Weekly column sharing genealogy-related things that I’ve learned or found.
Article – I came across an article written by Kory L. Meyerink, entitled Witches in Colonial America. The article even includes a list of those accused based on several sources. During my own research, I found two sources that indicated that Mary REEVE Webster (wife of William Webster, who was the son of Gov. John Webster) was tried and acquitted for witchcraft in 1684. She does appear on the list in the article, with some additional information.
Education– FamilySearch is offering video courses on their website. So far, the Research Series Classes Online offers courses on the following topics: England Beginning Research, German Research, Ireland Research, Italy Research, Principios básicos para la investigación genealógica en Hispanoamérica (México), Research Principles and Tools, Russia Research, and U.S. Research. Note: Some courses require the use of Microsoft’s Silverlight.
Article – I love the magazine Chicago. They always have interesting feature articles related to the city, many times of a historical nature. In the March 2010 issue, there was an article written by Geoffrey Johnson entitled, “Camera Obscura.” The article talks about a woman photographer named Beatrice Tonnesen, who lived and worked in Chicago in the early 1900s.
Irish Genealogy – Ancestry has published the Ireland, Famine Relief Commission Papers, 1844-1847 collection. For more information, refer to Ancestry’s blog post Personal Accounts of the Irish Famine Now Online.