Saturday, November 7, 2015

Saturday Serendipity (November 7, 2015)

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

1.  Here is an interesting read about an archeology dig in Lexington, Massachusetts that recently unearthed some British regular and colonial musket balls. The dig is on what was the farm of Tabitha Nelson. Nelson's farm was in the line of the British retreat from Concord on what became the first day of the American Revolution.  

2.  NEHGS has a few items of note in The Weekly Genealogist newsletter this week: (1) The name index to the 1910 US Census has been added to NEHGS research database library; (2) A call has gone out to try to locate descendants of pre-famine Irish immigrants to Rhode Island (1825 - 1845) whose ancestors might have helped build Fort Adams (contact Jessica Neuwirth, exhibit developer at Providence Children's Museum, with any information by December 31, 2015 at or 401-273-5437, ext. 103.); and (3) An interesting database you can read about here that was compiled by NPR of American veterans secretly exposed to mustard gas in military experiments done during WWII (the database has more than 3,900 individuals in it).

4.  Vita Brevis, from NEHGS and American Ancestors, has an interesting piece by Zachary Garceau about the fluid nature of borders and how it can affect genealogical research.  Read the article here. There is also a piece by Alicia Crane Williams about the problem of citing internet sources that is well worth checking out (including the comments). You can find the posting here.

5.  Heard of the new site called DNA.Land?  According to a post at UpFront With NGS, the site is not connected to any DNA testing service and has the potential to develop into a useful and needed tool to aid in analyzing your DNA results. You can read more and get links here.

6.  And finally, from The Vault comes a gem of early 20th Century misogyny.  Have a look here at a compendium titled "Bachelor Bigotries." This little collection can be read like a daily horoscope (horrorscope?) to learn about all the evils of marriage and women so you can see the item for today -- November 7th -- as well as the entire month of November. Oh . . . and you should know that this little gem was compiled BY A WOMAN (Laura Brace Bates).

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Copyright 2015, John D. Tew
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the link to the article about the Lexington dig. I have been researching an Revolutionary War ancestor who enlisted just after the battle at Lexington and am finding this period in history totally fascinating.