Saturday, September 12, 2015

Saturday Serendipity (September 12, 2015)

The following are a few recommendations for inclusion on your reading list this weekend. 

1. The book "Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace" by Nikil Saval has been billed as "an entertaining look at the history of the modern worker, that the modern worker can actually learn from" (Rosecrans Baldwin in reviewing the book), but it also has instructive information for genealogists and family historians seeking to understand more about the jobs and worklife of ancestors and relatives in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Listen to a rebroadcast about Cubed on NPR's Kojo Nnamdi Show here and see an excerpt from the book.

2.  Can you name the "Seven Dastardly Deeds of Genealogy?" Author Joy Neighbours has listed them concisely and with pithy descriptions. Read the list here.    

3.   UpFront With NGS posted a very useful piece about the availability of U.S. Marine Corps "casualty cards." The cards are in a database for World War II, War Dogs, Interwar Period 1946-50, Korea, Interwar Period 1955-1965, and Vietnam.  Casualty cards were issued when a Marine was wounded, missing, killed or deemed a prisoner of war. Read more and get links here.

4.  And in case you have not heard or seen on the news, there has been an exciting discovery at Jamestown, Virginia. Read about the four bodies that were unearthed and the "mystery in a small box" here.    

5.  After a summer hiatus, Barbara Poole of Life From The Roots blog is back with her "photo essay" posts for Labor Day and remembrances of Massachusetts victims of 9-11.            

6.  James Tanner of Genealogy's Star blog posted just this morning a thoughtful and helpful pro and con rumination on the advisability of keeping your own genealogy database on your personal computer and not just one on-line. Read about his views on the pros and cons here.    

7.  Always a thoughtful and informative writer, Diane MacLean Boumenot of One Rhode Island Family blog has added to her oeuvre with a useful piece titled "Searching Smarter."  You can read Diane's piece here.
8. And finally, what is a "cabinet?" If you are from Rhode Island, it is something completely different than a cupboard with drawers or shelves for displaying or storing things. New Englanders and non-New Englanders alike will enjoy the summary of New England slang terms and other New England news posted on Peter Muise's blog New England Folklore this week.  Find out what a cabinet is in Rhode Island and more by going here.   
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Copyright 2015, John D. Tew
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1 comment:

  1. John, what a delightful surprise to find my blog mentioned here. Like everybody, I remember the day well, and am constantly reminded of it, since Brian Kinney, lived 5 houses away from me (he is also on the UMLowell marker, and I just posted and a previous blog last year about him).A marker and tree were planted in front of his house, and on 9/ll I got the nerve to walk up to the house and read it. Because I pass by this house almost daily, I always think of that day. Then too, John Ogonowski, pilot of AA11 was the first person to die...he lived in the next town over, in Dracut.