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9 Jan 2017

World War II Diaries of Friendship, Suffering, Death

From the Washington Post today, a story of World War II diaries of friendship, suffering, death now preserved at the Library of Congress. In September 1944, after two years of suffering in POW camps in the Philippines, U.S. Army Lt. George Washington Pearcy was being transferred to one of Japan’s “hell ships,” bound for captivity in the enemy’s home islands. Before he left, he entrusted his diary to a fellow prisoner who was staying behind. Pearcy had written the diary on the backs of tin-can labels and other scraps of paper, and he wanted to make sure it survived him. He gave it to Lt. Robert F. Augur, a friend who had lost a leg in the fighting at Corregidor in 1942 and who kept a small journal of his own. Pearcy, 29, was killed a few weeks later when the prison ship Arisan Maru was torpedoed by an American [...]

1 May 2016

Archives MayDay 2016

Today is Archives MayDay 2016 – the one day each year when the entire archives profession pays attention to emergency preparedness by writing, reviewing, and revising disaster preparedness plans. At home, too often our emergency planning takes second place to more pressing demands. So I think it’s smart to take a leaf from the Society of American Archivists and take time today to review the emergency plans for your family history data. (I’m going to assume that everyone has already ensured their personal safety so that we can focus on data. But if you need to improve your personal safety measures, visit 72hours.org.) A starting place for your data and papers: Are you backing up your data? If you are, could you grab that hard drive and go with only a few minutes’ warning? Is that backup automated? Don't depend on remembering once a month to make a backup. Let [...]

10 Apr 2016

Free California Digital Archives for Genealogy Part 3

Free California Digital Archives for Genealogy Part 3 is part of  Sassy Jane Genealogy's States on Sunday series, providing links to free digital resources for each of the fifty states. Part 1 featured the major resources available. Part 2 includes institutional and small organization links. Part 3 today concludes the entries for California. The state's resources are so numerous, it is impossible to list them all here. Researchers are advised to search for specific public library and genealogical society resources by geographic areas to find additional resources. Ethnic Resources African Americans in California 1,800 items found in 60 collections at Calisphere, predominantly historic images. Chinese in California Collection Pon Doo Chew: Affadavit to establish nativity and identity, 1926 (courtesy Ethnic Studies Library, University of California, Berkeley) UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library The Chinese in California presents a balanced perspective on a tumultuous and changing history of this community in California. Major issues explored in these records [...]

3 Apr 2016

Free California Digital Archives for Genealogy Part 2

Free California Digital Archives for Genealogy Part 2 is part of  Sassy Jane Genealogy's States on Sunday series, providing links to free digital resources for each of the fifty states. Part 1 featured the major resources available. Part 2 includes institutional and small organization links. Part 3 concludes the entries for California. The state's resources are so numerous, it is impossible to list them all here. Researchers are advised to search for specific public library and genealogical society resources by geographic areas to find additional resources. Access Genealogy California 1861 Placer County, California Directory https://www.accessgenealogy.com/california/1861-placer-county-california-directory.htm California Census Map 1910 https://www.accessgenealogy.com/california/1910-california-census-map.htm [California] Pacific Coast Business Directory for 1876-78, Compiled by Henry G. Langley, San Francisco, 1875 http://caahgp.genealogyvillage.com/pacific_coast/ California Digital Library Free Digitized Genealogy and Family History Books https://archive.org/details/cdl?and[]=genealogy CaliforniaGenealogy.org California Gold Rush "Most Wanted" Website http://www.californiagenealogy.org/goldrush/ Website for "Most Wanted (most elusive, brick wall) ancestors lost in California during the time of the Gold Rush 1840s-1880s." California [...]