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?


  1. Thank you Jo for including my blog post on autosomal DNA triangulation in your list. I note that one of the other DNA posts you've included relates to the service offered by Irish Origenes. Your readers might like to know that a number of us have concerns about this methodology. You might like to read this article on the UCL website:

    1. Thank you for bringing my attention to the article. I have added it as a "but also see" article entry below the entry on the blog post you are concerned about.

  2. Jo, Thank you for not one, but two mentions on your list this week.

    1. You're welcome, Linda, I enjoyed them. You almost had three entries but I had to cut back on several articles as the post was getting too long.

  3. I love you NoteWorthy Reads posts Jo, they always include many great articles/blogs I have not come across myself.

  4. Thanks for including a Slave Name Roll Story! I hope others will contribute when they find a named slave in their research.

    1. I hope so too. If I ever run across one, I will. This one is a compelling story, - I had to share it.


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