Saturday, August 29, 2015

NoteWorthy Reads #21

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For me, Noteworthy Reads are articles, websites, or blog posts I found recently which are fascinating, interesting and/or helpful, and occasionally “wacky” or “wonderful” will likely sneak in as well. When I have the time I’ll review the posts to determine which entries should be put in my Resource pages; the rest will remain 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.

Survey: In order to have time to actually do some genealogy research, along with some other projects I really want to start, I’m considering making my Noteworthy Reads posts monthly or bimonthly (2x a month), do you have any preference?


Presbyterian Churches of Lower Canada North Shore and Gaspe Peninsula from the Genealogy Ensemble blog – list of the towns and villages settled by the English-speaking colonists of the late 1700s and early 1800s and the churches or missions that serve their spiritual needs.


The Limits of Ownership from The Legal Genealogist blog – discusses the difference between owning a thing and owning the copyright to that thing. Read the comments too.



Beatrice White, the girl who killed half 1 million flies for Toronto from – Come on, how can you not read something with that title?

My Canadian Branches – Jane Solely Hamilton’s 776 Babies from the Digging Down East blog – fascinating story of her ancestress’ life as a midwife in rural early 19th-century Nova Scotia.

Family Feuds or The Spice of Genealogy from the Moore Genealogy blog – terrific story and great find!


The Irish Fenian Invasion of Canada from – an interesting bit of Canadian, Irish, and U.S. history that I somehow wasn’t aware of.

“Heroes come with empty sleeves” from O Say Can You See? Stories from the National Museum of American History blog – how the post-war psyche attempted to explain the wounded veterans of the U.S. Civil War (apparently we've never been very good at that) 

Niagara Falls: The Grandest Site Imaginable from The Journal of the American Revolution – Travelers’ descriptions of Niagara Falls in the 1700s. I found it fascinating, especially since I have discovered that I have ancestors who lived in the area in approximately that time frame. 


Thankful Thursday – Look What I Found!! New Places to Look for Records from The Sum of All My Research – how she found more about her ancestor, 444 miles away from where she expected him to be!

Sometimes Life Hits You like a Ton of Brick Walls  from the Genealogy Soapbox - Chasing Paper Trails & Genealogy Clues blog – interesting story of tracking down her second great-grandmother and placing two orphaned brothers within her family history.


The Joys of Scotland’s People Website from the Michigan Family Trails blog – what you can find on there and how to use the website, with screenshots


Where to Find Digitized Books Online by the Empty Branches on the Tree blog – several very helpful sources, including one I hadn’t realized was nearly so extensive.
Names: Why Can’t I Find My Name? from the MyHeritage blog – many hints on how to find your ancestor’s name in documents and why it may have changed over the years. 


YouTube’s Historical Footage Expands, Both Serious and Silly,” by the New York Times  – a newsreel archive is uploading nearly 17,000 hours of historical footage to YouTube dating back to 1895. Read more about it in this article.

Where Are All the Photos? from the Genealogy’s Star blog – finding photos of your ancestors in the Memories section of


 Archives of the Chicago Tribune (beta version) – archives of the newspaper dating back to 1849, currently free but that may change in the future - read the FAQs
 3 Sparkling Ohio Genealogy Research Gems from Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems – helpful sources for northern Ohio genealogy research.


  1. Hi Jo, Thank you for the mention on this week's list. I appreciate it.

    1. You're welcome, Linda. It was a helpful post -- I learned sources I hadn't known about for digitized books. And you made it interesting too.


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