11 April 2014

Upfront Mini Bytes – Brooklyn Eagle, Aboriginal (CA), Medical Library, African-American, DARE, Colorado Law, French Revolution, and an Irish Mission

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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I love the “old” Brooklyn Eagle archives and the newly expanded version is wonderful. The Brooklyn Pubic Library (NY) now offers the full run of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper, from 1841 to 1955, as a free online resource.

Did your ancestors live in Canada in the late 19th century and into the 20th century?  Were they possibly Aboriginal? If you answered yes, check out Residential School Records Resources, including the newest digitized collection, photographs of residential schools.

Our ancestors died of many illnesses that we don’t recognize.  Ignoring that, most of us aren’t that familiar with many modern illnesses.  Help is available via the Medical Heritage Library, “a digital curation collaborative among some of the world’s leading medical libraries, [that] promotes free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine.”  A neat element is that it gives you information in the context of published medical resources and it is international so you are not limited to English-language medical terms.

Fairview Cemetery is an important vestige of the African American community in Staunton and Augusta County, Virginia. Learn about its history and search the burial database.

With a daughter who is a linguist and as a genealogist who often struggles to figure out how a name was both pronounced and written, it’s impossible for me to ignore anything that might help me better understand the English language.  My newest play space into language is the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) where you can search on regional words, phrases, and pronunciations.  You can search across the country, in a particular region (group of states), or regions within a state (e.g. Outer Banks for NC).

Understanding the “law” always helps our interpretation of the documents we research into.  If you are researching Colorado ancestors, Colorado Session Laws (1861-1876) are now available online. Later Session Laws, currently 1993-present, are available online also.

There may not be too many of us researching ancestry in France during the French Revolution, but if you are, check out the French Revolution Digital Archive. Stanford University collaborated with the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) to produce a digital version of the key research sources of the French Revolution. The archive is based around two main resources, the Archives parlementaires and a vast corpus of images first brought together in 1989 known as the Images de la Revolution française. The website can be accessed in English or French.

There always seems to be some “new” Irish resource in the news.  The most recent one is The Irish Mission at Watson House.  Learn about “... the Mission of Our Lady of the Rosary for the Protection of Irish Immigrant Girls. This Mission operated from 1883 to 1954 in Watson House, which overlooks New York Harbour ... it was set up close to Castle Garden, the depot where immigrants were landed in the mid-to-late 19th century, before Ellis Island opened.“

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