August 18, 2013
Archives.com’s Expert Series includes several noteworthy recent additions:
The History Blog shares a German officer’s photo record of World War I, a collection of photographs taken by Walter Koessler, who later immigrated to the United States.
The National Archives is holding a free virtual genealogy fair! Thanks to Angela Packer McGhie at Adventures in Genealogy Education for getting the word out.
July 14, 2013
Stephanie West, an archaeology student at the University of West Georgia, is digging up swampland in Richmond Co., GA, along the Savannah River searching for clues to that area’s prehistoric settlements.
The Knitting Genealogist shares a fascinating look at a broken down brick wall in her family in Magenta Divine, which explores the generations-long involvement of these families in the wool industry.
Hoyt Bleakley and Joseph Ferrie have published the draft form of a paper titled Up from Poverty? The 1832 Cherokee Land Lottery and the Long-Run Distribution of Wealth. It should be noted that the reasons for distributing land in Georgia through a lottery system had nothing to do with helping the poor or distributing wealth, in and of itself. Instead, the system was undertaken because of earlier fraudulent practices, as the authors rightly explain. This paper should be very useful to genealogists who are concerned with the effects historical events had on their ancestors. Thanks to Harold Henderson for pointing it out.
Dave Lynch of 200 Years in Paradise has an interesting post Law & Order: Research & Proof in Genealogy, inspired by recent discussions in one of the groups studying Thomas W. Jones’ Mastering Genealogical Proof
June 30, 2013
Harold Henderson of Midwestern Microhistory ruminates on “Good enough” citations? We can do better.
The Concord Review’s blog featured an interview with Emma Scoble, whose paper on the Broderick-Terry Duel was published in the 2013 issue of The Concord Review. TCR is the only academic humanities journal dedicated to publishing exemplary work by high school students.
Colonial America’s oldest unsolved murder has now been solved. Forensic archaeologists at Jamestown, Virginia, have discovered the identity of skeletal remains unearthed in 1996. The remains are believed to be of George Harrison, who died in 1624 after a duel with Richard Stephens.
June 16, 2013
Missing records aren’t always lost, and sometimes they’re returned, as Madison County, Alabama, court officials discovered recently.
Harold Henderson discusses a recent article on the demise of genealogy in Does genealogy have a future? Don’t ask a journalist.
Judy G. Russell brings us some really peachy news: the Georgia Archives is opening to the public two additional days beginning 31 July, and somewhere along the line will be adding additional staff. Woot!
Robyn at Reclaiming Kin writes about The Definition of Black according to instructions for federal census takers. This post is an excellent example of why Robyn’s blog is one of my favorites.
A new web site seeks to document the Historic Rural Churches of Georgia.
May 11, 2013
Laura June wrote a lovely article that was published for The Verge, Who am I? Data and DNA answer one of life’s biggest questions. My personal feeling is that people rely too much on the Internet and DNA without really understanding basic genealogical research and methodologies (such as what constitutes “proof”), let alone that there are many, many other useful records found offline. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed Laura’s article, and hope that the limitations of technology in the genealogy field will one day be overcome.
Carl Zimmer, at National Geographic, discusses mathematics and genealogy in Charlemagne’s DNA and Our Universal Royalty. Be sure to check out the referenced scientific literature at PLOS Biology, The Geography of Recent Genetic Ancestry across Europe. Thanks to Redditor jjberg2 for posting these articles.
May 5, 2013
In Talented Tuesday: Sture Wallin, Soldier and Baseball Player, Susan W. Mosey describes the intersection of her grandfather’s life with the Great American Pastime.
It’s shallow, I know, but when I see neat New England tombstones, like that of Elanathen Ives and Abigail Frisbe posted by Les at Bits and Pieces, I wish I had New England ancestors, too. But just for the tombstones.
Robyn at Reclaiming Kin writes about Genealogical Shock Syndrome in Martha Simpson: Right Under My Nose. GSS is a common malady often found in victims of the more well-known but related disease, Genealogical Researchitis. Fortunately, there’s a remedy, as Robyn amply demonstrates.
GeorgiaArchivesMatters brings good news for supporters of the Georgia Archives in A New Beginning…Bill Signing Scheduled.
April 28, 2013
I absolutely love pictures of old things or old pictures of things. (Either one. I’m not picky.) Brenda Joyce Jerome’s post on the tomb of H. F. Given fits the bill perfectly. Isn’t that a beautiful monument? Brenda’s accompanying explanation is just icing on the cake.
Judy G. Russell explains the term upon the country, which clears up some of the puzzlement I’ve had over the past two years of dealing with Rabun County’s early writs and petitions. Thanks, Judy!
Here’s a neat story about Baxter Reuben Lowe and the Apollo Project, by J. R. Lowe at Genealogist Journal. Helping put men on the moon is the next best thing to being there.
The Archives.com Experts have been busy writing some very interesting articles. Of special note are:
April 21, 2013
Judy G. Russell, the Legal Genealogist, discusses the expansion of protection for genetic privacy by the federal government. Excellent news for those concerned about non-family members (like employers) gaining access to genetic tests.
Debbie Parker Wayne, at Deb’s Delvings in Genealogy, posted a nice discussion of Useful DNA Tests for Genealogy.
Kerry Scott, of Clue Wagon, describes how DNA testing causes gray hair.
And since we’re on the subject of genetic genealogy: If you’ve ever wanted to take the plunge, Family Tree DNA has a sale on its genetic tests right now. The sale ends tomorrow.
Y’all know how I’m always going on about Society publications? So it follows that I’m pretty interested in finding new ones. Michael Hait, on his blog Planting the Seeds, makes a case for the Pennsylvania Genealogy Magazine, and why it should be considered one of the top-tiered genealogy publications. He makes a good point.
March 31, 2013
Elizabeth Shown Mills has posted QuickLesson 16: Speculation, Hypothesis, Interpretation & Proof on Evidence Explained, the companion web site to her book of the same name. This woman’s mind is amazing.
Vivian Price Saffold has worked hard to gain support for the Georgia Archives, in part through her blog, Georgia Archives Matters, and can at last report a small victory: at the end of the 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly, the Archives was budgeted $300,000 in funding for the upcoming fiscal year, slightly more than had been expected.
The National Genealogical Society, via Diane L. Richard at UpFront with NGS, announces a hands-on research week in Washington, D. C., to be held November 3 – 9 this year. The session is led by Craig Roberts Scott and Patricia Walls Stamm, and will include research at the National Archives and Records Administration, the Daughters of the American Revolution Library, and the Library of Congress. This one’s definitely a must-do!
Judy G. Russell has an epiphany regarding War of 1812 pension files, to every researcher’s benefit.
March 24, 2013
Barbara Matthews discussed the 2011 Model Act and Regulations and its potential effect on genealogical research on the Massachusetts Genealogical Council’s blog, the MGC Sentinel. The Model Act regulates vital records. The latest version includes recommendations that would prohibit public access to these records well beyond what most states require now.
Angela McGhie of Adventures in Genealogy Education shares unexpected lessons (part one and part two) she learned from Thomas W. Jones’ recent lecture, “Variables in Professional Genealogists’ Approaches to Research,” presented at the Association of Professional Genealogists‘ recent Professional Management Conference in Salt Lake City, UT.
Speaking of Tom Jones, his highly anticipated new book Mastering Genealogical Proof is now available for pre-order through the National Genealogical Society.