Links, 12.07.10

One of my daughters noticed that the snow is back on the blog. Yes, it’s that time of year, when the choir goes into overtime, trees are trimmed, gifts are wrapped, cookies are baked and the links are delayed a day. But only a day. Better luck next week, we hope.

Debunking: In “Sometimes Genealogy is Who We Aren’t,” writer Bonnie Krueger tells one version of every family historian’s Rubicon: discovering that the facts behind a cherished family story just don’t add up.

London Calling: In his Genealogy Newsletter, Dick Eastman reminds us that  tickets are on sale for the vast Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE expo in London in February 2011. Kind of a ways to go for a genealogy expo, but the armchair traveler in me enjoys the thought of combining this event with a vacation in London. Maybe I could pick up some cheesy Wills ‘n’ Kate engagement souvenirs while I’m there.

In Canada: A neat place called the Resource Blog, which is full of quirky finds, has a genealogy-related update on two new databases that might be of interest to Canadian family history researchers. One is “Canadian Families,” a compilation of church records held at Library Archives Canada; the other is the records of the Upper Canada Land Board 1765-1804.

In Ireland: On the NY-IRISH mail list, Pat Connors shared two updates of interest: The Irish Newspaper Archives have added to their online database; including the Irish Independent (1905-2001), the Anglo-Celt (1846-2010), Freemans Journal (1763-1924) and the Southern Star (1892-2010). Note that the search is free but one must subscribe to read the full article. Also, the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has put thousands of wills online; the periods covered are 1858-1919 and 1922-1943.

A life recording lives: This obituary of an indefatigable genealogical historian caught my eye. Frances Bibbins Latimer’s expertise was centered on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, but what really struck me is how she exemplified that very personal energy and commitment of the people who rescue and record documentation for future generations.

Historic inscriptions: Great article  on a massive new 3-volume compilation of inscriptions and documentation regarding the historic Old Presbyterian Graveyard in Bound Brook, N.J. Also see Dick Eastman’s item on the subject, especially the comments section, in which librarian Hannah Kerwin explains more about the nature of the project, and why the library’s print run is so small.

Online TV: Marian at Roots and Rambles does a nice primer on Roots Television, an installment of a multipart series on genealogy videos available online.

Finally, let’s not close without remembering Pearl Harbor. My mother used to say she was listening to a radio serial drama when the news broke. (Was it the Shadow? Or was it the Green Hornet? I have to go check that now.) Meanwhile, check out the New York Daily News’ gallery  of vivid and still gut-wrenching photos.

See you next week.


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