Sunday, June 28, 2015

NoteWorthy Reads #19

Climbing My Family Tree: NoteWorthy Reads #19
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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. When I can,  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.



I’m Not Who I Think I Am from the No Stone Unturned blog – fascinating story

Father’s Day – Tracking the Y DNA Line  from the DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy blog -- great story sketches of the men in her Y DNA line (those with her paternal surname); she is related to some fascinating people!

The Case of the Mysterious Disappearance of Luke Lukes from the blog of the Cousin Detective - new blog and an interesting, well-told tale 


Flight of the Night Witches: World War II’s All-Female Fighting Force from Atlas Obscura - fascinating: story  a Russian all female bomber squadron who terrorized German soldiersin Nazi-occupied Soviet Union with daring night raids.

Veteran ‘Dumbfounded ‘over War Photo found at – volunteers identifying people in over 100 photos taken by the Department of Defense of service people and civilians in the Korean War (plus link within article to website displaying all of the photos)

52 Ancestors Week 24: I Wish I Had Their Bango  from the Research Journal Genealogy blog - a disturbing piece of Hawaii's history


Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers, Featured Genealogy Expert of the Week From Family History Daily – an interview of Thomas MacEntee, who is a genuinely nice person, very helpful, and runs the GeneaBloggers site/community of which I am a member (tap on the badge in the right margin to be taken to the Genea-Bloggers website, particularly if you write or want to write a family history blog)

The Story behind This Famous Photograph – remember the iconic photograph taken during the American Great Depression of 11 construction workers on a girder 840 feet above the ground?

Old Dogs, New Tricks from the blog, Parallax View  – He discusses the relationship between evidence, inference, and conjecture. His physics research background informs his genealogical research, and now, his experience with genealogical research is informing his physics research. Very interesting piece.


Irish Famine Archive on Migration to Canada Launched Online from – “The Digital Irish Famine Archive shares the stories of the Grey Nuns in MontrĂ©al cared for the Irish arrivals, the sick and the dying, and kept annals and correspondence of their experience. The records have since been translated from the original French, digitized and made available in an online archive.”

Index of Free Irish genealogy E-Books, with links to open the books – approximately “4000 free books and journals on the topic Irish, Irish-American, Irish-Australian, and Irish-Canadian genealogy.”


Using Funeral Home Records for Genealogy from the Geneosity blog – read the comments too.

Genealogy 201: How to Separate Identities – Two Men with the Same Names from the blog at – useful advice, especially if you have a family like mine which has generations of men with the same exact name.

Making Genealogical Connections – Five Ways to Get People to Share  - Not that I've ever found it to be a problem amongst genea-types, some of the generous people in the world.


Using the Bureau of Land Management to find your ancestor’s land:

      Thank You, BLM! from The Legal Genealogist – with instructions and screenshots

      Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster’s Land Patent from Jana’s Genealogy and Family History blog-       -– with instructions and screenshots, and a bonus

Rail & River Passes from the Freedmen’s Bureau  and Unique Freedmen’s Bureau Records Reflect Rations Given to Whites and Indians from the My Ancestor’s Name blog – transportation records from the Freedmen’s Bureau are a rich source of records for formerly enslaved people. 

Black sheep Ancestors Database – “Free genealogical prison and convict records, historical court records, executions, insane asylum records and biographies of famous outlaws, criminals & pirates in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.”


  1. Thank you for featuring my article from the 52 Ancestors challenge on bango ID tags! I really appreciate it :)

    1. You're welcome, Mel. I really found it interesting, and well-written and thought it deserved a signal boost.

  2. Some excellent choices - and what a wide variety, thanks so much Jo.

    1. You're welcome, Tessa. Thank you for stopping by. I'm glad you found something that interested you. Part of the fun of reading interesting things for me is sharing them.

  3. Jo, thank you so much for including my post about finding my 2nd great-grandfather's land patent! I appreciate it!

    1. It's a terrifically helpful post. You showed me how to look for myself, and I'm looking forward to trying it.

  4. Thanks for including my post on Wikipedia!

    1. You're welcome. I enjoyed it, learned from it and thought I'd give it a small signal boost.


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