MD Historical Society Photos

Here’s another great Baltimore-centric website I’ve come across; it’s run by the former curator of photographs of the  Maryland Historical Society. It consists completely of photographs of buildings or street scenes in Baltimore and the surrounding areas. Many times, the old photos are juxtaposed next to current views of the same location. Check it out:

http://mdhsphotographs.tumblr.com/

Ghosts of Baltimore

I just had to share this site that my sister recently sent me to: Ghosts of Baltimore. This blog is full of old photos, maps, interesting news articles and tidbits about Baltimore’s history (not about haunted places in Baltimore, which is what I originally thought, haha). Content for the posts is dug up from the depths of The Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, the Baltimore Sun, and various other collections. Most posts are short and sweet, being picture heavy with optional text – just what I like for my historical eye candy.

A few posts that I found interesting:

Baltimore History Traced in Street Names – why streets are named the way they are

Wild Italian Man Dances Naked in the Streets – 1907 (a lack of news that day, I guess)

1857 Map of the City and County of Baltimore – very cool for genealogy purposes – it shows the districts with, what I assume, the landowners/farms

Detailed Map of Guilford From 1926 – much of my dad’s side grew up in this area; has the plot layouts

Scottish Roots & Scotland’s People

I finally gave in and signed up for ScotlandsPeople in order to search and view the documents, hoping to gain more information on my Scottish ancestors. The way this site works is they let you “search” for people but do not allow you to view the results without payment, only allowing you to see how many results are in which category. You have to purchase credits (30 credits for about $11) to see any details . It costs one credit to view the actual search results, and another 5 credits to view the document.

My overall thoughts of this website, while comprehensive and vast, is not worth the price. I do not like their style of payment and would rather pay a flat fee to view as many documents as I want. Because of this, I was not able to explore as I wished to see if I could find new people. Instead I confirmed a couple dates and relations I already knew, though I did find a father for someone. Also, I thought this site would provide more  detailed and substantial information that I have found elsewhere, but other than occupation, the same information could be found for free on FamilySearch.

My conclusion: only pay for this site if looking to view the actual documents of information you already know.

With that said, here is what I did find:

The parish birth records for Burton Thoms

The parish birth records for Burton Thoms

The records states that Burton Thoms was born to William Thoms (who was a weaver) and Isabella Anderson in Dundee on January 15, 1803 and christened January 23, 1803 (there are two dates listed, one next to the father and one next to the mother; as the first is always earlier than the latter, I assume this is the birth and christening dates).

The parish records for the marriage of Burton Thoms and Jean Strachan

The parish records for the marriage of Burton Thoms and Jean Strachan

On the 13th of March, 1825, Burton Thoms, weaver, and Jean, daughter of William Strachan, weaver, were married, both in this parish [Dundee].