Archive for ‘Sunday Walk Around the Blogs’

April 21, 2013

A Sunday Walk Around the Blogs

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.

Happy hunting!

March 31, 2013

A Sunday Walk Around the Blogs

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.

Happy Easter!

March 24, 2013

A Sunday Walk around the Blogs

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.

March 17, 2013

A Sunday Walk Around the Blogs

I’m catching up on several weeks of blog posts and news articles with this one.

For those who are concerned about issues surrounding the Georgia Archives, Georgia Archives Matters has published a series of updates on legislation concerning funding and the possible move of the Archives to the University System of Georgia. Please read these posts and contact your state legislators in support of the Archives.

Dave Tabler of Appalachian History published an interesting story on a local-ish family, The Meaders Family of White County GA keeps pottery traditions alive.

Charlie of Carolina Family Roots shared some excellent tips on newspaper research and Chesterfield County SC research sources. If you’ve ever considered joining a lineage society, you might also be interested in his post, Pitfalls: Some Approved Genealogies Are Wrong.

Brenda Joyce Jerome of Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog discusses The Value of Researching Deeds.

Robyn at Reclaiming Kin shared an interesting post on the Legacy of the Rosenwald Schools.

Heather Rojo of Nutfield Genealogy published Photograph Friday ~ The Battle Road between Lexington and Concord. This area is definitely going on my travel bucket list!

Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist, brings another look at the law, this time the the laws of the church. (When I read Judy’s blog, I’m nearly always struck with a Who’da thunk? change of perspective.)

And just in time for St. Patrick’s Day…

February 24, 2013

A Sunday Walk Around the Blogs

What did Southerners do before large power companies and the TVA brought electricity to rural areas? They made their own power, of course! Appalachian History reprinted an article by Rabun Countian Linda Barden called A Look Back: When the Lights Came On. A fascinating look at the entrepreneurial spirit.

Judy G. Russell puts a new spin on historical context with her post, The law of holidays. Judy also published an excellent post on Copyright, terms of use and Pinterest. If you’re using that site, this is a must-read.

Last summer at Samford University Library’s Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research, I had the privilege of listening to a talk given by Michael Hait on his work reconstructing a Maryland slave community. Part of Michael’s research toward that end was published in the December 2012 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Michael’s blog post Writing the Ridgelys describes some of his behind the scenes efforts on both fronts.

Whenever anyone uses probate records for research, I give a little cheer, so imagine my happy dance when Randy Seaver posted Mining Cornelius Feather’s Probate Records for Genealogy Nuggets.

The Internet has been a boon to genealogists in many ways, including the ability to research using digital images of original records. What happens when those images are taken offline and we need to provide a source citation for them? Harold Henderson addresses this problem in It’s Gone! Now What?

February 17, 2013

A Sunday Walk Around the Blogs

Amy Coffin ponders Genealogy as Therapy on The We Tree Genealogy Blog. (Yes, Amy, other genealogists do feel the same way.)

Diane L. Richard published Researching Poor Ancestors through’s Expert Series.

Thomas MacEntee at GeneaPress announced new College and University Rates for the National Genealogical Society 2013 Family History Conference.

Check out these Old Hollywood Valentine Pin-ups from The Bees Knees Daily. What charming pictures!

February 10, 2013

A Sunday Walk Around the Blogs

Robyn at Reclaiming Kin takes a somewhat humorous look at pensions in Droppin’ Dime: Civil War Pension Records.

Craig Scott at Stump Craig explains the importance of voice in records when he helps a researcher sort out a father and a son, two of the same name.

Here’s a great tip from Melanie D. Holtz at Finding Our Italian Roots: always look for the original record, as she explains in I have the Estratto [extracted record]. I don’t need the original!

February 3, 2013

A Sunday Walk Around the Blogs

Ever wonder about the laws behind the records? Michael Hait has a great post on resources for studying historic laws.

