Harvard’s online collection ‘Women Working, 1800-1930’ http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/ww/diaries.html features digitised diaries, memoirs, autobiographies, and journals, providing a broad record of daily life in the 19th and 20th centuries. Here you will find stories and recollections of women astronomers and doctors, preachers and missionaries, reformers and suffragists, school girls and school teachers, a philanthropist and a ‘country woman’ and, in the publications trade, several authors, an editor, and a book agent.
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Genealogist Josephine Masterson re-created abstracts of information from the 1841 and 1851 Irish censuses. Her largest source for the abstracts were old age pension records. Old age pensions for those age 70 and above began in 1908. However, civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths in Ireland did not begin until 1864. To prove their eligibility, applicants submitted facts that were checked against entries in 1841 and 1851 census records. These findings were recorded in summary books before the census was destroyed by fire. Masterson also used of available census fragments, certified copies of portions of some returns, and family transcriptions. The abstracts can be searched online at Ancestry
Although no part of the 1881 Irish census survives, the general report gives a fascinating insight into the information returned that year. If you know where your Irish ancestors were living at the time, it is worth checking this online at the Histpop site: https://tinyurl.com/lzmkh7m. The report includes maps and diagrams, literacy levels and other useful details.
HELSINKI — Something crazy happened on the way to the world championship bronze medal for the American ice dance team of Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue.
Halfway through their four-minute free dance, as they entered into the beginning of one of the staples of any ice dance program, the twizzle sequence, Donohue slipped and fell. Falls might be commonplace in men’s, women’s and pairs skating, but not in ice dance. The crowd gasped.
“I saw him in my peripheral vision on the ice,” Hubbell said later, “and I was like ‘Um, I guess I should keep going. Sometime, he’ll catch this back up.’ But I was aware of what was going on and I just knew that he would be there as my third twizzle ended and through the rest of the program and that’s what he did.”
The fall was devastating. Instead of receiving more than eight points from the judges for the sequence, Hubbell and Donohue got nothing. Zero.
So, instead of hanging onto their third-place position after the short dance, they fell like a rock through the standings, finishing ninth overall. Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the 2010 Olympic gold medalists, won the world title upon their return to competition after a two-year break.
France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, last year’s world champions, finished second. Two-time U.S. champions and 2016 world silver medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani were third.
“I’ve been replaying it in my head over and over,” Donohue said. “It’s a moment of calm and control, and just being focused in the moment, and next thing I know I was reacting to falling. It came out of nowhere and I was surprised the moment I felt myself going down.
“There’s that moment of, ‘Get up, you stupid idiot, get up and go.’ I’ve got stuff to do and I’ve got to keep moving.”
The irony for Hubbell and Donohue is that things had been going so well for them until that moment.
“It was very smooth, one of our best skates ever up until that point,” Hubbell said. “That’s the nature of doing a really difficult sport, it might look effortless or easy but we go into our twizzles with a lot of speed, we accept that risk, and every once in a while, whether it be something on the ice, whether it be the catch of your blade, the fluke happens. Unfortunately, that was today.”
Posted By Bruce VanWyngarden on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 4:00 PM
Contemporary Media Inc. Hires Michael Donahue
Contemporary Media Inc., publishers of the Memphis Flyer, Memphis magazine, Memphis Parent, and Inside Memphis Business, are pleased to announce the hiring of long-time Memphis journalist Michael Donahue.
Donahue began his career in 1975 at the now-defunct Memphis Press-Scimitar and moved to The Memphis Commercial Appeal in 1984, where he wrote about food and dining, music, and covered social events until earlier this year. He has received Hall of Fame and Distinguished Graduate honors from his alma maters, Christian Brothers High School and the University of Memphis.
Donahue will write for the Flyer, Memphis magazine, and Inside Memphis Business.
"We are pleased to have been able to bring such a skilled, veteran Memphis journalist on board to CMI," said Publisher and CEO Kenneth Neill. "And we look forward to fully utilizing Michael's many talents in both our print and digital products."
The Donoho Hotel Turns 103: Come Celebrate With Us!
By Debbie Gregory
The historic Donoho Hotel, in beautiful Red Boiling Springs, turns 103-years-old on Saturday, April 29, 2017.
In honor of this wonderful mile stone, the Donoho will be celebrating and folks are invited to come and spend the day, while enjoying some wonderful music in The Donoho Entertainment Center throughout the day and into the night.
The first 103 people to call the Donoho at 615-699-3141, and place their name on the list wanting to attend any and all concerts, will be admitted free.
Jamie Donoughue is an Oscar® nominated British film director, producer and writer. He is best known for directing short-film Shok that earned him critical appraisal and multiple international awards including Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film nomination at the 88th Academy Awards. In 2016, he directed two episodes of the critically acclaimed BBC / Netflix drama The Last Kingdom and is currently directing the second series.
The Last Kingdom is a British television series, an eight-part adaptation of Bernard Cornwell’s historical novels series The Saxon Stories. The series premiered on 10 October 2015 on BBC America, and on BBC Two in the UK on 22 October 2015. A second series of ten episodes co-produced by Netflix after the exit of BBC America has been announced. The second series began airing on BBC Two in the UK.
Set in the late ninth century AD, when England was divided into seven separate kingdoms. The Anglo-Saxon lands are attacked and, in many instances, ruled by Danes. The Kingdom of Wessex has been left standing alone.
