Toronto Star offers free access to their online newspaper archives until May 31.

Toronto Star offers free access to their online archives.

Toronto Star offers free access to their online newspaper archives until May 31, 2015. The last time a similar offer was made, it was for two days — and I was bleary-eyed at the end of it. The usual cost to access the archives is $9.95 per week, $19.95 per month, or $149.95 per year. …

Canadiana.org’s valuable collection of historical documents is now online.

Canadiana.org's valuable collection of historical documents.

With the assistance and cooperation of archives, libraries and research organizations, Canadiana.org’s valuable collection of historical documents is now online.   It includes millions of pages of primary source documents in 21 languages, most notably including the languages of our First Nations. This collection chronicles the people and institutions of Canada’s history between the 1600s …

Transcription: Isaac Shelby’s Order for Recruitment of Troops for the War of 1812.

Militia Order of Isaac Shelby of July 31, 1813

The following is my transcription of Isaac Shelby’s “Order for recruitment of troops for the War of 1812″  for the Kentucky Militia, to fight against Upper Canada in the War of 1812.   FRANKFORT, July 31st, 1813. DEAR SIR, THE following address to the militia of Kentucky will inform you of the call that has …

New OPenn Digital Resources Platform launched online.

Rare books, manuscripts and documents.

Following is an excerpt from a press release regarding the launch of the new OPenn Digital Resources Platform.   Recently I wrote a post titled, “Researching Welsh Quakers in Pennsylvania” about my own research into our extensive Pennsylvania and Welsh Quaker ancestry and listed numerous links for pursuing similar research. Be sure to bookmark this …

Historical military databases of New Zealand and Australia available free.

WWI ANZAC military records.

Ancestry.com will open the New Zealand and Australian military collections, and UK collections with information on Commonwealth soldiers, until 2am Monday, April 27, 2015.   An online family history resource is opening its military databases free of charge in commemoration of the Anzac Day centenary. These databases contain extensive information on Commonwealth soldiers, including addresses, …

Ancestry launches Ancestry Academy; educational video courses for family history researchers.

AncestryAcademy training.

I just discovered this press release about Ancestry.com ‘s new ‘Ancestry Academy’ for family history researchers. Even though I do have over twenty years experience researching my ancestors, I have every intention of checking this out. I have never stopped learning new things in the world of genealogy blogging and research, and I’m sure a …

MRSA remedy: Looking to the past can solve problems of the present and future.

Bald's Leechbook

A surprising finding by Dr. Christina Lee of the University of Nottingham has been key to discovering that a medieval remedy used to treat eye infections has properties that could be useful today, as described in “AncientBiotics – a medieval remedy for modern day superbugs?”   The recipe for this remedy existed in an old …