21 Mar 2014

Library of Congress Blogs – Follow Friday

This Follow Friday post is about Library of Congress blogs. The nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, the Library of Congress holds millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

Its name comes its original mission to serve as the research arm of Congress, a purpose it still fulfills today. The Library’s formal mission is to “support the Congress in fulfilling its constitutional duties and to further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people.”

The eleven Library of Congress blogs certainly fulfill the latter part of their mission. The Library of Congress blogs are excellent resources, free to all, organized by broad historical subjects, and containing a wealth of information for researchers from the vast collections at the Library of Congress.

These Library of Congress blogs are of particular interest to genealogists:

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31 Jan 2014

First Friday Genealogy with Sassy Jane – Follow Friday

First Friday Genealogy with Sassy Jane

First Friday Genealogy with Sassy Jane is almost ready for its close-up. The premiere issue of my new monthly genealogy newsletter goes out on 7 Feb 2014.

Available (you guessed it) the first Friday of the month, First Friday Genealogy with Sassy Jane contains tips and tricks for your family history research and highlights from the Sassy Jane site, so you don’t miss a thing.

My focus is genealogy from an archivist’s perspective, including using primary sources effectively, search strategies, archives news, and technology tips. Frequent topics include how to organize genealogy research, catalog family photographs, and simplify sources and citations. I also like sharing information on using iPads and iPhones for mobile genealogy.

There are lots of genealogy newsletters out there, so I want you to know that First Friday Genealogy with Sassy Jane is: 1. short, 2. sweet, 3. free. Delivery is timed […]

17 Nov 2013

That’s My Grandpa: Finding Loved Ones in Historical Documents

That’s My Grandpa: Finding Loved Ones in Historical Documents chronicles a delightful example of genealogical happenstance. While working on the processing floor of the Wisconsin Historical Society, Michelle Dubert-Bellrichard was approached by a co-worker with a document containing her last name.

That's My Grandpa: Finding Loved Ones in Historical Documents
Courtesy Archival Outlook, Society of American Archivists

The record was a petition for aid for which a Nettie Bellrichard had applied in 1916. Michelle, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin, had never heard of Nettie Bellrichard. Michelle recalls:


19 Sep 2013

The Bondwoman’s Narrative – Identifying Author Who Was a Fugitive Slave


The Bondwoman’s Narrative – Identifying Author Who Was a Fugitive Slave is a great article at the New York Times today.

In 2002, an 1850s novel written by a fugitive slave was published and became a best-seller. But the true identity of the author, who used the pen name Hannah Crafts, was unknown.