primary sources

13 Sep 2015

Using ArchivDigital Sweden

Interested in using ArchivDigital Sweden to find Swedish ancestors?
On Wednesday, I was fortunate to be in the audience for the Legacy webinar with Kathleen Meade entitled, “Research Your Swedish Ancestors in Living Color Using ArkivDigital Online.”

There were so many helpful tips for using ArchivDigital Sweden that after this webinar, a one-year subscription seemed well worth the cost to me. Using ArchivDigital Sweden image database offers
about 190 000 historical books, documents and records or 56 million digital color images of Swedish church records, estate inventories, court records, tax/census records and other historical records. We use modern technology to digitalize the records directly from the original books and we extend the image database with more than 600,000 color images each month.

Using ArkivDigital Sweden is a snap via an online subscription service called ArkivDigital online, which provides online access to the entire image database for a specific period of time. Download the Coverage Table here . You can also search their database by county […]

30 Aug 2015

SAA Archives Change Lives

Proud of my profession today with this new outreach effort from the Society of American Archivists. Enjoy this video from SAA Archives Change Lives. “Archives take lives and make them legacies.” What a wonderful one-sentence summation of archives and genealogy.

Have archives changed your life? Tell SAA about it here. (This page is designed for professionals, but I’m sure SAA wants to hear from users, too.)

4 Aug 2015

Black Sheep Chicken Thief

There’s a black sheep chicken thief in our family tree. I found my father-in-law in the 1930 census as an “inmate” of the Kansas State Industrial Reformatory at the age of 19. Because my husband was not raised by his father, we didn’t know what he’d done.

Quick Googling revealed the records of this reformatory were at the Kansas State Archives. His case file revealed he “unlawfully, willfully, and feloniously, did steal, take and carry away in the night time 24 Rhode Island Red Chickens, of the fair and reasonable value of over $20” from a neighbor. Another count of stealing 36 chickens from another farmer was dropped when he pleaded guilty to the first charge. He got five years and served almost two years before he was released.

Five years for $20 worth of chickens sounds excessive to me, but it does seem that he made rather a career of it and perhaps had […]

4 May 2015

Primary Source Analysis Tool

The Primary Source Analysis Tool is a creation of the Library of Congress that can help your genealogy research.
LC’s Primary Source Analysis Tool was originally designed to help teachers enliven history for their students using historical documents. The exercises built into the Primary Source Analysis Tool can also be helpful for genealogy research, encouraging you to look at family primary source photos or documents with a fresh perspective.

For genealogical purposes, it helps to use the Primary Source Analysis Tool on your family primary sources with other genealogist friends or groups. Or you can think of yourself as both the teacher and the student as you work through the questions.

The Library of Congress exercise is as follows:

Using Primary Sources
Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects which were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by […]