Out of the Box: Virginia Untold: Lancaster County Fiduciary Records 1657-1872. “The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce the addition of the Lancaster County Fiduciary Records, 1657-1872, to Virginia Untold. This collection contains the earliest records added to Virginia Untold, and the largest number of names added from a single locality so far—over 20,000. Fiduciary records primarily consist of estate administrator settlements, estate inventories, dower allotments, estate divisions, estate sales, and guardian accounts that record a detailed list of all personal property owned by individuals, including enslaved people.”
State Archives of North Carolina: Digital Collection now Complete: The General Assembly Session Records. “After three years, The General Assembly Session Records digital collection is now online! This digital collection covers the session records from 1709 to 1814, located in the State Archives of North Carolina.”
The Guardian: From witchcraft to cheese theft: archive sheds light on 200 years of crime. “From the tragic case of Cecilia Samuel, found guilty of drowning her newborn baby in a ditch in Wisbech, to William Sturns, accused of stealing three cheeses, 200 years of crimes in the diocese of Ely are being catalogued for the first time.” The archives are expected to be finished in September of next year.
The Chronicle: South Carolina Historical Society Digitizes Historical Assets. “The South Carolina Historical Society (SCHS) is excited to announce that more than two hundred plats from the John McCrady Plat Collection (1696–1924) are now available for viewing on the Lowcountry Digital Library – an online resource containing historic assets about the Lowcountry region of South Carolina. The John McCrady Plat Collection consists largely of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century plats pertaining to properties in the Lowcountry.” A plat in this case is a map of a plot of land. Ancestral Findings has an article on how to use them in genealogy.
Dalhousie University: Cooking Soup And Catching Rats, 18th‑Century Style. “How to cure the bite of a mad dog. How to dye silk. How to make ginger beer. A remedy for a cough. These are just some of the recipes you can discover in Early Modern Maritime Recipes, an online database that’s about way more than baking a cake. The Early Modern Maritime Recipe database was created by Lyn Bennett, associate professor of English at Dalhousie, Edith Snook, English professor at the University of New Brunswick, and a team of student researchers and scholarly technologists. The fully searchable database contains 497 recipes from the Maritimes, almost all of which were written before 1800.” The Maritimes is a coastal section of eastern Canada; Rough Guides has an overview.
BBC: Maps show land confiscated from Old Fox. “Maps made to help the government control the confiscated estate of a notorious Jacobite have been made available to the public online. They are among more than 400 maps belonging to the Lovat Estates near Beauly in the Highlands. After the defeat of the Jacobites at Culloden, the British government took control of the estates of the 11th Lord Lovat, Simon Fraser, who was known as the Old Fox.”
CTV News Winnipeg: Province digitizing centuries-old trading post records to mark Manitoba 150. “The province of Manitoba will celebrate its sesquicentennial in 2020 and plans to mark the anniversary are well underway. The Hudson’s Bay Company Archives (HBCA), which is part of the Archives of Manitoba, is getting help from The Hudson’s Bay Company History Foundation for a mass digitization project, one of the first Manitoba 150 projects. HBCA is digitizing over 1000 reels of microfilm copies of pre-1870 trading post records, making them available to the world online.”