In Climbing My Family Tree I share stories of my ancestors as I discover them, so the posts are sporadic. My family history is a work in progress, and I might have to backtrack occasionally if (when) I make mistakes, so if we share a branch or two I encourage you to double check the research sources rather than accepting mine wholesale. I hope you enjoy reading my posts and will visit often to find new posts. I enjoy sharing them with you!
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.
AncestryDNA is a Team Sport, from Ancestry.com 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.
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.
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.
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!]
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.”
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: