Thursday, September 21, 2006

Whaling Collection Archives

New Bedford's Whaling Collection Archives has a search interface that's extremely lenient. Not only can you search for crewmen by name, but also by hair color, skin color, rank, and residence. (Useless fact: Edmund Butler of Edgartown was the only crewman of the period reported to have freckles.) You may also search by ship name, port of registry, departure date, and whaling ground. No single field is required, so queries may be as broad or narrow as you like. At least one famous name appears in this index: Herman Melville departed on the Acushnet on Jan. 3, 1841.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Cemetery Surveys, Inc.

Cemetery Surveys, Inc., is a blog with gravestone photos and inscriptions, plus transcriptions of birth certificates, marriage licenses, and other records that tend to get genealogists hot and bothered. The emphasis is on the Southeastern United States, with some contributions from farther afield. Users can add to the documentation for any particular resource by dropping a comment on the appropriate page. CSI is a good example of how a blog platform may be used to organize and display genealogical documents.