I used to love watching Cheers when I was younger. I found all the characters quite entertaining. Many of the actors too are still quite active - Kirstie Alley is currently on Dancing with the Stars, Ted Danson recently starred in one of my fav shows of late, Damages; and Woody Harrelson is always making himself known.
John Ratzenburger, who played Cliff Clavin on the show, and does voices in all of Pixar’s movies such as Toy Story. He is a native of Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut and I wonder if in his hometown did they all know each other’s names
A history of the Black Rock community of Bridgeport that spans 1644-1955 is now online. This book is filled with great history, photos, information and more. Just a quick browse through it revealed pictures of gorgeous homes, an interview with a 94 year-old woman who was once keeper of the Black Rock lighthouse, a listing of schools in the community, info about the oldest house in 1955 which was built in 1720 and so much more.
the oldest house in Black Rock
It has been added to the History pages. If you’re researching this area, after going through these 200 pages, you’re sure to know almost everyone’s names too.
Several publications from Millsaps College (Hinds County, MS) are being added to the Internet Archive. Recent additions include some of the Alumni News material – namely, Major Notes. Alumni publications can provide many genealogically interesting details that can aid you in your research. For example, the 1955 issue of Major Notes lists almost 40 couples who recently wed.
wedding notifications from 1955
Other examples include birth notices – such as this picture of Susan Taylor Patterson, daughter of Ken & Marlene (Bradley) Patterson, graduates of the school from 1949 and 1953 respectively.
To date, publications from 1955-1970 are included. Visit the Schools page for links.
Benedictine College Library. Image from the 1931 yearbook.
Between these walls of silent thought
To gain some knowledge clear we sought
And many hours o’er books we spent
With downcast eye and head low bent
The library of Benedictine College. Yearbooks from 1931-1980s are online at the Internet Archive. Visit the Yearbooks page to see which issues are linked. The list will be updated as more are added.
One of the pages on this site that I add to most frequently is the Yearbooks page. To date, there are yearbooks from more than 60 schools and about 20 schools. I have a passion for yearbooks, so perhaps that explains why I add here most often
A special highlight for Tennessee yearbooks – recent additions to the Internet Archive include those from:
- Bryan College (Rhea County)
- Cumberland University (Wilson County)
- Harpeth Hall High School (Davidson County)
- Maryville College (Blount County)
- Middle Tennessee State University (Rutherford County)
- Milligan College (Carter County)
- Sewanee – the University of the South (Franklin County)
- Tennessee Wesleyan College (McMinn County)
Visit the Yearbooks page to view them.
Welcome to the Genealogy Digital Bookshelf website. As I state on the front page, I present this site in hopes that others find it of use. The site is designed to organize books that I locate at the Internet Archive – a collection of electronic texts, music & other audio, and moving images. New books are constantly being added, many with genealogical value.
This site is organized into major topic categories. Within each category, links to e-texts are categorized by state and then county. The only state not represented here is North Carolina for I started a separate Digital Bookshelf for the NCGenWeb project that you may find here.
My inspiration for this overall approach for this site came from two sources:
- Jennifer Regan’s Google Books Genealogy Index or GooBooGeni – Jennifer organizes full-text books located at the Google Books website
- Joe Beine’s Death Indexes – Joe organizes links to online death indexes across the country
I am always open to suggestions and contributions so please contact me (check links on the sidebar) if you have resources to share!