Blogs for Genealogists, February 15

15 Feb 2013

Following are some blog posts and stories that I found interesting and informative. I wanted to share them with you.

Legal Genealogist Judy Russell had a great post this week about New York.  One of her readers wrote in with a question about the New York court system. A newspaper story about her ancestor’s court case revealed that the ancestor retained to a man called “ex-Recorder Tallmadge.”  Judy explains the position of Recorder in the New York court system in .

A decade ago, the turret of the U.S.S. Monitor was raised from the Ocean Floor. Two skeletons and the remnants of their Union Blue uniforms were recovered from the turret. DNA testing was done on descendants of family members of those who served on Monitor was done, but to date no identification has been made. The Washington Post reports that next month, the remains will be interred in a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.



The Library of Congress has several blogs, and a couple of posts caught my eye this week. The Signal blog details with questions of digital preservation. Posts cover a variety of topics, but a recent two-part piece caught my attention. What Resolution Should I Use? Part 1 and Part 2 is a guest post by Barry Wheeler, Digital Projects Coordinator at the Office of Strategic Initiatives. He provides an easy-to-read description of the factors surrounding digital images. Copious illustrations make it even easier to understand.

The Copyright Office understands the issues around copyright in today’s digital age. Their blog, Copyright Matters: Digitization and Public Access, discusses their efforts to provide assistance. One of their biggest projects is to digitize and make available online more than 70 million records in their custody. You can find more details in A Vision for Making pre-1978 Copyright Records More Available. — Our Goals for the Project.

The final story is from National Public Radio. My good friend Laura Prescott was the one who originally found it. The title is what caught my attention: A Brother and Sister Get Married (And Later, Their Son Tweets It). Made you pause, didn’t it? Of course, it only took me a moment to figure it out, without even looking at the posted images. A Franciscan monk, Brother Boniface, contracts tuberculosis and falls in love with his Southern-belle nurse, Sister Damien.  They fell in love, left their orders, and married.