There’s a lot of good family history information available on the Internet. Here are five places we’ve enjoyed visiting this week:
Return of family-history letters 'almost a miracle.’ A cache of family letters dating to 1865 is lost, only to pop up several months later several states away. The finder, who bought the letters on eBay, recognized their family history value and began a quest to reunite them with their rightful owners.
A catalog of broken dreams. National Public Radio reviews Important Artifacts, a book by New York Times op-ed page art director Leanne Shapton: “Foregoing narrative entirely, Shapton tells the story of a couple's relationship in the form of a staggeringly precise ersatz auction catalog that annotates the common detritus of a love affair — notes, CD mixes, e-mails, photos, books— and places the objects up for sale.”
Interview with an actual witness to a 1932 mob hit. The current film Public Enemies is Hollywood’s version of mobster life in the 1930s, but Aunt Tootsie recently shared her own real-life observations of a mob hit that resulted in her testifying in court as a terrified teen.
Beginning family history research. This 10-minute video gives viewers an overview of some of the options for starting a family tree.
A cartoonist in the family. Victor Pazmino was a comic book artist whose career ran well into the 1940s. He wasn’t well-known but apparently enjoyed some success in his chosen field. Thanks to the foresight of some relatives, we know a bit about this man who never married and died in 1970, still, I would love to know more.
Flickr photo courtesy of procsilas.