Saturday, October 3, 2015

NoteWorthy Reads #22

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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 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.

Because things got out of hand this month, this covers finds from September 2015. 


British Home Child Group International – has a new website whose mission is to provide free research, genealogical tips and reunite families of British Home Children worldwide. The history section explains “From the early 1860s up to the 1970s, children who were institutionalized in ‘Homes’ across the UK, were sent, to countries across the British Empire to be used as indentured farm workers and domestics. The majority of the up to 120,000 British Home children sent to Canada arrived between 1869 and 1939. Mostly, they ranged in age from four to fifteen.…”

Canadian Genealogy Resources from the Genealogy: Beyond the BMD blog – she has compiled a list of sites and resources that she has used for Canadian genealogy and links to the PDF in this article.


AncestryDNA Announces New IN COMMON WITH Tool use and usefulness (or lack/limitations thereof) explained by The Genetic Genealogist Read the comments too.


The Victorian Traderess Who Battled Colonialism and Crocodiles in Africa from - Explorer, trader, and anthropologist Mary Henrietta Kingsley was a fascinating woman, especially for her times 


1931-1936 Building the Hoover Dam from – article contains magnificent photos of the building of the Hoover dam. At its peak, the project employed 5251 people: did your ancestor work there? (To my current knowledge, mine didn’t, but I still find the photos fascinating.)


An Underutilized Treasure! Spread the Word!! from Passage to the Past’s blog – I did not know about the Innovation Hub at NARA; sounds pretty cool!

Read This Case from the blog of The Legal Genealogist – hee!

How to Introduce Yourself to Other Genealogists at a Genealogy Conference from the Olive Tree Genealogy blog – I followed her advice when I went to my first conference a few weeks ago and it helped! I include a picture on my post about the conference.

How NOT Finding an Ancestor May Actually Help Your Research from – negative search results can be just as valuable as positive search results.


Europeana Newspaper Project Makes 20+ Million Newspaper Pages Available Online – article describes the project and gives links to discover more than 20 million historic European newspaper pages with close to 12 million pages fully searchable


Scandals and Divorce in Edinburg from the Genealogy: Beyond the BMD blog – Dianna has found a great resource for those ancestors who may have gone through Scotland’s version of Family Court between 1658 and 1800.


Wills and Probate Records [on]: How Do I Find What I Am Looking for? from the blog – tips on how to find what you’re looking for, including a free Ancestry Academy class video.
Thoughts on’s Probate Database from Michael John Neill at - some more helpful tips.

Go the Distance – Living in the World of Your Ancestors from the Genealogy’s Star blog– includes maps showing how long it took to get from point A to point B in the USA in 1800, 1830 and 1857 (before and after the introduction of the railroad). Knowing this helps our analysis as to whether X document in Z state can possibly be our "John Snyder".

Occupational Records from the Worldwide Genealogy blog – if we want to thoroughly understand our ancestors’ lives then we must research occupational records to understand their work lives. This article gives some suggestions as to the sort of records to look for by occupation.

What to Do When the Name on the Record Is Wrong from Amy Johnson Crow  – it’s a matter of analysis.

Tip: Study the Entire Document from the blog of The Enthusiastic Genealogist – I've done this too, if it was a snake it would’ve bit me!

Tip: Use the Card Catalog from the Cousin Detective blog - more treasures beyond the obvious


5 Utterly Fascinating History Education Resources from – including one to see a world map for any year, which could help in seeing the changing boundaries of countries throughout history.

Veteran Administration Pension Payment Cards, covering applications made 1907 to 1933 article by  the blog describing where to find the resource and how to use it.

One Million World War II POW Records Now Online- article discussing the new database by Gould Genealogy

Resources for Learning about Genealogical Research from the Genealogy Star blog – a long bibliographic list of genealogy publications dealing with all sorts of research.

I Have a New Toy! from the Ancestoring blog – tells us how she plots the land plats of her ancestors using a downloaded copy of the original Township/range survey from the Bureau of Land Management website (in order to find out who their neighbors are, for a FAN search).

DAR Offers Free Online Genealogy Research Tools from the Fort Worth Examiner's website – article lists and explains the seven free databases.


Finding Maryland County Land Records – Certified and Uncertified Plats from Old Bones Genealogy – “Whether certified or uncertified, these land surveys contain at a minimum the following information:  Grantor, Grantee, Patent/Deed reference number, description of property and, usually, a drawing or plat of the property. If certified, it may also lead us to the patent or deed.”

Was Your German Ancestor Recruited to Come to Michigan?  from the Journey to the Past blog – fascinating article about the period of time when Michigan actively recruited in Germany for immigrants to their state which includes a list of state records kept.

Land for Ohio’s Daughters from the blog of The Legal Genealogist -interesting article about the right of married women to will property, and the 1831 court case that recognized that right had existed as of 1810, when married women had very few rights. A step towards women's rights.


  1. Thank you very much for the mention and I hope it helps you in your research.

    1. You're welcome. I hope so. Everyone else I've seen with him in their tree is stuck in the same place. I've relatives in Maryland so I'm thinking of tacking on a couple days to my next visit for some hands-on-in-place research. But being able to look through the Plats records online in the meantime might help - I'm hoping so!

  2. Thanks for sharing my post! I love reading your NoteWorthy Reads.

    1. You're very timely, my friend -- I was just wondering, since there are so many people doing best of lists, if anyone really cared about another (mine). Thank you for the encouragement.

  3. Thanks for sharing my posts Jo. There are only 4 "best of.." blogs I read and yours is one. Often I find posts I have missed that I learn something new from. Thanks for writing NoteWorthy Reads.

    1. Thank you, Dianne, for your encouragement, too. It helps. It's been a stressful few weeks and I guess it got to me. Working on getting into a more positive brainspace. ;)

  4. Thank you, Jo, for including my blog in your list. I enjoy seeing your lists and what others are reading and writing about.

    1. You're welcome. and thank you for your encouragement, as well.

  5. Thank. you, Jo, for listing my post on Occupational Records that appeared on the Worldwide Genealogy Collaboration blog.

    Scotsue of Family History Fun.

  6. I'm personally a big fan of jahcmft blog. Thanks for sharing this post.

    1. Thank you for stopping by and reading. I appreciate it. I thought I answered this in November, but just found out that none of my replies to comments that day worked. I hope this can still reach you.


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