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Extensive online music collection helps Genealogists


Special online music preservation project helps genealogists research the music of the past and gives us a glimpse into our ancestors’ musical history.

online music collectionSeptember 26, 1892 marked the first public appearance of the John Philip Sousa band .  Have you ever wondered what kind of music our ancestors listened to?  What was playing on the radio during a leisurely evening at home for your great grandparents? What were their favorite songs as teenagers?

The Department of Special Collections at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) Davidson Library is a wonderful source for researching the music of the past. Their online music collection of more than 6,000 sound recordings dating from the 1890s to the 1920s, can give us a real sense of what our ancestors were listening to and enjoying.

Known as the Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project, recordings that were originally made on Edison cylinders are transferred to updated formats using state-of-the-art equipment. You can listen to the songs from the online music collection on your computer or even download them. The music can legally be copied because these songs are now in the public domain.  More cylinders are being added as they are cataloged and digitized. The site also has “streaming radio” programs on various topics and a “featured cylinder” section, showcasing some of the most interesting items in the collection.

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Athletic records, discover your ancestors’ sporting past.



Athletic records from many sources can help genealogists learn more about their ancestor’s athletic pursuits.

athletic recordsOn September 23, 1845 the first baseball team, the NY Knickerbockers formally organized and officially adopted a rule code which became the foundation for the “New York Game.” Just like today, participating in sports and being a sports enthusiast was a part of our ancestors’ lives. Athletic records might reveal perhaps that great-grandpa was a star quarterback in high school? Maybe great-grandma swam competitively in college? Or maybe your great uncle never missed a Dodger game and kept a scrapbook for years?

It may seem difficult to piece together our ancestors’ athletic past but there are many athletic records that still exist and can help genealogists do just that. Athletic records such as newspaper archives, yearbooks, local histories, college newspapers, alumni association records, sports association records, etc. can really be a home run in searching for our ancestors’ sporting past.

Archiving these records can help future generations to recognize similar interests, characteristics and traits as they connect to their athletic ancestors from long ago.   To find out more, visit


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