Saturday, April 5, 2014

Saturday Serendipity (April 5, 2014)

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 this week .  .  .  

1.  What a difference 109 years makes.  Jana Last of Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog shares with us not just the 1905 postcard of Santa Catalina Island, CA that was addressed to her 2nd great-grandaunt, she also cleverly provides a modern photo taken from the same vantage point as the picture on the postcard.  Two things jumped out to me:  (1) how much greener it is 109 years later; and (2) the manmade objects on the peaks that were not there in 1905.  Have a look.  
2.  Would you like to help solve a mystery? Maybe you can you identify the man who took more than 400 photobooth "selfies" beginning in the 1930s just after the introduction of the photobooth in 1926.  See 27 samples of the mystery man's work as he ages over the years here at The Vault -- and let Rebecca Onion know of you know who the man is!     

3.  Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings blog has a nice post about new multi-generational family chart options available at IF you are on FamilySearch.  

4.  I think we all get the procrastination blues at one time or another when we think of the backlog of genealogy tasks we have set for ourselves. The thought of having to tackle all those files, documents, inputting etc. that have accumulated makes us freeze like a deer in the headlights. Janine Adams at Organize Your Family History blog has faced a backlog and offers a tip on how to handle them generally and how she decided to tag files with metadata specifically.     

5.  If you have not seen Judy Russell's post about the sad practice some have of simply taking the stories researched and written by other genealogists and posting them on-line to their trees without any attribution whatsoever, you can read Judy's excellent piece here at her blog, The Legal Genealogist.          

6.  UpFront With NGS blog has an informative post about the certification process for limited access to the Social Security Death Master File. You can read it here.       

7.  And finally, also courtesy of UpFront, is a piece about a collection of 5,000 World War I photographs that were rescued from the dump by a man in England.  Read here about Bob Smethurst and his 36 years of rescuing and collecting and see some of the wonderful photographs he has saved from destruction.         

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Copyright 2014, John D. Tew
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  1. Thanks for including Organize Your Family History in your Saturday Serendipity!

  2. John,

    Thank you for including my vintage postcard post in your list today! I appreciate it!