Bird’s eye view of the city of Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 1870. Chicago Lithographing Co.(Library of Congress online map collection)
The Advanced Land Class at GRIP spent yesterday afternoon in the computer lab, and it was probably my favorite part of the week. Pam Sayre led 35 of us through the process of platting property on a historical map using the windows based DeedMapper software, by Direct Line. We practised on both the rectangular grids of Public Domain Land, and the more complicated metes and bounds of the 13 colonies. You can learn more about the software here.
The computer lab at La Roche is set up for 30, so some of us had to double up on computers. The room was also FREEZING so, for future reference, if you’re taking a course that will spend any time at all in the lab….bring a heavy sweater! Walking a (…more)
Thanks Randy Seaver at Genea-musings for suggesting this bit of Saturday Night Genealogy Fun!
I used a blog article about our family’s heroine to generate this Wordle Cloud
I love lists :-) Got this meme from Bill West over a month ago (I’m so behind……)
Here’s how it works: The list should be annotated in the following manner: Things you have already done or found: bold face type Things you would like to do or find: italicize (color optional) Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type 1. Belong to a genealogical society. 2. Researched records onsite at a court house. 3. Transcribed records. 4. Uploaded tombstone pictures to Find-A-Grave. 5. Documented ancestors for four generations (self, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents). 6. Have a paid subscription to a genealogy database. 7. Helped to clean up a run-down cemetery. 8. Joined the Genea-Bloggers Group on Facebook. 9. Attended a genealogy conference. 10. Lectured at a genealogy conference. (it’s good to have dreams) 11. Spoke on a genealogy topic at a local genealogy society. 12. Been the editor of a genealogy (…more)
Of all the wonderful genealogy posts I had a chance to read this week, the one that touched me the most was A Hoyt Genealogy’s lovely Sentimental Sunday story about her discovery of an 1918 postcard sent from a French WWI soldier named Edmond to his beloved Jeanne. It’s a touching story that is beautifully written. A lovely reminder that while genealogy is built upon a framework of names and dates, its beauty lies in the telling of the stories.
Cicero wrote, “the life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.” Thank you MarDi for recognizing the magic of that old postcard and keeping Edmond and Jeanne’s memory alive!
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