Dog power

A lot of the really amusing things in the historical life turn up while doing research.  As an example, Bill (my spouse) was looking for data about 19th-century industries in Hartford.  So he opened up our copy of The Memorial History of Hartford County, Connecticut, Vol. I (a 700-page leatherbound tome printed in 1886) to … Continue reading Dog power

Handwriting

A historian doing original research will usually find herself working with handwritten historic documents.  These can include letters, diaries, account books, census pages, tax records, and anything else that people think they need to write down.  And some of those people have difficult handwriting. Sometimes it's a matter of style.  A certain late nineteenth-century town … Continue reading Handwriting