Saturday, October 12, 2013

Saturday Serendipity (October 12, 2013)

Saturdays often allow a more leisurely approach to life than work days. I can more easily post links to some blog posts or other materials I have discovered during the week, or even to those discovered during a Saturday morning coffee and extended surfing of the blogosphere/internet.

Here are a few recommendations for inclusion on your reading list.

1. Consider for a moment the alpha and the omega of marriage and married couples . . .   Here is a piece about a couple married for 63 years who exited this life on the same day.  AND here is the story of another couple where the spouses were born on the exact same day, December 31, 1918, and after 75 years of marriage died within hours of one another.

2. From Genea-Musings by Randy Seaver . . . Tuesday's Tip regarding use of genealogy aggregator newsletters and blogs provides some useful links to, as Randy puts it, "stay abreast of genealogy news." [Thank you for the mention Randy!]

3. Using a timer to help focus genealogy research and use time efficiently when it is available sounds like an interesting technique that is worth a try.  Janine Adams writes about her use of the trick at Organize Your Family History here.

4. Diane Boumenot's post "Census of the Census and 9 Other Things I Tried" at One Rhode Island Family.  Always a careful and instructive researcher, Diane's pieces are well worth reading as she lays out her thought process and step-by-step approach to problem solving.  This time she uses a very clever approach to Census data together with maps, published genealogies, local histories and other resources to methodically attack the problem of the Jesse Andrews Family of Warwick, Rhode Island.

5. Evidence of the further evolution of DNA use in genealogy comes in the announcement by the DAR that (effective January 1, 2014) it will accept DNA evidence to support membership applications.  Judy Russell of 
The Legal Genealogist  addresses the news here and UpFront With NGS also notes the news here.  

6.  One of the many reasons for reading genealogy blogs is that one can follow and learn from the research and analysis that others have gone through in solving or progressing on a family history project (see #4 above).  I recommend a mini-series of posts by Laura Mattingly at The Old Trunk in the Attic blog (starting with her Sept. 30th post here) so you can travel with her as she explains and documents (be sure to click on the links!) her journey to discover her great great grandfather John McGrath.  [Please make sure you scroll down to see the "American Gothic-like" landscape photo Laura made of her great great grandfather's homesteaded land in 2005 and that I commented on in item #3 of the September 21st Saturday Serendipity.  After reading this miniseries, I NOW I know why the power lines are guideposts to discovery not distractions in a beautiful landscape photo!

7.  As we approach the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI we are sure to discover many useful tools for our genealogy research.  NEHGS has provided links to two interesting stories about recent discovery of WWI photographs here and here.  Of particular interest for genealogists is the first article about a cache of 136 slides in Belfast, Ireland showing parishioners of Alexandria Presbyterian Church who fought in the war.  They are trying to identify all the people shown, so if you have roots in Belfast you might want to check this out. At the first link you can see two of the photographs that were found.  The second link shows some very cool 3D photos taken with a rare Richard Verascope stereo camera.  You really must take a few minutes to check these out, but be warned that the movement can be a little disorienting at first.

8.  Benny and Jenny were letter writers and they wrote to each other throughout their long lives.  Many of their letters have survived, although more of Benny's than Jenny's.  Jenny had 12 children so maybe she was otherwise occupied much of the time.  But Benny was no slouch.  He was involved in a few activities himself.  Read a review of the new book by Jill Lepore about Jenny and her life and opinions.  I think, like me, you will want to add this one to your "eventual read" pile.  [Oh, I almost forgot to mention . . .  Jenny's actual name was Jane and her brother was better known by his full or completely shortened name.  Jane Franklin's correspondence was with her brother Benjamin "Ben" Franklin!  ;-) ]

9.  A technology new to me, Bump (and the verb form of its use, "bumping") is explained in a bumping for genealogy post by Heather Rojo at Nutfield Genealogy .

10.  And finally -- as we are now in the Halloween season -- you really should check out Bill West's mini-series of New England stories of witches and ghostly shrieks.  Bill has three very short stories posted that you can read before an autumn campfire or in the dark in front of your warming hearth -- if you dare.  See, Mother Crewe, Aunt Rachel's Curse, and The Shrieking Woman.  ;-)
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Copyright 2013, John D. Tew
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1 comment:

  1. I'm behind on blog reading! Thanks for the kind words, John!