July 5, 2009
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).
June 30, 2009
This post was written for the 75th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy, “Justice and Independence”.
I was fortunate enough to have three grandfathers, and all three served in World War II. My mother’s father, Lake Ledford, served in the US Navy. My father’s stepfather, Ned Burrell, was in the Army. And my father’s father, Thad J. Watson, Sr., served in the Army Air Corps.
May 18, 2009
My favorite records repository is the Main Library on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens. This is the first major research center I ever used outside of local courthouses and libraries, starting in 1987 when I began my undergraduate studies at UGA.
There are a couple of reasons why I love this library. The microfilm collection is rather extensive; it includes U.S. census records for most Southern states, along with the accompanying schedules (Mortality, Agricultural, etc.), extant historical Georgia newspapers, and minutes from Georgia churches and other religious meetings, among others. The special collections section, aka the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, houses one of the largest collections of historical documents in the Southeast. Plus, the sheer number of historical and genealogical books contained within the library system’s collection is astoundingly large, and many can be checked out with an Outside Borrower’s card.
Mostly, though, one’s first love is the most lasting: I fell in love with UGA’s library system as a freshman, and have never felt the same pull to any other records repository. Set aside for a moment the beauty and tranquility of the library’s setting, the sheer size of the overall collection (housed in six separate buildings), and the fact that I still have family and friends living in the Athens area. Many of my early “Aha!” moments happened within those hallowed walls, and such memories are not easily surplanted by other repositories, regardless of the records contained within.
For more information on UGA’s library system, visit the University of Georgia Libraries web site.
April 12, 2009
I recently bought several back issues of the NGS NewsMagazine from a fellow researcher, and have been diligently combing through them for research and record tips. I’ve run across some really good finds, too, but the topic of today’s post comes from the article “Charting Your Priorities” by Susan Zacharias (January/February/March 2007, pp. 54 – 56). In short, Zacharias offers a method of prioritizing research by listing end-of-lines (that is, the earliest known generation in every direct line) in various fonts according to their place on the pedigree chart. Your largest font size (Zacharias recommends 18 point) would correspond to your most recent (chronologically) dead end, with each step down in fonts corresponding to one generation further back in time.