28 February 2014

Upfront Mini Bytes – UK Maps, Canadian & Troy (NY) Newspapers, US Army Military History, Vatican Records, Lexipedia, Irish Pensioners and Yearbooks

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 research UK ancestry and you like maps, check out the British Library Online Gallery, which has a collection of georeferenced maps. Do know that the collection actually includes maps from around the world.

Newspapers are always a great genealogical research tool, and they are fun to look at.  Bowling Green State University has a Historical Canadian Newspapers Online collection that you will want to check out.  You can access National & Multiprovince Newspapers and also newspapers by province.

U.S. Army Center of Military History has over 600 publications online, covering most US conflicts, that you can access for FREE in PDF format.  You can also order print versions of these publications.

Researching Catholics or Catholicism?  Check out the online Vatican Library: Catalogues – Manuscripts page. Though an interface is available in English, the results are in the native language of the documents found.

When writing up our family histories, we sometimes seek synonyms or antonyms as we find ourselves getting a bit repetitious.  I stumbled upon Lexipedia, which provides a neat visual representation of parts of speech and relationships. Image is an example of the result for “death.”

To be honest, U.S. Civil War military pensioners living abroad just never crossed my mind until I read U.S. Military Pensioners in 19th Century Ireland: A Listing and Appeal. See this list of “220 people who were receiving money in Ireland as a result of services rendered to the United States military. Based on an 1883 List of Pensioners.

If you or your family members came from Euclid Ohio, check out this online collection of yearbooks, which covers the years 1921-2000

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