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Jan 19

FamilySearch Catalog and Digitized Books

While preparing my research plans for a trip to Salt Lake City, I frequently depend on the Family History Library (FHL) online catalog at FamilySearch.org.  I want to know the call numbers for books and microfilm that I want to view when I get there. Since I’m a firm believer in being as prepared as possible before I begin my journey. I certainly don’t want to use valuable time at the FHL to look up information that I can find at home.

Currently I’m preparing research plans for my trip to SLC in a few weeks when I will attending RootsTech 2014 and several days of research at the FHL. My focus for this research trip is on my Woodward family. I’ve several burning questions in addition to my brick wall.

My great grandfather Daniel R. Woodward served in Company E of the 16th Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteers (as did several of his brothers, cousins, and nephews). I know from his pension application[1] that he was injured at Camp Parapet in Louisiana, when he fell over a stump in camp. What I want to know, is how did Company E travel to Louisiana—did they travel by train, did they travel by sea? My plan was to identify a regimental history of the Sixteenth New Hampshire Volunteers and if one existed to determine if it is available at the Family History Center in Salt Lake City. Not only did a find a regimental history, I found (via the FHL online catalog) a copy of that history that I could download onto my computer. Let me share the steps I took to find the record.

1) Take advantage of my subscription to Mocavo.com and search for Daniel R. Woodward with the keyword “New Hampshire” (hoping to locate sources that contain references to my Daniel R, in addition to a regimental history of the sixteenth NH volunteers).

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2) Search WorldCat.org for History of the Sixteenth Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers so I could locate all the information I needed to write a source citation for the book.

Mission accomplished: L.T. Townsend, History of the Sixteenth Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers (Washington, D.C.: Henry L. Johnson and Luther T. Townsend, 1897).

3) Search Google Books for the History of the Sixteenth Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers. Perhaps I could locate a free downloadable PDF file of the volume.

The book was listed in several forms on Google Books, but no downloadable copy was found

4) Search the Family History Library online catalog (FamilySearch.org) to determine if a copy is available at the FHL; if so, record the form and call number).

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Yippee! I can read the regimental history here at home in the North Georgia Mountains instead of using my very valuable time at the Family History Library.



[1] Union Pension File of Daniel R. Woodward, File Number: #WC-711-973, Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs (RG 15); National Archives, Washington, D.C.

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