The protagonist Uhtred, the orphaned son of a Saxon nobleman, is captured by Viking Danes and reared as one of them. Forced to choose between a kingdom that shares his ancestry and the people of his upbringing, his loyalties are constantly tested.
The first series' story-line roughly covers the plots of the original two novels, The Last Kingdom and The Pale Horseman, although condensed for the purposes of television. The second series' story-line will roughly cover the plots of the third and fourth of Cornwell's novels, The Lords of the North and Sword Song.
Hitherto the only online research facility for the Irish Registry of Deeds has been the worthy indexing project at http://irishdeedsindex.net, which is very much a work in progress. The Mormon FamilySearch has now come to the fore by placing online Registry of Deeds grantor and placename indexes and transcripts of deeds ranging in date from 1708 until 1929 (https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/185720…). This is a massive digitisation programme of thousands of microfilms made in the early 1950s, and quite legible in most cases. These records are not databased as yet, and so must be browsed for entries, using the limited grantors and placenames indexes for guidance.
Again it should be noted that these Registry of Deeds records relate in the main to wealthier families and it would be a rare tenant farmer or labourer who would be found therein. While skewed towards Protestants during the eighteenth-century penal era, the wealthiest Catholics too will appear in the Registry, and by the nineteenth century denominational exclusion is less in evidence. Those new to the Registry of Deeds archive should remember that the massive online listing is divided into grantors' indexes (grantees are not indexed separately), land or placename indexes, followed by the largest element, the transcripts of deeds. The indexes from 1708 provide three key references, namely, volume, page and memorial number, and in 1833 an improved indexing system including address of property was introduced. The index references lead to the relevant memorial transcript, which in most cases tends to be a complete or substantial transcript of the original deed.
I tested the system by searching for the famous 9,000-year lease whereby Arthur Guinness acquired the core of the brewery at James's Gate in Dublin in 1759. It took a bit of navigating, but as the grantor Mark Ransford was known, I was eventually able to progress from the grantors index entry under letter 'R' 1759, to the transcript of the deed (volume 201, page 554, memorial number 134396), which was easily downloaded as a JPG image file. Until a full database of the digitised records is completed, we will not be able to search quickly for grantees, family members, witnesses and other named individuals in deeds.
Once more the Mormons have acted to digitise Irish records where our government has been slow or inactive, in the case of the Registry of Deeds, represented by the Department of Justice. This fearsome agency has for a number of years banned users from taking photographs of records in the Registry of Deeds. The deeds repository is a remarkable archive dating from the later Stuart era, which somehow escaped the destruction which befell the Public Record Office in 1922.
The FamilySearch initiative is a marvellous gift for genealogists and historians in Ireland and abroad, but those who live within striking distance of the Registry of Deeds in Henrietta Street, Dublin, will obtain maximum value from the repository through continued personal visits, now supplemented by free digital searches and downloads. For more on the history and record organisation of the Registry of Deeds, see my article, 'A Most Valuable Storehouse of History' (http://www.historyireland.com/…/a-most-valuable-storehouse-…).
It’s a kill-shot straight at Obama’s unfair regulations. Trump is aiming to unshackle the U.S. economy and fulfill a campaign promise — and will unravel much of Obama’s liberal legacy in the process.
The order will suspend, rescind or flag for review more than a half-dozen measures in an effort to boost domestic energy production in the form of fossil fuels.
As part of the roll-back, Trump will initiate a review of the Clean Power Plan, which restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. The regulation, which was the former president’s signature effort to curb carbon emissions, has been the subject of long-running legal challenges by Republican-led states and those who profit from burning oil, coal and gas.
Trump has repeatedly criticized the power-plant rule and others as an attack on American workers and the struggling U.S. coal industry.
In addition to pulling back from the Clean Power Plan, the administration will also lift a 14-month-old moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands.
Trump accused his predecessor of waging a “war on coal” and boasted in a speech to Congress that he has made “a historic effort to massively reduce job-crushing regulations,” including some that threaten “the future and livelihoods of our great coal miners.”
The order will also chip away at other regulations, including scrapping language on the “social cost” of greenhouse gases. It will initiate a review of efforts to reduce the emission of methane in oil and natural gas production as well as a Bureau of Land Management hydraulic fracturing rule, to determine whether those reflect the president’s policy priorities.
It will also rescind Obama-era executive orders and memoranda, including one that addressed climate change and national security and one that sought to prepare the country for the impacts of climate change.
The administration is still in discussion about whether it intends to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change. But the moves to be announced Tuesday will undoubtedly make it more difficult for the U.S. to achieve its goals.
The power-plant rule Trump is set to address in his order has been on hold since last year as a federal appeals court considers a challenge by coal-friendly states and more than 100 companies who call the plan an unconstitutional power grab.
Opponents say the plan will kill coal-mining jobs and drive up electricity costs. The Obama administration, some Democratic-led states and liberal groups, countered that it would spur thousands of clean-energy jobs and help the U.S. meet ambitious goals to reduce carbon pollution set by the international agreement signed in Paris.
According to an Energy Department analysis released in January, coal mining now accounts for fewer than 70,000 U.S. jobs. By contrast, renewable energy — including wind, solar and biofuels — now accounts for more than 650,000 U.S. jobs.
The Trump administration’s plans drew praise from business groups and condemnation from environmental groups.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas J. Donohue praised the president for taking “bold steps to make regulatory relief and energy security a top priority.”
“These executive actions are a welcome departure from the previous administration’s strategy of making energy more expensive through costly, job-killing regulations that choked our economy,” he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.