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The University of Edinburgh’s Italo-Scottish
Research Cluster online archive gathers material from the 1880s, the era of the
first Italian mass migration to Scotland, to the present. Right now, you can
see old photos of Italo-Scots, but check back for more additions. There’s
also a page where you can get links to learn more about this little-studied migration.
The new Legacies of British Slave Ownership
database holds the names of 46,000 slave owners in British colonies who received
compensation for the loss of “property” when Britain abolished slavery in 1833 (it
outlawed the trade in 1807). The database doesn’t name slaves, but it could aid those
who are tracing African ancestors by researching the slave-owning families. Search
the database here.
The Civil War Trust’s annual Park
Day takes place Saturday, April 16 at more than 100 participating battlefields
in 24 states. Volunteers help clean and maintain these important Civil War sites by
raking leaves, picking up trash, painting signs, clearing trails and more. To learn
how you can help, visit
the trust’s Park Day page and click on the name of the participating Civil War
site you’re interested in (note that some sites are holding their volunteer events
on alternate dates).
… and don’t forget about the Heirloom
Registry Online Scavenger Hunt taking place next week. Have a good weekend!