17 January 2014

Upfront Mini Bytes – Old Bailey, Whaling Voyages, Anglican Records (Ireland), War of 1812, Montefiore Census of Jewish Inhabitants, Early 20th Century Irish Speakers, City Directory Abbreviations, Preservation ...

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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Black sheep in the family always prove to be interesting.  If you had London ancestors who possibly were criminals (or you just love to read about crime), check out The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913.

The National Maritime Digital Library has a database of American Offshore Whaling Voyages that includes information about all known American offshore (or "pelagic") whaling voyages from the 1700s to the 1920s.
The Anglican Record Project is an ongoing endeavor to make the registers of baptism, marriage, and burial from Church of Ireland parishes available in a digital format. You can access transcripts by selecting a parish of interest.

If you want to learn more about the War of 1812, particularly its causes, consequences, and lasting impacts, check out this presentation by Marlanne Ryan (Northwestern University) and Cathy Jervey Johnson (ProQuest).

Censuses of the Jewish inhabitants of the Holy Land, Alexandria, Sidon (Saida) and Beirut, were compiled by Sir Moses Montefiore between the years 1839 and 1875 and are now available online. You can search in English or Hebrew.

With a linguist daughter, I’m always seeking language websites.  As a genealogist, I love the juxtaposition of linguistics and information on how languages were written or spoken since knowing more always helps us interpret the documents we find. If your ancestors came from Donegal, you might find What Donegal men sounded like nearly a century ago very interesting and informative to listen to. The collection includes 136 speakers in 17 counties who recorded 400 stories, songs, prayers, charms, and parables between 1928 and 1931.
I think most of us have a love/hate relationship with abbreviations.  We love to use them and we are sometimes challenged to know what they mean.  Next time you are pursuing city directories and run across an unfamiliar abbreviation, check out Genealogy in Time’s City Directory Abbreviations.

With the holidays behind us, you, like I, might have done a lot of housecleaning in preparation for guests!  Such often turns up a fair amount of junk and also treasures.  If the latter, you might want to read 6 Steps to Protect Your Family Heirlooms, Antiques and Treasures.

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