VietnamNet: Students design war hero burial database. “The students spent three months seeking information for the database and designing the website, according to Truong Van An, deputy secretary of Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union at the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanities. Through the search function, visitors only need to type the full name of the martyr or heroic mother buried in the cemetery. The site will then reveal the martyrs’ birth year, birthplace, day of sacrifice, burial position in the cemetery, and their site of fighting in the war.”
New-to-me, from ABC News (Australia): Storylines archive at State Library of WA offers a way to find photos of Indigenous family members. “Mr [Damien] Webb runs the Storylines project, which is dedicated to helping Aboriginal people find historic photographs of their families and communities which are held at the library. More than 7,000 photos are available online for Aboriginal people in Western Australia to search, and many have already found images of a parent or grandparent they’d never seen before.”
The Advocate (Australia): West Coast Council undertakes long term plans for cemetery management . “The finishing touches are being put on an online database of cemetery burials on the West Coast. The searchable database will launch with records from Queenstown Cemetery, which has been used since the early 1900s and has over 3000 burials. Records from other West Coast cemeteries will be added to the database as they are transcribed.”
USGS: Historical Maps at Your Fingertips. “TopoView 2.1 is a modern web application built on an open source mapping platform that is free of charge. The highly interactive service provides tools and procedures that allow users to easily find historic map scans from USGS’s Historical Topographic Map Collection and even compare those with modern day maps. The new version is full of improvements and advancements based on hundreds of user comments and suggestions.”
IAAM: The International African American Museum Launches Groundbreaking African American Genealogy Center. “Today, the International African American Museum (IAAM) announced the launch of its Center for Family History – an innovative national genealogy research center dedicated solely to celebrating and researching African American ancestry. The center will engage in genealogy education, original research, community archiving, public outreach, and collections. It will also assist with DNA testing. The Center for Family History is the International African American Museum’s first program launch. It will engage visitors online now … and in one of the most prominent gallery spaces in the museum.” Disclaimer: I’ve been doing some writing for Toni Carrier, one of the people behind this launch. I don’t get extra for promoting the new center, and I’m not being paid directly for promoting it. I do think it’s a fantastic idea and want to help get the word out.
Sentinel Source (New Hampshire): Digital archive created for historical newspapers of the Monadnock Region. “The Peterborough Town Library will embark on a digitization project to make the region’s historical newspapers fully accessible online through a digital archive. The Contoocook Transcript, The Peterborough Messenger and The Peterborough Transcript will be among the first newspapers to be made available digitally. Up until now, these historical newspapers have only been available in print and on microfilm at the library.”
University of North Carolina: 100 Years of the Daily Tar Heel Now Available Freely Online. “We are very excited to announce that papers spanning the first 100 years of the Daily Tar Heel have been digitized and are now freely available online through the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. The digital collection covers the years 1893-1992. It contains 73,179 pages in 12,168 issues.”