014_call_for_papers.pdf and poster sessions exploring themes related to outreach and marketing strategies for using or promoting online newspaper content, text mining, users of newspaper content, and use of news content for research purposes or as primary sources for historical or contemporary themes for its upcoming United States-hosted conference. In addition to papers focused on the theme of Start Spreading the News!, sub-themes on, but not limited to, the following topics are being sought :
Use of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, news blogs, Flickr, etc.to expose news and raise awareness of news content to users
Emerging research methodologies in using news and news content
Text mining newspapers and news content
Technologies used in text mining and in the presentation of mined data
Case studies of statistical and word patterns research planned or underway of mined news content
Traditional research underway in using digitized newspaper collections
Users’ experiences with digitized newspaper collections
Innovative methods for design, use, and engagement of users in newspaper content systems.
Strategies for finding, or finding out about, newspapers in the semantic web.
Newspapers in genealogical or family history contexts.
Other paper topics relevant to the main conference theme will also be considered.
As shown by surveys conducted by the National Library of Australia, the California Digital Newspaper Collection, the Cambridge Public Library, and others, historical newspapers are an important source of information for genealogists. Not coincidentally, the IFLA International Newspaper Conference will be held just prior to the 2014 RootsTech Family History and Technology Conference Feb 6-8 (https://rootstech.org/). We encourage authors and conference attendees to consider attending RootsTech as well as the International Newspaper Conference.
Important Dates & Other Information
Abstracts must be submitted by December 1, 2013
Authors of accepted papers will be notified by December 30, 2013
Completed paper and slide presentation or accepted poster session image submitted by January 30, 2014
Call for papers. Click here for further information & submission guidelines.
Call for poster session proposals. Click here for further information & submission form.
IFLA International Newspaper Conference web site (sponsored by Utah Library Association):
IFLA Newspapers Section International Newspaper Conference 2014 – Announcement:
To discuss any matters relating to this Call for Papers and Poster Sessions, please contact any of the following
conference planning committee members:
Birdie MacLennan (Email: email@example.com)
Sue Kellerman (Email: LSK3@psu.edu)
Frederick Zarndt (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The IFLA Newspapers Section regrets that it has no funding to assist prospective authors.
Moreover, the submission of an abstract must be on the understanding that the costs of attending the conference including registration, travel, accommodation and other expenses are the responsibility of the presenters of the accepted papers or their institutions. No financial support can be provided by IFLA.
We look forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City in February 2014 !
Call for papers. Click here for further details.
Call for poster session proposals. Click here for more information.
Kamehameha IV, the king of Hawaii, marries Emma Rooke on June 19, 1856. In a ceremony conducted in both Hawaiian and English, they exchange their vows in front of almost 3,000 people and do something different:
“The kneeling of the royal bridegroom and his bride before the altar and exchanging their vows before the audience was so different from the simple custom usually observed here in marriage…”
Read more about this wedding in the article “Marriage: Of His Majesty Kamehameha IV.”
Newspapers contain a vast wealth of genealogical information. They report about people and local news and show the opinions, issues, and the way of life at a particular time and place.
On Chronicling America, users can search for genealogical information in historical American newspapers published from 1836 to 1922. Users can conduct keyword searches, and search terms can include names of relatives. Users can limit their results by state, date, newspaper, and page number.
Users can search also for the newspapers published in their family members’ area when they lived there in the Chronicling America’s newspaper directory. It lists U.S. newspapers from 1690 and allows the users to conduct a keyword search, to search by the LCCN (Library of Congress Control Number), and to limit the search results by frequency of publication, language, ethnicity of the press, type of labor, and type of material. Each newspaper record has information about the newspaper (e.g. title, date range, and place of publication) and the libraries and online sources that hold the newspaper.
The following sections are useful for genealogical research:
Death notices often provide a person’s date of death, the date of the funeral, the spouse’s birth name, the place of burial, and the names of the mourners.
Legal notices can show whether a person went to legal court, has his or her name in a will, or has left assets for heirs after death.
Passenger lists can show where and when a person traveled and with whom.
Obituaries can include biographical information including a biography, the person’s birth place, and names of the person’s family members. With the names, users can search for their extended family members. Direct ancestors may move out of an area, but their relatives may stay and produce descendents. Older obituaries often showed the person in a positive slant, so readers should look at them with skepticism.
Library Resources for Genealogical Research
Hamilton Library has resources on conducting genealogical research:
The genealogy guide by the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections of Hamilton Library: http://guides.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/content.php?pid=143954&sid=1224807
For books on doing family research, browse the bookshelves at Hamilton Library (or your local public or academic library) between the Library of Congress call numbers CS 1 and CS 47. Here are some relevant books about genealogical research available at Hamilton Library:
Authors: Jim and Terry Willard with Jane Wilson
Library call number: CS16 .W526 1997
Link to the Voyager library catalog record: http://uhmanoa.lib.hawaii.edu:7008/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=1877998
Title: The researcher’s guide to American genealogy
Author: Val D. Greenwood
Library call number: CS47 .G79 2000
Link to the Voyager library catalog record: http://uhmanoa.lib.hawaii.edu:7008/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=2068734
Links to Blog Entries about Genealogical Research in Hawaii’s Newspapers Using Chronicling America
Some people have conducted genealogical research on Chronicling America and created these blog entries in the links below:
“That’s Old News: The Portuguese Praised in Hawaii”
Heather Rojo used the Chronicling America site to find articles about her distant relatives, the husband and mother-in-law to Queen Liliuokalani, the last reigning monarch of Hawaii. She chronicled her search in her blog, Nutfield Genealogy:
Chronicling America and Hawaiian Cousins
More Hawaiian Relatives via the Chronicling America Website
Chronicling America Website, Part Two