Saturday, October 24, 2015

Saturday Serendipity (October 24, 2015)

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

1.  If you happen to be a Mayflower descendant from Richard and Elizabeth Warren, you should read "Elizabeth Warren: A Shock of Corn Fully Ripe" in the most recent issue of The Mayflower Quarterly, Vol. 81, No. 3, September 2015 pp. 220 - 222.  

2.  Here is a welcome and encouraging story that genealogists can celebrate. Courtesy of NEHGS's The Weekly Genealogist comes an article about a one semester elective genealogy course offered at Old Rochester Regional High School in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. Read the full article here.    

3.  Also courtesy of NEHGS is an interesting piece on how the 50 states came by their names. You can learn about the naming of the various states here.

4.  Have you ever thought about the possibility you might someday want to donate your genealogy research in order to assure its preservation? If so -- or if you just want to learn a bit more about such donations -- have a read of the post and links at UpFront With NGS blog here.    

5.  Did you know that deletes some of its collections and databases? Neither did I. But, blogger Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings blog keeps a close eye on Ancestry databases and he recently noticed 567 databases suddenly went missing. Read about Randy's discovery of the database disappearance here and the follow-up answer here.  

6.  Did you hear that Google won an important appeal in a suit over copyright vs. fair use with the Authors Guild? As you would expect, The Legal Genealogist, Judy Russell, explains it all for us.  You can read Judy's excellent explanation here

7.  Barbara Poole of Life From The Roots blog has another wonderful photo tour post that is very timely as we approach Halloween.  Barbara visited Van Otis Chocolates in Manchester, NH. Her photos are so sweet they could give you a good start on a cavity just looking at them -- but it is worth the risk.  See the post here.

8.  And finally, to get you into the Halloween spirit, there is a post about an old Ipswich ghost story at Peter Muise's blog New England Folklore. Read "Harry Main and the Black Cats from Hell" here.

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Copyright 2015, John D. Tew
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1 comment:

  1. John, I think you like candy as much as I do. Perhaps you'll get to Manchester some day, then you'll be able to visit and buy. I wanted to mention that we ate at a restaurant close by and so did Chris Christie. He wasn't out getting votes, instead had a quiet meal with his staff. Was a nice ending to the sweet day. Thanks for the mention!