10    Jan 20110 comments

Video of the Week: A Sicilian-American Experience

This week's clip comes from the Oral History Video Archive, a collection of videos compiled by students at Rowan University, New Jersey. It provides an insight into the lives of just a handful of Italian-American immigrants during the 20th Century - their experiences upon arrival to America, and while coming to grips with a new culture and society.
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15    Dec 20100 comments

Video of the Week: British Wartime Propaganda

This week we've got a selection of videos rather than just one. These videos are from digitizations of the British Council's archive. From the early 1930s for about twenty years, the Council was very active in commissioning and distributing documentaries, designed to project a positive image of Britain to the outside world and to its own domestic population. Many of these films have been sitting in archives untouched for decades.

More information can be found on the project's homepage here. For this post, we've selected three of the videos. The first showcases London during the War; the second aims to promote rural life and is set in a country town, whose name isn't mentioned (although it turns out it's Boston, in the Midlands); the third tries to show off British shipbuilding.
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10    Dec 20101 comment

Video of the Week: Sharpen Your Family History Saw

Abraham Lincoln supposedly once said: "If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend the first four hours sharpening my axe."

This is the approach that our favourite video this week recommends. Except in this case, we don't want to chop down trees, but to build them.

This video, from Angela at The Beginning Genealogist, has some great tips for those starting out in family history. It's helpful because it recommends to take a step back and re-skill. Angela mentions a lot of friends who've been trying to break through genealogical brick walls for months and even years, but can't do so because they haven't got any new skills. Take her advice and you might avoid that fate!

It's got quite a few practical tips for progressing with your family history. Hope you like it!

3    Dec 20100 comments

Video of the Week: An Oral History of Crestdale

This video talks about the origins of Crestdale, one of the first African-American communities in the United States. All of those in the video are descendants of the original founders of the community.

20    Oct 20101 comment

A YouTube Time Machine?

We’ve talked before about the online ‘time machine’. This tool is great for general websites, but offered nothing for the video-inclined in particular.

Well now we’ve found another neat site: the YouTube Time Machine. It’s still in an alpha version, but it’s already a lot of fun.
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23    Mar 20100 comments

Lights, Camera, Genealogy! The Best of the Genealogy Vloggers

This week some of us took a short break from the hustle and bustle of genealogical discovery, and went off to see what's new in the geneasphere. One thing that jumped out at us was the number of genealogists recording videos online. Unheard of just a few years ago, today there are at least a dozen prominent genealogy 'vlog' channels, showing videos on everything from the importance of getting youngsters interested in genealogy to the particular challenges of tracing Afican-Native American family roots. There were too many great channels to list in a single article, but here are a few of our favourites.
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