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14 Apr 2014

Orphans of the Titanic

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Courtesy Library of Congress

Waifs of the Deep: Orphans of the Titanic is an interesting article over at Picture This, the blog for the Library of Congress’s photograph collections.

In honor of another Titanic anniversary today, let’s see how some 20th- and 21st-century crowdsourcing resolved a family’s identity.

The New York Evening World featured this heart-tugger in the aftermath of the sinking on April 20, 1912:

Who are the two little French boys that were dropped, almost naked, from the deck of the sinking Titanic into the arms of survivors in a lifeboat?  From which place in France did they come and to which place in the new world were they bound? There is not one iota of information to be had as to the identity of the waifs of the deep – the orphans of the Titanic.

Did the Orphans of the Titanic find their parents?


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:

9 Nov 2013

Last Men of the American Revolution in 1864

 “History lives only in the persons who created it…. As we look upon their faces, as we learn the stories of their lives, it will live again before us, and we shall stand as witnesses of its great actions.”

–Rev. E.B. Hillard, The Last Men of the Revolution, p. 24.
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Last Men of the Revolution by Roswell A. Moore, 1864.  (Courtesy Library of Congress

The Last Men of the American Revolution were photographed in 1864 by a photographer named Roswell A. Moore. This great photograph comes from the collections of the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. The portraits of the six veterans remaining from the Revolutionary War were taken for a book entitled The Last […]

18 Oct 2013

Dating Photos Using Library of Congress Resources for Follow Friday

Dating Photos Using Library of Congress Resources

Today’s Follow Friday post is about dating photos using Library of Congress resources. The LC’s Prints and Photographs Division  has a great list of resources for visual literacy, a term that embraces image history, photographic processes, content, and meaning. If you have ever used a magnifying glass on a photograph to try to read a date on a wall calendar or a license plate, then you’re using visual literacy.

Download a Visual Literacy Exercise from LC to use on one of your own family photographs.

Visit LC’s Sources for Identifying and Deciphering Symbols.

Go to LC’s Picture Research and Visual Literacy page.

Now let’s do an exercise from LC’s A Closer Look: Dating […]