From the Blogs, November 9

09 Nov 2012

Following is a summary of interesting posts from genealogy blogs that I found interesting and want to share with you.

Randy Seaver made an intriguing discovery this week. There is an eccentricity in the Ancestry.com search engine that can affect your results. If you use wildcards in your searches, you should be especially interested in how that changes the search and your results. Read the full story in Interesting Ancestry.com Search Quirk.

Dick Eastman reports on a preservation story from New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina the state museum received money to digitize and preserve eighteenth-century French and Spanish legal papers that have significant historical interest. These judicial records deal with shipwrecks, pirates, and slavery amongst other topics. Read more in Digitizing 18th-Century French and Spanish Records in New Orleans.

Marians Roots and Rambles

Marian Pierre-Louis wrote of an interesting experience she had recently. In Memory Triggers, she writes “I don’t usually dwell on the past. Not my own personal past anyway. My occupation, of course, finds me dwelling on other people’s pasts all the time. So I found myself in an interesting position yesterday being confronted by my own history.”

Lorine McGinnis Shultz compiled an interesting piece a few weeks ago contemplating our pasts and futures. Looking at correspondence from earlier times, she wonders Have We Lost the Art of Writing Compelling Letters?

Finally, Emma Bayne of The National Archives in London brings us a great update in the TNA blog. TNA is in the midst of a major change to the catalog and accessing materials in the archival collections. The new Discovery catalog is a major change from the previous catalog, and Emma provides a brief update and tells you how to provide feedback to the people working on the project in Discovery: The Story So Far.