Follow Friday

6 Dec 2013

Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies – Follow Friday

The Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies is today’s Follow Friday. Founded at the University of Wisconsin in 1983 with a grant from the Max Kade Foundation of New York, the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies examines how “German-speaking immigrants and their descendants have both shaped their North American environment and been shaped by it.”

German-American immigration, history, culture, and language are the topics of interest at the MKI, and the following links may be helpful to genealogists researching German lines:

American Languages: German Dialects

Scanned images from the MKI Archives 

Ethnicity in Wisconsin

Historical Maps of Central Europe (G. D. Reymann’s Special-Karte, 1832-1870)

How German Is [the] American [Language]?

Translators

Virtual Exhibits

If you live or will be traveling to Madison, the

8 Nov 2013

Dating Vintage Photos – Follow Friday

Dating Vintage Photos Sassy Jane GenealogyAtkins Family, Lincoln, Vermont (courtesy Landscape Change Program, University of Vermont)

Dating vintage photos can be a challenge, but helpful resources are available, like the image archives at the Landscape Change Program at the University of Vermont. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Landscape Change Program collects historic images to document how the Vermont landscape has changed over time. There are now more than 70,000 images in the collection, providing a treasure trove for local historians and genealogists in Vermont.

Fortunately for family historians, the university’s Landscape Change Program also offers resources to help date your own vintage photographs taken in the United States.

Almost every element of a vintage photograph can be a clue. The Landscape Change Program does a great job with these elements: men’s and women’s clothing, hats, hairstyles, fashion accessories; the built environment; machinery and cars. When available, a current photograph of the same place is also included.

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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 […]

27 Sep 2013

Hidden Truths: Mapping the City Cemetery in Chicago for Follow Friday

Hidden Truths: Mapping the City Cemetery in Chicago is a wonderful site by Pamela Bannos, a researcher who was curious about a why there was a large tomb for the Couch family in Lincoln Park. Performing dogged research through many archives, including Northwestern, Chicago History Museum, Chicago Public Library, Chicago Park District Special Collections, Chicago Title and Trust Company, and others, Bannos mapped the original city cemetery, researched the owners of plots, pursued every article she could find in the Chicago Tribune, and finally amassed this and other amazing work at her site.

Genealogists will be interested in particular in the mapping she’s assembled for City Cemetery, Jewish Cemetery, and Catholic Cemetery, on the present-day site of Lincoln Park, at these links:

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