Some yearend ramblings and thoughts:
We have been working in the Olmsted Historical Society archives. The object is to prepare the archives for scanning. We now have scanning capabilities up to 11 X 17. We have hundreds of old pictures, the main problem with a high percentage of them is no names for the people in them or the are marked with “Uncle Charley” or “Aunt Millie”. Please if you have family pictures mark the backs with the full names and dates if known. Pictures of houses show the location and date of the house street address, city and state. Talk with your grandparents about their memories, where possible record them so that your children or grandchildren can see them and hear them. It might not seem important now but when you reach your “golden” years you probably feel different about it.
You know you are a history geek when you down load the digital book Plymouth Plantation. By William Bradford second Governor. And it gives you a fuzzy feeling because the translation is done in the original old English. Never saw so many ye’s. He was very much the leader in the puritan beliefs. At my age it is hard to wrap my brain around converting the book to modern English. In the book it talks about the 1599 Geneva version of the bible. During the reign and aftermath of Mary Queen of Scots, it was written by the Scholars that went in to exile in Switzerland rather than be killed. Recognizing that the Geneva Bible and its notes were undermining the authority of the monarchy, King James I of England commissioned the "Authorized Version," commonly known as the King James Bible, as its replacement. The King James Version did not include any of the inflammatory footnotes, of course, but it also altered key translations to make them seem more favorable to episcopal and monarchial forms of government. But the people were not fooled. The Pilgrims and Puritans preferred the Geneva Bible over the King James Bible, not trusting the king's purported good faith. The pilgrims left England and fled to Holland they were not accepted very well and had to learn a new language. The Geneva Bible was brought over on the and it is not an exaggeration to say that the Geneva translation and footnotes were the biblical foundation for the American Republic. The Geneva bible was still the largest selling bible for more than forty years after the King James Version. The Massachusetts Historical Society found the original manuscript in in Fulham England. This is the note of proof was found with the document.
“This book was rit by goefner William Bradford, and gifen to his son mager William Bradford and by him to his son mager John Bradford, rit by me”
Mach 20, 1705
My primary genealogy program is Ancestry.com. The made a new face for it this spring. It is much easier to work with. Ancestry has a couple of pitfalls, I shut off recommendations from others family trees. Also don’t use Family Data Collections, they are computer compilations of public family trees do not meet Genealogical Proof Standards. GPS recognizes government documents and family bible entries. I also use familysearch.org it is a good one to work with and the best thing it is free. They do ask you to set up an account that is the only thing they need they leave you alone after that. There are many early family history books available for free on line Google books and Archive.org has most books published before 1915 available in PDF form. We have over 50 Genealogy digital books in the OHS archives.