If you’re following records access issues, then be sure to read Judy G. Russell’s post, News from the SSDI front, which discusses how changes in Congress could affect our access to these important records.

Paula Stuart-Warren asks, Is that genealogy record abstract correct?, and follows through with a discussion of her findings when comparing an abstract to a microfilmed copy of the original.

Adventures in Genealogy Education announced that registration for this year’s Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh will open on February 7. The institute is offering six courses this year led by some of the best-known names in genealogy education.

Liz at My Tapley Tree…and its Branches shared four generations of baby photos. Aw, so cute!

Paul Milner, a professional genealogist and popular speaker, has started a blog. Welcome, sir!

January 27, 2013

A Sunday Walk around the Blogs

I’m afraid I got a little carried away this week, but there were so many good posts and news articles!

Judi Scott writes about her week-long adventure at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy as a student in the Advanced Genealogical Methods track, led by Thomas W. Jones. I’m so jealous. But someday, I shall be that student. Oh, yes, I shall.

Trouble with the genealogical terminology in Judi’s post? Elizabeth Shown Mills’ QuickLessons can help sort that out.

Randy Seaver writes about Pinball Genealogy using an example of how he handles hints. Randy’s inspiration for the post was DearMYRTLE’s post, The pinball approach to genealogical research, which was itself inspired by her time in Tom Jones’ Advanced Genealogical Methods track at SLIG. (Did I mention my envy?) The two debated this subject back and forth for several days after the initial posts. Be sure to read the follow-ups.

Sardis Methodist Church and Cemetery, located in the Buckhead community of Atlanta, have been listed in the National Registry of Historic Places.

For those following budgetary issues with the Georgia Archives, you may be interested in reading Vivian Price Saffold’s post Governor’s recommendation indicates small cut at Georgia Archives Matters. Judy G. Russell also discusses this on her blog, The Legal Genealogist. Sounds like we still have our work cut out for us!

Family History through the Alphabet is a new genealogy blogging meme for genealogists to share topics, heirlooms, stories, and so forth beginning with that week’s letter. Julie Tarr’s post on GenBlog for this week is Family History through the Alphabet – Books, an excellent listing of books available to genealogists both through the library or on the Internet, including a few less well-known resources.

But what happened to Marthy? by Michelle G. Taggart of A Southern Sleuth details a search for a distant relative, and the unexpected places the search led.

Michael Hait answers the question of When you find a document that may be about one of your ancestors, what do you do with it? His answer may surprise you!

New Hope Cemetery, an African American burial ground located near Franklin (in Macon Co., NC), was rediscovered by one of my son’s fellow Boy Scouts, Andrew Baldwin, who is in the process of cleaning it up. Way to go, Drew!

Ok, ok, just one more. (I know I’m running a little long this week.) On The Migration of Jacob Wiley Eudy over at Job’s Children, all I can say is, Wow! Look at those pictures!

Happy hunting!

January 20, 2013

A Sunday Walk Around the Blogs

Trust Judy G. Russell to start the week off with a bang. In Monday’s post, O death! Thy name is woman, Judy explores women who received the death penalty in the United States, from colonial times to the last woman executed.

The Knitting Genealogist published a fascinating look at the transformations wrought by the Industrial Revolution in the U. K. and their effects on her ancestors and their communities, “Those infatuated creatures calling themselves Luddites.”

Dave Tabler of Appalachian History writes about the life of Gertrude Dills McKee, a native of Jackson Co., NC, and the first woman to serve in the North Carolina State Senate.

The Rally at the Capitol in support of funding for the Georgia Archives received news coverage from The Clayton Daily News. Don’t forget to write your local representatives to the General Assembly about this important issue.

Well, we almost got snow here. I think a few parts north of us did, so here are some snow day recipes from Alison Murray at North Carolina Miscellany for y’all.

As an aside, my mother used to make snow cream for us using snow, milk, sugar, and vanilla. Yum. Now, if we could just have some actual snow…