Book Review: The World Rushed In
I recently read a book entitled The World Rushed In, by J.S. Holliday, published by the University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma. It is a mostly first-hand account on one man’s travels from Buffalo, New York, to Sacramento, California, to mine for gold in 1848 and his return home in 1851. The book is gleaned from his diaries, family letters, and the same documents from others who made the trip over land and back by steamship. It includes maps of the route and reprints of original sketches made while on the trail. It’s a fascinating story, and it will change your understanding of what going west was like and how early California worked after it was won from Mexico but before it became a state.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Minnesota Data Website
I am working on my first ex-husbandâ€™s family tree. They came from Minnesota, and Dalbydata.com is absolute the best website for information. I have found many printed obituaries from Minnesota newspapers. I wish other states had similar sites. There are also cemetery listings and other record types. I have truly made great headway in this line using the obituaries. They listed almost everything about the person who passed on.Â Debbie Hall
Secondary Information on Death Certificates
In every class I’ve taught I’ve always told my students that the only reliable information to be found on a death certificate is the date of death and (possibly) the place of burial. Then I tell them that, because humans filled out these forms, mistakes can be made even here.
All other data is suspect, as we have no way of knowing who gave the information. Hopefully, it was a family member, but it could have been a neighbor. What it all boils down to is, at best it’s all an “educated guess.”
Shirley (Turner) Shiver
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