Saturday, June 21, 2008

Irish Research: A Case Study

Journey through one researcher's quest for his Irish grandmother's maiden name. In a series of three articles, Kevin Cassidy details his search and, along the way, suggests useful avenues of research and resources that may apply to other research problems. For example, using the New York City Police Census as an substitute for the lost 1890 U.S. Federal Census. The Police Census was taken in the fall of 1890 because New York was unhappy with the federal census count. Available through the Family History Library, only records for Manhattan and the Bronx survive from this second count. The first article in the series, Irish Case Study: U.S. Resources, may also be helpful in showing how deductions were made, perhaps allowing you to take a second look at your own research.

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Sunday, January 6, 2008

Lafayette Exhibit at NY Historical Society

A recent article in New York City's, City Guide Magazine, "History comes alive for the entire family at the New-York Historical Society!," highlights an engaging, uplifting, interactive exhibition, "French Founding Father: Lafayette's Return to Washington's America." The exhibit, which runs through August 10, 2008, allows people of all ages to see, touch and experience history. Founded in 1804, the New York Historical Society is the oldest cultural institution in New York and serves as a collective memory of the city.

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