Sunday, January 24, 2010

Weekly Genealogy Picks

Weekly Genealogy Picks -- January 17 to January 23
from genealogy blogs, newspaper articles and elsewhere
  • ArchivesNext reports Flickr has a sufficiently large queue of organizations that want to join the Commons, that they have had to block new requests to handle the backlog. The Commons is Flickr's photo gallery from libraries and archives of items without any known copyright restrictions.
  • Michael John Neill at RootDig has been noting recently several errors or strangenesses at Google Books. For example, he discovered several journals classified as Juvenile Fiction. This reminded me that Gleanings in Bee Culture, where I've found several articles mentioning my great grandfather, Melvin Van Every, is classified as Juvenile Non-Fiction. (At least they got the non-fiction part correct with that.)
  • New Uses for Facebook: A traveler found a lost camera on the Greek Island of Mykenos, and decided to use Facebook and the principle of Six Degrees of Separation to find its owner. They were successful (it took two and a half weeks.)
  • James Tanner at Genealogy's Star has an entry on Challenges of Genealogy for the Disabled. He asks for input. It's a topic I'm attuned to, as I work at an agency that provides services for the disabled. My first thought is that I suspect many websites we find to be great resources in our research aren't as accessible as they should be.
  • ArchivesFound and ArchivesNext both have entries discussing Preserving the American Historical Record (PAHR), a bill in Congress "to provide federal formula grants to every state for projects that preserve historical records and make them more accessible."
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