September, 2007


Condolences—And Wishes for Peace

I send my deepest sympathy to Pat Richley, better known as DearMYRTLE, whose father, Glen Shirl Player, M.D., passed away this morning after an extended illness. I had spoken to her on Monday and she had referred to her father in a loving way–but I did not know then that he was ill. He was 89 years old. His wife, …Continue reading →

HARP is Off to a Great Start!

HARP, the Historical Appellate Review Project, has had a great launch. We are already pursuing several cases and have had inquiries about several more. These may take months to resolve, but we’ll tell the stories here! A HARP Case One of the HARP cases I’m pursuing for my own family is that of my great-grandmother, Bettie Sanford Manson. She was …Continue reading →

Whatever Happened to Mary Manson?

My great-great-grandmother, Matilda Manson, had a sister, Mary, born in about 1846. [See 1850 US Census, Talbot County, Georgia]. The 1850 census is the only one in which Matilda, Mary, and their mother, Jane, appear together in the same household. In fact, it may be the only census in which Mary appears at all. Mary next appears in a record …Continue reading →

A New GeneaBlogie Project: HARP

Historical Appellate Review Project to LaunchA few months ago, I told the story of being inspired to a new project through a dream about one of my ancestors. I said the new project would launch in a few months. Now is the time. Here’s the story: The ancestor I was dreaming about was my great-great-grandfather, Guy Bryant. He was born …Continue reading →

The Wild Blue Yonder . . .

Today is the 60th Anniversary of the United States Air Force!

A Missed Bus

He had gotten out the wicker-straw suitcase and had it open on the bed. In it, he had already placed the Brownie camera his grandmother had given him as a birthday present some time ago. Now he was looking through the closet for the most important stuff. The invitation said he needed a soldier’s uniform this time. And he had …Continue reading →

Research Resource: National Register of Historic Places Nomination Forms

Many are familiar with the National Register of Historic Places. A good resource for research is the set of nomination forms for places on the Register. These are available from the National Park Service at the address on this page. The Park Service hopes eventually to have all of the nomination forms online. But until then, a e-mail to the …Continue reading →

Keeping Up With Copyright

After what I call “the late controversy,” I’m gradually getting back to genealogy. But given the reaction to the recent series, I’ve decided that every now and then, GeneaBlogie will feature copyright and other legal matters that I hope will benefit the community. I ‘m thinking we’ll even have some interviews with leading experts in the field. The idea is …Continue reading →

Product Review: Footnote.com

I’ve been a Footnote.com subscriber for awhile now, but hadn’t really spent a lot of time with it until recently. When I first started with it, it seemed to have a lot of fairly obscure documents, such as the city council minutes of South Boston, Virginia. Frankly, what brought me back to explore it again was a series of interesting …Continue reading →

Some Final Thoughts on "Did Ancestry Violate Copyright Law?"

I think an analysis of the statutory “fair use” factors can lead to the conclusion that Ancestry.com’s “Internet Biographical Collection” as it was initially set up, did not constitute a fair use of the copyrighted material collected and used. I think that Ancestry’s IBC probably does not qualify for the system caching “safe harbor” for infringement in the Digital Millennium …Continue reading →

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