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3 Feb 2017

Searching the Historic American Buildings Survey

HABS team in 1934 measuring the Kentucky School for the Blind. (Courtesy HABS, Library of Congress) Interested in searching the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) to find a connection between an ancestor and a specific place? HABS was established in 1933 when Charles E. Peterson, a young landscape architect proposed the [...]

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, [...]

4 Feb 2014

Bills of Mortality – Tuesday’s Tip

Courtesy WellcomeImages 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 [...]

10 Jan 2014

OperationPhotoRescue.org

OperationPhotoRescue.org is a charitable organization of volunteer photography enthusiasts who help rescue and restore damaged photos, particularly after natural disasters. o"Insurance doesn't restore memories, but we do" is their tagline. OperationPhotoRescue makes two to three "copy runs" per year, usually to locations in the U.S. that have suffered major disasters. OPR organizes [...]