Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

Celebrate May Day.

Ancestor Trouble: A Reckoning and a Reconciliation, by Maud Newton 
An acclaimed writer goes searching for the truth about her wildly unconventional Southern family–and finds that our obsession with ancestors opens up new ways of seeing ourselves.

The British Library’s top 10 most unusual collection items

Arolsen Archives’ #everynamecounts Project Uses Artificial Intelligence to Help Uncover Information on Victims of Nazi Persecution
An interesting project — makes one ask, what are LAC’s plans for handwriting recognition? The 1931 census?

Ancestry adds UK and Ireland vitals indexes from newspapers.com
For marriages (2,495,690 records) and obituaries (8,653,927 records). These are OCR records so expect errors, like a person marrying two different spouses on the same day.

US 1950 census update
The MyHeritage and Ancestry searchable indexes both currently contain all records from Alaska, American Samoa, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Panama Canal Zone, Rhode Island, South Dakota, US Virgin Islands, Vermont, Wyoming, Indian Reservation Schedules, and four overseas islands of Canton, Johnston, Midway, and Wake.

Thanks to this week’s contributors. Anonymous, Brenda Turner, Colleen Murray, Glenn Wright, Michelle Landriault, N.D.M., Teresa, Toni, Unknown

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