William Shanks (1812-1882) was an Englishman and amateur mathematician.  He spent 17 years of his life calculating the digits of the mathematical constant π.  In the days before computers this was a laborious pencil and paper calculation.  As he made progress, and raced against others for how far he could take the calculation, he reported [...]

The following page is from volume 2 of the town records of Newmarket, N.H., page 427.  (You can view the context here on FamilySearch.org.) At the top of the page, we see a family register typical of the period, listing the parents’ (Arthur Branscomb and Sarah Chapman) first, with their dates of birth and marriage, [...]

In a previous post I looked at town annual reports and the genealogical treasures that one can find in them.   You won’t find these reports on Ancestry.com, but they can often be found online, freely available for downloading. Today, continuing with this line investigation, I’d like to discuss another record type, one which, if you [...]

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