Sunday, June 7, 2015

NoteWorthy Reads #16


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. This is 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.  I’ll review the posts when I’m able 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.



PRONI Lectures on YouTube– the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland has put a series of lectures regarding how to use the archives that PRONI holds, for genealogical research.

FUN’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds Challenge – while the 52 Ancestors challenge  to proved to be too much for me to keep up with for a second year, this I can probably do! Want to join me?


Michigan Farm Life in the Great Depression, Part One;  Part Two; and Part Three, by Susan Wallin Mosey, found at – interesting ‘slice of life’ family memories series. I especially love the series because I had ancestors living on farms in Michigan during the Great Depression

Holbrook Line: Esther Stanard Dring 1865- from the Happy Genealogy Dance blog – interesting story of discovering her ancestor was a missionary in India.


Slavery, famine And the Politics of Pie: What Civil War Recipes Reveal from – it’s interesting what you can learn of history from recipe  books!

Ancestry LifeStory: the Life Lived in the Dash - Explains Ancestry’s new LifeStory feature.

Tuberculosis and Genealogy from – Interesting article on how tuberculosis impacted people’s lives in the past and how to find information regarding the condition and your ancestor.

Ask Ancestry Anne: Can I Trust Trees? from the blog discusses whether to trust, and how to assess, information and connections found in other people’s trees on Read the comments, too. It's an interesting discussion.


TIPS – my own personal TIPS suggestion is to subscribe to this site. Its short daily tips are very helpful.

Legacy Family Tree – Downloading a Source from FamilySearch from Jana's Genealogy and Family History blog– the latest update of Legacy Family Tree now allows users to download sources directly from Jana shows us how with plenty of screenshots.

What Genealogy Records Might You Find in a Courthouse?  from the GenealogyInsider blog for the Family Tree magazine.

Records May Be Wrong Due To Stigma of Divorce from the Researching-Relatives blog – I have experienced this with my great-grandmother. Even though she was divorced, she was listed in censuses and city directories for many years as either widowed or married, but never as divorced; my great-grandfather was living half a country away throughout most of hat time.

A Practical Guide in Researching Your Ancestors’ Wills  from   – “Here is a practical guide to researching wills and why not finding one isn’t the end of the world.”

New Bible Record Database from the Begin with ‘Craft’ blog. The Daughters of the American Revolution just published a new database online, filled with over 40,000 Bible records, and Valerie explains how to use it.

Allen County Public Library Online Resources  from the DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy  blog - the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne Indiana is one of the premier genealogy libraries in the country, and many of their resources are available online. This article explains how to use the site for genealogical research.

Population Studies for the Genealogist from JSTOR daily  – I never realized that population studies could be this helpful.

Don’t Forget the Library of Congress by the Genealogy’s Star  discusses resources at the Library of Congress useful for genealogical research


  1. Jo, thanks so much for including one of my blog posts this week!

    1. You're welcome. The rattlesnake story was an exciting read!

  2. These noteworthy posts are so much fun to read, and I appreciate your including my post about Esther Stanard Dring. Please keep up with these kinds of posts as well as your blogging about your family. I enjoy reading them all.

    1. I'm glad you enjoy them. Half the fun of reading something good is sharing it, I think. And I really like your post on Esther.

  3. Thank you so much for the mention Jo. Always an honor.
    I hope my post continues to help others as well.

    1. You're welcome. And I expect it will. Since I've started my family history search other friends of mine have begun as well, and I like to share things I think will help them too. I know some of them read my blog.

  4. This one is a KEEPER ! Love all the advice and links (-:

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you find something helpful. I love sharing interesting things I find.

  5. My first visit... And what a neat way to share good ideas from all around. I will to add you to my blog. Thanks for letting us all in to good ideas. Come see

    1. Thanks for dropping by. I hope to be able to start up my NoteWorthy Reads again soon. They've been on hiatus for a bit because I got overwhelmed in life and have a stress-exacerbated chronic illness. But I want to start them again. They're fun!


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