Merry Christmas to All!
Best Wishes to All for A Very Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Blessed New Year!
|San D, Joanne & Del|
|Christmas Eve from our backyard (note the temp)!|
|Celebrating the Holidays with friends.|
|The Red Sweater Group!|
|Damon Runyon (3rd from L--on chair), Grantland Rice (2nd from R--on chair); Stevens Park Kinney and Harry Stevens (Roger's Father and Great-grandfather--on ground)|
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|Family Tree DNA Web Page|
|Mary O'Malley Dean|
|Michael LeClerc and I--NEHGS Library 2012|
|1934 CU Yearbook|
|1935 CU Yearbook|
|1959 CU Yearbook (Del Ritchhart lower left)|
|San Diego Central Library|
|8th Floor--Reading Room (People's Penthouse)|
Below is the view from the 9th Floor Terrace looking up at the dome with the glass enclosed, three story 8th Floor Reading Room in the foreground.
|9th Floor View of Dome|
As you get off of the elevator on the 9th floor and look directly ahead one sees the view below which is the entrance to the Special Collection and Rare Books, which includes the Genealogy Section.
|Rare Books & Special Collections Entrance|
Following is a photo of a portion of the Rare Books room, which has entrances both from the terrace area outside and, inside, from the Genealogy Section. The books have not yet been put on the shelves in this section. It is a very warm room with dark wood floors and shelves.
Below is a view of the bank of eight computers that are available immediately to your right upon entering the Genealogy Section. Entrance to the Rare Book section is immediately to the rear in this photo.They do have the Library Version of Ancestry.com. Throughout the library is free Wi-Fi which is appropriately titled "New Central Library Wifi". It immediately connected on my laptop and worked very well without my having to even select it or click on "connect". In addition to the computers, toward the back of the room they have two digital microfilm readers with a printing capability and a copier.
|Genealogy Section Computers (8)|
The next photo is of the stacks in the genealogy section taken from the back of the room. When I took the photo I had my back toward a complete wall of windows looking southwest toward the bay. Along that wall are several tables equipped with power outlets for laptops and other electronic devices. The periodicals are in the shelves in the forefront of the photo, state and county oriented books are in the central rows and along the front of the room are general books about genealogy.
I noticed in looking through the shelves that there is lots of space for the addition of more books. I assume that in the near future the displays at both ends of each stack of shelves with contain the appropriate call numbers. Currently, only the end of each shelve facing the front of the room has the numbering. As you can see from this photo taken from the back of the room, their are no call numbers listed.
|Genealogy Library Stacks|
This photo is taken from near the far left front of the Genealogy Section and, in the background shows a portion of the wall of windows looks out on San Diego and toward the bay. In the forefront are study tables all equipped with power outlets.
|9th Floor Terrace|
I can only speak from having visited the 9th floor and the entrance area on the 1st floor; but I was very impressed with what I observed. The library has a very open feeling to it, which is further enhanced by many floors having access to outside areas, such as you see in the photo above. This might not be as practical in Buffalo; but suits San Diego's climate very nicely.
In case you live in the San Diego area and would like to visit the new library and also take in a genealogy presentation, on behalf of the San Diego Genealogical Society, I will be providing an "Introduction to Genealogy Workshop" on 10 December at the beautiful Special Events Suite on the 9th floor from 10 am until noon. Please let us know if you are coming at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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