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  • Aug27

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    As we wait for Hurricane Irene to arrive, I thought I would take some time to peruse the Library of Congress Chronicling America historical newspaper collection. Unfortunately the site is down for hardware maintenance. Drats.

    But, for those who are in the midst of hurricane obsession, here is a very informative site on the Great Hurricane of 1938 – The Long Island Express.

    Best of luck to all of us awaiting the storm – and soon I hope we will all be singing Good Night Irene.

  • Mar2

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    I spend many of my lunch hours reading the papers. In 1880. or thereabouts. Don’t you?

    I’ve been seeing if I can find references to my great-grandfather who was a NYC Policeman from 1885 to 1913, as well try to find connections to other Tierneys in the area since we are not sure if he had any family over here as well.

    As I systematically search for “Tierney” in the NY Times year by year, I find I end up learning more about New York City history than my family, but that’s almost as good to me.

    Yesterday I found an article in the June 15, 1880 edition of the Times entitled Life in Baxter-Street – A Census Enumerator in an Unsavory Neighborhood. Read More | Comments

  • Dec1

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    Town gathering in Simanek home town of Predmir, Czechoslovakia.

    For wordless Wednesday: A photo of the Prague Sokol XI Slet exhibition in 1948 from our family album. Some interesting related information can be found at The History of Sokol.

  • Oct28

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    Another very good podcast from the BBC that I highly recommend – the historical context should be of much interest to genealogists as well.

    My only complaint is that older podcasts aren’t available; I’d love to hear more!

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    Making History

    Making History explores ordinary people’s links with the past. The programme is presented by Vanessa Collingridge and is broadcast on Tuesday at 3pm for 26 weeks a year in two series.