27 September 2013

Upfront Mini Bytes – Digital State Resources, MD Archives, NYC Building Ages, Archaic Medical Terms, Canadian Census, and more ...

Welcome to our newest edition of our bi-weekly feature Upfront Mini Bytes.  In Upfront Mini Bytes we provide eight tasty bits of genealogy news that will help give you a deeper byte into your family history research. Each item is short and sweet.  We encourage you to check out the links to articles, blog posts, resources, and anything genealogical!

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If you like doing research in your jammies, check out (from the Library of Congress) 71 Digital Portals to State History. Do check out the comments posted as there is a lot more neat content listed in them!
Maryland State Archives launches new guide to special collections is a web-based tool to search and browse special collections of map, photographic, newspaper, private, business, and religious records.

Knowing when a building was built helps give you context for a locale at the time your ancestors lived there.  This has just gotten easier for NYC with a map published online at bdon.org and discussed on Gizmodo in The Exact Age of Almost Every Building in NYC, in One Map.

Sometimes we look at a death certificate or death notice and just scratch our heads.  What exactly did great-grandpa die of?  The next time this happens, check out Rudy's List of Archaic Medical Terms.

Many genealogists and family historians now have blogs.  A big challenge is finding out-of-copyright or free-to-use images to illustrate such blogs.  Check out Harvard Law School’s Finding Public Domain & Creative Commons Images.

Are there Canadian ancestors in your family tree?  If so, the Library and Archives of Canada (LAC) now provides one-stop access to almost 100 years of census records covering 1825-1916.

Did you know that there is a map that shows where America came from: Fascinating illustration shows the ancestry of EVERY county in the US published by the Daily Mail (UK). It’s an interesting snapshot of how, in 2000, the nation identified its heritage.

There is an interesting and new online digital archive, Lantern: Search, Visualize & Explore the Media History Digital Library. It provides a search and visualization platform for over 800,000 pages of digitized books and magazines from the histories of film, broadcasting, and recorded sound. It’s an open access co-production of the Media History Digital Library and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Communication Arts. If you have any performers in your family, they maybe documented here!

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