05 December 2014

Upfront Mini Bytes -- Michigan, Gaelic Words, Time Magazine, Photogrammar, Netherlands Archives, New York City Archives, Technician, Hebridian Connections

Welcome to our newest edition of our periodic 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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Michigan research is now easier.  Digitized versions of Greenville Independent, The Daily Call, The Greenville Daily News, Belding Banner and The Daily News, are now available, some dating back to 1857. Years 1857 - 1923 are available on the internet and can be accessed from any web-capable device. Due to copyright restrictions, the 1924 - 2010 editions are available only at the library. Read more.

An archive of 10 million Scottish Gaelic words has been launched. The Digital Archive of Scottish Gaelic (DASG) project is already the most comprehensive publicly accessible reference point for the Gaelic language and culture. The DASG project has two main outputs: 1. Corpas na GĂ idhlig is a searchable online database bringing together full texts dating from the Twelfth Century to the present day. 2. The Fieldwork Archive contains over 22,000 headwords taken from speech recorded in Gaelic-speaking Scotland and Nova-Scotia during the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

Time Magazine has created an online archive of its editions published since 1923, called The Vault.  You can browse by year or subject or search.  Some content is available for FREE and the rest requires a subscription.

Yale University hosts Photogrammar, a web-based platform for organizing, searching, and visualizing the 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI). I personally like the map viewing option.

More and more historical documentation centers in the Netherlands are going online.  Check out Waterlands Archief Centrum voor regionaal historisch onderzoek which is the historical documentation center of the region Waterland in the Netherlands (based in Purmerend) and Zeeuws Archief (housed in Middelburg) which is the principal archive for the province of Zeeland, the most south western province of the Netherlands.

New York City Municipal Archives Digitizes Materials From Early Colonial “New Amsterdam” (1647-1674) Collections. Ordinances drawn from the Records of New Amsterdam for the period 1647-1661 and their corresponding translations are now available at archives.nyc
First 70 years of the Technician (publication of North Carolina State University) is now available online.

Researching Hebridean ancestors ?  If so, check out the Hebridean Connections web site. On this website you will find thousands of records relating to the genealogy, history, traditions, culture and archaeology of the Western Isles (or Outer Hebrides), a chain of islands off the west coast of Scotland. 

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