Following are some recent news stories and blog posts of relavence to genealogists. I hope you find them as interesting and informative as I do.
The Baltimore Sun reported on a very important archaeological project being conducted in Easton, Maryland, that could change the historical record. Currently the earliest known settlement of free African-Americans is Treme, located in New Orleans in 1812. Researchers are now putting together evidence about The Hill, a community of more than 400 free African-Americans Read more at In Easton, Archaeologists Hope to Uncover Earliest Free African-American Settlement.
This week saw the much-anticipated arrival of the new heir to the British throne, Prince George of Cambridge. Gary Boyd Roberts of the New England Historic Genealogical Society literally wrote the book on the ancestry of the Diana, Princess of Wales. The experts at NEHGS had compiled some notable relations of the baby, including Ellen Degeneres, Humphrey Bogart, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon. Millions of Americans have connections to the royal baby. You can read more in NEHGS Reveals American Kinships of the Royal Family.
Randy Seaver had an interesting post this week about online information. Researchers often find vast amounts of information online, especially in family trees. The questions is, how much of that information should you include in your own tree. Randy has six guidelines that he follows. Read about it in How Much Online Information Should I Use in my Family Tree?
Finally this week, an interesting series in the Providence Journal. I was raised in Southeastern Massachusetts, where the case of Lizzie Borden actually happened. A few weeks ago marked the 120th anniversary of the trial of Lizzie Borden, when she was acquitted of murdering her father and stepmother. The Journal ran a six-part series recounting the murder and the trial, still a mystery more than a century later. You can read the entire series at Enduring Mystery: The Life and Trials of Lizzie Borden.