Friday, February 1, 2013

Genealogy Blogs, News & Tidbits #5

Happy February! Wonder what Punxsutawney Phil will have to say tomorrow? Early spring or six weeks of winter weather? Actually, here on the east coast winter has been very mild. So, we will take more please!

Last Friday I attended the very first #GenChat event over on Twitter. If you were there you know there was fast paced fun and learning. Check out Jen Baldwin's post over on Ancestral Breezes for a recap of the evening.

Reminder that today begins The Family History Writing Challenge.

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


Leah Kleylein of Random Notes shares the fun "Time Travel at the Microfilm Machine".

Our friends over at Low Country Africana announced "we have some brand new content for you. To usher in Black History Month, we've launched a new blog, GA Freedmen's Labor Contracts".

Wonderful photograph and lovely tale from Michelle G. Taggart of A Southern Sleuth with the post "The Stories Their Faces Tell".

Barking Up the Wrong Tree writes about the "Model of Idocracy".

Emerging Civil War has begun the Stories in Stone Series with the "11th Pennsylvania Infantry".

Caroline Pointer of 4YourFamilyStories adds to our "tool box" with "The Internet as a Tech Tool to find Offline Information".

Lovely family history from A Pocket full of Family Memories with "Peter Lanyon: Cornish Artist".

Head over to Nick Gomash's Genealogy Blog for "Food & Genealogy: What Did Your Ancestors Eat?"

We all know there are no coincidences. Read a great genealogy find from Andrea Kelleher of How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey.

Pat Spears: Ancestor Detector has a bookreview with "Drama in American Colonial Courts".

Jen Anderson of FamilySearch tells us how to use the website lookup list.

"What do you know about pierogi"? Find interesting answers over on the Polish Language Blog.

Denise Levenick of The Catholic Gene shares "The Books They Leave Behind: Preserving Family Bibles and Religious Books."

Great tip from Judy G. Russell of The Legal Genealogist with "Getting that document from the FHL" (Family History Library).

Out of the Box: Notes From the Archives @ The Library of Virginia shares "Yearbook Marks One Chapter In A Pioneering Live". Great read about Ralph H. Davis, Tuskegee Airman.

Intersting post "Someone is WRONG on the internet" over on Post-It Notes From Hades. Had a converstation on Twitter with several genealogy friends about this one. Public or private trees?

Blogs discovered this week:

Billy Coffey

Finding My Dead

Jennifer's Genealogy Blog

The Stephen Sherwood Letters

The Tree of Me

News (genealogy and history world)

Missouri State Archives release 1962 death certificates.

Great opportunity with missing in action ancestors over on The In-Depth Genealogist.

Interesting read telling us there is one common ancestor behind blue eyes on Live Science.

Great read from the Smithsonian - Lost and Found Again: Photos of African-Americans on the Plains.

Boston Public Library tells of the wonderful continued gift from a "secret patron".

BookRiot website asks if you are interested in writing about books.

The Baltimore Sun newspaper shared several interesting photographs in "The Silent Guardians: Cemeteries of Baltimore City".

The New York Public library will be archiving 1840's menus.


Fun discovery this week is the Blacksheep Ancestors website.

Great information on on identifying photograph types.

Started following the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum tumblr page.

Started using PennLibraries Historical Newspapers Online website.

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


  1. Deb,

    You've put together quite an ensemble of blogs and sites, here! Thank you so much. I better get started reading as I hadn't found a lot of these on my own!

    Thanks again!

    1. Wendy,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Glad you enjoyed the post.

  2. Thanks for the mention ;-)

    Barking Up the Wrong Tree

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