Link edition (short version!) 5.03.10

Inquest at the OK Corral: Loved this news item about the long-lost coroner’s inquest of the shootout at the OK Corral. Court clerks came across it while organizing old files at a jail storage room 20 miles away from Tombstone, AZ, site of the legendary gunfight. Apparently the contents of the inquest have long been known, so it is not likely that any surprises will surface — Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday can rest easy, wherever they are. To find the original documents, though — how exciting is that? Talk about a great spring cleaning story.

If you can’t say something nice … : The U.S. edition of Who Do You Think You Are has begun airing in Australia, and this review is generally quite positive. Unfortunately, the writer feels compelled to lead by saying: “There is nothing more boring than being stuck at a dinner party with someone who is researching their family genealogy … ” Well, as a matter of fact, there is: Being stuck at a dinner party with someone who can’t shut up about how boring they think genealogy is.

Blog note: Links are short this week (mini links? cocktail links?) owing to a busy Ancestral weekend. The Archaeologist was spinning her wheels in the annual 5 Boro Bike Tour in New York City. Riding in a pack of 30,000-odd cyclists is certainly An Experience. Three highlights: (1) Getting a cyclist’s-eye view of the Brooklyn waterfront neighborhoods where some of my ancestors lived and worked; (2) Gliding along major expressways and having the run of the joint; (3) The sea breeze adding a welcome jolt of energy as we rode the final stretch over the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.

Enjoy your week!