Genealogy for the Rest of Us: A Writer’s Guide to Diving into Family History by Steve Luxenberg, author of Annie’s Ghost. Genealogy from a writer’s point of view.
Save 2010 Census–no images to be preserved You know, the Census Bureau and NARA keep trying this, and every time, researchers and the general public have to step in and save these valuable records. You’d think they’d learn by now.
Free People of Color Population in the US: 1790 – 1860, a demographics chart created by Erin Bradford of Free Blacks in Antebellum North Carolina. An interesting comparison of Free POC populations in the Northern states versus in the Southern (later Confederate) states.
Look out world – here comes the iceberg! from Tami Glatz at Relatively Curious About Genealogy (I just love that name). This post gives a brief look at digitization projects and the availability of online records. Poke around, as Tami has written a couple of other good posts.
Tombstone Tuesday: Highlands, NC by Elizabeth Powell Crowe, a well-known genealogical author, includes a link to the Highlands Memorial Cemetery survey housed on my Macon Co., NC genealogy web site. How nifty! The survey was done by my cousins, Leah and Glenda, and Leah’s friend and research buddy, Maxi.
Positivity: GA Man Buried in Coffin Built By High School Students from BizzyBlog. A Rabun Co., GA happening (my home county). See? There are still nice people in the world.
Genealogy: Indirect path is sometimes best route to answers by Julie Miller for the Broomfield Enterprise. A mini case study using indirect evidence to provide proof of a relationship.
Family Enjoying City Named for Their Relative from the Ludington Daily News. An informative article about Sybil Ludington, a Revolutionary War heroine who lived in New York, and the Ludington/Luddington family in general.
A two-part article written by Michael Hait at Examiner.com called “Using Clusters to Track Your Ancestors Through Multiple Census Years” Part 1 and Part 2. Anyone who is interested in taking their research to the “next level” should study these articles.
Amanuensis Monday: Western Union Telegrams by John Newmark at TransylvanianDutch Genealogy and Family History. A lovely look at how the little things can add perspective and define our ancestors’ lives.
The Georgia Archives recently introduced Georgia Non-Indexed Death Certificates, 1928 – 1930, which I found via a blog post on the Columbus Public Library Genealogy and Local History blog. The site includes step-by-step instructions for searching death certificates from this period. See also: Georgia Death Certificates, 1919 – 1927.
Blount County Articles from TN Genealogy Society and Index to 1795-1819 Deeds by TNGenWeb-Blount County, Tennessee. It’s always nice to hear about new online records and indexes, especially in counties where my ancestors lived!
Links to articles I found interesting this past week.
Tallulah Falls Railway and Depot A description of a historical marker placed to commemorate the Railway and Depot in 1999.
Cousins Gather, Research Genealogies of Former Confederate Soldiers Two researchers in Dallas are working to compile biographies on every Confederate soldier buried in two Lancaster cemeteries.
Below are links to some of my favorite blog and news articles from the past week.
Top Ten Rules of Genealogy by Michael Hait on GenealogyWise, Genealogy’s new social networking site. Per usual, Michael offers some good rules of thumb. After you read that post, hop on over to Michael’s Examiner.com African-American genealogy column.
Your great grandfather cannot be found. Read it carefully. Laugh a lot. Nuff said.
Interesting blog and news articles I’ve stumbled across during the past week.
Study Groups Take Many Forms by Stefani Evans for the Las Vegas Sun. Ms. Evans describes the phenomenon of virtual or online study groups for genealogists. Includes a link to a related article.
Tombstone Tuesday from Georgia Black Crackers by Mavis Jones. Ms. Jones shares pictures of two of her Pierce ancestors tombstones, and gives a link to a volunteer web site for those needing cemetery research in Georgia.
My Brickwall Ancestor: John Kelly, (1840 – 1905) – Madness Monday at Still More Genealogy: Because there’s just no end to the genealogy. Aside from the catchy title of the blog, I was struck by how thorough this author’s attempts have been, both in breaking this brick wall and in writing about it. Kudos and good luck!
Discounted NEHGS Memberships Through July 31, 2009 by Thomas MacEntee for Examiner.com. MacEntee describes the benefits of membership with the New England Historic Genealogical Society, which is a bargain at $60 per year…but only if you sign up before July 31st. After that, you’ll have to pay the normal membership fee of $75 per annum (which is still a bargain, IMHO).