25 April 2014

Upfront Mini Bytes – Philadelphia, Irish Research, Vita Brevis, Portuguese Archives, Colorized Photographs, FIBIS, and Boston Immigrants

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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Did you know that there is something called Library Company of Philadelphia? The Library Company of Philadelphia is an independent research library specializing in American history and culture from the 17th through the 19th centuries.  Open to the public free of charge, the Library Company houses an extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts, broadsides, ephemera, prints, photographs, and works of art.  I learned about it through its Flickr page
Ireland’s Memorial Records are now digitized and online via the Flanders Fields Museum project website. These records represent the 49,000 names published in 1923 by The Committee of the Irish National War Memorial and were originally alphabetically listed in eight leather bound volumes.

AmericanAncestors.org (aka New England Historic Genealogical Society, NEHGS) has a new blog, Vita Brevis designed to offer the reader short essays by the Society’s expert staff on their own research as well as news of the greater genealogical community.

Dick Eastman (EOGN) brought to our attention that there is a new website, Tombo, with Information about 20+ District Archive Sites in Portugal. The website is mostly in Portuguese and you can select an English interface, though recognize that any records mentioned are listed in Portuguese.

Colorized historic photos are just mesmerizing. Check out a video, Brief Moments in History, to see some stunning images of what these photos might have looked like had color photography been invented and in wide-spread use.

Families in British India Society (FIBIS) has a new database, St. Helena, South Atlantic – Banns of Marriage 1849-1924. Check out the full holdings of the FIBIS database here.

The MapLab of WIRED ran a piece, Maps Reveal How Immigration Transformed Boston’s Neighborhoods. A new exhibit at the Boston Public Library uses maps, modern and historic photos, and census data to illustrate how waves of immigration shaped the city and its individual neighborhoods in the 20th century — and continue to shape them today.

Another Irish research resource! How to trace your Ancestors in County Monaghan (Ireland) is a free guide that discusses the many records available to genealogical researchers.

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