Archive for October, 2012

Century Farms – a Heritage Worth Preserving

October 26th, 2012

by Carolyn L. Barkley In the past, the United States was primarily an agrarian nation. Farm-life was a shared experience for an overwhelming percentage of the population, with the family farm a valued possession. Today, the family farm is disappearing as modern economic pressures make it less and less possible for a few individuals to […]

The Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy

October 18th, 2012

By: Carolyn L. Barkley   One of the benefits of researching and writing a weekly article is the discovery of wonderful websites. The Yale Law School Lillian Goldman Law Library’s The Avalon Project is one such discovery. There is no “about us” page providing the background of this remarkable site–and background information on its development […]

A Look at MyHeritage.com

October 11th, 2012

By: Carolyn L. Barkley I freely admit that I don’t leap to use new technology as soon as it is available. I’m a lurker, waiting until most of the “bugs,” either real or perceived, are identified and resolved. For example, I do own an iPad (practically an extension of my right hand), but I purchased […]

Did Your Ancestor Travel The Trail of Tears?

October 5th, 2012

By: Carolyn L. Barkley History is full of parallels, but they sometimes crop up unexpectedly. I am currently reading David Craig’s On the Crofters’ Trail (Birlinn, 2010) on the Highland clearances of the early to mid-nineteenth century. The author links these Scottish clearances to others that occurred in Europe and the Middle-East, but I was […]