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From: Elizabeth Whitaker <>
Subject: Re: Research aids
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999 23:14:01 -0400
At 08:16 PM 10/18/99 -0600, Chad R Milliner wrote:
>I haunt the quarterly book sales at the Salt Lake City public library. Last
>time I went, I was able to buy a copy of the 1996 edition of the Rand
>McNally Commercial Atlas & Marketing Guide for ONE DOLLAR! IMHO, this is
>the best single volume reference work for United States place names.
Those commercial atlases are great! The first time I ever used one, I found
the small town in Louisiana my dad had moved to earlier that year. (He came
back east a few months later due to one of the mid80s oil recessions.)
I love a good book sale. I've picked up lots of biographies and autobiographies,
some actually of genealogical interest. I also picked up two genealogy references,
including a book I've been indexing periodically for the past few years: I'd
despaired of ever owning my own copy, then happened upon a library book
sale and bought an almost unhandled copy for fifty *cents*.
My experience is that the best book sales are in small towns with large numbers
of educated retirees.