/Melissa Wiseheart

About Melissa Wiseheart

Likes: science fiction and fantasy books and movies, genealogy, history, geography, cooking, journaling, playing Age of Empires, and a bunch of other nerdy things that are too many to list. Dislikes: spicy food, avocados, cold weather, country music, birds, the beach, snowmen, and a host of other things that are basically phobias.

Family History Tutorials Online

I have spent much of my work from home time creating Family History class tutorials, since our scheduled Family History classes were canceled due to the pandemic.  Ordinarily, there are four two-hour Beginning Family History classes and four two-hour Intermediate Family History classes.  I have streamlined these, broken them up, and rearranged some of them [...]

By |2020-09-14T18:13:22-04:00September 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|2 Comments

The Happy Ever After Playlist

I just finished reading The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez and I loved it!  It's the second book in the series.  The first is The Friend Zone, and the third, Life's Too Short, will be released in April 2021.  I can't wait! While I am reviewing The Happy Ever After Playlist, this is [...]

By |2020-08-21T00:36:22-04:00August 18th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

First Families Virtual Workshop

In October, the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society (SIGS) will be hosting its annual First Families Celebration!  If you have an ancestor who lived in Clark, Floyd, or Harrison counties in 1840 or earlier, you qualify to apply. On Thursday, August 6, 2020, SIGS will be hosting a First Families Workshop on Zoom.  Discussion will include [...]

By |2020-07-21T17:22:26-04:00July 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Indiana Room Digital Resources

We have had several people asking when the Indiana History Room will be open again.  At this time, we still do not know.  We are making services available to patrons as it is safe to do so.  In the meantime, you can email requests to indiana@nafclibrary.org and staff will respond as soon as they are [...]

By |2020-08-21T00:36:25-04:00June 17th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

World Creativity and Innovation Day

Today was designated World Creativity and Innovation Day by the United Nations.  Creativity and innovation are great ways to fight boredom while you're staying home.  They are also great ways to relieve anxiety and stress.  I like to journal or paint to relieve stress.  Now may be a good time to get back into that [...]

By |2020-08-21T00:36:27-04:00April 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Census Day is coming!

This year is a census year for the United States.  What this means is that the government will ask questions of each household/individual to gather statistics.  Originally, this was done strictly for taxation and representation purposes.  The census now also helps government officials make decisions on over 100 government funded programs and institutions, such as [...]

By |2020-08-21T00:36:29-04:00March 5th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments


Autoimmune diseases run rampant in the world today and it seems that new ones are being discovered all the time.  I was recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that most doctors haven't even heard of, let alone know how to treat.  So, I did what any librarian would do.  I began researching for myself.  I [...]

By |2020-08-21T00:36:33-04:00February 6th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What happened to the vertical files?

I have had several people ask me recently, what happened to the vertical files?  You may have noticed that many of the filing cabinet drawers are empty.  Fear not.  We are NOT throwing them away.  We recognize how valuable and rare the vertical file collection is and we are having them digitized for ease of [...]

By |2020-08-21T00:36:34-04:00January 22nd, 2020|Indiana Room|0 Comments

Christmas Past

As Christmas approaches and many of us are doing our last minute shopping in this hectic traffic, I thought it might be nice to compare Christmases.  I've included here an article from Christmas in the early 1800s, one from the mid-1800s, and an excerpt from an oral history interview about Christmas in the 1930s.  Enjoy! [...]

By |2020-08-21T00:36:34-04:00December 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What’s the oldest thing in the Indiana Room?

I am often asked what the oldest thing is in the Indiana History Room.  I've worked in this room for several years and I still can't say with any certainty.  However, as I have been relabeling books, I did come across one that is the oldest I've seen so far.  Carver's Travels Through the Interior [...]

By |2020-08-21T00:36:35-04:00November 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments