What We Are Reading: August 22 Edition
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As summer winds down, many of us find many things still on our "to do" list. I wanted to redo my flowerbeds and do some landscaping in my backyard. Maybe this fall' But one thing that I'm happy to keep on my "to do" list is "Read more genealogy." It has a permanent place on the list because no matter how much I read, there's always more to explore ? and I'm fine with that! Here's what we've been reading this week: "Abraham Lincoln's 'Blind Memorandum,'" by Michelle Krowl, on Library of Congress Blog. It's easy to look back on history and see some things as inevitable. We might see Lincoln's re-election in 1864 as inevitable, but he didn't. Read Lincoln's own views on what he would do if he lost. "John Joseph McBride: A Victim of Proofreading," by Sally Knudsen, on SallySearches. Sally shows why you should look for as many records as possible. A simple typo in an obituary could have derailed her research. "Samuel Stillman Glover Ex-communicated and the Reason Shocked Me," by Brenda (Glover) Leyndyke, on Journey to the Past. Brenda shows how digging deeper into church records gave her an up-close insight into the life of her ancestor. "A Society on the Grow," by Jenny Lancot, on the Federation of Genealogical Society Voice. You might have heard that some genealogical societies are struggling. Learn how one society is re-invigorating itself. "World War I Letter From a Soldier to His Sweetheart," by Colleen G. Brown Pasquale, on Leaves & Branches. Colleen's grandmother carefully kept a love letter from a soldier who was fighting in WWI. It's a beautiful letter -- and wasn't written by Colleen's grandfather...   "Victory Book Campaign. Soldiers of Fort Myer, Virginia, in Statuary Hall of the Capitol, receiving books donated by members of Congress for 1943 Victory Book Campaign." From the Library of Congress Photo Collection, 1840-2000. "Victory Book Campaign. Soldiers of Fort Myer, Virginia, in Statuary Hall of the Capitol, receiving books donated by members of Congress for 1943 Victory Book Campaign." From the Library of Congress Photo Collection, 1840-2000.