Saturday, February 28, 2015

Saturday Serendipity (February 28, 2015)

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

1.  Many (if not most) genealogists have a big interest in the American Presidents. Many love to determine any possible relationship to one or more of the chief executives -- and the most recent weekly poll by The Weekly Genealogist of NEHGS asked, "Are you related to any U.S. President?" 3,984 people responded to the survey! So if you like to read and learn about American Presidents, check out the recent post at Wait But Why blog, "The American Presidents - Johnson to McKinley" here.       

2.  Twenty children born between 1703 and 1722 all living in one household? Bill West of West in New England blog has the story of his prolific ancestors William and Samuel Upton. Read the story here.  

3.  Ever thought about writing a history of your family? Thought about it and then it slipped away in the hustle and bustle of family life and work? Well, The Weekly Genealogist newsletter of NEHGS linked to a nice piece titled "20 Reasons Why You Should Write Your Family History" and you can read it here to re-incentivize that yearning to capture your family's history. 

4.  UpFront With NGS presents us this eek with Part 3 of the series on "20 FREE And (Relatively) New Genealogy & Family History Resources." See the latest list and links to the sites here.   

5.  And speaking of NGS (the National Genealogical Society) . . . NGS has launched a new digital publication called NGS MonthlyYou can read about the launch here.   

6.  Those "Eureka moments" are what genealogists live for and we can all enjoy the thrill when one of those moments happens for us or for fellow genealogists.  A few weeks ago Jacquie Schattner of Seeds To Tree blog had a Eureka moment when she found a missing family member after 18 years of searching.  Read about Jacquie's victory here.     

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Copyright 2015, John D. Tew
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  1. Thanks for the shout out, John!

  2. Thanks for mentioning my blog about finding family after 18 years! I enjoy reading your blog, keep up the good work.