Friday’s Family History Finds

The best Family History Finds this week:

Family Stories

A Soldier’s Lament by Jamie Gates on Applegate Genealogy

Honoring Veteran USMC William Tully Brown, Navajo Code Talker by Roberta Estes on DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy

Row on Row by Sarah Dery on Vita Brevis

The Rediscovery and Remembrance of Robert Newman on Boston 1775

Multi-part true genealogical mystery:
“A Mother’s Love. . .or Something Else?” by Peter E. Small: Part I on Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings

Research Resources

Researching Your Jamestown Ancestors Online by Elizabeth O’Neal on My Descendant’s Ancestors

A Hidden Index for Luxembourg City’s Parishes and Garrison by Cathy Meder-Dempsey on Opening Doors in Brick Walls

Finding Palatine Ancestors by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on Olive Tree Genealogy Blog

Tech News

Gedmatch Genesis Merging Back to Genesis by Liane Jensen on Liane Jensen Research

Working with the “Exploring Family Trees” Visualization Program by Randy Seaver on Genea-Musings

Dropbox Boosts Storage, Features, and Price for ‘Plus’ Users by David Murphy on Lifehacker

Genetic Genealogy

Where in the World Has My DNA Gone? DNA and Locality Research by Robin Wirthlin on Family Locket

Please Opt In at GEDmatch by Kitty on Kitty Cooper’s Blog

Visualizing Your Tree – With Expected Autosomal and X DNA Shared by Lara Diamond on Lara’s Jewnealogy

YouTube: Y-DNA & Citizen Science. . .and a Big of Forensic Genealogy by John D. Reid on Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections


What’s in Your Archive? by Denise May Levenick on The Family Curator

Getting the Rest of the Old Out of the Google Goldmine for Genealogists, Part Three AND Getting the Rest of the Gold Out of the Google Goldmine for Genealogists Part Four, AND Part Five AND Part Six, all by James Tanner on Genealogy’s Star

Not the Death Record for Hannah (Bell) McAllister, Mayholland on Don Taylor Genealogy

3 Ways to Keep Strangers Out of Your Family Tree by DiAnn Iamarino on Fortify Your Family Tree

Thirty Three Acres Confirmed by the Virginia Legislature: Part I by Michael John Neill on Rootdig

4 Quick Family Tree Clean Up Tasks by DiAnn Iamarino on Fortify Your Family Tree

Great Uncle Abraham Burk Sailed from. . . ? by Marian B. Wood on Climbing My Family Tree

Education Is for Everyone

THIS FRIDAY! 31 May – Free Virtual Q&A – Your Your Genetic Genealogy Questions, Answered! on Legacy Family Tree Webinars, broadcasting live from SCGS Genealogy Jamboree

The Trading Companies of New France by Jacques Gagné on Genealogy Ensemble

Finders Keepers? by James Tanner on Genealogy’s Star

Keeping Up with the Times

Would It Help If Genealogists Shared Stories As Short As a Tweet? by Gail Dever on Genealogy à la Carte

What Is the Future of Obituaries? by Kenneth R. Marks on The Ancestor Hunt

Bloggers’ Research Toolboxes – 2019

It’s time to take a 2019 look at those great genealogy toolboxes that bloggers often share on their websites. I’ve updated the lists from past years and have only included those websites with new content published within the last few months. Some previous sites are still found online, but have gone dormant.

There are also a few first timers on the list.

Please take the time to visit each of these blogs and take a look at their toolboxes. Resources such as blank forms, reference books, free websites, local resources and DNA are just a few of the link categories. Be sure to leave the blogger a comment, too – we love reading comments.

Abundant Genealogy and Destination: Austin Family – Thomas MacEntee’s websites with links to all kinds of genealogy resources.

Anxiously Engaged! – Peggy Lauritzen has a number of buttons leading to multiple categories of resources.

Cow Hampshire – Janice Brown includes a BLOGS AND LINKS tab with many resources.

DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy – Roberta Estes’ HELP button has links all about DNA and its use in genealogical research.

Empty Branches on the Family Tree – While you are browsing bloggers’ research toolboxes, I hope you will take a look at mine, too. Category links are located right under the header image on the home page. 🙂

Evidence Explained – Elizabeth Shown Mills’ website is the place to go for source citation tips.

Find Lost Russian & Ukrainian Family – Vera Miller has a LINKS button to lots of Russian/Eastern European resources

Fortify Your Family Tree – DiAnn Iamarino shares her resources in tabs under her header image.

