Monthly Archives: September 2005

Oldest Post Office in the World

Family Research, a site dedicated to Scottish, Irish, and English genealogy, came across an interesting article by Iain Lundy on, about the world’s oldest post office.
Excerpt from the article:

Sanquhar people are proud of their town’s history. The post office has been operating continuously since 1712, eight years longer than its closest rival, in the Swedish capital Stockholm. The third oldest, in Santiago, Chile, opened a full 60 years after the office in Sanquhar.

That’s impressive. A lot of history has passed through that post office.

Genealogy Research Surprises

Nancy K. Crevier has written an article for The Newtown Bee (Newtown, Connecticut) titled Former Newtown Residents Surprised By Results Of Genealogical Research, about how little things falling into place in one’s genealogy research can lead to some surprises.

Excerpt from the article:

Raised in Oregon, about as far from the East Coast as one can get, Mrs Lawrenson (nee Shirley Dale Shockley) never considered that she might have a connection here. When she did inquire about her ancestry, she says, “I got the Western story. As far as my family was concerned, we went back to Oklahoma and Iowa. That’s as far as we went.”

She ended up living in Connecticut, not realizing that her ancestors had lived in the state and that she still had family ties there. Another one of those little quirks about genealogy that keeps things interesting.

Sylvia Thalman Honored

Who is Sylvia Thalman? She’s an honorary member of the Miwok tribe in California (because of her genealogy work). Barbara Rodgers has written a story for CBS 5 (San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose) about Sylvia, honoring her for her efforts in preserving Miwok history:

For nearly 50 years, Sylvia has researched Miwok culture, not as her job, but as her passion. Sylvia’s research into the history of the Miwok Indians took her throughout Marin and Sonoma counties, and brought her to an old cemetery that provided some key information.

“It’s very full,” Thalman recalls. “I know the names of 105 people who are buried here through my genealogy.”

The genealogy was compiled from cemetery and church records, as well as manuscripts and oral history.

She was given the “Jefferson Award in the Bay Area” this week for her work.

Library Damage from the Hurricanes

The American Library Association (ALA) has posted an update on their efforts to assess the damage caused by the recent hurricanes and flooding, across the Southeast US. Some of it is depressing – one library is described as ” just a slab left”, other parts are hopeful (archivists and librarians were quick to begin drying various collections in those libraries with water damage, and were working to stop mold damage).

Some of these libraries are asking for donations – if you see something you can help with (a spare PC that you no longer use, etc.), you can find contact information in the article.

I mention it because they discuss some genealogy collections, as well as archives of records that genealogists would be interested in. This kind of thing makes the push to digitize as much genealogy information as possible and get it distributed on the internet all that much more important.