Saturday, January 3, 2015

Saturday Serendipity (January 3, 2015)

This week there are again only a few recommendations for inclusion on your weekend reading list . . . and this regular post is rather late because of a quick trip to NJ to visit our granddaughter (and her parents).  We just got back home. 

This is the time of year when many genealogy blogs post about their top ten or so posts for the past year or the most popular search terms on their blogs, etc.  Many of them make interesting reading and you might consider stopping by some of your favorite blogs to see what was popular there during 2014.

1.  Do you have ancestors from England and Wales who lived there in the period from 1858 to 1996? If so, you need to know that 41 million wills from that period in England and Wales are now being made available for public viewing online.  Thanks to this tip from The Weekly Genealogist of NEHGS, one will be able to search the database and then buy copies for 10 Pounds. 

2.  Rebecca Onion of The Vault posted about five more digital archives and historical exhibits that were new to her in 2014.  Have a look at her list and explanations here. Many of us should find these archives and exhibits of interest and use in our genealogies.   

3.  James Tanner at Genealogy's Star blog has a thoughtful and interesting post titled "Genealogy is History and All History is Genealogy."  You can read his thoughts here.   

4.  Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings blog did a different Top Ten round-up.  He offers his take on the top ten genealogy news items of 2014.  You can read Randy's list here

5.  Diane Boumenot's posts at One Rhode Island Family blog are always interesting reads that provide insight to the meticulous research and analysis of a seasoned genealogist. As an example, I recommend Diane's latest post "In Search of Freelove Andrews" here

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Copyright 2015, John D. Tew
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