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Have you ever looked at a passenger list and noticed scribbles and writing on it? Most are actually significant and are not the result of a sloppy clerk or enthusiastic archivist. Learn more about these in A Guide to Interpreting Passenger List Annotations.
Did an ancestor have a business in London? Have you looked to see if there might be an extant archive of its records? If not, check out the London Metropolitan Archives Collections Guide – A-Z business listing.
I’m always looking for Galician/Ruthenian resources on the Internet. My father’s family emigrated (1900-1910) from
Finland and .
Because of that, and even though they weren’t Jewish, I pay close attention to
what the Gesher Galicia: The
Bridge to Galicia website posts because some of the mentioned resources could
also benefit my research into my non-Jewish ancestry. Galicia
Meharry Medical College (
has a neat online archive. Included are
historical student matriculation records (1878-197), catalogues, newsletters,
yearbooks, graduation ceremony booklets, historical images, and more! Nashville TN
Just like looking at historic photos overlaid on modern images is neat, the same goes for overlaying historic maps on modern maps. Check out The Quaint Plans for American Cities, as We Envisioned Them 200 Years Ago. This project is based on the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States (1832), which the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab is bringing entirely online and geo-rectifying the maps so they can be viewed atop modern digital maps.
Speaking of historic photos, how often have you found yourself making faces or hamming it up so that those you are taking a photo of would stay still (hopefully mesmerized with a pleasant expression on their face)? Given the length of exposure time in the late 1800s (about 30 seconds), the task to keep an infant still required great creativity. Check out Victorian parents hiding in pictures to keep their babies still long enough for a portrait [20 pics] to see how parents were camouflaged just to get a photo taken.
We love historical newspapers. You just never know when a family member will be mentioned and we get a glimpse into their life. Penn Libraries is making it easier for us to identify what historical newspapers are online via their Historical Newspapers Online page. The information is grouped by state.
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