Friday, November 5, 2010

Best Bytes for the Week of November 5, 2010

I'm not sure why, but photos have really been "speaking to me" this week. It's no secret that I love photography - taking pictures, looking at pictures, sharing stories of pictures - but what you might not know is that I once toyed with the idea of turning pro. I know, I know... what was I thinking, right? And then the "good camera" broke, and there went my short-lived fantasy. Ah well. I'm content now to share my photos - and some fabulous photo finds from around the web - right here with you.

Photos I Liked:

Steve Danko shared some beautiful images from his trip to Brazil in Birds of Brasília (Hey, when did Steve go to Brazil? And why didn't the Stalkers Club notify me?).

Barbara Poole posted some gorgeous images of fall in New England in Looking Back. Oh, and she's offering $100 to anyone who can help her break down a brick wall or two!

If you've ever been struck by a photo-find in an antique shop, you'll love this one: Melissa Mannon's More Finds at the Local Antique Shop - Photographing Our Communities.

Haven't we all seen this look from our kids at least once? Wordless Wednesday - Please Mom No More Medicine by Leslie Ann.

As a former musician, I love old photos of bands, orchestras... anyone with an instrument. This one was no exception: Dial's Concert Orchestra posted by Sandusky History.

This one reminds me of The Sound of Music (or The Seven Little Foys?): Kristin's Wordless Wednesday - their own marching band. That's a lotta baritones going on there!

New images of 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, turned up this summer in the Smithsonian's archives. The "Undated! Unidentified! Unclothed" images can be seen at Speak Softly...

In the News:

In the not-too-distant future, Holographic Telecommuting May Soon Be Possible. Now, won't that be an awesome way to attend those genealogy distance-learning courses and conferences!

If you think your ancestors were aliens - of the extra-terrestrial variety - you might be able to locate them more easily now that Google Sky Adds Galaxy Clusters.

Chris at Scottish GENES (GEnealogy News and EventS) brought some important news to our attention in Creative Commons new Public Domain Mark. If you license your work through Creative Commons, you'll want to check this one out.

From the Blogs:

The National Archives has started yet another blogging venture. Their newest, called The Text Message: The Blog of the Textual Archives Services Division at Archives II, is where members of the Textual Archives staff will share their reference and processing experiences. You'll love the quote by C. Herbert Finch.

Did you graduate from Providence High School (Chicago) in 1942? If so, teacher Margel would like to connect with you. She has shared some lovely photos of her mother's school days there in 1942 High School Memories.

Kathleen Brandt brings us up to speed on some old Virginia laws in "But, It Doesn't Follow Logic!" (Can't you just see Mr. Spock holding up his family tree saying these words?)

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, reminds us not to go it alone in Genealogy Resource: The Buddy System.

Can't find that old, family cemetery where great-great-great grandpa Rudy is buried? Get some tips from Kevin Lett in Genealogy Lesson 23 - Finding old cemeteries.

Frustrated by graves without markers (yeah, me too)? J.Geraghty-Gorman offers a beautiful tribute to her grandfather in Tombstone Tuesday: A different take: graves without tombstone. And is that background photo on her blog not the most amazing sight?

I've enjoyed Lisa Alzo's stories of her recent trip to Slovakia. This week, she says goodbye in Sojourn in Slovakia: Day 9 - Saying Farewell.

Need to flex your sleuthing skills? Lorine of Olive Tree Genealogy is asking for help for reader Craig in Let's Send a WW2 American Marine's Dog Tags Home!

If you're feeling inspired by this week's election (or even if you're not), be sure to read Diane Haddad's tips for Tracing Ancestors in Voter Records.

Does your local genealogical society needs some extra cash for the holidays? Consider entering the World Archive's Project's World Record Challenge: Holiday 2010 Edition.

Did you miss the 99th Edition Carnival of Genealogy: Religious Rites? Catch up on all the wonderful posts here. I meant to point out Nolichucky Roots' Once upon a time or why Uncle Vasil firebombed the church in a Best Bytes a couple weeks ago, but went momentarily brain-dead and forgot. I'm so glad to see her post selected as the COG's featured article this month!

The Last Byte

Have you ever wondered when the first photo of a person was taken? Well, neither had I, until I saw the First Ever Photograph of a Human Being (if that's actually what it is). According to Michael Zhang of PetaPixel, because early images "required an exposure time of over ten minutes, all the people, carriages, and other moving things disappear from the scene." Makes sense. The guy in this picture happened to be having his shoes shined, so he was able to be captured in the image. Wouldn't you know it: the photo was made in 1838 by photo-smarty-pants Louis Daguerre, inventor of the daguerreotype process of photography.

(Hat tip to Jane B. of ProGen 9 for this interesting information!)

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Cindy Bergeron Scherwinski said...

You leave me speechless - you've raised the blogging bar and I am inspired to stretch and reach. Well on your way to the #1 spot on the Top 100 Blogs list. Very well done my friend.

Lisa Alzo said...


Thanks so much for the mention! Glad you enjoyed the posts.

Barbara said...

Thank you Elizabeth for the shout out. I remember your nice comments on the DAR magazines and such that I are very kind. Again thanks.

Kristin said...

so surprised to find myself in the list! thanks for the mention and for the link to other photos i enjoyed seeing.

Nolichucky Roots said...

I'm finally catching up on my reading/viewing and completely enjoyed the tour of your favorite posts - rather like having an expert guide pointing out the highlights. Thanks so much for taking the time to do this. And thanks, too, for the kind comment.

Kathryn Doyle said...

Evidently we need a centralized SD Stalkers Clubhouse. He told me at the party after CA Expo. You were there, right?!

Steve Danko said...

Thanks for the mention, Elizabeth. By the way, I'm sure that this Stalkers Club is all a myth. I'll believe it when the members start sending me their dues. Cash only.

Leslie Ann said...

I am so behind on reading blogs! Thanks a bunch for mentioning my photo :-)