Follow Friday

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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7 Mar 2014

Sassy Jane Genealogy in Family Tree Magazine

sassy jane genealogy in family tree magazine sassy jane genealogyWelcome to all of my new readers. Last Friday I was happily surprised to find Sassy Jane Genealogy in Family Tree Magazine.

Lisa Louise Cooke’s article, “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow,” includes this site and my posts on Facebook. It’s been a wonderful week with lots of new readers and I want to thank Lisa for including me.

Let’s also take a look at some of the other genealogists in the article. You can’t go wrong with:

CeCe Moore
Genetic genealogist CeCe Moore specializes in genealogy and adoption research. Visit her websites Your Genetic Genealogist and Adoption and DNA.

The Legal Genealogist
Judy G. Russell just delivered the keynote at Rootstech and is one of genealogy’s shining stars. Visit her site, The Legal Genealogist, and follow her […]

4 Feb 2014

Bills of Mortality – Tuesday’s Tip

Bills of Mortality records are the topic of Tuesday’s Tip and a new-to-me record group.

Containing the weekly mortality statistics for London, Bills of Mortality were compiled by parish clerks. Before the nineteenth century, Bills of Mortality were the main source of death statistics. The earliest known bill dates from November 1532, but the records mostly date to the period when they were used to track deaths from the epidemics, particularly The Great Plague of London. In 1570, baptisms were added and 1629 the cause of death was added. They were published through 1836, when civil registration supplanted these records.

Infant and child mortality rates were so numerous, according to historian Lynda Payne at Children and Youth in History, that they were listed according to age bracket, rather than disease. “Chrisomes” were infants younger than a month old; “teeth” were babies not yet through with teething.

The Bills of Mortality are listed by parish and by cause of […]

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 […]