Every week, it seems, we become aware of a cool new tool or project aimed at making research, exploration, or discovery easier (and in some cases, more fun!). A few weeks ago, we pointed you towards Serendip-o-matic and the Student Name Index. This week, I would like to direct your attention towards a project from Stanford University called Kindred Britain.
Kindred Britain uses a database of selected British luminaries (and luminaries of British extraction, in some cases) and maps familial relations between them. You can learn, for example, how Chaucer and Dryden are connected or how George Gordon Lord Byron and Paradise Lost poet John Milton are connected. And while all of that is interesting and cool, I particularly took notice when I came across an entry for poetess Anne Bradstreet.
As regular readers of our blog may recall, I really like poetry and have written about American Puritan poetry in the past. Anne Bradstreet and Michael Wigglesworth are two of those American Puritan poets, and they're both included in Kindred Britain's database — and even distantly connected to each other!
Anne's other connections include Cotton Mather, King Richard III [Plantagenet; House of York], and Queen Elizabeth I Tudor (Elizabeth I). Michael's include Charles Robert Darwin, Paul Revere, and John Quincy Adams.
If you have a few minutes, I encourage you to spend some time poking around Kindred Britain!