Saturday, November 8, 2014

Saturday Serendipity (November 8, 2014)

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

1.  Having recently discovered that a health issue I was confronted with was also experienced previously by a parent and a sibling in addition to a parent's sibling and his son, this item noted in The Weekly Genealogist of NEHGS is noteworthy and well worth reading, "Take time on Thanksgiving to talk about family health history."    

2.  Here is a story to send violent tremors through the body of any genealogist.  It is a story with a very lucky happy ending, but it is also a potential horror story that provides a lesson on why one should never ever have genealogical data/material in one location and not backed up elsewhere!    

3.  We never know where we might find some bit of family history. Diligent research that produces those "Eureka moments" is what we often live for and what drives our genealogy research, but the thrill of the completely serendipitous discovery brought to us out of the blue is also something altogether surprising and exciting. And it is especially so when it comes courtesy of a kind and thoughtful stranger. Jana Last tells us of just such an experience in her post "Iver's Letter."  Read her story here.           

4.  How about statutory law publications as fodder for personal genealogy research?  Possible or a waste of time and brain cells?  The Legal Genealogist demonstrates in short order the wealth of material to be found in these publications!  Read here and find yet another new source for your research efforts.   

5.  Researching potential descent from a Mayflower passenger is probably one of the gateway curiosities for many who get drawn into genealogy as a hobby or profession.  Heather Rojo of Nutfield Genealogy blog has a nice primer on how to go about researching for Mayflower ancestors.  Read the post here.  

6.  Diane Boumenot explains her preference for software over Family Group Sheets in a review of her use of Dropbox, Evernote, Family Tree Maker, and Evidentia. Read Diane's post "Software Solutions" here.

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Copyright 2014, John D. Tew
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  1. Thanks so much for the mention John! It really was wonderful receiving a copy of Iver's letter.

  2. Thanks for mentioning my post on Mayflower lineage papers. It was also posted at the Worldwide Genealogy blog, which is a great collaboration of posts from genealogists all over the globe. I hope everyone takes some time to check out Worldwide Genealogy.