This week brings an eclectic group of stories for you. From lost records to DNA to fashion tips and more, I hope you find them as interesting and informative as I do.
First up is a post from Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist. Today Judy writes about record loss. Even when a courthouse burned, there are quite possibly materials that survived. To illustrate her point, she discusses early records of San Francisco that survived the devastating earthquake that hit the city 108 years ago today. Read more in All Not Lost.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently raided the home of a 91-year old man in rural Rush County, Indiana. Don Miller has been acquiring artifacts for eight decades. In addition to Native American cultural objects, materials from Australia, China, Haiti, New Guinea, Peru, and Russia were also identified. The FBI is working to catalog thousands of these artifacts to determine their origin, how Miller came into their possession, and whether it is legal for such an item to be privately owned. Read more in Thousands of Artifacts Removed from Rural Indiana Home.
My friend Drew Smith recently posted an update to a horrific story coming out of Florida. The former Dozier School for Boys in Florida has been the subject of an ongoing scandal since bodies were discovered in unmarked graves on school grounds. An anthropology professor from the University of Southern Florida is leading a team building a DNA database to help in identifying the remains. Read more in USF Builds DNA List to Help ID Dozier School Bodies.
Last month I posted about writing your own obituary. Apparently USA Today liked it, because they picked up on the topic as well: “Put it down to the ‘selfie’ lifestyle of social media, and to the aging baby-boomer generation’s enduring need to exert control over every facet of their lives, including the end. Or maybe it’s the triumph of the DIY movement.” Read the full story in The ‘Selfie’ Impulse Now Extends to Obituaries.
File this one under “everything old is new again.” We all know that fashion trends are a never-ending circle. Ideas that were once new, go out of style, only to return to favor at some point in the future. Back in the 17th century, men wore shoes with heels, while women wore flats. Heeled shoes were considered masculine. They were used for riding, to lock one’s feet in the stirrups, making combat more efficient. Eventually the style changed over to women. Now the fashion trend is for men to wear high heels. Read more about the history in Why Did Men Stop Wearing High Heels?, and more about the recent trend in A Tall Order for Even the Most Fashionable Gentlemen: High Heels for Men are on the Rise.