Saturday, July 4, 2015

NoteWorthy Reads #20

Climbing My Family Tree: NoteWorthy Reads #20
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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 have the time 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.

This entry is a little longer than my usual because I have decided to put my Noteworthy Reads series on hiatus for six weeks while I deal with some non-genealogical things, so I included everything I had pending in this post rather than holding some for a future post as I sometimes do (so as not to overwhelm). While I have decided to give myself a partial blogging vacation, I am only suspending the Noteworthy Reads posts. I do anticipate putting up 3 or 4 regular blog posts on my family history in this timeframe (and, hopefully, I will find a fantastic find for Crestleaf’s blogging challenge this month). So please check in occasionally to see what is new. Noteworthy Reads will be back in mid-August.


It’s Not Just Loyalists! (A Misleading Title on Ancestry) from the Olive Tree Genealogy blog – an invaluable database of Canadian citizens who filed claims for losses in Upper Canada after the war of 1812 mislabled! 


Copyright Infringement or Common Occurrence?  from the My Ancestors and Me blog – read the comments as well.


Virtual Volunteering, Retirement Project 2.0  – my kind of fun, at any rate. I would love to do this after I retire!

I Would've Put a Bird on it but I Couldn't Find the Right Address from the It’s a Beautiful Tree blog - She's such an entertaining writer! Her adventures in finding the homes of her great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. She had the addresses, but sometimes that isn't enough. ;)

“Where Do I Come from?”  from the DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy blog -- Great story of DNA testing and genealogical research coming together to find an adoptee’s birth family

Grandma Foster and Her Apprentice by A Southern Sleuth – what happened to a daughter whose mother died young?

W75: Harold Wareham – Missionary from the Branches of My Tree blog - his ancestor was a missionary to Africa in the early 20th century, and this account is fascinating (I particularly appreciated his argument to the missionary society as to the reasons he thought it would be good to have a woman around the house in Africa -- the missionary society wished him to leave his wife at home. He won.)


Patrick and Sarah Henry: Mental Illness In 18th-Century America from O Say Can You See? the blog of the national Museum of American history. 

The American Civil War, Then and Now from – interactive photographs of Civil War sites.

WWI Centennial: Women at War from – fascinating article

Michigan and Ohio Almost Waged War Over… Toledo? from – I’ve lived in Michigan and Ohio, how did I not know this?


Sorry I Don’t Get It from the Legacy Family Tree blog – how searches that don’t help still help enough.

Think Outside the Search Engine from the It’s a Beautiful Tree blog – great story about how she blew through her brick wall.


The Green Redcoats: the Story of the Kilmainham Pensioners from - covers 10,000 men from the late 18th century through the early 20th century; could be quite helpful


The Letters of Dr. William Cullen (1710-1790)  from the Historical Medical Miscellany blog – discusses a new resource for those interested in people’s health in the mid-1700s. Dr. Cullen was a fellow at the Royal College of physicians of Edinburg who received thousands of letters from places all around the world from people querying about their health; his letters have been transcribed and digitized, and are searchable.



Learning from the Inventory from the blog of The Shy Genealogist – you can learn a lot about an ancestor from the inventory of his estate.


In Need of a Hard to Get Record? This Smart New Site Will Help You Find It  from Family History Daily/ - free site brings together the digital holdings of multiple libraries, public and academic, including, but not limited to: digital books, magazines, scanned items, sound recordings, maps, and other ephemera. It is fully searchable, and can be read online, or viewed in thumbnails and downloaded in PDF, image format, or plaintext. I’ve got to explore this place! – This website has an amazing collection of information on hundreds of original historical documents in genealogical sources, curated lists of links, a library of images and text that they share for free, on the Amish-Mennonite, Quakers, French-Canadians, Prussia (Germany), Jewish, Scandinavia, Switzerland, Wales, the United States. It also has developed and freely shares on this site, mega-search engine portals for the Amish-Mennonite, Jewish (Shoah), Prussian-German, Quebec (French Canada), and the Top 100 Genealogical Sites, a library of over 500 genealogy related links and a plethora of genealogical tips, videos, music, and maps. Go explore!


  1. Thank you for including my post among these really excellent ones, Jo. What an honor! I appreciate it.

    1. You're welcome! I thought it was an interesting post and discussion. I like to share things that interest me.

  2. Hi Jo! Thank you for including my post here! I have moved and updated my site since I posted that article about sharing your family history online. The updated link is here:

    1. Hi Mary, Sorry for the late reply. I thought I had answered in November but recently discovered that it was all in my head (I must've seen this at lunch & planned to answer at home, then slipped up and believed I had). Anyway, I've updated your links now. It will land where it's supposed to now. Thanks for letting me know. Jo


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