|Flooding in Montreal’s Bonaventure Depot in|
1886. Photo: George Charles Arless. Source:
McCord Museum, Montreal, Quebec, MP-1999.6.1
Yale University's recent foray into crowd-sourced transcription work is all about the drama — Yale's School of Drama, that is, along with the Yale Repertory Theatre Ephemera Collection. The aim of the Ensemble @ Yale project is to create a database of Yale theatrical history. Volunteers can browse digitized programs spanning more than 90 years and transcribe play titles, production dates, and names of directors, cast, and crew. Once the first two collections have been transcribed and put into a searchable database, more Yale theater-related collections will be considered as additions. If you had a family member at Yale or are into theater history, this may be the project for you.
If you register on the project site you can create a family tree. The transcription site provides instructions on how to do the transcription work, and lists locations and whether documents have been finished or are waiting to be worked on. Something I didn't find on the site is a list of what documents are being used, which would be useful for determining whether Jewish individuals might be included in the database.
There are enough volunteer transcription projects now that someone has created a page to aggregate them. It's on an education-oriented blog, and the focus is on students working with historical texts, but it's a nice collection of links conveniently grouped together.
|1903 Vacaville Reporter front page|
Three more local requests, these from museums in eastern Contra Costa County, California, were featured in a recent newspaper article. The Antioch Historical Museum, East County Historical Museum, and Pittsburg Historical Museum and Society have each received healthy donations of newspapers, microfilm, and other historical items that now need to be sorted and prepared for access. Contact information for each of the groups is in the article, if you have the time to help.
Kimberly Jensen, a professor at Western Oregon University, is trying to find more information about The People's Bulletin, a black community newspaper published in Portland, Oregon. The only known surviving issue, from June 7, 1917, is Volume 1, Number 34, and is held at the University of California at Santa Barbara's Special Research Collections, as part of its “Portland [Oregon] African-American Collection, circa 1900–1970.” So far all documentation for the newspaper indicates only the year 1917, although June 7 was in the 23rd week of 1917, so the first issues should have come out in 1916. It's obviously a very rare paper; it isn't even listed in the Chronicling America directory. Anyone who can provide information about The People's Bulletin is asked to contact Dr. Jensen at the e-mail address given in the article linked above.
There are always lots of Irish projects going on. A releatively new one is Epic Journeys - Ellis Island, which aims to document the Irish experience going through Ellis Island. The project began in 2015 with a focus on the parish of Tulla, County Clare but has now expanded to other departure points in Ireland, including locations in the counties of Cavan, Cork, Galway, and Tipperary. The Web site is currently going through an upgrade, so contributions cannot be made through it directly, but they can be sent via an e-mail address on the site.
Edmonds Historical Museum (in Snohomish County, Washington State) is asking its area residents, whether military veterans, current service members, or civilians, to come forward and share their wartime memories, from World War II through to the recent War on Terror. All interviews will be shared with repositories for permanent preservation, and participants will each be given a copy of the oral history interview to keep and to share with family members if desired. After November 2017, the interview project will expand to general memories of Edmonds and south Snohomish County. Details and contact information are in an online article about the project.
This one isn't directly genealogy-related, but identifying the person should help one family. Authorities from Orange County, California have put out a public request for help with their oldest cold case, who is a Jane Doe. "Jane" was found dead on March 14, 1968 in Hungtington Beach, California. She was estimated to be 20–30 years old, 5'2"–5'3", and about 130–140 pounds. More information about her case, including the clothing and items found with her, is on the Defrosting Cold Cases blog.
|Detail from The Book of Magical Charms|