Digital Collections: Spotlight on the Portal to Texas History, Part I – Discovery Features

The Portal to Texas History

Taking a look at one of my favorite digital archives–the Portal to Texas History, through a series of posts highlighting this valuable historical research tool. In this first part of the series, I walk through the Portal’s well-designed discovery features.

WordPress for Genealogy: Global Content Blocks for Reusable Blogging Prompt Intros

Blog Beat Introduction Example One

Discussing another favorite use case for the WordPress Global Content Blocks plugin, to maintain a library of reusable Intro Blurbs for regular blog prompts or columns. Take advantage of this functionality on your own self-hosted personal, professional, or society WordPress blog to save time and room for error.

Just Launched My Research Guide for Genetic Genealogy

DNA Double Helix

Yesterday I launched my newest research guide, on using DNA for genealogical research — a focus of much of my own research time and dime this year. The research guide is by no means complete. I am still scrambling to add more material, and will continue to regularly update it. It is meant to be comprehensive, but not exhaustive. Includes a special getting started section for beginners.

WordPress for Genealogy: Adding a Lineage Snapshot Box to Blog Posts About Ancestors, Part III

Snapshots Library Copied to Plugin

The final part in the series on my process for creating the biographical profile box that I attach to each blog post about a particular ancestor. How and where I maintain a master Snapshot Box code library, back it up, and annotate it with notes. Works on self-hosted Wordpress, freemium hosted, and Blogger.

Marketing the Archives: Newseum on how the New York Herald reported Lincoln’s Assassination 150 years ago

Newseum Video - Lincoln Assassination

This short one-minute video from the Newseum is an excellent example of using archival collections for digital storytelling, and of how special collections can be marketed with very little expense and simple multimedia technologies. The video includes a mix of digitized newspapers, historical images, and other primary source documents.

Marketing the Library: Great new marketing video from Common Craft

Marketing Plan Graphic

While I love seeing the media write about libraries, I cringe every time I see a headline along the lines of “Libraries aren’t just about books anymore” or “Libraries aren’t just quiet places anymore”. Because those are really outdated perceptions of libraries. At least… according to us librarians. Common Craft has produced a new video to help the public understand how libraries have changed in the Internet Age.

WordPress for Genealogy: Adding a Lineage Snapshot Box to Blog Posts About Ancestors, Part II

Global Content Blocks - Dropdown Selection Choice

The second step in how I display and maintain biographical profile boxes on blog posts about ancestors and relatives. Using the Wordpress Global Content Blocks plugin to manage biographical data and reuse it over, with as little repeated work as necessary. Also a discussion on why I go with the plugin instead of custom functions in my child them.