Thursday, September 10, 2015

Received at the Library

Members may be interested in the following magazine issues received at the Genealogy Room:

Your genealogy (July/August 2015) leads off with an article about amusement parks, a popular family entertainment option in the late 19th and early 20th century.  I was tickled that the author's park was also mine, Savin Rock, located in West Haven CT.  Before it closed in 1966 it delighted generations of local families as well as rowdy Yale students.  The author cites a website that can locate now defunct parks in the US and Canada, which numbered 2,000 in their heyday.
Diahan Southard explains why mtDNA (from the maternal line) is still an important tool.  Speaking of the maternal line, "What the widow got" is a tutorial on the history of property laws affecting US women.  A case study illustrates "Beginning your World War II Research" with offline resources (companion piece to the online resources covered in an article in June/July 2015 Internet Genealogy).  The same author's WWII-related books "The Tiger's Widow" and "Stories from the Battlefield: a beginning guide to WWII research" are reviewed.  Other articles cover: a relative's work on the Panama canal; managing those pesky diacritics (foreign characters); "Research Trip 101" from staffers at the Allen County (IN) Public Library; the controversy over Ben Affleck's slave-holding ancestors; and more.

NGS magazine (Jul-Sept. 2015) offers a primer on curating heirloom objects in your possession.  Other articles cover:

  • mining industry records
  • research in Latin America
  • pension payment cards, 1907-1933
  • analyzing the path of a census taker to provide insights about where people were located
  • DNA match lists
Two of the more thought-provoking articles concern "A genealogist's approach to privacy," and "Wearables" which speculates about how wireless wearable devices may enhance our genealogy endeavors in the future.  Glasses that can scan documents, anyone?

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