From the Blogs, January 25

25 Jan 2013

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

Dear Myrtle passed along an interesting story this week with ties to the movie industry. She showed as an article that starts as follows: “Family history is typically passed down through stories and photographs. But for sophomore Sierra O’Mara Schwartz, it’s broadcast in movie theaters across the world.” Sierra is the granddaughter of Jack O’Mara, the lead character in Gangster Squad. Sierra is quite upset that the movie producers changed her grandfather’s story so much that he changed from hero to villain. Her story is taking off on the internet. You can read more in Family history, gone viral.

The City Record and Boston News-Letter blog recently posted about a couple of interesting stories in the Boston Globe. One shows how historians have located the burial place of British soldiers from the Battle of Bunker Hill, under the gardens of some modern-day homes. The other talks about a silver mug that showed up in the state’s abandoned property division. It traces its provenance back to eighteenth-century Boston silversmith Andrew Tyler.

The inimitable Audrey Collins posted an interesting piece this week on the blog of The National Archives at Kew. It’s not the document, it’s the information reminds us that there is a great difference between records and the information contained within them. And oftentimes, the same information might be obtained from other sources when the most obvious does not work.

Michael Hait also talks about records in his Planting the Seed blog. He elaborates on the necessity of conducting a focused search. He also clarifies the difference between a broad survey of records and “random” searching. Perhaps his best tip is that one must “Analyze each of the results, identifying what information may be relevant to your goal and defining any follow-up research that you may need to conduct in order to meet your goal. . .” You can read more in the post  In When you find a document that might be about one of your ancestors. . .



Finally, Randy Seaver found an interesting website about the census. In Check Out the Census Dotmap — Can You Find Your House? He tells us about a website that has created maps based on the 2010 U.S. Census and the 2011 Canadian census. There is one dot for every person enumerated in those two censuses, totaling 341,817,095 dots.