11 February 2015

20 Free and (Relatively) New Genealogy and Family History Resources, Part 1

I have a present for you ...

When producing Upfront with NGS Mini Bytes (currently on moratorium), as I trawled genealogy newsletters, blogs, and elsewhere, I kept an email folder of all the news items that caught my eye that I might possibly include.  These range from how-to type information to databases.  There is so much information out there and it’s impossible to fully blog about most of it.

Well, I’ve decided that I don’t want those collected items to go to waste and so I’m planning to create a few posts over the next few weeks where I present you with 20 “relatively” new resources and the associated hyperlink.  That’s it; a very no frills list. If the title doesn’t convey enough info I will add a note about what content caught my eye ...

I will be doing this from oldest to youngest in my queue – so, some of these may seem familiar to you (e.g. old news) and probably less familiar as I get to the more recently collected pieces.  And, I've always found that being reminded of resources I knew about is often a good thing and just what my research needs now!
  1. Authenticity and your digital files (GHL blog, NC)
  2. Finding Your Roots (CNN piece)
  3. Why Your Family Name Was Not Changed at Ellis Island (and One That Was) (NYPL)
  4. Slides from [Ancestry.com] Presentations (2013)
  5. A Colonial goldmine (Harvard) -- Two digital projects aim to bring vast numbers of early documents, many unexamined, to light
  6. Historical Scene Investigation (LOC et al)
  7. Mocavo Announces Major Advance In Handwriting Recognition
  8. Google Scholar Library
  9. WW1 Scottish Medical Database -- Database contains over 3000 records of Scottish doctors who registered to provide civilian coveror were intending to enter active service
  10. The Racial Dot Map (Demographics Research Group) – based on 2010 US census data
  11. Online Digital Archives (Louth County, Ireland)
  12. Letters of 1916 (Ireland) -- creating a crowd-sourced digital collection of letters written around the time of the Easter Rising (1 November 1915 – 31 October 1916)
  13. British Library uploads one million public domain images to the net for remix and reuse
  14. New version of the Naturalization Records, 1915-1951 database (Library and Archives of Canada)
  15. Find Your Ancestors in Historic Jewish American Newspapers
  16. Driving Through Time (Blue Ridge Parkway)
  17. Historical Maps of Major U.S. Cities and More in New Online Tool
  18. The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
  19. Thousands of years of visual culture made free through Wellcome Images
  20. Laws Designed to Disarm Slaves, Freedmen, and African-Americans

Editor’s Note: As of today, each of the above links worked.  Now, whether the links in any of the identified articles work, I cannot vouch for that.  And, armed with the information provided, it should be relatively easy to get to determine where the discussed database currently resides.  If you get really stuck, drop me an email and I’ll try to ferret out the recalcitrant link or cross out my entry in the above list!

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