Not Really Genealogy Related Things:
- My main computer died on Sunday so not a lot of internet research was done this week. I also had some papers due and a midterm on Wednesday so not a lot of off-line research going on this week either.
- Got a new desktop on Thursday, the day Windows 7 came out. I'd like to do some kind of post on Windows 7 and genealogy but I'm afraid I'm not tech literate enough to do that. I will say that Windows 7, so far, has been wonderful. It boots and operates much faster than Vista and, I think, XP. It is also sleeker and seems more streamlined and honestly, I wouldn't even know the computer was on if I weren't sitting here typing this because it is so quiet. I will say that the toolbar is a disappointment this time around, XP and Vista have 7 beat in that department. One of my favorite things about my new desktop set-up is the monitor which was actually thrown in for next to nothing when I got the PC. It is the first High-Def monitor I've had (besides the one on my laptop) and I have noticed that it is a little easier for me to read old or poor-quality documents on the screen.
- How neat are those touch screen printers and scanners? I was in Office Max the other day and started salivating over them (well, I've been obsessed with all the new touch screen toys for awhile now)- Santa, can you hear me?
- Got a wonderful package in the mail the other day. It was a bit of a surprise but a fantastic one none the less and chock full of genealogy goodies. After I'm finished reading it, I'll post about it here.
- Saw Law Abiding Citizen yesterday. The movie was okay, but what really bothered me was a shoot-out scene in a cemetery- all those headstones shot up and destroyed, it was difficult to watch. I know (or at least hope) no headstones were actually damaged in filming that, but the genealogist in me was still perturbed by it.
Like I said, not a lot of research happened this week but I was able to get a little in-
- I was inspired to go back and check out Old Fulton NY Post Cards and stumbled across some great articles on my Jackmans. My great x 4 grandmother's siblings and half-siblings stayed in the Rochester area so there was tons on them. A descendant of one of her half-siblings, Rev. Lyman Ward Beecher Jackman was particularly interesting. I learned he was a Baptist missionary in Sadiya, India in the early 1900s. His wife had "improper relations" with a British officer there in 1920 and later confessed to her husband who promptly went out and shot the officer to death. The good Reverend spent about two years in a Colonial Indian prison (he pleaded "emotional insanity" and got a lighter sentence because of it) before coming back to the US and resettling in New York City.
- Haven't really done actual research on this bunch, but I heard from a cousin on this side recently and it has renewed my interest in this (VERY) frustrating branch of my tree. I plan on checking out Lawrence Co., PA resources to see what is available for the time period of 1849-1880. I also might look into Mercer Co., PA records for pre-1849 (Lawrence Co. was formed from Mercer and Beaver Counties n 1849) records. Will also be checking out Clemens/Clements records for these counties.
Internet Find I Loving:
- Small Town Newspapers: a great, free resource I found through Google News. Has newspaper archives for lots of small towns. Found a couple obituaries and interesting articles on my Wellons bunch in The Carlisle Citizen (Carlisle, Iowa).