Links, 6.20.11

This, my friends, is the last week of school hereabouts. The children have been gritting their teeth for weeks at national ad campaigns implying that vast areas of the country have been vacationing for a number of weeks now — the injustice, I tell you. Finally they will join the ranks of the liberated! I wish I could say the same for myself. The links provide welcome distractions:

Savings: Thrift-minded Heather Rojas shares a number of online discounts and special offers in a June genealogy bargains roundup. A couple of them expire at midnight tonight, so check them out soon. You have a few days yet on most of them!

Behind the scenes: The Washington Post chats with Trevor K. Plante, Chief of Reference  at the National Archives.

Getting copyright right: Dear Myrtle does a brief but information-packed Q and A with FGS treasurer Cath Madden Trindle, who also knows a scary amount about copyright issues for genealogists. She will speak on this very topic at FGS’s Springfield conference. Meanwhile, read the interview and realize why publishers hire people just to work on rights and permissions.

History lessons: In Part 3 of the Genealogy for Geeks series at Wired, Jenny Williams delivers a nice piece on going beyond vitals and censuses to see what published histories can tell you about your ancestors. She puts in a plug for Google Books, which I heartily endorse.

Day at the museum: Another overlooked resource is local museums, although certainly not by Lorine McGinnis Schulze at Olive Tree Genealogy. She writes about a recent museum visit that yielded a treasure trove of information and images regarding her ancestors, and gives good tips on how to make the most of your own museum digging.

Disappearing acts: It’s frustrating when a research contact surfaces briefly and disappears, never to be heard from again, as Deborah Large Fox at Help! The Faerie Folk Hid My Ancestors! writes. What to do? Sometimes, not much — which is especially infuriating if you’ve shared findings with the contact in question, and they haven’t shared anything back.

Camera lineage: We talk a lot about old photos in geneablogging land, but how about old cameras? In a whimsical blog post for Mother Jones, Kevin Drum takes a journey through the history of his family’s cameras, from 1935 to the present.

Studying: From the Family Curator, an interesting portrait of 20-year-old Anthony Ray, student genealogist and scholarship recipient, at the SCGS Jamboree. Impressive!

I am off now to complete my latest work, 101 Answers to The Question: I’m Bored! What Are We Going To Do Today?

See you soon. I hope.

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