New Year’s Eve 2017

Source: My Personal Collection

Father Time’s greeting seems so appropriate on a genealogy blog, doesn’t it?

New Year comes
on speeding wings.
Glad the song of joy
it brings.
Neighbor, mine,
May wondrous cheer,
Light your pathway
through the year.

Father Time is claiming yet another year to history. Have a safe New Year’s Eve, whatever your plans. I’m looking forward to a New Year of blogging.

I’d like to close out 2017 with a wish for all in the New Year – a quote from author Mary Anne Radmacher:

May your walls know joy,
May every room hold laughter,
and may every window open to great possibility.

52 Documents in 52 Weeks #52: The Kind of Will You Don’t Want to Find!

We have made it to the last of the 52 Documents series. I hope that the documents I have shared with you have given you ideas for both noting and analyzing details  in the records you find and for thinking outside the box in determining what types of records your ancestors might have created during their lifetimes.

After 51 instances of serious records, I would like to end on a humorous note. I could not locate an image of this will, but it is definitely one that I would not want to find in my family.

It was written by Karl Tausch of Langen, Hessen, Germany and dated 19 January 1967. Mr. Tausch’s will is also the shortest valid will on record in the world and it consists of only two words, written in Czech:

“Vse zene”

The English translation is all of three words:

“All to wife”

This will might have made Karl Tausch’s wishes known, but it certainly is completely useless for family history research!

Happy Document Hunting!

Friday’s Family History Finds

As we close out 2017, I thought this week would be light on articles. Boy, was I wrong!

The best Family History Finds this week:

Family Stories

Irene Charitas Schlosser, Beware the Overlooked Umlat by Roberta Estes on DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy

DNA Makes a Merry Christmas by Kitty on Kitty Cooper’s Blog

Cross-word Craze by Liz Gaffreau on This Is Us

Research Resources

11 More Toronto Directories Digitized, from 1951-1969 by Gail Dever on Genealogy à la Carte

Open Archives Adds Automated Pedigree Charts from Dutch and Belgian Archive Data by Dick Eastman on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

Finding Online Records in Poland by Mark Rabideau on Many Roads

How to Identify Old Cars in Photographs by Lisa on Lisa on Lisa Louise Cooke

Tech News

Minor Data Breach at Ancestry by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist

New Holiday Theme for Family Trees by Jess on MyHeritage Blog

Genetic Genealogy

This is really neat for those with lots of U.K. lines:
My Living DNA Test Results Are Back! by Christine Manczuk on Ancestry Island

Adoptee’s DNA Leads to Porter Ties by Melvin J. Collier on Roots Revealed

Concepts – Sibling and Twin DNA Matching by Roberta Estes on DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy


What Are Your Genealogy Goals for 2018? by DiAnn Iamarino on Fortify Your Family Tree

The Research Log Bugaboo AND

Attitudes and Deficits, both by James Tanner on Genealogy’s Star

Fee-based activity, but lots of support and encouragement available:
Are You Ready to Write Your Family History in 2018? by Lisa Alzo on The Accidental Genealogist

A new series coming up from James:
From Whence and to Thither – Understanding Migration Patterns: Part One by James Tanner on Genealogy’s Star

The Archive Lady: Preserving the Old Family Trunk by Melissa Baker on Abundant Genealogy with Thomas MacEntee

Education Is for Everyone

The New England Historic Genealogical Society offers online courses. Some are only open to members, but others are open to the public. Here are four of the upcoming classes:

Members only: Organizing and Preserving Your Family History Papers – five weeks beginning on 17 January 2018
Members only: Researching Irish Ancestors – five weeks beginning on 7 March 2018
Members only: Tracing Females Ancestors – five weeks beginning 11 July 2018
Open to All: Exploring and Verifying Your Mayflower Lineage – five weeks beginning 2 May 2018

If you have New England or New York ancestry, the membership dues are well worth the cost. The NEHGS website is AmericanAncestors.

2018 Black Pro Gen LIVE Schedule by True Lewis on NoTeS to MySeLf

ISGS 2018 Webinars by Claire V. Brisson-Banks on GeneaPress

Top Ten YouTube Videos from Family History Fanatics by Devon Noel Lee on Family History Fanatics

2018 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Series Announced – Webinar Registration Open by Geoff Rasmussen on GeneaWebinars

Genealogists always want to increase their productivity:
The 12 Best Productivity Books of 2017 by Pamela Rosen on Evernote Blog

What I Would Have Done Differently to Save My Family History from Disaster by Shastina Leonard on Organizing Photos

Keeping Up with the Times

The Laws of Christmas: 2017 Reprise by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist

Christmas Names in the Ancestry. com Records by Randy Seaver on Genea-Musings

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – Genealogy Style by Alona Tester on LonetesterHQ

The Legal Genealogist’s Christmas Wish 2017 by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist

This Genealogist’s Christmas Wish by Esther Eley on Esther’s Roots and Ramblings

Jacqi has a great idea:
Wish There Was a Way by Jacqi Stevens on A Family Tapestry

Finally, a great idea for 2018:
Getting to Know You by Sheri Fenley on The Educated Genealogist