09 August 2013

Upfront Mini Bytes -- Newspaper Articles, NYC Cemetery, 1825 Canada Census, NARA, Lost Records, PERSI, and more ...

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Nowadays we find many online databases full of newspaper articles.  As with everything else, they all operate a bit differently.  Kenneth R. Marks (The Ancestor Hunt blog) talks about 4 Challenges in Downloading Historical Newspaper Articles.
Did your family live in the NYC metro area?  If so, they might be buried at Greenwood Cemetery.  Over the years I have researched several families for whom this is their final resting spot. Check out this New York Times article Preserving History, and Uncovering Secrets, at Green-Wood Cemetery for some fascinating insight into this 175-year-old cemetery.  You can search for burials through this link.

Census Year: 1825, Item Number: 5984Surname: Smith, Given Name(s): Joseph, District Name: RichelieuSub-District Name: Stanstead
View digitized page of Census of Lower Canada, 1825 for Image No.: 004569586_00414, JPG (Image No.: 004569586_00414)PDF (Image No.: 004569586_00414)

Thanks to Elizabeth Shown Mills (and others) via Facebook (FB) for letting us know that come the 15th of August the Archival Research Catalog (ARC), the online catalog of NARA's nationwide holdings in the Washington, DC, area; Regional Archives; and Presidential Libraries, will be permanently closed and replaced by Online Public Access.

I always hate to see anything thrown away, especially records that might have relevance to future genealogists and/or historians.  Unfortunately, due to space limitations, laws passed, ignorance, and other reasons, we still hear about records being discarded, such as in this Washington Post article Historians decry officials in Va. county for tossing Depression-era land records. Check out the presentation mentioned in the comments section.

If you are researching early nineteenth-century Canadians, check out the 1825 Census For Lower Canada now available through Library and Archives Canada.

Are you familiar with PERSI (PERiodical Source Index)?  If not, learn more about this great resource here. If you are familiar, we’ve learned that PERSI is moving from Heritage Quest to brightsolid (parent company of FindMyPast).  It will be interesting to see what that means in terms of accessing this wonderful resource. 

Love to watch videos?  Archives.com posts videos every Wednesday on its YouTube channel. A wide variety of topics have already been presented. New videos are announced on the Archives.com Facebook (FB) page.

Something fun ... a post titled Reflections: Portraits of the Elderly as They Once Were: “A photo series by Tom Hussey, where he portrays the elderly as they reflect on their younger selves in the mirror.” Very fascinating.  How often have you looked at an older relative and just seen them at that age and forgotten that they were once young, also?  This happened to me with my grandmother.  I was used to her as an old woman.  Then I saw a photo of her when she was much younger.  The resemblance of my grandmother in this photo to my then young aunt was amazing. 

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