Ruth’s Recommendations

Here are my favourite blog posts from the past two weeks.

The National Archives blog had three posts that were interesting. The first is called “Distress in the cotton districts 1863” which looks at the effects of the American Civil War on the cotton industry in North East England. This is of particular interest to me because I have family from Cheshire and Lancashire who were involved in the cotton industry. This post looks at the civil unrest caused by the shortage of raw cotton.

The next is “Is that all there is?” In this post the National Archives explain what they are doing to fix what they call “hopeless Wikipedia articles,” these are articles with little or no information.

The last post is “Olympics – PE kits and tuck boxes” it looks at a website called The Olympic Record. Here you can download records from the National Archives relating to the Olympics.

The Family Recorder blog has a post called “Those Places Thursday – The State of the Poor” which looks at a “useful source for family and local history” called “The State of the Poor, or An History of the Labouring Classes in England, from the Conquest to the Present Period; in which are particularly considered, Their Domestic Economy, with respect to their Diet, Dress, Fuel and Habitation; And the Various Plans which, from time to time, have been Proposed and Adopted, for the Relief of the Poor” by Sir Frederick Morton Eden. This document was published in 1797. This resource sounds very intriguing.

The Irish Genealogy News blog has a post called “Tipperary & Limerick witness statements released” which looks at the Tipperary and Limerick Witness Statements taken from the Bureau of Military History (1913-1931). These are personal accounts of the movement for Independence in Ireland.

What were your favourite blog posts in the last two weeks?

Let me know in the comments below.

Other bloggers that write their own lists are:

Genea-Musings – Best of the Genea-Blogs

British & Irish Genealogy

Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog

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