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14 Aug 2016

Chronicling America Additions August 2016

Alaska, Colorado, Maine, and New Jersey are the Chronicling America additions August 2016. The four new partners are the Alaska Division of Libraries, Archives, and Museums; the Colorado Historical Society; the Maine State Library, and Rutgers University in New Jersey. Forty-three states and one territory are now participating in the program. NEH [...]

13 Apr 2016

True Love and Family History

Chicago Daily Tribune. 16 Aug 1907 Today, a story from the front page of the Chicago Tribune on true love and genealogy for three two people in my family tree. Frederick Jellison did indeed forsake his family fortune and eloped over the state line with his chosen bride, Anna Grant. Anna [...]

19 Mar 2016

Why We Do Genealogy

How many times have you been asked why we do genealogy? Back when I was a working archivist-librarian, the bosses who held the pursestrings would ask me why we should even bother with all that old stuff. After all, it was so expensive to take care of and nobody really [...]

7 Feb 2016

Saving Historic Newspapers

Today's post is about the sleuthing librarians and archivists do when finding, sharing, and saving historic newspapers. I've written before about the joint NEH-Library of Congress project, Chronicling America, which offers free digitized historic newspapers from many U.S. states. But it's easy to overlook the work being done to compile the U.S. Newspaper [...]