Saturday, April 16, 2016

Saturday Serendipity (April 16, 2016)

The recommended items of interest for this week are as follows . . . 

1.  The Weekly Genealogist by NEHGS provided a link this week to an article that serves as a primer on available Irish genealogy resources. You can read the article by Kathy Donaghy here.

2.   The Weekly Genealogist also alerted readers this week to an article by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at The Root regarding DNA testing of dying or incapacitated ancestors/relatives. The piece has some valuable information and advice. You can access the piece here.     

3.  James Tanner of Genealogy's Star blog has another thoughtful and thought provoking piece today. He ruminates on the nature of what can be called the "burden of proof" when adding an ancestor to one's tree, or evaluating the addition of a person to a tree you are consulting. Read the piece here.

4.   Last Sunday, Heather Rojo of Nutfield Genealogy blog posted a very useful piece on her "Top Ten" places to do genealogy research in New Hampshire. Anyone with New Hampshire roots should have a look here.

5.  The third installment of Diane Boumenot's series on "8 Weeks to Better Rhode Island Genealogy Research" is out!  Anyone with roots in Rhode Island needs to be familiar with Diane's One Rhode Island Family blog. Read installment 3 on "Probate and Cemeteries" here and catch up on the earlier parts of the series. You will see what I mean.  

6.   UpFront with NGS blog posted some very useful news this week for those who have -- or think they have -- ancestors or relatives who were married in New York City. Indexes for 1908 -1929 are now online with FREE access.  Read more about this new online resource here

7.   The Legal Genealogist, Judy Russell, posted a piece today that voices what most of us feel at some point in time while gathering and organizing the facts that make up our family history. Once we have accumulated a number of facts, photographs, and perhaps artifacts about particular ancestors or relatives, what do we really know about them in the end? Have a read here.

8.  And finally, for those with ancestors and relatives in Massachusetts, Barbara Poole of Life From the Roots blog has provided some very useful links to cemetery resources in several towns in Massachusetts. Read Barbara's post here.     
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Copyright 2016, John D. Tew
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