14 March 2014

Upfront Mini Bytes – Row Houses, Lawyers in London, TV News, Norwegian Ancestors, Youth Bibliography, Slavery Map, and Irish Research

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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A bit of whimsy and history all rolled into one package.  Enjoy The Lonely Row Houses of Baltimore.

Did an ancestor practice law in London between 1505 and 1845?  If so, he might have been a member of what is now called the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.  Some of its records, Calendars of Inner Temple Records, 1505-1845 are available online.

Did you know that cartographers used to think that California was an Island?  This reminds us to be cautious about what we take as “fact” as we do our research.  Check out this neat collection of these maps.

It’s not always archival institutions that had the forethought to preserve history.  Sometimes it’s individuals like you and me who amass an archive of material that then gets a long-term home in an archive.  Read about such a situation in The Incredible Story of Marion Stokes, Who Single-Handedly Taped 35 Years of TV News. From 1977 to 2012, she recorded 140,000 VHS tapes worth of history that the Internet Archives plans to make public and searchable. On a related note, read here about the Vanderbilt Television News Archive.
Have Norwegian ancestors?  Check out the online presence of The National Archives of Norway. You can access digitized parish registers, probate records, court records, and much more!

We often discuss getting more youth involved in the fascinating discovery of one’s roots!  A Bibliography for Young People and Families created by New England Historic Genealogical Society (aka American Ancestors) might help get the ball rolling.

To better appreciate the extent of Slavery in the U.S. at the time of the Civil War (based on the 1860 census), check out A Map of American Slavery.

The Irish Genealogical Research Society’s annual journal, The Irish Genealogist, has been published since 1937. It has included information from newspapers, parish registers, family Bibles, genealogies, voters lists, pedigrees, membership rolls, deeds, marriage settlements, census substitutes, land and tenure surveys, marriage license bonds, courts records, and wills. Over 250,000 names can be searched
via a new database.

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