Monday’s Must-Reads: August 17, 2015

This post is my first weekly round-up of archives, genealogy, history and heritage-related articles, blog posts, and news items that I’ve read over the past week. Hope you find them interesting, useful and informative!


  • The (Unexpected) Emotional Impact of Archiving by Wanett Clyde on WITNESS Blog. Powerful post on “vicarious trauma” experienced by archivists and other individuals working with archives of trauma. I know how emotionally challenging the work can be from my own experience digitizing Holocaust records.


  • Navigating the Maze by James Tanner on Genealogy’s Star, June 8, 2012. This post outlines 7 great rules for finding useful genealogical information online. If you get to “Rule 7: Know when to stop” and you haven’t found what you are looking for, it may not be online. Check out my recent blog post for tips for finding analog genealogical records in archives.

  • Historic school yearbooks resurrected online by Olivia Carville, Staff Reporter for the, August 12, 2015. Carville reports on the recent addition of over a century’s worth of digitized Canadian high school and university yearbooks to


  • “Text and Textiles”: Finding Manuscripts in Unusual Places by Nora Wilkinson on The Conveyor: Research in Special Collections at the Bodlein Libraries, June 6, 2014. Did you know that parchment from manuscripts was repurposed as lining in medieval dresses? Wilkinson reports on a talk held by Dr. Henrike Lähnemann, chair of German Studies at Newcastle University, entitled “Text and Textiles: Manuscript Fragments in Medieval Dresses."

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  • August 22, Kelowna, BC: The Kelowna Branch of the Okanagan Historical Society will be hosting an “Old Fashioned Family Social” at the Father Pandosy Mission. The all-ages event will feature “old fashioned clothes washing, spinning and weaving, calligraphy and face painting.” Admission is $2 for adults or $5 per family.

  • October 27, New Westminster, BC: A panel of four BC curators and collections managers will discuss deaccessioning policies and procedures in a talk entitled “The Duty, Documentation & Dilemmas of Deaccessioning,” held by the BC Museums Association (BCMA). Although the talk is part of the BCMA Conference 2015, you do not need to be a conference delegate to attend.  Click here to register. 


  • November 5-8, Pasadena, CA: The Daguerrian Society will be holding its 27th annual symposium and 19th-century photo fair at the Hilton. The event will feature exhibitions, speakers, walking tours, a gala reception, and a dinner banquet. Learn about 19th-century photography and engage with curators, collectors and dealers. Non-member registration is $275. Learn more here.

For more weekly round ups, check out Gail Dever’s Crème de la Crème on Genealogy a la Carte, Linda Stufflebean’s Recommended Reads on Empty Branches on the Family Tree, and David Rajotte’s blog, Documentary Heritage News.

To cite this post (Chicago Style):

Parker, Marisa. “Monday's Must-Reads: August 17, 2015.” The Family Archivist's Notebook (blog). August 17, 2015.