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Friday, July 13, 2007

Pulling an All-Nighter in Iowa

The Iowa Genealogical Society is holding its annual slumber party this weekend.

"Well, you know everybody's dream is to be locked in a library overnight - at least anyone that likes books or research," [Debi Chase] said. "We've been doing it for quite a few years. It gives people a chance to research to their hearts' content."

Although it's called a slumber party, the event is closer to a night-before-finals cram session. Participants spend 13 hours scanning microfilm, flipping through reams of census data, digging into vital records and even examining old Bibles, all in an effort to fill in the missing links in their family trees. [Link]

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