What to Copy

I was trying to help Mary (not her real name) with her genealogy.  She had brought a folder full of documents to the library.  As we went through them, a key one was a photocopy from a compiled genealogy.  But neither of us can figure out what the source actually is.  We just know it [...]

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, [...]

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