Friday, January 25, 2013

Genealogy Blogs, News & Tidbits #4

Happy Friday! It is finally cold here on the east coast. Just a little dusting of snow, but more to come today. Please Snow Gods bring a nice storm to give us free genealogy research time!

Remember tonight we have the inaugural #GenChat over on Twitter.

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


Do certain aromas take you back in time? Check out "Story Spark #6: Scent Memory" over on Your Story Coach.

Dick Eastman of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter writes about "Access Archives: The Newsletter of the Pennsylvania State Archives".

Lisa Alzo (The Accidental Genealogist) shares Six More Ways to Find Your Family History Muse over on Archives.

Caroline Pointer of 4YourFamilyStory offers seven "gen-tech" links.

Judy G. Russell of The Legal Genealogist gives us an update on the Georgia Archives.

Love a good mystery? Head over to read "But ... What Happened to Marthy?" by Michelle Taggart of A Southern Sleuth.

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale of Leaves & Branches share "Tuesday's Tip - Irish Lives Remembered Online Magazine".

Great tech tip from Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog on using OneNote for genealogy.

Any history in the Buckeye State? Must read! Stephanie Pitcher Fishman of Corn and Cotton shares "Genelogists Find Ohio Culture And History through Ohio Memory".

Love the photograph in "Wordless Wednesday: mystery photo from Lundager Rockhampton" by Cassmob on Family history across the seas.

Congratulations to Shannon Bennett of Trials and Tribulations of a Self-Taught Family Historian! Read about her experience taking on the next generation.

Julie Goucher of Anglers Rest now has a column at The In-Depth Genealogist.

DearMYRTLE writes about "the pinball approach to genealogical research". Make sure to check out the comments from fellow researchers.

Genevieve Netz of Prairie Bluestem writes about "Affordable Alternative Grave Markers".

Blogs discovered this week:

A Family Tapestry

An Indexers Point of View

Irish Genealogy News

The Old Colony Graveyard Rabbit

Susi's Chatty Performances on Genealogy

Wakela's Family Tree

World Turn'd Upside Down

News (genealogy and history world)

Every little dollar does make a difference. Head over to the Preserve the Pensions website and find out how your donation (which is met dollar for dollar by several organizations) help preserve pension records from the War of 1812.

As a library employee and user I was very happy to read "Not dead yet: Libraries still vital, Pew report finds".

Excellent article about a Virginia student sharing her family history. The focus of the documentary is an ancestor born into slavery.

Being a Baltimore girl Edgar Allan Poe lure has always been a part my life. Several years ago the tradition of a mystery person leaving cognac and flowers at Poe's grave came to an end. Read about the history and how the Toaster remains a mystery.

Russell Bangerter of the Desert News writes "Researching Family History: The Granite Mountain Records Vault has come a long way"

Amazing use of technology in "Two Irishmen found entombed in Civil War ship off the coast of Texas".

Many news articles recently about the question of women in battle. Interesting read "A History of Crossdressing Soldiers" suggests this is not a new concept.

Interesting read - "DNA shows ancestry of present-day Asians, Native Americans".

Ever wonder why men stopped wearing high heels?


Great project called "The Burning House" by Foster Huntington shares in photographs what people would take if their home was on fire.

Check out what's new over on Cyndi's List.

Did you miss this week's Fieldstone Common's BlogTalk Radio episode? Not to worry! You can catch the archived episode "Carved in Stone: The Artistry of Early New England Gravestones" with the Glisons".

Nice read - Youth in Genealogy: Generation Y Redefines Family History Research from

Did you happen to catch Joe Biden's swearing in as Vice President? That was an amazing family bible!

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


  1. Thanks for mentioning my blog --> Indexers Point of View :)

    1. April,

      You are very welcome! Looking forward to learning along the way with your blog. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  2. Deb, thanks so much for the mention!

    1. Jana,

      You are most welcome! Loved the post. Need to start using OneNote.

  3. Deb, thanks so much for the mention! Although this may sound partial on my part, what a great list you published this week. Lots of intriguing leads!

  4. Jacqi,

    You are most welcome. Love reading the blog. Such a wonderful variety of information and beautiful writing! Glad you are enjoying the posts.

  5. Thanks for including me, Deb! And what a great list. Wonderful picks as usual. Then again, you know I love anything you do. :)


    1. Stephanie,

      You are most welcome! As for the love, feeling is mutual!

  6. I'm greatly honored that you mentioned my blog. Thank you!

    1. Genevieve,

      You are most welcome! Love reading your blog!

  7. Thanks for mentioning my blog! It was a fun time and I was so happy to share my experience with you all.

    1. Shannon,

      You are very welcome! So glad all went well with the presentation, and love the fact your are teaching the next generation.