26 April 2013

Upfront Mini Bytes

Upfront Mini Bytes

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As a lover of photographs, I enjoyed reading Take That, Instagram: The Enduring Allure of Vintage Snapshots (brought to my attention by Thomas MacEntee via his Facebook page).  By their nature, all photographs are of something “in the past” the moment they are taken.  Older images reflect not our own lives but also the lives of our ancestors.

Do you remember your first driver’s license?  I don’t.  I remember the day I received it – what a glorious day – but I just don’t remember what it looked like.  If you or your ancestors lived in New York, you can now revisit what driver’s licenses looked like in Evolution of the New York Driver’s License.
Want to keep up on what has been digitized by NARA’s partners, Ancestry.com and Fold3? Check out Microfilm Publications and Original Records Digitized by Our Digitization Partners.

Does your ancestry include German-speaking Jews?  If so, this news is for you.  Leo Baeck Institute Launches DigiBaeck German-Jewish History Archive. The Leo Baeck Institute (LBI), New York City, has completed the digitization of its entire archive and provides free online access to primary source materials encompassing five centuries of Jewish life in Central Europe.
Newspapers – so many to read, so little time.  Hopefully you are familiar with the Chronicling America project (Library of Congress). The underpinning of this project is the National Digital Newspaper Program.  Learn more about what states (and specific institutions) have participated so far along with related blogs, podcasts and videos.

Research has shown that children brought up with a strong family narrative handle life better.  In fact, a strong family narrative makes a family happier.  Bet you didn’t know that your family history research is actually benefitting your family as they cope with the future.  Do read The Stories That Bind Us (New York Times).
Haven’t visited the Library of Congress (LOC) and you want to know about the Main Reading Room?  View this video (alternately, the video is also on this page). You will need to install Real Player to view the first video link.  The LOC has a massive collection of webcasts.

St. Augustine, Florida, is such a neat place to visit.  I have spent a few vacations there.  Little did I know that there are parish documents stored there, held by the Diocesan Archives, which date back to 1594 that record the births, deaths, marriages and baptisms of the people who lived in St. Augustine from that time through the mid-1700s. Soon we might all be able to explore these neat records as reported in Work under way to digitize 1500s Fla. records.

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