Friday, January 4, 2013

Genealogy Blogs, News & Tidbits #1

Winter in Maryland

Happy New Year, genealogy friends!

I confess spending tons of time online searching for those little gems of articles and blog postings. Instead of letting these resources just float into my world and out, each week I will share what caught my interest. Hope you find them informative, entertaining and worth spending you time reading.



Kerry Scott of Clue Wagon starts the year off with "In Which I Assign You A New Year's Resolution." Read about the perils of merging with other's family trees.

Important historical read from Kathleen Brandt of a3Genealogy with "Slaves, Slave Owners, and Compensation."

Kevin Ralston of the Generous Genealogist shares "The Dark Side of Genealogy." Most often we expect to discover wonderful stories of triumph and happy endings when researching family history. Kevin reminds us life was not always roses and sunshine. In fact, many ancestors had a very difficult life and those stories influence us the most.

Melody K. Porter of reminds us that source citations are a genealogists best friend. Also, Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana tells how to "Appraise Your Family History Like an Archivist."

Must read is "Finding my Great-Great Grandmother Jessie Ruth MacLeod" by Diane Boumenot of One Rhode Island Family. Learn how blogging family history connected Diane with a reader who happened to have the needed information.

Excellent historical information on the post "Six Questions with a Civil War material culture scholar" over on O say can you see? by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems shares "5 Reasons You Need the New YouTube App for Family History."

Over on the Genealogy Blog you will find "How To Use Evernote For Genealogical Research."

DearMYRTLE shares the "RAF Museum WWI digitization project" and "Top Rated Genealogy Software for 2012."

Interesting DNA post from The Legal Genealogist with "NY and MD Limits on 23andMe."

The Ancestry Insider shares " Discloses 2013 Plans."

Jill Ball of Geniaus shares a list "Accentuate the Positive 2012 Genememe." I participated in this fun posting to remind myself of accomplishments from the previous year. Sometimes we focus too much on what we left undone. Also, reading posts by fellow researchers you find great tips and hints. Thanks, Jill!

Great advice on using photographs and heirlooms to encourage family members interest in "But I Don't Know Who They Are" by Jenna of Desperately Seeking Surnames.

Lorine McGinnis of The Olive Tree Genealogy shares "Learning Styles in Genealogy."

Recently discovered blogs:

Appalachian Ancestry Journal

The Buff Genealogist

Czech Genealogy for Beginners

Green Mountain Genealogy

Today in Salem: the real-time story of the Salem Witch Trials

News (genealogy and history world)

BBC News England had the article "Working on the railway: The women that kept Britain on Track."

Heard about #GENCHAT? Starting January 25, 2013 over on Twitter three genealogy friends are beginning a new event. Spend an hour every two weeks learning and sharing. Read the full story over on The In-Depth Genealogist.

The National Newspapers of Ireland made an interesting announcement. Check out "Irish Newspapers Will Now Be Ignored" by Dick Eastman of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.

Will Kenny of NPRnews shares his insight with "Address book is a family history, bound by tradition."

Interesting read from Jamie Stiehm of The New York Times is "Whitman in Washington." Excellent history about Walt Whitman during the Civil War.


FamilySearch shared "Using the National Genealogical Society Book Loan Collection" Check out the video to learn how to use their local inter-library loan service. Did you know you could request materials from the National Genealogical Society?

A Facebook friend posted about the Trello. The site claims to be "a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what's being worked on, who's working on what, and where something is in a process." Have to check them out this week!

Recently read the article "Should Writers Keep a Journal?" on the Grammer Girl website. This was published several years ago, but I still found it very interesting. Do you journal?

Make sure to sign-up for the Illinois State Genealogical Society Upcoming Webinars.

I have become a Pinterest addict! Guess it was bound to happen. Here are two great genealogy ideas found on the site. Heritage Wall on The Lavender Tub blog and How to turn handwritten recipes into tea towels from Spoonflower.

Hope you discover something new and interesting this week. Happy adventures in genealogy!


  1. Great post, Deb - lots here to think about & use in our research. Thanks for listing all these fabulous articles/posts.

    1. Celia,

      You are most welcome! Figured I would share some of the wonderful information discovered in my many online travels.

  2. I had already read several of these but many were new. My wife is going to love the idea of turning family recipes into tea towels (assuming it isn't already on her pin board). Thanks for posting!

  3. Frank,

    Thanks for stopping by and reading the post. If you wife hasn't seen the tea towel, hope she enjoys the idea.

  4. Fantastic post, Deb! I'm so excited to see that you are sharing your finds. You know I twitter-stalk what you read anyway. This gives me more good stuff to peruse. :)

    Thanks for including #genchat!

    ~ Steph

    1. Thanks, Stephanie! Love sharing all the wonderful things I find. Can't wait for the #genchat!

  5. Thanks for including me Deb! You have a great collection of tidbits here, can't wait to start clicking!! :)

    1. You are ver welcome, Jenna! Very much enjoyed your post. Food for thought. Pulling out the photographs.

  6. Wonderful list Deb! I wasn't aware of the post by Kevin Ralston. Wow! That was really thought-provoking. Thanks for sharing your finds!

    1. Thanks, Jana! Kevin did a wonderful piece. Many times I think we only want the feel good stories, but life has always been about ups and downs.

  7. Thanks for the link, Deb! This Salem story has had me in knots for decades. It's amazing how much these events still affect us, even after 300+ years.

    1. You are most welcome, Marjorie. Love reading the series and look forward to following along as the story unfolds. Great work!

  8. Thank you for this list! I had read five of these and also liked them, especially Lorine's "Learning Styles in Genealogy." There are so many good blogs, I like having a "highlight" list.

    1. Mariann,

      You are most welcome! I hope to do this each week.

  9. Thank you for the list of blogs to read. I read the one on "How to Use Evernote for Genealogical Research."

    1. Grant,

      You are most welcome! Thanks for stopping by to read the post.

  10. This year I received "An Early Christmas Gift" and it was fun to write about it to this blogging community. I could not have received a better gift. I never know where family history will lead. This year should be a great adventure.

    Regards, Grant

  11. Thanks so much for including my blog in this great post full of resources.