Sunday, April 26, 2015

NoteWorthy Reads #11

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For week-ending 4/25/15

For me, Noteworthy Reads are articles, websites, or blog posts I found this week which are fascinating, interesting and/or helpful, and occasionally “wacky” or “wonderful” will likely sneak in as well. It’s not going to be a “best of” post because I don’t have the knowledge to make that determination. I don’t even promise that the articles & blog posts will be written that week – just that I found them that week. At the end of each trimester I’ll review the posts to determine which entries should be put in my Resource pages; the rest will still be available through the blog's search function.

Note: Just because I list an article does not mean I endorse its contents. It just means I want to be able to find it easily in the future when I may want to consider the issue in more depth.


British, Irish, Scottish, Loyalist, American, German, Scandinavian, Dutch, Huguenot families in lower Canada and Québec from 1760  From the Genealogy Ensemble blog – includes a link to a database which contains “information on villages and communities where families settled in Lower Canada and Québec from 1760 onward. This document will assist researchers seeking to find the names (past and current) of the settlements” and show them on modern maps.


Photographs and Copyright Law from the California State Genealogical Alliance Copyright blog – just because there are now millions of photographs available online that does not mean that they are all legally free for the viewer to take and use for whatever reason they desire.


AncestryDNA is a Team Sport, from blog – a fascinating article, with graph, showing how taking the ancestry DNA test in conjunction with other family members increases precision in determining a common ancestor with matches.




Grandma Has Some Secrets from Janice Genealogy and Family History Blog  – LOL, grandchildren find out some surprising secrets about grandma’s life!

Pinocchio: Records Don’t Lie (or Do They?) from On Granny’s Trail blog – it’s funny, but you also learn from it.


Military Monday – Fred Goempel’s Story Part Two from Jennifer Holik‘s blog – the fascinating story continues. (For link to Part One of this story see Noteworthy Reads #10.)

Patriots’ Day and Ancestor William Grout from the Passage to the Past’s blog explains how the author found that his fifth great-grandfather was involved in the Lexington alarm (American Revolution) -- with cool pictures.
52 ancestors in 52 weeks 2015 week 15: Joseph Herrick part 3 from the West in New England blog – An ancestor involved in the Salem witch trials!


Laura Starcher and the Petticoat Revolution of 1916 from – in a small town in Oregon in 1916 females replaced the majority of male elected officials in a write in campaign!

When the Soldiers Went Home, from the Opinionator column, the New York Times. What happened when the soldiers went home from the Civil War. PTSD, before it had a name.


The Genealogy Factor: Graveyards & Gravestones from JSTOR Daily - This is the first in a series of columns by Genealogy Roadshow host D. Joshua Taylor about doing genealogical research on JSTOR, in which “unearths discoveries that provide context and clarity for those tracing their past.” It discusses how context can be supplied by examining a gravestone’s art. 

Naturalization Records: Lorence Kihn (Lawrence Keen) Becomes a Citizen in 1845 from the blog, Indiana Ties – tells of how the blogger found out how to obtain naturalization records, what she did to obtain them, and what she found on them.

Russia’s Forgotten WWII Heroes Gain Recognition Thanks to Online Project  -families of Russian WWII combatants around the world are now able to give their forebears the recognition they deserve, 70 years on. The Zvyezdy Pobedy project, organized by the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper, allows the descendants of those who fought in the Red Army in WWII to find out whether their ancestors were among the recipients of over 38 million orders and medals awarded during the war.


Graveyard Transcriptions and Photos (Ireland) from the As They Were blog – contains a list of websites referring to graveyard sliced cemeteries that have either photos, transcriptions or both.

Genealogy Arbor Day - A Typical Irish Tree from the Black Raven Genealogy blog - interesting, and I like her colorful style of tree (and its inherent definition of family). 


HRVH Historical Newspapers - provides access to digitized copies of historical newspapers from the Hudson River Valley region of New York State.


Scotland’s Places  –  The website allows you to search across different national databases using geographic locations. Their databases include: historical tax rolls (e.g., dog tax, clock and watch tax, poll tax, female servant tax, among others) ordnance survey named books, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland archives, official reports, published Gazetteers and atlases, and other records). Subscription.
The Statistical Accounts of Scotland, 1791-1845, written by each parish minister they kept a contemporary account of life at the time, “offering uniquely rich and detailed parish reports for the whole of Scotland, covering a vast range of topics including agriculture, education, trades, religion and social customs.” Part free, part by subscription. [It looks very cool!]

Scots In Midieval England from the Scottish Emigration Blog = discusses England's Immigrants 1330-1550 research project website as a great source for learning about emigrants from Scotland.

The Scottish Indexes – “We have a large collection of indexes, from unique sources such as prison and court records to more commonly used sources such as birth, marriage, death and census records. While currently many of our records are from the south of Scotland, our Quaker records and mental health records cover all of Scotland. We will also be adding more records from other areas of Scotland soon.”


My Genealogy is Wrong! by the Great Genealogy blog – errors creep in, what to do to minimize them.

TOOLS, a new tool for genealogists and family historians launched this week. It helps you build a life sketch about your ancestor. 
            Thomas MacEntee at Geneabloggers blog published the announcement press release in History Lines Official Launch with a Bonus.
And Randy Seaver at the Genea-Musings blog has done a very helpful three-part series explaining how it works, or how you make it work for you, in detail, with step-by-step instructions and screen captures. Those three posts are:


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    1. You're welcome! You have interesting ancestors!

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    1. Thank you for adding As They Were, Graveyard Transcriptions and Photos. I will be adding to this list as I can.

    2. You're welcome, Crissouli. It is a great resource for those of us who can't get to Ireland (yet)..

  3. Another great selection this week, Jo, and thank you for including Black Raven Genealogy.

    1. Thank you and You're welcome! I like the imagery in your post. I was recently told I can't use the word "ancestors " for my ancestors bio posts unless they are direct line people, which many of them aren't. I don't understand that (well, I do on a technical level) because we're formed and influenced by our whole family. And I'd lose out on a lot of stories. I like your approach much better!

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    1. You're welcome, Jana, that video is a hoot! And I'd have missed it but for your post!


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