Links 7.05.10

And the links march on as the weekend of the Glorious Fourth winds down. The Archaeologist observed the holiday at barbecues and beaches, but somehow missed the fireworks. Does being awakened by kids setting off firecrackers at 3 A.M. count?

Revolutionary findings: Before the Independence Day weekend closes, read this great house history tale from Long Branch, N.J. Current owner Ruth Ryan’s dogged research uncovered an old house’s fascinating Revolutionary War heritage, including the story of its first owner, a woman who was also a member of the local militia (one of 18 females in the company!). Intriguingly, the reporter also mentions that Ryan’s own ancestors might be connected to the house as well, although she did not realize this when she bought it.

Presence perfect: Freelance writer Diana Lynn Tibert contends that a Web presence is essential in linking genealogy researchers with common interests. Commenting on blogs and email lists and posting on community bulletin boards are simple steps toward creating an Internet trail of yourself for like-minded researchers to Google. For those who still find the idea of being Googled an unnerving experience, Tibert’s article is a nice overview of the positive side of the coin.

Jackpot!: Elyse reports one of those finds that keeps a person going: a treasure trove of family documents discovered in boxes that had been in storage for more than ten years. They include important papers relating to her mother’s parents, along with baptismal certificates, medical and estate records. I know it’s bad form to dream of the big trunk of genealogy goodies surfacing  in someone else’s attic, but gosh, it’s nice to read about when it actually happens.

Certified Irishness: I don’t know how I missed this — Ireland is kicking around the idea of a Certificate of Irishness?! The Irish Times brings us up to date, with some tongue-in-cheek humor thrown in.

Unearthing history: Temple University students are busy this summer excavating a South Jersey site called Timbuctoo, once a thriving community of free African-Americans (many of whom had escaped slavery). It’s notable both for its size and the degree of its preservation. Experts are excited at the prospect of uncovering evidence of the community’s daily life from the 1830s all the way up to World War II. Many descendants of Timbuctoo families still live in the area, including a 74-year-old woman who is assisting on the dig.

And now, on to the rest of July. Here’s hoping we all unearth genealogy surprises of our own this summer.


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