THEA 33500: Advanced Voice and Speech for the Stage

Genealogy Tools

Ancestry Library Edition
U.S. and U.K. census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as collections from Canada and other areas. U.S. federal census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930; more than 1,000 historical maps; the American Genealogical Biographical Index, Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1630, Social Security Death Index, WWI Draft Registration Cards, Federal Slave Narratives, Civil War collection, and digitized copies of the Sears and Roebuck catalogs from 1896-1993.    

Please note: Use anything other than MyResNet while trying to access this database. At this time, using MyResNet for will not recognize you as a member of the IC community.
Ethnic NewsWatch
Ethnic Newswatch is a full-text collection of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Contents include African American, Arab and Middle Eastern, Asian American, European, Jewish, and Native American publications, including the Spanish-language press.

Heritagequest Online
Requires registration through Tompkins County Public Library (TCPL). The Ithaca College community may use and borrow resources from TCPL. To use Heritagequest Online, you need to complete an online registration form. The database includes census Data from 1790-1940, interactive census maps, Periodical Source Index (1800-2009), and more.

A database of miliary records. Requires you to create an account.
Fold3 provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.
Facts on File World News Digest
Facts on File World News Digest provides Information on issues, events, and people from 1940 to the present. Features include country profiles, primary documents, key issues, newsmaker profiles, and newspaper editorials. The database incorporates World Almanac and Book of Facts.

Searching Digitized Newspapers

Ancester Hunt
Tips for searching dgitzed historic newspapers (excerpted from Ancestor Hunt's article The ONE Absolute BEST Way to Find More Ancestor Articles in Historic Newspapers Online, 4/20/2017 )
Since scanners can't always interpret letters correctly, Ancestor Hunt recommends substituting commonly misinterpreted characters:
rn and m  (ar n and em)
h and b
h and n
Capital D and O
i, l, 1, /, !, and I are all often interchanged
0 and O
c and e and o
r and n
[, ] and l (el)
nl and m  (en el and em)
R and B
n and ri  (en and ar eye)
v and y
S and 8
S and 5
Z and 2
G and 6
G and O
B and 8
K and |<
Y and V

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HeritageQuest Online Genealogy (available through Tompkins County Public Library. Requires TCPL Library Card)


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Dialects in the United States

Listen to regional accents across the United States recorded by linguists in the 20th century. Browse by location or subject.

The International Dialects of English Archive was created in 1997 as the internet’s first archive of primary-source recordings of English-language dialects and accents as heard around the world. With roughly 1,400 samples from 120 countries and territories, and more than 170 hours of recordings, IDEA is now the largest archive of its kind.

International Films

Films help convey styles of speech, cultural mannerisms, body language, expressions and the zeitgeist of the era from different regions around the world. Find relevant DVDs in our collection by language: If  the language you seek isn't listed above, let us know, and we'll add it to this list.


While gathering information on your family tree, consider some of the privacy issues that go hand in hand with your research.  This article outlines 10 tips to keep in mind while collecting, sharing and posting information: 
Crume, Rick. "Privacy acts." Family Tree Magazine, Mar. 2011, p. 41+. General OneFile, Accessed 20 Feb. 2018.

Accents for Actors: CD Collection

For audio of regional accents, see Music Librarian, Kris Shanton's guide Accents for Actors

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