Monday’s Link Roundup.

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Monday’s Link Roundup this week has items to appeal to both your heart and your head. For your heart be sure to check-out Pittsburgher has been searching for the woman who helped raise him. And for your head you’ll want to read Two Rules for a Successful Presentation.

  • Terkel Coming Online. “If someone was an important figure in American culture in the 20th century, chances are he or she was interviewed by Studs Terkel…Under a deal signed Monday between the Chicago History Museum and the Library of Congress, tapes of those interviews will be digitally preserved and given new life online.”
  • Historical Canadian Census, 1851 -1916 Fully Indexed and Searchable. “The Canadian Census Collection represents the first time ever that the 1851/2, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1906, 1911 and 1916 censuses will be fully searchable online and fully indexed in one place. Now people across Canada and around the world can research their Canadian roots faster and easier than ever before.”
  • Two Rules for a Successful Presentation. “Most presentations go bad because the presenter didn’t prepare well enough in two ways. In fact, so important are these two classic errors that I’m going to elevate them to The Two Rules for Preparing a Successful Presentation.”
  • How to Get a Decorative Family Tree Poster. “So you’ve gathered a few generations’ worth of names and dates, and now you want to display your family tree on your wall. Nowadays you have more options than ever—from free to pricey and do-it-yourself to full-service—for creating a decorative family tree poster. Here are some that we’ve come across:”
  • Who Owns Your Family History Story? “I am not talking about copyrights but rather, how much of your family story belongs to you? How much should you tell? What stories should remain unwritten?”
  • Encounters with the past. “The past is not as long ago as we think, says Stuart Lutz. Such major events as Amelia Earhart’s flying career or the disastrous General Slocum fire of 1904 seem impossibly remote to us moderns…Lutz has met those people. He’s the author of “The Last Leaf: Voices of History’s Last-Known Survivors,” an oral history of 39 people who were the last survivor or eyewitness of historical events.”
  • For 13 years, Pittsburgher has been searching for the woman who helped raise him. “Joe was only 5 when Helen left her employment with the family, but she’s alive in his memory. Like Miss Skeeter, the young white woman in The New York Times best-seller “The Help” who yearned to reconnect with the black maid who had raised her, Joe longed to find Helen. “I have this enormous emotional feeling about how important she was to me. She was the font of everything wonderful in my life,” he said. So, 13 years ago, from his home in Olympia, Wash., Joe began searching for her.”

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