Saturday, April 11, 2015

NoteWorthy Reads #9

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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 quarter 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.

For week-ending April 11, 2015

[Wow! I go off-line for a weekend and, geez, there are even more interesting / useful posts written than usual. I had a lot of catching up to do.  I finally left some to be looked at in the next week or this post would get way too long.  (I begin to feel sorry for the folks who follow me on Facebook as well as on the blog – I’m link-happy there too, although not that many have anything to do with genealogy there, so at least it’s not repeats.)]



On the “New Ancestor Discoveries” kerfluffle:
Testing Ancestor’s Amazing “New Ancestor” DNA Claim by the  DNA-Explained – Genetic Genealogy blog  (a very good DNA explanatory blog) – I’ve chosen to use this post as representative of the many posts I’ve seen on this subject recently as it's very clear and balanced, gives examples, and links to a selection of the other articles out there at the time at the bottom of the article. The blog has done a series of posts on the subject. They are all worth a read.
New Ancestor Discoveries: Clues (Not Proof) to your Past by the blog –’s response to the first round of blog posts on their new roll out.
Kenny, Kenny, Kenny… by the Diggin’ Up Graves blog – A response to the response (she didn’t take it well).

The Living in The Past: A Family History blog has done a wonderful four-part series on Researching Genealogy in Germany; this will be a huge help! The posts are:

Archion in a Nutshell – German Protestant Parish Records Online  by the Ahnenfunde blog  – the article explains Archion, a new online source for digitized protestant German parish records: what it is, what it includes (& doesn’t), and how to use it.

Jucket to a Hawks: Finding Truth in Lore by the Family Sleuther blog - well-written, fascinating post, describing  the search to prove or disprove this bit of family lore

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Quakers (and How Quakerism fits into the Temperance and Suffrage Movements by It’s A Beautiful Tree blog  – fascinating, especially as it's starting to look as though I might have Quaker roots (maybe)

Why Did People Wear Powdered Wigs? from Mental Floss  – quite interesting (& ick!)

170 Years of American History in One Amazing GIF, by – VERY cool!

30,000 NYPD Crime Photographs Will Go Online from – This could actually become quite an interesting resource if you have NYC ancestors or fairly recent NYC historical research to do.

Amateur Beats Gov’t at Digitizing Newspapers: Tom Tryniski’s Weird Wonderful Website  found at – fascinating article & video on the creator of the Old Fulton Postcard site or, which isn’t really about postcards, and isn’t really or only about Fulton county NY history. It is an absolutely fabulous historical newspaper site. I love it! (It made my post on Rosa Henn Strauss possible.) The video is only 5 minutes long. You’ve got 5 minutes. Watch it!

There’s More Than One Way to Skin A Cat found at Worldwide Genealogy – A Genealogical Collaboration  – there’s more than one way to do genealogical research


Hot Tips on How to Use Google for Genealogy Searches by Genealogy In Time Magazine – long article, helpful explanations

WorldCat for Genealogy: 40 Million Records and Digital Gateway by Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems – I’ve already got a link (or maybe more than one) to WorldCat in my Resource Pages but a reminder of what it is and how helpful it is might be helpful to someone, and a good reminder to me to use it more.

Linkpendium: the Best Genealogy Link Site that You’re Not Using  by No Story Too Small Blog – “Linkpendium has more than 10 million links to locality and surname site.” She’s right. I wasn’t using it. I’d never heard of it. It looks wonderful!

Epidemics and Pandemics Chart by Your Roots Are Showing Dearie! blog – click through the link on the webpage to a helpful resource that might explain why your ancestor disappeared.

Google Scholar and ProQuest Team Up! by  Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems  - providing access to serious scholarly journal content



  1. Thanks, Jo, for including my post from The Worldwide Geneaalogy Blog on your list.

  2. Jo - Thank you so much for including my post in your Great Stories section! I appreciate it very much!! I also found several posts you've listed that I want to read. I would have missed them if it weren't for you! Thanks!!

    1. You're welcome, Cindy! And, I'm glad you found things you want to read. I like sharing stuff that fascinates me!

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    1. You're welcome! Your German Research series is going to be so helpful with my Henn's and Snyder's! (I've got unrelated Snyder's - allegedly from different parts of Germany, per my Mom - who married each other. Ack!). I'm so happy that I found them (and that you wrote them)!


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