Saturday, November 23, 2013

Saturday Serendipity (November 23, 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 recommendations for inclusion on your reading list.

1.  Want to see what your grndmothers or maybe great grandmothers wore when they went swimming in the 1920s.  Well, what they wore if they were one of the fashionable "Bathing Girls" is shown in a panoramic photo here from the 1920s.

2.  The Weekly Genealogist newsletter by NEHGS links to a New York Times piece about the strange disappearance of one of only three known "six pounder" cannons used by British general John Burgoyne's army.  Read about the return of the cannon to Saratoga National Historical Park here

3.  Wondering about holiday gift ideas?  Making presents of your collected genealogy treasures is almost always a hit.  I have gifted copies of 25 years worth of our family Christmas/holiday newsletters, a framed copy of a great great grandfather's Civil War discharge paper, framed portraits of ancestors, etc.  Nancy at My Ancestors and Me has a great quote and example for what could be a very easy and
memorable gift to family members this year.  Check it out here.

4.  An example of one of those tantalizing mysteries that can gnaw at us and keep us thinking and searching as we compile our genealogies is presented by Laura Mattingly at The Old Trunk in the Attic.

5. Yet another nice on-line resource for those with an interest in all things related to Little Rhody. The holdings of the Rhode Island State Archives, containing historical records dating from 1638 to the present, can now be browsed/searched on line here.

6. If you have a house in your family that you have always wanted to know more about -- the genealogy of the house if you will -- then you will want to read the 7-page piece on researching the history of a house here on the This Old House website.

7. UpFront With NGS also brings to our attention in its latest edition of "Mini Bytes" a free offer for an e-book about how to search obituaries.  The book is provided by Family Tree Magazine and
GenealogyBank and you have to provide your name and email address to get access to the e-book.  If interested, check it out here.

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Copyright 2013, John D. Tew
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  1. Thank you for directing people to my post, John. I appreciate it.