Finding family history can be easy and also challenging at the same time. To help you on your quest for family history, the library has access to the following databases:
Baltimore Sun – Historical
Offers full page and article images of the newspaper from 1837-1985. Full text search access to diverse regional perspectives and coverage on events that shaped the 19th and 20th century.
Covers more than 25,000 family and local histories and includes the complete U.S. Federal Census from 1790-1930, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), the Revolutionary War Pension Applications & Bounty Land Warrant Applications, and the Freedman's Bank Records.
The Washington Post Current and Historic
1977-Present - The full-text electronic edition.
1877 to 1994 - Digital edition with full text searching of each page, individual articles and images.
You can access these databases at dclibrary.org, under research and select the genealogy category. The databases can be accessed in the convenience of your home. If you would like to learn more about the resources available in D.C. and nationwide, please come to the Learning about Genealogy Program at the Watha T Daniel/Shaw Library, May 29, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Conference Room 2.
Watha T. Daniel-Shaw
Published on Monday, May 20, 2013
Losing weight can be a difficult challenge. There is food planning, time for exercise and additional care to certain diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and immune system problems. Here are a few apps that can assist you in making wise choices, good exercise choices and the management of diseases.
A club of revolting distinction
Published on Thursday, May 16, 2013
“Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful.”
-- Roald Dahl
Join us at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library for a scrumdiddlyumptious summer, full of literary magic, mayhem and mischief. We will be exploring the works of Roald Dahl, the universally beloved children’s author, whose work has been described as “funny, wise, deliciously disgusting.” Throughout the summer, club members will investigate the answers to important questions such as:
Wednesday, May 1 from 4-7 p.m.
Published on Friday, April 26, 2013
Let us take our baskets early to the meadows green,
While the wild-flowers still are pearly with the dewdrops' sheen.
Fill them full of blossoms rosy, violets and gay
Cowslips, every pretty posy, welcoming the May.
- Evaleen Stein
Please join us at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library in welcoming the May with our Second Annual Family May Day Celebration.
Warning! This will be a cheerful and spirited celebration of the coming warmer months:
Published on Monday, April 15, 2013
Artistic Encounters in the National Gallery
Published on Sunday, April 7, 2013
While walking through the West Building of the National Gallery, I found myself in the Early American section of the wing for American/English painting. I was surprised by what I saw in the room that was dedicated to showing Early American Paintings: Simply crafted portraits and landscapes that departed greatly from most rules of fine art.
The relation of that room to the nearby rooms added to the surprise. It was an exhibit room set right next to rooms showing the majesty of the Benjamin West and Copley portraits produced in the grand manner. Instead, here we find a set of portraits and landscapes that depict their subjects in a startlingly simple way. The paintings featured in this room seem more like direct documents of the life of their time. The artists are often called the American "naive painters."
'Lost in the City'
Published on Friday, April 5, 2013
Edward P. Jones, local novelist and short story writer, has given us a full picture of Washington D.C. life conducted away from the monuments in his classic collection of short stories, Lost in the City.
Popular program moves to a ticketed system
Published on Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Starting Thursday, March 28, we will start a new ticket system for the 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Rhythm and Rhyme music sessions for children ages 0-3.
Here’s how it works:
Tryouts at 6:30 p.m. on April 10
Published on Monday, March 25, 2013
Shooting Stars is a hip hop and contemporary dance class taught by mother-and-daughter team of Ahriana and LaConteau Merryweather. The classes are for boys and girls ages 5-12 and will be taking place on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Q: What types of skills are you looking for at the Shooting Stars auditon on April 10?
Ahri: During auditions, we are looking for personality and tenacity. You do not have to already know how to dance but you must be eager to learn.
Cherry Blossom Print
Published on Thursday, March 21, 2013
Spring is finally here, and in D.C. that means one thing: The cherry blossoms are in bloom!
So, in the spirit of the season, please enjoy this tutorial for making your very own cherry blossom print.