Blogs for Genealogists, February 1

01 Feb 2013

Following are some recent posts in genealogy and history blogs that I found interesting and informative. I want to share them with you.

Judy Russell discusses some very important news about the SSDI, and not all of it is good. New legislation has already been introduced that could close access for the most recent three years. The head of the House committee that oversees Social Security, however, is an avowed enemy of genealogists and wants to see it closed forever. There is some potentially good news, however. Read more in News from the SSDI Front.

Jeremiah Moss writes Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York A.K.A. The Book of Lamentations: A Bitterly Nostalgic Look at A City in the Process of Going Extinct, a blog dedicated to New York City. Last week he discussed the very sad news of the destruction of the research library at the main branch of the New York Public Library in Manhattan. I have researched there many times, and this is a very sad day indeed. For seven stories below ground, the book collections of the library are stored and sent up to the reading rooms via “dumbwaiter and a complicated Rube Goldbergy conveyor system of lifts and chutes.” The stacks and the delivery system are set to be demolished and the books sent into storage in New Jersey, limiting access by researchers.

The Library of Congress blog, however, gives us some good news. On January 30, LOC joined with twelve other government agencies and non-governmental organizations signed a Declaration of Learning. The document was ceremonially signed on the Treaty of Paris desk (on which was signed the peace declaring the end of the American Revolution) in the presence of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Declaration is an agreement between the organizations to use historic objects to create digital learning opportunities for everyone from children to lifelong learners.

Leiland Meitzler reports on a big announcement from Family Search. In OCLC & FamilySearch Partnership Will Combine Resources, he talks about an announcement this week that OCLC will include data from the Family History Library Catalog into WorldCat, and entries from WorldCat will appear in search results on the FamilySearch website. This collaboration will sure be a boon to researchers.



Finally, we sometimes think that social networking is a thing of the Facebook generation, but A Blog About History reminds us that such is not the case. In Ancient Social Networking in Pompeii, Sevaan Franks tells us about a recent story discussing studies of graffiti in Pompeii, frozen in time by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. It brings new meaning to “writing on someone’s wall!”