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  •  Curious, yes (3+ / 0-)
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    Yes, at age 66, I'm quite daft about STILL learning things, and plan to do so until I die still asking questions.... :-)

    I turn to historical fiction for the same periods of history.  As long as the authors are knowledgeable about the historical epochs in which they put their fictitious characters, I tend to enjoy historical fiction a lot.

    I'm equally curious, just thinking about it today, the Internet is heaven on earth for our kind. A question occurs to me in the shower and if I can remember it long enough, I can find the answer in the living room.

    I suddenly started a blog. http://jglookups.blogspot.com/.

    by JG in MD on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 10:59:13 AM PST

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    •  For genealogy research... (1+ / 0-)
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      Google Books and Internet Archive web sites with out-of-copyright books free for the download.  [The latter is NOT to be confused with archive.com or archives.com, one of which takes one to a weird web site.  Make sure it's .org.]

      One book of my ancestors I bought via an online source of book reprints a few years ago and paid $50 for the hardcover reprint.  Just a few months ago this year, I discovered the book (c. 1898) is online for a free download.  So..., I hastily got out my genealogy program and went to all the colonial New England ancestors and started searching for names and more genealogy books..., and kinda went nutz downloading free books whose copyrights expired decades ago.  [Pisses me off, however, that the first offerings via Google are for the paid reprints of same books.  I'm only interested in the downloadable versions of the books whose copyrights that expired a long time ago.  So, I go to the link at Internet Archive and see what they've got, besides US census images.]

      Great additions to historical perspective and genealogy research since some of my ancestors arrived with the Mayflower and for the next 20+ years after that, and a few participated in some events and even have bio Wikipedia pages....

      I even did a search on my maternal grandfather's name for something totally unrelated, and to my jaw-dropping surprise, found his letter to the editor in an old [now-out-of-print] magazine he wrote when he was only about 17 years old via Google Books!  It was almost a century ago.  Talk about a rare find!  I'll bet by the time I came along he'd long since forgotten he ever wrote the letter.

      A few years ago one of the women with whom I graduated high school sent around one of those silly question things with the announcement of a reunion and one of her questions was "What are you most grateful for?"  My answer was "The internet and my computer."  Well, it's the truth.  Without it I wouldn't have made leaps and bounds in the genealogy research I have done for the last eleven years, even finding original info and getting copies of original documents the published authors of genealogies did not have.  Greatest gift to humans is the internet and connections with people from other countries for genealogists.  [Everyone else predictably put their spouse &/or kids &/or grandkids.]

      :-)

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 06:45:09 AM PST

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