Genealogy – Prologue

Prologue magazine is a quarterly publication of the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA).  Along with the many historical events covered in the publication, there is a monthly feature called Genealogy Notes in every issue.  Genealogy Notes was published for the first time in the summer of 1989 and has covered many topics over the years.

I have listed some sample article titles from recent Genealogy Notes below.

v.45: no. 3/4 2013 – Ancestors from the West Indies: A Historical and Genealogical Overview of Afro-Caribbean Immigration, 1900-1930s

v.45: no. 2 2013- “We’re still alive today” A captured Japanese Diary from the Pacific Theater

v.43: no. 3 2011 – Leaving the Army During Mr. Madison’s War: Certificates of Discharge for the War of 1812

v. 42: no. 2 2010 – 68,937 and Counting: Searching Inmate Case Files from the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas.

Some articles may be read online or the print issues are available in the Government Documents Department at Forsyth Library. There is also at least a partial online index to the online Genealogy Notes available.


Notable Government Documents

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The 2012 list of Notable Government Documents is available. The list of federal notable documents and how to get a copy is listed below. Some entries have additional information on the topic as well as information about how to access the document. If a document is not available in Forsyth Library or online it may be available through interlibrary loan. To see a brief summary of these documents and the complete list of Notable books see Library Journal at

Attu Boy. by Nick Golodoff. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Svc. Alaska Regional Office. 2012. 153p. illus. maps. SuDoc# I 29.2:AT 8/2.

Print copy available at Forsyth Library.

 For more about Attu see

Attu, A Lost Village of the Aleutians

Bedrock Geologic Map of Vermont. by Nicholas M. Ratcliffe & others. U.S. Geological Survey with Vermont Geological Survey. 2012. (Scientific Investigations Map, No. 3184). map. SuDoc# I 19.91/3:3184.

Available from

Bumble Bees of the Western United States. by Jonathan Koch & others. U.S. Dept.

of Agriculture, Forest Svc., San Francisco Pollinator Partnership. 2012. 143p. illus. maps. SuDoc# A 13.2:B 39/9.

Available from

Celebrating 30 Years of the Space Shuttle Program. ed. by William Wallack & George Gonzalez. National Aeronautics & Space Administration. 2012. 284p. illus. ISBN 9780160902024. SuDoc# NAS 1.83:2012-01-835-HQ. GPO Stock# 033-000-01355-8.

Available from

Council of War: A History of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1942–1991. by Steven L. Reardon. National Defense Univ. for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Office of the Director, Joint History Office. 2012. 584p. illus. ISBN 9780160912238. SuDoc# D 5.2:H 62/5. GPO Stock# 008-020-01622-5.

Available from

Coyote and the Turtle’s Dream. by Terry Lofton. U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Svcs., Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Native Diabetes Wellness Program. 2011. 236p. illus. SuDoc# HE 20.7002:D 54/9. Free.

Print copy available at Forsyth Library.

Free from or call 1-800-CDC-INFO.

Earth as Art. by Lawrence Friedl & Karen Yuen. NASA. 2012. 166p. illus. ISBN 9780160913655.

SuDoc# NAS 1.86:NP-2012-07-889-HQ. GPO Stock# 033-000-01358-2.

Print copy available at Forsyth Library. There is an image from the Garden City, KS area on page 47.

Available from

The End of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: The Impact in Studies and Personal Essays by Service Members and Veterans. ed. by J. Ford Huffman & Tammy S. Schultz. Marine Corps Univ. 2012. 254p. illus. ISBN 9780160905469. SuDoc# D 214.2:D 71. GPO Stock# 008-000-01063-3.

Available from’t%20Ask%20Don’t%20Tell_Web.pdf

FDR and the Land: Roosevelt Estate Historic Resource Study, Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site. by John F. Sears & John E. Auwaeter. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Svc., Olmsted Ctr. for Landscape Preservation. 2011. 424p. illus. maps. SuDoc# I 29.58/3:R 67.

Print copy available at Forsyth Library.

Homesteading on the Pajarito Plateau, 1887–1942. by Judith Machen & others. Los Alamos National Laboratory. (Energy Dept. Cultural Resources Report, No. 313). 2012. 122p. illus. Free. [Available from Los Alamos National Site Office, National Nuclear Security Admin., Dept. of Energy, 505-667-6819]

Leaving Guantanamo: Policies, Pressures, and Detainees Returning to the Fight. U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Armed Svcs., Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. U.S. GPO. 2012. 89p. illus. maps. ISBN 9780160903861. SuDoc# Y 4.AR 5/2:G 93. GPO Stock# 052-070-07641-1.

Print copy available at Forsyth Library.

Mysteries of the Sun. National Aeronautics & Space Administration. 2012. 1 videodisc. color. 35 min. SuDoc# NAS 1.86:SU 7/5/DVD.

Available at (I am not sure these are the same videos included on the dvd).

The link below does NOT link to the dvd mentioned above, but links to a .pdf book titled Mysteries of the Sun.

Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic. by Maggie Silver. U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Svcs.,Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. 2011. online (12p.) SuDoc# HE 20.7002:P 91/2.

Available from

A Review of ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious and Related Matters. U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, Oversight & Review Div. 2012. online (512p.). illus. maps.SuDoc# J 37.2:F 26.

Available from

River of Interests: Water Management in South Florida and the Everglades, 1948–2010. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville Dist. 2011. 339p. Illus. maps. ISBN 9780160901348. GPO Stock# 008-022-00350-9. $89. SuDoc# D 103.2:EV 2.

Sea Unseen: Scanning Electron Microscopy Images from Puget Sound and Beyond. by Carla Stehr. U.S. Dept. of Commerce, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. 2010. 98p. illus. SuDoc# C 55.302:SE 1/9.

Print copy available at Forsyth Library.

Web information about Scanning Electron Microscopy images

Stories of Hope and Recovery: A Video Guide for Suicide Attempt Survivors. Substance Abuse & Mental Health Svcs. Administration. 2012. online. video available in both streaming and downloadable formats. SuDoc# HE 20.402:SU 8. Free. [Available as DVD.]

Order or view digital version at

Tunnel Vision: The Life of a Copper Prospector in the Nizina River Country. by Katherine Ringsmith. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Svc. 2012. 119p. illus. maps. ISBN 9780615635460. SuDoc# I 29.2:P 94/6. GPO Stock# 024-005-01301-6.

Print copy available at Forsyth Library.

Transforming the Security Classification System: Report to the President. U.S. Public Interest Declassification Board. 2012. online. illus. SuDoc# PR 44.8:D 35/C 56.

Available from

2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action; A Report of the U.S. Surgeon General and of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Svcs. 2012. online (182p.). illus. map. SuDoc# HE 1.2:SU 3.

Available from


Economic Security: Neglected Dimension of National Security?

pentagonHow important is our economic security to our national security?  A recent government publication has published papers from a 2010 conference on this topic.  For more information about the book go the Government Book Talk blog.  You may view the publication online at .


IRS Tax Map

The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) sells a 2012 Tax form cd from the IRS for $30.  This same information is available free if you use the online 2012 Tax Map.  It’s a useful tool that helps you locate tax forms and publications by subject instead of by form number.  The Tax Map index is arranged alphabetically.  If you want tax forms or publications about investments click on the “I” for a listing.  Some forms and publications forms are shown form informational purposes and may not be used when filing taxes.  These forms carry notices on them when they are listed only for informational purposes but may not be used when filing taxes.

Of course, tax forms and publications are also available on the IRS website.

Inauguration Day – January 21, 2013

How much do you really know about inauguration day?  Do you watch all the televised events?  Maybe you only try to catch the swearing-in.  The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies has a website to help you learn more.   The “about” page includes links to information about the inauguration of specific presidents.  The Day’s events tab gives a brief history of the events that typically take place on inauguration day.  The swearing-in page shows the inaugural platform being built.  I don’t know when they begin the process of building the platform, but I have seen them building it in October so it must be a fairly long process.  I wasn’t able to get as close as the picture on this page shows because the area was fenced off.  However, I was able to walk down the stairscapitolstairs the President will walk as he makes his trip to the inaugural platform.   This page also links to the text of inaugural addresses.  The luncheon tab even includes recipes from recent inaugurations.   There is also a media and getting tickets tabs.

If you are planning to attend the inauguration you may want to see this guide from the District of Columbia government.  It includes information such as “getting there” and “closures” and “spectator information”.  As I write this the website isn’t complete yet, but it should be helpful as they continue to add information.

Here are some other links you may find interesting.

George Washington’s inaugural address

Dwight D. Eisenhower 1953 Presidential Inauguration

Presidential Inaugurations – from American Memory


Presidential Election

There are several ways to use social media and websites to either learn about the election process or to follow the presidential race.  Here are a few.

The Federal Register  currently has a short video on their website titled Electoral College and the National Archives that helps explain the electoral college.  Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a certificate of ascertainment and a certificate of electoral vote?  This is the place to find out.  The video is also available at YouTube.

Listen to a report or read the transcript on NPR about why elections are held on Tuesdays

Do you need to know which candidates are mentioned the most on Twitter?   If so, you need to see @mentionmachine on the Washington Post website.

Also from the Washington Post is the 2012 Presidential Campaign Finance Explorer.

States of Play from the Economist offers charts, maps and infographics.

Browse fact-checked questions for the last Presidential debate – from the New York Times.

Democratic Party Facebook page

Republican National Committee Facebook page


As with all other resources, please remember that apps may or may not carry bias of their creator or sponsor.  Do these people or organizations have a reputation you trust?

I have not investigated which devices the apps listed in this post will operate.

The Superpacapp is sponsored by the Knight Foundation.  Its stated mission is to allow users to view and rate political ads and find out who and how much money is behind the ad. 

The New York Times offers smartphone apps that offer news, opinion, multimedia and an election guide. 

The Mashable website highlights six election apps you may want to investigate.

Image from the League of Women voters of California –