I’m back at it after a short vacation (which involved my first visit to a Civil War battlefield—I’ll show and tell next week) to post this week’s news roundup. Here goes:
- Canadian subscription site Ancestry.ca, in partnership with The British Postal Museum and Archive, has added a database of Post Office Appointment Books, 1737-1969. The 1.5 million records name British Post Office employees, including the “femails” who kept the office open during wartimes. (These records also are on Ancestry.com.)
- Our local Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has launched a website that lets you explore the first panoramic image of an American city (Cincinnati, of course). You can zoom way in on the daguerreotype to see remarkable detail of storefronts, steamboats, streets and more along two miles of the city’s Ohio Riverfront. Click yellow markers on the image for pop-up windows with information about places depicted.
- British genealogy subscription site FindMyPast.co.uk, with the Society of Genealogists, has added a Business Index Collection listing Britain’s shopkeepers, businessmen and women, and captains of industry from the early 1890s through 1927.
- The new Black Sea German Research site is for those tracing families who migrated from Germany, Alsace, Poland or Hungary to the Black Sea region of South Russia (now Ukraine) in the early 1800s. Search a database of names, upload your GEDCOM and share historical information at this free, volunteer-run site.
- NBC is re-running “Who Do You Think You Are?” season 2 episodes Saturday nights this summer. Check your local listings if you missed an episode or want to watch your favorite again.