Friday, August 27, 2010

Follow Friday- A list of good stuff on the Internet!

I usually don’t do a post for “Follow Friday” but here goes a whole list of non-genealogy resources perfect for the genealogist….

J. Dennis Robinson’s Seacoast History Blog, “Living With the Past”. It’s New Hampshire, it’s history, it’s about the seacoast region- a triple good time!

The American Antiquarian Society has a blog. This archive located in Worcester, Massachusetts is the first library I ever used for genealogy research, back in the dark ages before computers, before cell phones, before GPS. I used to ride my bike to get there. Now they have a blog- welcome to the 21st century!

The Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities sponsors a “what happened on this day in Massachusetts history?” sort of website. It’s the sort of website that I check every morning before writing or reading other blogs. Sometimes it has even inspired a blog from me.

Anthony Vaver’s blog “Early American Crime” is described as “An exploration of the social and cultural history of crime and punishment in colonial America and the early United States”. It is also a fun website about our blacksheep ancestors.

J. L Bell is a historian who writes a daily blog on Massachusetts history. "Boston 1775" is full of good posts that sometimes are week long (or longer) serials as he explores some subjects in great detail. Bell is a professional, too, having consulted for the National Park service and the PBS series History Detectives.

“The History of American Women Blog” by Maggie MacLean has a right column index of all the women she has profiled in categories like Loyalist Women, Quaker Women, Wives of Signers of the Declaration, etc. She has written great biographies on hundreds of women at complete with photographs, sources and links to other websites.

“Your Great Grandmother’s Table: Scotch Irish Foodways” by M. M. Drymon is not only fun for those with Scots Irish ancestry, but fun for anyone interested in early American life.


Not everything I read is related to New England…

The Iolani Palace Insider” is a fascinating blog by the staff at Iolani Palace in Honolulu. Photos and stories document the ongoing restoration of the palace that was stripped of its grandeur. Now, artifacts that were once auctioned off or thrown out are slowly being returned to the Palace, and others are being re-created from antique photographs and documentation. Currently drapes for the music room are being painstakingly handmade by experts brought over from the mainland.

Copyright 2011, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

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