Friday’s Family History Finds

Wow! There were tons of great posts this week. People must be finishing up summer vacations and getting back to the real world. 🙂

The best Family History Finds this week:

Family Stories

Returning a 1900 Portrait to Her Family AND Trying to Identify Unknown Portraits, both by Becky Jamison on Grace and Glory

Email and Elusive Ancestors by Wendy Jollett on Jollett, Etc.

In the Footsteps of the Ancestors by Beate Goetz: We Make the Newspaper in Bingen by Amy Cohen on Brotmanblog: A Family Journey

Court records can certainly fill in gaps in family makeups:
Part 9 – Peter Dill’s Intervention by road13admin on Family History

I love Roberta’s detailed family stories:
James Lee Claxton/Clarkson (c1775-1815), Died at Fort Decatur, Alabama, 52 Ancestors #166 by Roberta Estes on DNAeXplained: Genetic Genealogy

Finding Birth Parents by Wayne Shepheard on Discover Genealogy

Some brick walls come down with one record. It just takes time:
Another Brick Wall Gone: Isabella McKenzie Matheson by Margaret Dougherty on My Family History: A Never Ending Story

Others are a bit more difficult. Read about Diane’s journey down the brick wall path. There is a link in the post to Part 1:
A Brick Wall Journey Part 2: Lydia’s Birth by Diane Boumenot on One Rhode Island Family

Another Mystery Solved: Who Was “Leonara Moreau”? by Amy Cohen on Brotmanblog: A Family Journey

Sorting out Alices:
Photograph Showcase: My Sister Alice on the Genealogy Girl

Research Resources

PERSI Adds Thousands of Articles: New Genealogy Records Online by Lacey Cooke on Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems

6 Best Free U.S. Online Historical Newspaper Collections by Kenneth R. Marks on The Ancestor Hunt

I have found lots of great clues on static websites. You should definitely check them out:
A Look at by James Tanner on Genealogy’s Star

Got Scottish Ancestors? by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on Olive Tree Genealogy Blog

Dear Randy: How and Why Do You Use the FamilySearch Family Tree? by Randy Seaver on Genea-Musings

Tech News

Why Does the Ancestry API for Web Hints Add Bogus Facts? by Randy Seaver on Genea-Musings

Yes, there are contractual issues so trips to family history centers will still be necessary:
Image Available – But Not at Home by Michael John Neill on Rootdig

Update Regarding the MyHeritage DNA Lab in Houston, Texas by Jess on MyHeritage Blog

Genetic Genealogy

Figure Out As Many DNA Matches As You Can by Michael John Neill on Rootdig

Shared cM Project Update by John D. Reid on Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections


How Far Did My Ancestors Move? by Yvette Hoitink on Dutch Genealogy

Is the Gravestone Wrong? by Midge Frazel on Granite in My Blood

Revisiting Reconnecting And Taking That FAN Model Out for a Test Drive, both by Jacqi Stevens on A Family Tapestry

How to Find Images Online for Family History: Free Video Tutorials by Lisa on Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems

What’s the Secret of “maison dite” or House Names in Luxembourg? by Cathy Meder-Dempsey on Opening Doors in Brick Walls

Processing Newspaper Articles (Screencast) by Janine Adams on Organize Your Family History

How to Research Your Ancestor with a “No Surname” Search by Lisa Lisson on Are You My Cousin?

Finding U.S. Land Records by James Tanner on Genealogy’s Star

Especially true when parents predecease their child by many years and the family survivors didn’t know them:
Quick Tip: the Parents in the Death Record May be Wrong by Yvette Hoitink on Dutch Genealogy

What the GPS (Genealogical Proof Standard) Can Teach Us About Photo Organizing by Caroline Guntar on Organizing Photos by the Swedish Organizer

Research Like a Pro, Part 5: Where Did You Look and What Did You Find? by Diana Elder on A Family Locket

Education Is for Everyone

If you are planning to attend RootsTech 2018, be sure to read Amie’s post:
The Genealogist’s Back to School Plan by Amie Bowser Tennant on The Genealogy Reporter

Keep Your Family and Family History Safe by Denise May Levenick on The Family Curator

The Story of “Black Confederates” by Histhermann on History Hermann

Preserving Genealogy Records by Preparing for a Disaster by Melissa Barker on A Genealogist in the Archives

Addressing the Reality of the Microfilm Issue by James Tanner on Genealogy’s Star

Keeping Up with the Times

Hurricane Harvey Update and Helping Houston by Roberta Estes on DNAeXplained: Genetic Genealogy

A great way to give back to the genealogy community right from home:
Brother, Can You Spare and Hour (or Two)? by Janice Sellers on Ancestral Discoveries

Last, but not least, a beautifully written post by Beth:
In the Shadow of Charlottesville by Beth Wylie on Life in the Past Lane

NARA Seeks Feedback on Draft FY 2018-FY 2022 Strategic Plan (1 September 2017 Deadline) by Diane L. Richard on UpFront with NGS

As we face driverless cars today, take a look at 100 years ago:
Why Your People in PEI Didn’t Drive Cars in the Early 1900s by Gail Dever on Genealogy à la Carte

The Ninth Great Annual Genealogy Poetry Challenge by Bill West on West in New England

7 thoughts on “Friday’s Family History Finds”

  1. Thanks for the mention of “A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words” by Georgia Lupinsky on the California Genealogical Society and Library Blog. I’m the Blog Editor and occasional writer of genealogy tales as well! Thanks again, Shannon

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