Saturday, November 15, 2014

Saturday Serendipity (November 15, 2014)

The following are a few recommendations for inclusion on your reading list this weekend.

1.   This week the National Genealogical Society officially announced the full program for the 2015 Family History Conference to be held in St. Charles, Missouri May 13 - 16.  Read about it here at Upfront With NGS blog.  

2.  Heather Rojo at Nutfield Genealogy blog posted an interesting piece about "Runaway Bride" legal notices in newspapers. She provides an example from an 1832 issue of the New Hampshire Patriot and State Gazette.  Read the post here.     

3.  Here is an interesting research tip from Researching Relatives blog. Don't limit your searches in directories and newspapers to just surnames -- try searching on house or building addresses too.           

4.  Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings blog posted about  new releases off activity books designed to engage youth in discovery their family history. The books are part of the Zap The Grandma Gap "My Ancestors" book series. Read more at Randy's post here.     

5.  Another cautionary tale on the importance of backing up your genealogy files and data can be found this week at Genealogy's Star blog. Read The Dreaded Event by James Tanner, then go forth and back-up!     

6.  Upfront Mini Bytes provided a useful research resource for locating burial sites for Civil War veterans. The resource includes information for both Union and Confederate soldiers. Check out the search tool here.

7.  Is an ancestor or relative of yours perhaps one of the 90,000 who volunteered for work with the British Red Cross during World War I? Upfront Mini Bytes also provided a link to this search tool to answer the question for you. Check out the site and search tool here.   

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Copyright 2014, John D. Tew
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  1. Thanks for mentioning my "Runaway Bride" post! It stirred up a lot of discussion on Facebook!

  2. Thanks a lot for recognizing the post from my Researching Relatives blog--I really appreciate it!