Saturday, August 17, 2013

Saturday Serendipity

Here are a few discoveries from my surfing after returning from vacation.  I commend the following for inclusion on your reading list.

1.  There are a lot of very clever blog names and themes out there (Jennealogy by Jennifer Dunn is a nice example).  I admit I am quite a fan of strawberries and good food in general, so I was taken by the clever food theme (and tantalizing strawberries wallpaper) developed by Tracy Meyers at Family Preserves blog.  Have a look here .  And I dare you to not suddenly crave some strawberries!    

2.  Up Front With NGS linked to a piece by Mary Harrell-Sesniak titled "How To Spot and Avoid 9 Common Genealogy Mistakes and Errors."  You can check it out here.  

3.   Speaking of Up Front with NGS, if you are like me and want to learn more about DNA testing and genealogy, have a look at the series on DNA Testing in genealogy.  Part 4 of 4 can be viewed here and you can then link backward to the earlier postings.

4.  This is a hard one to read and view, but it is clearly about love and capturing or making the moments while you can.  [Having tissues nearby is advised!]        

5.  There are many reasons to become a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) and among them is the receipt of The Weekly Genealogist digital newsletter.  Recently a newsletter linked to a story that all of us who have visited cemeteries where ancestors and relatives are interred and have tried to gather data from worn or damaged headstones can appreciate.  Shannon Nolte is fascinated by how people remember and memorialize their deceased.  As a doctoral candidate she did research on that very subject, but now the former college instructor is in a new line of work.  Read about it here.      

6.  Does your family hold a reunion?  Would you like to start holding family reunions?  Perhaps you would like to see what others do for and at their reunions and get some reunion tips?  Well here is a place to visit to learn more about what goes on during summer reunion season . . .  Tom Ashbrook's OnPoint at NPR station 90.0 WBUR focused on family reunions recently.  Have a look here.

7.  As a follow-up to an item in Saturday Serendipity a few weeks ago, the data and images in the  1921 Census of Canada were finally released while I was vacationing in the Adirondacks.  It is now available at  

The images are not yet available via an every name index, but you can browse the census data and images via district and sub-districts if you have that information -- or, if you are one of those intrepid souls with a love of record surfing and the time to do so, you can guess and browse the districts until you stumble onto what you are hoping to find.  There are some 8.8 million records to index so it will take a little while to complete the indexing process.  If you have Canadian ancestors or relatives and want to learn more about how and when Canadian Census records are gathered, here is a good starting place.  And if you want more background and detail about the 1921 Census in Canada, you really should be aware of Elizabeth LaPointe's blog, Genealogy Canada, where you can learn ahead of time, for example, that Newfoundland is not included in the 1921 Census because it did not become a Province until 1949!  [BUT there was a 1921 census of Newfoundland and Labrador and it has been available for a few years now.]

With respect to access to the 1921 Census, Elizabeth LaPointe has posted the following clarification on her blog . . . 

          Jeri Brown, Senior Consultant with, has written to me to make sure that everyone understands that -

“Under the terms of the partnership with Library and Archives Canada, Canadians will be able to access the 1921 Census of Canada images free of charge through the website. If you currently do not have an account or registered login with, you will be prompted to register (for free) to access the images. Registration requires the entry of a name and email address only. As the images are free for Canadians only, those attempting to access the 1921 Census via the other sites (ie:,, etc…), will be prompted to sign up for a 14-day free trial”.
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Copyright 2013, John D. Tew
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1 comment:

  1. I believe you can subscribe to the NEHGS e-newsletter, The Weekly Genealogist, without being a member, though there are lots of other great reasons to be a member of NEHGS (says I, an a 23-year member).