In today’s New York Times, Bertram Lyons, an archivist at the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress , responds to reader questions in Tips on Archiving Family History; the first of two articles focuses on preserving audio recordings.
Don’t forget! Next Wednesday, June 5 at 5:30pm the NYG&B is hosting Firth Haring Fabend who will discuss her new book “New Netherland in a Nutshell: A Concise History of the Dutch Colony in North America”. For more information see: http://www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org/nygb-programs/book-talk-new-netherland-nutshell
This Saturday, June 1, the Genealogical Society of New Jersey and the Burlington County Historical Society are presenting “Weaving History and Genealogy” an all- day education program with optional tour of the Burlington County Historical Society Museum and Library. For information, including program schedule and registration details, see:http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njgsnj/pdf/2013SpringProgram.pdf
In addition to findmypast.com, MyHeritage and Ancestry.com are also offering free access to military records in honor of Memorial Day. Fold3 is is offering free access to its US Colored Troops service records collection in recognition of the US Colored Troops’ sesquicentennial.
Don’t forget! Tonight at 5:30, award-winning author, Nancy Rubin Stuart, is returning to the NYG&B to discuss her latest biography. Defiant Brides is the story of two Revolutionary-era teenagers who defy their Loyalist families to marry radical patriots, Henry Knox and Benedict Arnold, and are forever changed.
An editorial in the New York Times this weekend applauded the NYPL’s Milstein Division for their terrific interactive website Direct Me NYC: 1940, which provides access to digitized 1940 telephone directories from the five boroughs of New York City and other powerful search tools. They highlighted the Share Your Story feature that allows anyone to insert a personal anecdote about a person or place listed in the directories that can be read by all.
For the first time in its history, the NYPL has put an entire manuscript collection online. The Emmet Collection (at archives.nypl.org/emmetcollection) includes approximately 10,000 letters and documents.
New York City’s Department of Correction has started a free online database of New York City’s Potter’s Field on Hart Island. The database currently includes 65,000 names, mostly of those buried after 1977, of the more than one million people buried there. More names will be added to the database as they become available. To see the database, visit: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doc/html/hart_island/hart_island.shtml