Randy Seaver had an interesting case study in Geneamusings this week. He recently made a great discovery on FindAGrave, locating the burial of Samuel and Mary Ann (Underhill) Vaux. The FindAGrave information included full birth and death dates for both individuals in a Kansas cemetery. Unfortunately, no image of the gravestone was available. Checking the information against burial cards from that cemetery on microfilm at the Family History Library, he discovered a conflict in the death information for Samuel. Get more about this tory in How Can I Resolve This Evidence Conflict?
In his inaugural speech in January, President Obama mentioned the three great civil rights struggles of the past century and a half in his reference to Seneca Falls, Selma, and Stonewall. The Library of Congress Blog recently posted about the Women’s Suffrage movement and the 5,000 women who marched on Washington, D.C., a century ago. The post also discusses a number of items in the LOC collections that can help researchers find out more information about the Suffragettes. Discover these resources in I Love A Parade.
The discovery of the remains of King Richard III in a car park in England was published around the world. This has lead to another disinterment. This one, however, is likely to prove that it is not the person it is purported to be. Ongoing rumors state that Alfred the Great is buried in the churchyard of St. Bartholomew at Winchester. There are numerous differences between the two cases, and it is highly doubtful that the remains actually are those of Alfred, but the remains were removed for public safety reasons. You can read more on The History Blog.
Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist, had an interesting post about copyright this week. She discusses the implications of the Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley and Sons case by the Supreme Court last week. The decision dealt with people buying books in foreign markets then returning to the United States and selling them in the higher-priced market here. Learn more about what is and isn’t legal in Copyright and The First Sale Rule.
Damian De Virgillio writes the Knowing Nonno blog, documented his genealogical research. His Italian paternal grandfather disappeared in late January 1944. His grandmother searched everywhere, even attempting to enlist the Vatican in discovering what happened to her husband, but it would be three decades before even a vague clue turned up. Decades later he picked up the search and made an amazing discovery about a shipwreck that took the lives of more than 4,100 people, including his grandfather. You can read the full story in For the Lost of February ’44, Part I, Part II, and Part III.