Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday Serendipity (February 18, 2017)



Here are a few recommended reads for this weekend.

1.  The big news out of RootsTech 2017 is that Old News USA is new, non-fake news!  Old News USA won top honors in the "Innovator Showdown. " Old News USA is an app that allows users to search for and discover family members in historical US newspapers using the Library of Congress "Chronicling America" collection of more than 11 million newspaper pages!  Find out more about this new app, other competitors, and get links here at the UpFront With NGS blog.       

2.  Wow . . . just plain WOW!  As a fairly new and minuscule blogger with a mere 142,000 views, I am amazed to learn that blogger James Tanner of the excellent Genealogy's Star blog will pass 4 million page views sometime today!  And when his other two blogs are included, his view total will exceed 5.3 million views.  Congratulations to Mr. Tanner for a job exceedingly well done!!  

3.  It is no wonder that James Tanner's blog has so many dedicated followers.  Speaking of Mr. Tanner and Genealogy's Star blog, UpFront With NGS blog gave Mr. Tanner a shout out two days ago about one of  his past posts, "Finding Unusual and Unique Sources: The Traits of a Great Genealogist."  Read the UpFront piece and get a link to Mr. Tanner's full post here.    

4.  Heather Rojo of Nutfield Genealogy blog posted her interview with Edwin Strickland, a scheduled speaker at the April 2017 NERGC ( the bi-annual conference of the New England Regional Genealogy Consortium).  Mr. Strickland will be speaking about reading old handwriting -- a subject many of us need help with at one time or another. I will be attending my first NERGC in Springfield, Massachusetts this year and Mr. Strickland's workshop is one block I might very well attend. Read Heather's interview here.               

5.  Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers fame posted a notice yesterday that Ancestry.com is offering FREE access to 1 billion records from the UK this weekend.  You should check out his post here if you have any UK roots you would like to explore for free. Mr. MacEntee provides what I believe is the longest, most comprehensive listing of available data collections I have ever seen.  Beware that you might tire of scrolling through the massive listing, but you will certainly be able to target your searches after doing so.  Read the post here

6.  This must be the week for long, comprehensive listings of resources!  Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings blog has done the service of compiling a list (with links) to all the blog posts about the recently completed RootsTech 2017. I can only imagine the time and effort that went into capturing all this information. If you need to find out anything about what transpired at RootsTech 2017, I am sure you can find it among the extensive posts listed by Randy.  See his post and get links here.  [NOTE: Randy has post-dated this blog post for Sunday, February 26, 2017 so it stays at the top of his blog for a week. You have not pulled a Rip Van Winkle and awoken a week in the future if you go to Randy's post this weekend! 😀]   
    
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Copyright 2017, John D. Tew
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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Saturday Serendipity (February 11, 2017)



Here are a few recommended reads for this weekend.

1.  In the second installment in her series, "How They Do It," Janine Adams of Organize Your Family History blog interviews Denise May Levenick of The Family Curator blog. You can read the interview here.     

2.  Two items reported this week by UpFront With NGS blog deal with research tools that might be of  interest to many readers. First, is a website/workbook intended to assist you with your Irish ancestry investigations.  Read more and get links here.  Second, is the announcement that Genealogical.com will be offering eBook editions of some 800 of its most popular titles at a 30% discount (or more) from their print editions.  Find out more about this development here

3.  Heather Rojo of Nutfield Genealogy blog posted an important piece this week about potential budget cuts and the effect they could have on genealogy.  Read Heather's post here.     

4.  Amy Johnson Crow recently posted on her blog about a resource for finding newspapers for the hometowns of your ancestors or relatives.  Read more here and get links where you can find a directory of over 154,000 newspaper titles!                

5.  Diane Boumenot of One Rhode Island Family blog offers a post this week highlighting four tips for getting more out of  research on Family Search.  Read more about her tips here.      
    
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Copyright 2017, John D. Tew
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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Saturday Serendipity (February 4, 2017)



Here are a few recommended reads for this weekend.

1.  The Weekly Genealogist of NEHGS cited to an interesting article about what today we would call techniques to avoid "body shaming."  The piece focuses on what famous people in the Victorian era did to hide body imperfections or visible maladies.  You can read it here.    

2.  Really?  We now have a "Genealogy Selfie Day."  I guess i missed it last year, but February 1st appears to be the date of this new event.  UpFront with NGS explains and illustrates here.  When it rolls around again next year, please remember .  .  . watch those selfie sticks, don't selfie [is selfie also a verb too?] while driving or operating power machinery, and everyone would be well-advised not to drink and selfie.  🙏     

3.  Heard of "Twile?"  Neither had I until I read a post by Randy Seaver on Genea-Musings blog. It is a new way to display your family genealogy using infographics and family stats such as "average age at marriage."  To learn more if you too are not familiar with this new venture, see Randy's post with an example "twice?" here.  Speaking of Randy, he obviously heard of "Genealogy Selfie Day" this year!      

4.   James Tanner has a nice post about the "myth" concerning the hobby rating of genealogy.  Read his post here to enjoy how he deconstructs the supposed second place ranking of genealogy.           

5.   Elizabeth Handler of From Maine to Kentucky blog interviews photograph expert Maureen Taylor in a Ground Hog Day post (Feb. 2nd).  You can read it here.           
  
6.   And finally, Heather Rojo (and her husband) also heard about Genealogy Selfie Day this year .  .  . or are those two Pilgrims?  Have a look here.
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