Saturday, July 1, 2017

Saturday Serendipity (July 1, 2017)

Here are a few recommendations for your weekend reading.

1.  Diane L. Richard of UpFront With NGS blog is reprising older posts this summer to revisit some of her favorite genealogy-related resources. The reprised post this week was from a piece originally published on June 27, 2014 and it deals with a source for death indexes and records. Go here to learn more about Joe Beine's Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records and to get a link to the site.     

2.   For those who are not members of NEHGS (New England Historic Genealogical Society), give the NEHGS databases a whirl FOR FREE during the June 29th through midnight (EDT) Thursday, July 6th free roaming period. All you need do is enter a "guest registration" and search away! Here is your link to American Ancestors where you can become a guest and get started.

3.  Here is an interesting article in The Atlantic that was recommended in this week's Weekly Genealogy newsletter from NEHGS. Read how the combination of state cancer registry data and Mormon genealogy records led to confirmation of a genetic cause for colon cancer as well as mutations for cardiac arrhythmia and melanoma.   
4.  James Tanner of Genealogy's Star blog posted Part I of a series on "levels of backup and storage" for genealogists. Read this useful and informative post here and return for further parts as they become available.   
5.  The maternal line of my wife Molly is from Canada and because the summer of Molly's birth was so brutally hot, her mother ventured north to Ontario for cooler weather and some time at her family's cottage on Lake Simcoe .  .  . and thus Molly was born in Toronto. Marian Wood of Climbing My Family tree blog posted today about her Canadian experience in attending Expo 67 in Montreal as part of her recognition of Canada Day (July 1st). This reminded me that not only is today Canada Day (much like our 4th of July), it is the 150th anniversary of that holiday celebration. Read Marian's post here and wish all your Canadian family and friends a very HAPPY CANADA DAY!   
6.  And finally, if you ever wondered what a wealthy woman in the 1700s actually wore when getting dressed -- and how long it would take each day (with assistance) to get dressed in all the layers you will learn were actually worn -- have a look at this 7 and a half minute video by the National Museums Liverpool to find the answers. 
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Copyright 2017, John D. Tew
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  1. I had to smile at your typo: 2104. Do you think we will find ourselves in those death indexes? Annick H.

    1. ;-) Thanks for catching the typo AND especially for letting me know. I corrected it minutes ago.

  2. John, thanks for including me in your Serendipity links! Happy Canada Day and Happy Independence Day (early).