I haven’t been working on my own family genealogy much this past two weeks or so – we’ve been rather busy and I’ve been devoting quite a bit of time to a few other genealogy projects; but, tonight I took a few minutes to play around on Footnote’s website. I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I have developed some blogging memes – one of them was to take a database a month and search/browse for content relative to my genealogy blogs. I call it “Feature Friday”.
- Last week, I found something in Footnote for my Kinston Free Press blog of deceased soldiers from Kinston on the Vietnam Memorial
- Tonight I found a UFO sighting that was reported in Plymouth, NC for my Roanoke Beacon Blog
- And, I just blogged about a descendant of Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt (namesake of my employing institution) who was approached to go in with a group of people to buy an island in France and make the American dollar the legal tender.
The time that I spend poking around gives me a better sense of the collections – as we know, much information continues to be frequently added.
For my own family tree however, back in May I found my grandmother’s brother listed on a crew list for the USS Neosho. I already knew he was on this ship and let me tell you, that ship saw some crazy action – I leared a couple of years ago that about 80% of the crew was lost in action around the time of Pearl Harbor. That is a story for another post – but my spotlight page is here. I believe I have overcome my “battle with footnote”
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