Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday Finds and Follows: 21 August 2015

Articles and posts that caught my eye:

This week's post will be heavily geared toward Washington State Resources, mainly because of the Northwest Genealogical Conference held last week in Arlington, as well as recent articles published at the Washington State Secretary of State and Washington State Library blogs.

  • Digitization grants awarded for Washington Rural Heritage, 2015-2016 by Evan at the Washington State Library blog - great news if you have ancestors from Asotin, Clallam, Kittitas, Skagit, Stevens, and Whitman Counties. And if your ancestors hail from other counties instead, check out the Washington Rural Heritage project to see if digitization has been done for those.
  • Jackson Axley at the Washington State Secretary of State blogs has begun a fantastic new series called "A Snapshot of..." which highlights each county in Washington State. An image of the county flag, a historical overview, photos, and fun facts are included in each post. They are being published in alphabetical order. Currently, posts for the following counties are available: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Clallam, Clark, Columbia, and Cowlitz.
  • Washington's session laws by Judy G. Russel at The Legal Genealogist - Judy highlights some of the historical legal gems available online for Washington state
  • Washington State resources by Judy G. Russell at The Legal Genealogist - another post by Judy, this one highlighting the Seattle regional branch of the National Archives, the Washington State Archives (including the famous Digital State Archives), and the Washington State Genealogical Resource Guide.
  • Jurisdiction Alert - Alaska Court Records by the author of BRB's Public Records Blog - notifies the public of some significant fee rates for record searching and filing for the State of Alaska's Superior and District Courts.
  • On Mice and Men—and Research Habits by Elizabeth Shown Mills at the Evidence Explained blog - the importance of heading back "into the maze" and looking for our "cheese" in different ways and places
  • Glacier National Park : Fire! by Becky Wiseman at kinexxions - My friend Becky came and visited me right after this event. Unfortunately, Glacier Park--and much of the Northwest--is still afire.
  • That was too close for comfort! by Chris Korstanje at My Genealogical Adventures - this reminds me that I need to do another backup!
  • Is it safe to scan curled negatives? by Sally Jacobs at The Practical Archivist blog - I'm always looking for good answers for scanning questions like these, especially when similar ones often get brought up at Scanfest 
  • Museum Day Live! 2015: Free Admission to Participating Museums on Sept. 26! by Diane Haddad at Genealogy Insider - looks like I need to put "Visit the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (the MAC)" on my calendar for September 26th!
  • British Movietone Digital Archives Online by Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - want to watch the same newsreels your ancestors watched? Or use them to highlight a blog post? Check out this free collection!
  • Maggie Bennett Killed By A Train by Lee Drew at FamHist - this sent chills up my spine, mainly because for the last month, I've been putting together a post about my Maggie, also age 12, who was killed by a train in the Midwest.

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