Saturday, October 17, 2020

Saturday Serendipity (October 17, 2020)


Today is 87 years from the day in 1933 that Albert Einstein moved to the United States (after renouncing his German citizenship) to take a position in the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University.  

Here are some suggested reads for this weekend.

1.   For those with early New England roots, Vita Brevis, the NEHGS blog, recently posted a teaser by Alicia Crane Williams.  A gift of access to the digital manuscript collection of Barry E. Hinman (Emeritus Librarian at Stanford University) has been made to NEHGS.  The material consists of draft pieces on his ancestors and includes some 600 drafts of his New England ancestors from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.  You can read more about this gift here.

2.   James Tanner, of Genealogy's Star blog, shares his insight and musings on the digital divide and computer literacy as it relates to genealogy research.  You can read his post here.

3.   For those with connections to–or just and interest in Maine–The Weekly Genealogist of NEHGS highlighted an article in Downeast Magazine titled, "Why Maine Became a State (And Not a Commonwealth)."  You can read the article here.

4.   Those who have read this blog for any length of time know that I have long had a consuming interest in the Great Influenza of 1918 (mistakenly referred to as the "Spanish Flu" in my opinion).  I have blogged about it several times since the first post in 2013 (see "Influenza" in the topics list).  I read everything I come across about the 1918 pandemic.  Recently Molly Charboneau, of Molly's Canopy blog, posted an introductory piece about the beginning of the flu pandemic that eventually killed her Uncle Albert.  A follow-up future post about the spread of the flu is also planned.  You can read Molly's post and get a link to her post about her uncle's death by going here.

5.   Deep Work, learning by osmosis, mind mapping, outline thinking, and being a stalk of celery in a water glass receiving a drop of blue food dye.  .  . intrigued?  So was I.  Jacqi Stevens of A Family Tapestry blog, muses on different learning styles and how to cope with trying to do concentrated, focused work while retaining the ability to explore without getting lost.  Read "Off the Shelf: Deep Work" here.  

6.   If you are not familiar with early Colonial-era town pounds and the function and revenue source they represented, then you should read Heather Rojo's post at Nutfield Genealogy, where you can also surf links to the other posts in her series on town pounds.  This week Heather highlights the 1774 Town Pound of Loudon, New Hampshire.  See it and read about it here


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Copyright 2020, John D. Tew

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