Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Worth viewing

I have just finished watching -- again -- a wonderful film called “Almost Strangers” (aka “Perfect Strangers”). Written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff, it is centered around a British family reunion organized by a somewhat obsessive genealogist. We discover the reason behind his intensity, as well as learning fascinating tales about some of the other participants, who are indeed almost strangers when they convene.

Featuring Matthew Mcfadyen, Michael Gambon, Claire Skinner, and Lindsay Duncan, among others, it was originally a three-part series on BBC. Old photographs play a big part and there are plenty of scenes at stately homes for you Anglophiles. Don’t miss Poliakoff’s commentaries at the end.

It is an absorbing drama and I recommend it highly.


Ever hear of Facebook? Everyone except me seems to belong, these days. Richard Eastman, in his Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, has an interesting article about the efforts of some genealogists to help coroner’s offices find next of kin for identified-but-unclaimed bodies. The effort is being coordinated on Facebook. For details just enter the words “Eastman’s” and “unclaimed” in your web browser.


I will be away until the end of the month, so keep plugging away at that research, and I will be in touch in about three weeks.

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