This third edition of Links We Like has information on a movie database, a new historic music and speech archive, and a mobile app for grave photos and transcriptions.
Searching these resources for your unique names and places of interest may provide new clues or data and push your research forward.
Check out these new resources and let us know what you've found via comments below to this post.
Some 3,000 issues of this Hollywood trade magazine are now online for free. The publication on movie news began in 1920 and continues today. Most are online now, except for 1920-1924, 1927 and 1933-1934, which are still being digitized. See the collection at the site in The Vault section.
Each week, five issues from the archives are posted as PDFs, although the most recent issues are page images of the print copy.
The downside? This amazing archive is not searchable. However, fans, historians and writers should still enjoy this collection.
I did search for our relative, Rachel Talalay, whose film "Tank Girl" attracted a large following. Surprisingly, there were no results ... yet!
This is a great source for researchers with a connection to the music world (performer, composer, lyricist) or who would like to know what their parents and grandparents may have listened to way back when.
The National Jukebox includes more than 10,000 digitized sound recordings (music and spoken-word), from 1901-1925, in a searchable database. See it here.
The agreement for the National Jukebox grants the Library of Congress usage rights to Sony Music’s entire pre-1925 catalog—comprising thousands of recordings produced by Columbia Records, OKeh, and Victor Talking Machine Co. among others – and represents the largest collection of such historical recordings ever made publicly available for study and appreciation online.
Included are works by Al Jolson, George M. Cohan, Eddie Cantor, Will Rogers, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arturo Toscanini; opera stars Enrico Caruso, Nellie Melba; original recordings of the Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra’s “Rhapsody in Blue” (George Gershwin on piano), and Nora Bayes’ “Over There.” There are also voice recordings for many well-known individuals of the period.
Visitors can listen to streaming recordings, view label images, record-catalog illustrations, artist and performer bios. There are interactive features, along with staff-created playlists, while visitors can create and share their own play-lists.
There are more than 1,500 recordings in the "ethnic" section - click here to listen - representing many languages and countries.
Free through this Memorial Day Weekend (US), is a new mobile app to take along when you visit cemeteries. The new app can provide researchers around the world with the images and exact GPS locations of ancestors' graves. Users can also transcribe the gravestones
The iPhone app is available now, the Droid version is being worked on.
How does it work? Download the app, take your phone to the cemetery, take photos of the stones and upload them to BillionGraves.com. Photos are tagged using the iPhone’s location services so the GPS location is recorded.
Let us know what you've found via comments below. We're looking forward to learning what you've discovered.