From the Blogs, January 18

18 Jan 2013

Following are some recent blog posts from genealogical and historical blogs that I found interesting and informative. I wanted to share them with you.

Starting off this week is a post by Dick Eastman about CARTaGENE. This is a Canadian bio-bank project involving the population of the province of Quebec. While this is primarily a health, study, the results may prove helpful to genealogists as well. CBC News reports more on the subject.

J.L. Bell’s Boston 1775 blog always has some interesting tidbits. This past week he wrote about Christopher Colles. The John Carter Brown Library at Brown University is highlighting the Irish-born surveyor’s efforts to publish a road map of the post-Revolutionary War United States. You can read more in The Maps of Christopher Colles.

Elizabeth Shown Mills recently added an excellent QuickLesson to the Evidence Explained blog. QuickLesson 15 is about Plagiarism: Five “Copywrongs” of Historical Writing. The emphasis is on common problems: paraphrasing poorly, misusing public domain material, misunderstanding the Fair Use Doctrine, patchworking, and borrowing sources.

 

 

Which leads me to the inimitable Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist. This week, despite being in Salt Lake City for a very busy week, Judy found time to write daily posts that were so good, I simply could not choose between several of them. So, dear readers, she makes a multi-appearance in this week’s From the Blogs.

She started off on Monday with O death! Thy name is woman. Here she uses an example of how even a reputable website, History.com (the website of the History Channel) can get things wrong. She provides a valuable lesson in verifying everything you find in multiple sources to ensure there are no errors.

Then on Thursday she wrote about Copyright and the Wire Photo. She discusses what, exactly, wire services are as well as what they used to be. Then she discusses how this impacts copyright. This was followed up on Friday with Copyright, Corbis, and Terms of Use. In this post she discusses how copyright is impacted when a modern company purchases an extinct company’s assets, using the case of Corbis, which is a stock photo company that purchased the New York library of the former United Press International.