One last reminder! Thursday, March 13th, Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation will give four talks about researching family histories in Ireland. No charge, no reservations are required. Details are on our events calendar.
Join us this Saturday at 9:30 for the monthly Genealogy and Local History Orientation. This event is especially helpful for those new to genealogical research or new to research at the Newberry. After the orientation, stay and start your research in the General Reading Room where the reference staff will be available to assist you.
You’ve looked through civil records; you’ve looked through church records. What else should you do if you simply can’t find your ancestor’s marriage records? In the United States, the requirements for a valid marriage have changed over time and varied from state to state. Before Las Vegas became popular, numerous towns across the nation were known as “marriage mills” or “Gretna Greens.” Find out more about these capitals of romance in a presentation by Ginger Frere.
When is a bushel not a bushel? Well, in colonial times it would depend on if you were in Connecticut or New Jersey. We take for granted that a full gallon of milk purchased in one store will contain the same amount as a gallon purchased in another store. But standardization in weights and measures (as well as land measurements and time) hasn’t been around as long as you might think. And in fact, a particular measure may still depend upon where you are located.
The Scout Report is a weekly publication from the Internet Scout Research Group. It’s a fast, convenient way to stay informed of valuable Internet resources. Created by a team of librarians and subject matter experts, the best online resources they can find are selected and annotated.