03 January 2014

Upfront Mini Bytes – The National Map, Digital Libraries & Repositories, San Francisco, Overland Pioneers, Jamaican Ancestry, and Newspapers (Scotland and China) ...

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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We often talk about using crowdsourcing to make resources available to family history researchers.  One such project is the USGS and The National Map project. Since the beginning of The National Map Corps crowdsourcing project, more than 25,000 structure or manmade feature updates have been submitted. If you love maps and/or want to help with this project, click here.

The title of this resource says it all!  250+ Killer Digital Libraries and Archives.
The juxtaposition of old and new photos continues to fascinate us.  The newest discovery in this category is Composite Then and Now Photos of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.

The Utah Academic Library Consortium, in conjunction with the Mountain West Digital Library, has launched Pioneers in Your Attic, a digital project wherein overland migration (1844-1869) will be examined from every aspect: transportation, trail and camp life, Indian depredations or encounters, diseases, medicine and surgery, politics and government, gold rush, religion, company organization, path finding, and more.

Do you have Jamaican roots?  If you do, check out Jamaican Family Search, which now offers Free access to its entire website. The site contains transcriptions from various documents including nineteenth century Jamaica Almanacs (which list property owners and civil and military officials); Jamaica Directories for 1878, 1891, and 1910; extractions from Jamaican Church records; Civil Registration; Wills; Jewish records; and excerpts from newspapers, books, and other documents. There is also information on immigration and on slavery.

Repositories of Primary Sources is a worldwide listing of over 5,000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar.

Newspapers, newspapers, newspapers – always a favorite.  Births, marriages, and deaths from the Ayr (Scotland) Advertiser, 1803-1835, are now available to subscribers. (Rates are £2-£8 for 7 to 28 days respectively.)

[insert image] Keeping with newspapers, the Shanghai Library has digitized more than 100 years of print editions from the city’s first English-language newspaper.  The project involved scanning more than 500,000 pages of the North-China Daily News and its predecessor, the North-China Herald, which were published weekly from August 3, 1850 to March 31, 1951.

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