Valley Mills Public Library

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Texas; Texas and United States constitution; genealogy, legal resources; Literature, Medical databases

Texas Records and Information Locator (TRAIL): TRAIL searches and locates information from over 180 Texas state agency web servers.

The Handbook of Texas Online: The Handbook of Texas Online is a multidisciplinary encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture sponsored by the Texas State Historical Association and the General Libraries at UT Austin.

Texas Online: The official website for the Great State of Texas and provides instant access to almost 800 state and local government services.

Library of Texas: Immediately start searching multiple Texas library catalogs and other knowledge collections in one sitting.

Texas Heritage Online: Texas Heritage Online provides unified online access to Texas' historical documents and images for use by teachers, students, historians, genealogists, and other researchers.

                                    Atlas (with animals!) -- http://www.nationalgeographic.com/kids-world- atlas

                                               Satellite --- find addresses-- go to "Google"

                                  Buffalo

                                       Challenge at Caprock: Saving the bison

                                              www.tpwd.state.tx.us/learning/webcasts/bison/index.phtml

                                        Palo Duro Canyon State park http://www.palodurocanyon.com/

                                       How many way can you use a buffalo:

                                                  www.texasbeyondhistory.net/kids/buffalo.html

                                        American Buffalo: spirit of a nation

                                                  www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/buffalo/index.html

                                         Yellowstone national Park      www.yellowstone.net/wildlife/bison.htm

                                         Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife conservation 

                                                www.wildlifedepartment.com/americanbison.htm

                                          Smithsonian National Zoological Park

                                               nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/NorthAmerica/Facts/fact-bison.cfm

                                   Texas Constitution and statutes:

          Constitution: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/txconst/toc/html

          Texas Statutes: http//ww.capitol.state.tx.us/statutes/statutes.html

                                   Texas Governors:   http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/legis/leaders/governors/govBrowse

                                    Texas Highways (magazine) at http://www.texashighways.com

                                     Texas Monthly (magazine) online at http://www.texasmonthly.com

                                                         CONSTITUTION  (U.S.)

www.AnnenbergClassroom.org

http://www.archives.gov/national-archives-experience/charters/constitution_transcript.html

                                                          ENERGY

http://www.departmentofenergy.gov/discovery

       book online about all kinds of energy resources, development of energy, etc., including cancer research

                                                        GENEALOGY

For census records and family histories, link to Heritage Quest in the Texshare databases on this website

www.homeadvisor.com/article/show.History-at-Home-A-Guide-To-Genealogy.17370.html

     The Valley Mills Girl Scout troop found this website very helpful, and I appreciate their sharing it.  The site gives a general overview of genealogy and sites to search, plus forms to download!

Go to  the Waco-McLennan County Library website : http://www.waco-texas.com/CITY_DEPTS/libraryservices/genealogy.htm

Go to the archives of Bosque county  at: http://www.bosquecountycollection.org

Go  to the Salado Public Library website:  http://www.saladolibrary.org/resources-research/selected-sites/selected-sites.html

Go to the Clifton library (Nellie Pederson Civic Library) at http://pecan.tsl.state.tx.us.8080/ctls/clifton

Texas death certificates are now online at: http://www.familysearch.org (next to Home at top, select Search Records Pilot)

Library has small  genealogy book collection.

Library has 4 of the Heart of Texas Records published by the Central Texas Genealogical Society, Inc. (Waco)/

    Vol. 50, No. 3 (Fall 2007);  Vol. 51, No. 1 (Spring 2008); Vol. 51, No. 2 (Summer 2008); vol. 51, No. 3 (Fall 2008) ; 

    Vol. 51, No. 4 (Winter 2008-2009)

If you are interested in attending genealogical lectures and visiting with others interested in genealogy, please call the library for information as to our next meeting. Our first meeting  in October, '08 was a lecture and handout on research by Carrie Tarrant of VM.

She has also provided a handout on DNA.

Our next meeting will be a combination book review and lecture on research by Sherri Knight of Stephenville on Feb 10, '09.

Documentation is very important.   As you research document where you found your information; if you compile into booklet or book, be sure to document your information.

Hint: when researching ancestor, type the name in quotation marks for a Google search!

                                                         LAW; LEGAL RESOURCES

http://www.TexasLawHelp.org

   Disclaimer:  This web site is recommended for information only, and is not being given as legal advice.

                                                 LITERATURE   --  Analysis and criticism

Texshare databases -- at http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/texshare/pl

   (you must come to the library to get user name and password)

        Gale Literature Resource Center --  biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of noted authors and their works

        Chadwyck-Healy 20th Century Poetry -- online access to great modern English and American poetry



                                                  MEDICAL DATABASES / Medicine and Health

In Texshare databases -- go to the link on Home page -- must have user name and password from the librarian

Also, the following links are recommended:   

         http://www.cancer.gov                                                            http://www.mayoclinic.com/

         http://www.cdc.gov/                                                                 http://medem.comMedLB/medlib_entry.cfm

         http://familydoctor.org/                                                          http://medlineplus.gov/

         http://healthfinder.gov/                                                          http://medlineplus.gov/esp/    in Spanish/ en Espanol

         http://hivinsite.ucsf.edu/                                                         http://www.noah-health.org/

        http://kidshealth.org/

A patron has found the following  database helpful:

      http://www.healthatoz.com

                                                                     MONEY / SAVINGS

  http://www.valueyourmoney.org

                                                                     RIVERS

Bosque River ( how high after rains!) ---  http://www.waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/current/

        or do a Google search for :  Texas streamflow ---   for other databases on rivers

       wonder about Hog Creek at Patton?  same database