Sunday, March 21, 2010

Weekly Genealogy Picks

Weekly Genealogy Picks -- March 14 to March 20
from genealogy blogs, newspaper articles and elsewhere

The First Edition of the Carnival of African American Genealogy has been posted at Our Georgia Roots, with 34 entries.

In You Never Know Who You Might Meet at the Flea Market Cindy at Everything's Relative-Researching your Family History tells a story of who she met and what she discovered yesterday.

A.C. Ivory at FindMyAncestor asks Can Your Camera Scan an Entire Book in Seconds? No, mine can't. I wish it could, though I suspect the device mentioned is a bit out of my price range.

Michael John Neill of RootsDig discovered his posts were being stolen, as did Thomas MacEntee of Geneabloggers. Different websites were guilty of the theft. Coincidentally, James Tanner at Genealogy's Star has an entry on Claiming a Copyright, and Judy Shapiro at Advertising Age asks Is Copyright the Buggy Whip of the Digital Age? (hat/tip: Digitization 101)

John W Hays at Relative Something describes his Census Love.

Denise Barrett Olson at Family Matters discusses Document Collections at Scribd. She has created a moderated Family History Archive to which others can contribute documents.

FamHist Blog writes about Blindly Following a Ghost Trail.

Schelly Talalay Dardashti at Tracing the Tribe discusses some difficulties the Israeli version of Who Do You Think You Are had in finding celebrities. Apparently a DVD with English subtitles is in the works, and I suspect I might be interested.

Steve Patterson at Urban Review StL has a fascinating series of photographs with discussion of what the St. Louis riverfront looked like in the decades prior to the Arch being built. Apparently the community (40 blocks) was razed in 1939. Groundbreaking for the Arch didn't begin until 1959. During those twenty years, the St. Louis riverfront had a huge parking lot.

Other Weekly Lists

The Wolfram/Alpha blog has a post on Finding Roots, but it has absolutely nothing to do with genealogy.

And finally...

I know this is a day late, but yesterday March 19-20, was a National Day of Unplugging. I read about the idea Friday afternoon, about an hour before sunset. I made the decision to participate in the final minutes. I'd have blogged about it...but...there wasn't time.

It was an enjoyable experience. Of course, the idea is that it can be a weekly experience. And is only one of the ten principles of a project calling itself the Sabbath Manifesto. It's open to members of all religions.

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