Links, 3.14.11

St. Patrick’s Day rapidly approaches. I have not yet baked a scrap of soda bread, but there’s still time. I hate cultural pressure like this. Let’s just raise a glass to the links.

Church art, redux: Here’s an interesting local news story about repurposed artwork — such as stained glass windows — from closed churches. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark (NJ) is restoring and relocating such artifacts; a number of pieces from Sacred Heart-Vailsburg will become part of a new cemetery mausoleum. Stained-glass windows and altars can be of genealogical interest when they bear the names of the families who donated them. The article doesn’t mention whether this information has been recorded — although it’s nice to think some of this beautiful craftsmanship will have a new purpose.

Cheers!: Well, isn’t this nice — the Guinness company has a searchable database of its employees at its brewery in Dublin from 1759 to the present. They say it includes about 20,000 employee files. I pulled one up and saw it contained a birth date, position held, department, and dates for beginning and end of employment. h/t to Pat Connors, NY-IRISH list.

Movie history: A nice post at the Brooklynology blog highlights Brooklyn’s Vitaphone Studios, which specialized in short flicks featuring popular vaudeville and opera talent. An East Coast studio was helpful,  since quite a few stars at that point refused to travel to the West. Hard to imagine now!

Conference comparison: Ancestry Insider notes that attendance is down this year at certain genealogy fairs and expos, and further notes that not every event can be RootsTech, nor has to be. A nice comparative piece on the various genealogy events available, along with their target audiences.

Ringing a bell: A gentleman in Colchester (UK) is seeking tougher rules on gravesite decorations at local cemeteries. Specifically, a crackdown on chimes, which apparently are making quite a racket: “It’s not just chimes in trees,” says Mark Andrew, who is  among the gravesite owners pushing for restraint. “There are baubles, candles, whirly, metallic things and wooden chimes that make a racket … It’s got out of hand.”

Scan fan: Loved the report on the FlipScan portable scanner at Eastman’s Genealogy Newsletter. What a handy thing to have at family reunions.

In-ex-CUSable!: James Tanner at Genealogy’s Star does a masterly takedown of sloppy family history notations — a case study of a vaguely worded (and incorrect) entry that he set to rights using readily available online sources. You’ll never feel the same way about the words “abt.” and “Massachusetts” again.

Wishing you a safe week and a happy St. Patrick’s Day!


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