Saturday, May 25, 2013

Saturday Serendipity (May 25, 2013)

Saturdays often allow a more leisurely approach to life than work days. I can more easily post links to some blog posts or other materials I have discovered during the week, or even to those discovered during a Saturday morning coffee and extended surfing of the blogosphere/internet.

Here are a few serendipitous discoveries from this week that I commend for inclusion on your reading list.

1.  From Organize Your Family History comes a nice tip to a new feature at Mocavo called "Genealogy Karma," which you can check out here.  It is a volunteer genealogy help site and an account is FREE!

2.   Diane at One Rhode Island Family recommends several good reads.  As someone born in Rhode Island, the recommended read that especially caught my eye is the December 2011 book about Roger Williams.  John Barry, author of The Great Influenza and Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, published Roger Williams and The Creation of the American Soul in December 2011.  Barry is a very good history writer and I have enjoyed immensely both of his mentioned earlier works -- so his newest book about Roger Williams has just moved to the top of my "must read and add to my library" list!  You can read a NYT  review of the book here and find information about its availability in hardback, paperback, audio and Kindle versions here.  For those bibliophiles who love the feel of a hardback book and might want to add this one to their library, I highly recommend checking out Alibris for excellent deals on this and other books. 

3.  The new issue of NEHGS's American Ancestors is out and there is an article worth reading about a new book by Francois Weil titled Family Trees: A History of Genealogy in America.  You can read a synopsis of the book itself and check out deals on availability here.

4.  Here is a nice little interview in the NYT with Ken Burns about his love for New England.  Anyone with roots in New England certainly knows what Mr. Burns is talking about!

5.  Jana Last at Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog  has developed a showcase page on her blog for a particular ancestor ("The Traveling Dentist") who has been featured prominently in her earlier posts.  This is a great idea for anyone with an ancestor who presents a wealth of information and accomplishment.

6.  I found an interesting article in the most recent issue of Adirondack Life, which you cannot read on line yet, but you might be able to see in your local library if you are not already a subscriber.  The article is by Ed Kanze and explains how two 100-year-old photographs pasted into a couple of albums his mother inherited from his grandfather led on a journey of discovery not only of the five people pictured outside a remote rustic cabin in the Adirondacks, but also, a century later, to the very site where the photos were taken. 

7.   Thanks to Jennifer Dunn at Jennealogy for the link to this YouTube post allowing one to listen to the voice of Florence Nightingale.  This reminded me of a compilation piece of the voices of 25 historical figures also on YouTube.  If you go here, you can listen to the actual voices of William Jennings Bryan, Woodrow Wilson, Thomas Edison, Commander Robert Peary, Harry Houdini, Oscar Wilde, Leo Tolstoy, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Grover Cleveland, Andrew Carnegie, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Shackleton, William Howard Taft, William McKinley, Edwin Booth (actor and brother of John Wilkes Booth), Buffalo Bill Cody, and others.    
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Copyright 2013, John D. Tew
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1 comment:

  1. John,

    Thanks so much for mentioning my blog post! I really appreciate it.