17 May 2013

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Buncombe County (NC) is bringing the slavery era to light by making many documents available online.  Read this informative article, Bought & Sold: Forgotten documents highlight local slave history.  The list of slave deeds (and a video about the project) can be found at Slave Deeds.

When Dick Eastman reported 1000+ Jasper County, Missouri Family Biographies added to My Genealogy Hound I just had to check out the website.  Currently included are resources for Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee.
As more and more documents are generated, archives, courthouses, libraries and other, repositories are running into space issues.  Or, really, lack of space issues.  This article, York County Archives running out of room, talks about the issues for this Pennsylvania county.

Neat video from the Library of Congress: Library of Congress: Preserving past and present for the future.  Carol Highsmith is working on a decades-long project photographing all 50 states and the District of Columbia and these images are free to be used by anyone.

Loved this article at The DNA Discussion, And Bob’s Your Uncle: A Guide To Defining Great Aunts, Great-Great Grandparents, First Cousins Once-Removed, and Other Kinfolk.  It can be so challenging to help people “visualize” how they are related to the people they research.  For most of us, once we get to great-grandparents and start going down the various branches of the tree, it’s easy to lose “how” we are connected.  The chart and accompanying discussion don’t cover every possible relationship, but it’s a great start.

Genealogy is an endeavor marked by persistance and thoroughness. If you want to know the wrong way to delve into your family’s history, read this article at Archives.com, 5 Guaranteed Ways to Mess Up Your Genealogy.  I will confess that #1 plagued me in the beginning and I quickly became much more methodical about documenting sources!

If your family had any connections to the Port of Los Angeles you will be interested to know that a New archivist [is] putting Port of Los Angeles history online as reported in dailybreeze.com. As stated in the article ... “From handwritten employee ledgers to black-and-white photographs, the Port of Los Angeles' past is being revived for public consumption, thanks to an archivist and a port director whose passion is history.”

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