Saturday, October 31, 2015

NoteWorthy Reads #23

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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.

October turned into a rather full and overwhelming month for me and I didn’t get much done on my genealogy research or write any blog posts, but you all wrote some very interesting blog posts/articles! I’m hoping that November is better for me and continues well for you!


Finding Tips for Using the Upper Canada Sundries  from Legacy News – also known as the Civil Secretary’s (to the Lieutenant Governor) Correspondence – I want to look at this!

Saddlebag Preachers of the Eastern Townships  by the Genealogy Ensemble blog – traveling preachers served the religious needs of Québec’s Eastern townships between 1798 and 1812.



Shameless Plug from the Ancestoring blog – describes Legacy’s new webinar website, which, frankly, sounds very cool!


TheGenealogist Has Released 5 Million British Emigration Records from GenealogyBlog – from the article, TheGenealogist allows you to track transmigration of people across countries routing through British ports on their way to America.”

Plugging Genealogy’s 30 Year Gap from the – the 1939 registration survey are going to be released online, allowing genealogists to fill a 30 year gap in census records.

English and Welsh 1939 National Register to Go Online November 2  from The British GENES blog  – this article has the cost to view the records. Additionally, see the comments to see where to find the Scottish and Northern Ireland versions.

Soldiers of the Queen from the blog, Genealogy: Beyond the BMD – she’s found an online collection of British military photographs and research. It looks utterly fascinating for those who may have ancestors who were in the Queens army in the Victorian era. A word of caution, if you are surfing the web with a headset or an earpiece in your ear take it off before clicking the link at the bottom of the article into the Soldiers of the Queen website – that music is LOUD!




A Tale of Two Sisters from the Borthwick Institute blog - sort of a sad story derived from documents in the collection. But now I want to know what happened next.

A Day in the Life of My Great-Grandda  from Black Raven Genealogy  - I love the stories behind family keepsakes. 


Yale Just Released 170,000 Incredible Photographs of the Depression from – fascinating photos. Is your family in them? 

Visitation of the Plague, London 1665 and Spanish Influenza of 1918  from – fascinating reads to put a context to our ancestors lives/deaths

The King is Dead at Versailles  from The History Blog  – King Louis XIV of France died a painful, and well-documented, death. Approved medical practice is eye-opening (and appalling).

Siege of Lucknow – As Described in the Diary of Mrs. R C Germon  from fascinating story of the seige of Lucknow during the Indian Mutiny or the First War of Independence to the Indians (depending on whether you're from Great Gritain or India) as recounted in the diary of Mrs. Maria Vincent Germon, wife of one of the commanders of the outpost at Lucknow



I Write, Therefore I… Think?  from the blog A Family Tapestry  - helps me too.

Do You Have a Skeleton in Your Family History Closet? from – about all of us do, but what do you do when you find one?


DNA Shows Irish People Have More Complex Origins than Previously Thought from - well, that likely explains some of what showed up in my DNA results 



What Is Bounty Land?  from the blog of  – read the comments for more tips.

It is All in the Name or is it? from Old Bones Genealogy – pronunciation is key! 

What Is the Real Effect of Record Loss? Work Arounds from the Genealogy’s Star blog – where do you find records when the courthouse has burnt down?


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Laws of the state of New York from – links to Google digitized editions of the laws of New York from 1638 through 1922.



  1. thank you for including my posts on online presences of German churches!

  2. Jo, thanks for mentioning A Family Tapestry this week--and for all your many other intriguing recommendations!

    1. You're welcome. And I'm glad you're enjoying some of the other articles.

  3. Hi Jo, Thank you so much for the mention on this week's list.

  4. Thanks Jo, much appreciated. I miss your great family history posts - hope you find the time for some genealogy fun soon ;-)

    1. I'm working on one. Getting a little lost on figuring out who should be the focus. It will go faster once I figure that out.


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