From Maine to Kentucky – Elizabeth Handler has a link to DNA resources.

Genea-Musings – Visit Randy Seaver’s  “Randy’s Genealogy Links” right next to his HOME button.

Genealogy à la Carte – Gail Dever has a robust list of tools for those with Canadian roots and created an ever-growing list of Canadian genealogy groups on Facebook.

Genealogy by Paula – Paula Stuart-Warren has a RESOURCES button with a long list of her favorite research links.

Granite Genealogy – Sue Maxwell has a list of “Training Materials – Links, Videos and Tools

Irish Family Roots – Donna Moughty’s focus is Ireland with links.

Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog – Check out Jana Last’s Research Toolbox link in the top button bar

Kitty Cooper’s Blog – Kitty has multiple buttons with links to DNA and genealogy information

Leaves and Branches – Colleen Brown Pasquale has multiple tabs under her header image.

Olive Tree Genealogy – Lorine McGinnis Schulze has a blog along with her website, which is a huge research toolbox for ships’ passenger lists, along with links to many other Canadian and American records.

Pima County Genealogy Society – There is an Arizona Research Toolbox.

The In-Depth Genealogist – Jennifer Alford and Terri O’Connell  maintain this site, which has a RESOURCES tab.

Writing My Past – Teresa has a lengthy set of links to all things genealogy.

Who Doesn’t Love a Family History Mystery? Summer Reading Suggestions

I love books! During the last year, I have to admit I’ve gotten hooked on reading historical fiction genealogical mysteries. I’ve discovered several good writers who have series going that focus on one or two main characters.

We had a number of sea days on our recent Alaska cruise and I needed some new Kindle books and I decided to feed my latest obsession. This isn’t going to be a book-by-book review. Instead, I’d like to share a list of authors whose stories I’ve enjoyed and will rank them, generally, as good, better and best. I’ll also include some of the titles I’ve read. All are available in paper format and Kindle.

The most recent author I’ve come across is M.J. Lee. I bought the box set which included three titles – The Irish Inheritance, The American Candidate and The Somme Legacy. These were the first three stories in the Jayne Sinclair Genealogical Mystery series. I also ordered The Silent Christmas and The Vanished Child. This past weekend, I read the latest book, The Sinclair Betrayal.

This author earns the “good” ranking from me. The stories are engaging, but not overly complicated. I was actually a bit disappointed with the ending of The Sinclair Betrayal, both in terms of Jayne’s decision and the final event involving her father. I don’t want to give away the storyline, but this one definitely wasn’t my favorite.

Next, I was tempted by James J. Cudney‘s first of several books in his genealogical mystery series set on the Braxton Campus, Academic Curveball: Death at the Sports Complex.  I enjoyed this book and feel it had a bit more depth to the story than Lee’s books had. I actually downloaded this book in a port while onboard the ship because I needed more to read. It appears that there are at least three more books in this series and I will definitely be reading them over the summer. This author earns my “better” rank because there is a bit more meat to the story.

A third new-to-me author is Brynn Bonner. I also read the first book in her series, which features Sophreena McClure and her partner, Esme Sabatier, titled Paging the Dead. I also really enjoyed this mystery and, like Cudney’s book, I feel it had more twists, adding to the suspense. There are a couple more volumes in this series that I will likely be reading.

The fourth author, Nathan Dylan Goodwin, is, in my opinion, the shining light leading the way in this genre. I didn’t read any of his books while onboard the ship because I had already read all of them! I need to add a disclaimer here because I have been comped some of his books to review, but I have also purchased his works because I liked them so much. His Morton Farrier, Forensic Genealogist mysteries are tantalizing. First, his stories are historical fiction – fictional characters whose lives coincide with actual historical events and the amount of detail in each mystery is amazing. A lot of historical research has to happen before the fictional story can be written. Second, each story follows a routine for me – I follow the clues, think I have the ending all figured out and then learn about one new twist that changes the ending. This author earns my “best” ranking because of these two factors. Quite honestly, I can’t wait until the new Morton Farrier book is published, probably later this year.

I’ve shared four genealogy mystery writers whose books I’ve enjoyed. The Amazon links let you learn more about each author, preview their works and read reviews so you can begin with the story that looks most interesting to you. Notice I say begin because you will get hooked! You can’t make a bad choice because all the stories are fun and enjoyable.

Happy Reading!