Saturday, March 5, 2016

NoteWorthy Reads #26

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For me, Noteworthy Reads are articles, websites, or blog posts I found recently which are fascinating, interesting and/or helpful. 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.]


Update on the Alberta Homestead Collection from Olive Tree Genealogy blog – perhaps the index of the Alberta Genealogical Society is a better choice to research then Ancestry’s new Alberta Homestead index

The Scots as a Military Strategy from The In-Depth Genealogist – great short-version explanation of the intentional migration of the Scots to the lower boundary areas of the North American British colonies.  For the long version read “Scottish Pioneers of Upper Canada,” by Lucille Campey (which is fascinating if you think your ancestors were part of that)- I have it as a Nook book so I suppose there's a Kindle version as well as regular hard copy books..

(I'm a beginner with genetic genealogy, so I collect explanations. It helps on these posts to read the comments as well.)

Finding Your Irish Family Homeland from The In-Depth Genealogist discusses a DNA test which helps pinpoint the specific area of origin in Ireland your family comes from.
But see also, Dubious Commercial Claims, an article from the  University College London website. The article casts doubt on the methodology used in the Irish Origenes, Scottish Origenes, and English Origenes websites. 

Concepts – How Your Autosomal DNA Identifies Your Ancestors  by the DNAeXplained blog – explained in layman’s language; very helpful. The most understandable explanation I've run across so far.


Bibliography of British and Irish History  – including not only books but also articles in journals and articles within collective volumes. It now includes over 570,000 records. Searches can be conducted through the Subject Tree on ‘advanced search’.


NEHGS Searchable German Duplicate Records  from the Many Roads blog - church records for the territories of Baden, Brandenburg and Posen, Germany


More Brick Wall Busting Going on Here from Ellie’s Ancestors blog – time for genealogy happy dance!

Birth & Death of John Stufflebean  from the Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog – captured by Indians during the Revolutionary war and sold to the British for a barrel of rum.…

Fugitive Slave: Freedom, Capture, Redemption (Part 1)  and Fugitive Slave: Eyewitness of the Trial (Part 2) from the Tangled Roots and Trees blog  - I had to know what came next, and figured you would too!


Lakshmibai, the Warrior Queen Who Fought the British Rule in India  from - I recently watched a British documentary on the colonialization of India which touched on some of the same events. It is interesting to read the other perspective.


1878: Four Days in May from the Borders Ancestry blog – a fascinating article showing how a diary extract from 1878 can provide a rich source of historical and genealogical information.

The Olive Tree Genealogy blog  ran an interesting four-part series, titled “Solving a Challenging Genealogy Puzzle: Finding Rachel” in which she explains how she determined who were the parents of Rachel Van Slyke. Read them in order:

Ancestral Stories – You Can’t Make This Stuff Up from the Lineagekeeper’s Genealogy Blog – a long time brick wall comes tumbling down with the aid of perseverance, cousins, and serendipity!


Finding Irish Marriage Records from – I did not know that it was common for Irish-American newspapers to publish accounts of marriages solemnized in Ireland.

No Luck of the Irish  from the Genealogy: Beyond the BMD blog  – Dianne has collected over 60 links to genealogical resources for Ireland


No Luck of the Irish 2 from the Genealogy: Beyond the BMD blog - discusses a new resource for Irish genealogy searches, enhanced Parliamentary Papers on Ireland 1801 -1922.

Bibliography of British and Irish History  – including not only books but also articles in journals and articles within collective volumes. It now includes over 570,000 records. Searches can be conducted through the Subject Tree on ‘advanced search’. (Yep, the same one as above under "England". Cross-referencing made easy.) 


Know Your Suffixes from the Vita Brevis blog, a blog of the New England Historic Genealogical Society – I did not know that a century or so ago a denotation of so-and-so, 2nd or 3rd did not necessarily mean that the persons of the same same were related, but rather that there were multiple people with the same name in the same County! Maybe I can stop trying to shoehorn some people into my family, hmmm.... (P.S. Always read the comments, more to learn!)

My Search Was Unsuccessful, Now What? from ModRoots blog – don’t give up, what to try next.


What Was It Worth? Calculating the Historic Value of Money from the LegacyTree blog – explains the various calculators at MeasuringWorth and their relative usefulness in learning more about our ancestors. 

New Research Tool – Town Land Explorer – Launched  from Irish Genealogy News– allows researchers to search a Superintendent Regular District to reveal a list of all the civil parishes and towns included within the registrar’s district. (Ireland)

Don’t Leave the Courthouse Just Yet! from the LegacyTree blog – treasures can be found in the Index to the Court of Common Pleas

Top 3 Reasons Why FamilySearch Historical Records Articles Should Be Your Favorite Research Resource  from the FamilySearch blog -  I don’t know about “favorite” but it’s up there in the top 10 or so.



Ohio’s Digitized Newspapers  – this page includes a full (linked) listing of Ohio’s digitized newspapers on Chronicling America and Ohio Memory.


My Favorite 100 Rhode Island Roots Articles  from the One Rhode Island Family blog – a compilation of links to wonderful Rhode Island resources. Most of these I have not seen before. I can’t wait to try them! My Mom assures me we’re related to Roger Williams; I haven’t made it far enough back on her lines to confirm that yet. Perhaps these will help?

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

I Ran Out Of February!

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February is too short! I am working on Noteworthy Reads #26, but it’s not going to get done tonight unless I stay up all night and I’m too tired for that. It also won’t get done tomorrow night since I have a class. So at this point, I am aiming for next weekend.

The reason the Noteworthy Reads for February will be late is that I flew over 1500 miles to see my parents and my brother’s family and had a lovely visit, without my laptop. After I returned, this past Sunday night I went to see Altan, an Irish music group, in concert as my choice for my parents’ Christmas present to me. I’ve loved their music for over 20 years. I had a blast! (There was dancing in the aisles!) [Here’s a sample of their music on YouTube: John Doherty’s Reels (instrumental) or an old favorite song, Dulamon.]

I’ve also been ordering, and reading, books to help me more understand the world my ancestors lived in, and the events they lived through. Here’s a list of books I’ve been reading recently:

  • The Patriots and the People: The Rebellion of 1837 in Rural Lower Canada by Allan Greer
  • A Deep Sense of Wrong: the Treason, Trials and Transportation to New South Wales of Lower Canadian Rebels after the 1838 Rebellion by Beverley Boissry
  • The History of Huntingdon and of the Seigniories of Beauharnois and Chateauguay, by Robert Sellar (150th Anniversary Edition)
  • Famine in West Cork: the Mizen Peninsula Land and People 1800-1852 by Patrick Hickey
  • Commemorating Canada: history, heritage, and memory, 1850s-1990s (Themes in Canadian History) by Cecilia Morgan.

I’ve also recently reread/skimmed The Scottish Pioneers of Upper Canada, Glengarry and Beyond” by Lucille H Campey.

Further, I’ve discovered the treasure trove of old (off copyright) history books on Amazondotcom that can be downloaded to the Kindle app on my iPad. I think they are mainly the same sort of digitized old history books that I have been reading over the last year or so on Google Play books, but instead of getting a crick in my neck trying to read the whole book on my laptop through the bottoms of my bifocals, I can read them in the same position I would any other e-book on an e-reader – much easier on the neck! I'm going to take a closer look at the Canadian history titles later this week.

Check back this coming weekend for my next installment of NoteWorthy Reads, #26!