Monday's Must-Reads: August 24, 2015

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


  • An information goldmine: The World Bank Group Archives goes online by Elisa Liberatori Prati on the World Bank's blog, Voices: Perspectives on Development, August 18, 2015 . Great news for researchers! Archival descriptions and digital images of selected declassified materials from the World Bank Group Archives are now available online through the Archives Holdings website.

  • On August 12, 2015, the International Council on Archives (ICA) released a statement on Access to Memory (AtoM) archival description software and the organization's relationship with Artefactual Systems, the developer. If, like me, you found the existence of two different versions of AtoM ("ICA-Atom" and "AtoM") and the relationship between ICA and Artefactual a little confusing, this post in the ICA-Atom user forum explains the situation and also mentions the possibility of re-establishing the partnership between ICA and Artefactual. 


Upcoming Events


  • October 21&22: The US National Archives and Records Administration will be broadcasting their 2015 Virtual Genealogy Fair live via YouTube! If you missed the 2014 fair, you can view the recordings here.


  • August 30, Abbotsford, BC: The MSA Museum Society will be hosting a "Pioneer Tea" at the Trethewey House Heritage site to honour long-time residents of Abbotsford.  If your family settled in Abbotsford prior to 1950, learn more here

  • September 11, Toronto, ON: Sarah Romkey, Systems Archivist for Artefactual Systems, will be giving a talk entitled "Digital Preservation and Access with AtoM and Archivematica," hosted by The Toronto Area Archivists Group and University of Toronto Archives Group. Click here for more info.  

  • September 18, Calgary, AB: Back by popular demand, the Archives Society of Alberta will be offering a workshop on "Managing Electronic Records." The registration deadline is September 10th. Learn more here

  • September 24, Victoria, BC: Join the Victoria Genealogical Society for the 2015 VGS Genealogy Seminar: "Creating Connections through DNA: Genetic Genealogy in the Digital Age." Learn more about the event and register here

  • October 15, Kelowna, BC: The AABC will be giving a one-day workshop on "Describing Archives Using RAD." Learn more and register here


  • 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.

This week my post on finding original records in archives was featured in three other round ups! Check out "This week's crème de la crème" by Gail Dever on Genealogy a la Carte, "Recommended Reads" by Linda Stufflebean on Empty Branches on the Family Tree, and "Best Bytes for the Week of 21 August 2015" by Elizabeth O'Neal on Little Bytes of Life.