Friday, March 1, 2013

Fun Things Picked Up Along the Way

Too short to be separate posts, too good to forget:

  • Michigan State University has 42 Civil War collections on line, including letters, regimental records, sheet music, and more. In an illustration of the endless perversity of archiving, some records of Company A of the 4th Ohio are here. (Some "collections" consist of as little as one letter.) Surnames: Austin, Baker, Bostock, Carpenter, Cole, Davis, Eaegle, Farr, Fields, Foote, Goodale, Hardenburgh, Havens, Henson, Hoffman, Jewell, Kennedy, Kirk, Lickley, Lucas, McGowan, McLain, Miller, Nelson, Noble, Outwater, Parkhurst, Parsons, Peck, Pinckney, Porter, Shaw, Stoddard, Thompson, Tooker, Waldron, and Whitman. So the Big 10 is good at something besides basketball.
  •  Three economists claim to have discovered "the first evidence that distinctively racialized names existed long before the Civil Rights Era," using death certificates and census records from Alabama, Illinois, and North Carolina.  

Harold Henderson, "Fun Things Picked Up Along the Way," Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog, posted 4 March 2013 ( : accessed [access date]). [Please feel free to link to the specific post if you prefer.]

1 comment:

Margie said...

I was intrigued by your word "Petroliana" so I accessed the website, read the article and watched the video which, btw, is titled "petrilinia" but I still have no idea what either of those words mean! After reading and watching, I guessed it had something to do with gas or "petrol" as they call it in Europe. Finally I googled it to get the answer. Cool word! Thanks.