Where to Find Historical Books for Genealogy and Family History

I was surfing Pinterest today and found "The Servantless House" by R. Randal Phillips, written after WWI, when many women had transitioned to factory jobs and there was a shortage of domestic help and increased costs for anyone hiring domestic help.  

"Already we have a Women's Legion which demands not only a very much higher rate of wage for domestic work than ever was paid in the old days, but also makes it a stipulation that a girl shall have specified times for her meals, during which she is not to be disturbed; two hours off every day; and every Sunday off from after dinner till 10 o'clock at night..."   Not only did servants start demanding breaks for meals and a few hours off each day, they also now demanded,  

"proper sleeping accommodation and adequate food."   The horror!  

"All this, quite obviously, intensifies an already very difficult pro…

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How to Organize Your Personal Library in 8 Easy Steps

Most of us are familiar with the pristine organization of public libraries and archives.       A few of us have even geeked out and considered shelving our own books with the Dewey Decimal or Library of Congress system.       I'm not going that far, but I do love organization. Here is my ideal plan.   How to Organize a Personal Library in 8 Easy Steps   Step 1 - Bring all the books in your home into one room.

Gather books from bedrooms, coffee tables, random shelves and countertops, etc and bring them all into one place.

    Step 2 - Sort the books, by topic, into separate piles.    

This is where you might want to refer to the Dewey Decimal or Library of Congress classification systems. Get a feel for how the pros sort books and then figure out what the logical breakdown will be for your collection.

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The Best FREE App to Quickly Catalog Your Personal Library

The Best FREE App to Quickly Catalog Your Personal Library without stress!   Yesterday, I needed to put some books away and our bookshelves were overstuffed and disorganized so I dropped all other non-essential tasks from my plans and committed to organizing our "library." I've been wanting to use an app to scan all the books we own and create a spreadsheet detailing what we have and where it's located so this was the perfect opportunity do both. When I set my mind to a task, it's gotta happen THAT day. I don't allow time for a huge learning curve, etc. The end product will be what it will be, but it will be done. I googled "best app to catalog a  personal library" and read a few blogs. I'm not stupid, but I am impatient. I tried several apps, only the free versions. Several had such great write-ups I was tempted to buy the "pro" version when the free version was lacking and I am so glad I didn't.  They all had problems and I wasn't able to quickly figure o…
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