Friday, January 18, 2013

Genealogy Blogs, News & Tidbits #3

Waiting for snow

Happy Friday! In previous posts I shared information about our local genealogy discussion group. The group has steadily grown over the years. This week we started forming small break-out groups. I have signed up for Baltimore and Eastern European family history. Will keep you posted on our progress.

This week has been filled with many great posts and news. Here are some that caught my interest.


Linda Elliott of Mad About Genealogy tells about a great genealogy resource with her post "The Gentleman's Magazine".

Looking for ways to get organized with your family research? Kevin Ralston of the Generous Genealogist offers "How to Organize Your Research - On Computer". Elyse Doerflinger of Elyse's Genealogy Blog has begun the video series "The Basics of Organizing Your Genealogy".

Head over to For Your Family Story and learn how to use Microsoft OneNote to make a research plan.

You will notice on the side bar I have added the "Family History Writing Challenge" badge. This event from Lynn Palmero of the Armchair Genealogist runs from February 1 through the 18th. Check out details over at Your Story Coach for further details. Have you made the commitment?

Excellent ideas to "reinvigorate your research" in "New Year, Old Genealogical Problems" over at ReelTributes.

I must admit to being very confused when it comes to DNA testing.

Thinking of turning your genealogy into a family history book? Biff Barnes over at Stories To Tell gives some great advice on just that subject.

Enjoyed reading "How my Grandmother risked her life in the dockyards during World War Two" by Gillian Mawson of Whaley Bridge Writer.

Cheri Hudson Passey of Carolina Girl Genealogy needs help dating her ancestor's furniture.

Great article about genealogy mentorship over on MyHeritage.

Discovering Latvian Roots shares the newspaper article "Homeland-January 18, 1911". Read about how newspapers can give hints about the lives of our ancestors.

Fun read - "Why Genealogists Work at Night" by

Lovely photographs on the post "Ruth Bressler Claycomb" by Donna Catterick on This I Leave blog.

Blogs discovered this week:

British & Irish Genealogy

The British Newspaper Archive


Maybe someone should write that down ...


Trippin' Over Roots

News (genealogy and history world)

Genealogy meets The Wall Street Journal in "When a Genealogy Hobby Digs Up Unwanted Secrets" by Sue Shellenbarger.

Are you a technology/history buff? Then you should read about the best Civil War Apps, from Alexander Gardner to the Civil War Trust.

The National Archives is asking you to help their curators find signatures in records. Head over to the sight to find out all the particulars to help with this project.

Read about a project in Frederick County, Maryland where local students are uncovering history.

The Rosa Parks statue will be added to the Capitol later this year.

The UK National Archives: where is the records backlog?

Article about a few remaining copies of oldest Bible printed in America.


Dick Eastman shares a book review - "Life in Civil War America by Michael O. Varhola". Sounds right up my alley!

Amazing photographs - Lewis Hine's Photos: Immigrants, Children and "Icarus Atop the Empire State Building"

Interesting article about the first bookless public library.

The Devil Made Me Do It with Juliet Mofford now a Podcast.

Found a really nifty idea using windows to frame photographs. How about antique window frame with family pictures?

Finally, have to share a wonderful Facebook group discovery. I recently joined the FamilySearch Czechoslovakia Genealogy Research page.

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


  1. This is quite a comprehensive list of blogs and news. I follow a number of these, and now I'll want to to start following you to learn about others! So glad for you that you discovered the Czechoslovakia Genealogy Research Page.

  2. Mariann,

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!Glad you enjoyed the list and discovered new reads. I too am glad I found the Czechoslovakia Genealogy Research Page! Since I'm new to researching this ancestory think these folks will be great help.

  3. Deb, thanks for the mention. And for this great list. I've saved it to my reading/reference list so I can read on upcoming train trip. Thanks for this!

  4. Kathleen,

    You are most welcome! You know I love reading your blog. Glad there are articles and such on the post that you can enjoy.