Tag Archives: Recommended Reads

Recommended Reads

Recommended Reads


45 Million Plus Obituaries Now Available on FamilySearch.org AND

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps at Yale University, both by James Tanner on Genealogy’s Star

James also has a series going titled Jumpstart Your Family History in Ten Steps, with step 6 currently the most recent article. There are links to the previous five posts embedded here, too:
Jumpstart Your Family History in Ten Steps: Step Six – Organize Your Work Flow

U.S. House of Representatives Launches Records Search by Diane L. Richard on UpFront with NGS

Yankee Dictionary: a Compendium of Useful and Entertaining Expressions Indigenous to New England by Helen Breen on Stories from Ipswich

Organisation, Company and Society Histories by Barbara J. Starmans on Out of My Tree Genealogy News

Toronto Public Library’s Digital Archives Reaches 100,000 Special Collections Objects by Leland Meitzler on GenealogyBlog

Family Stories

I can’t wait for RootsTech – I need my dose of the FHL!:
Ten Hours in the Family History Library Uncovers a New Daughter by the Family Sleuther

The Curious Case of Bastiana van Breugel by Yvette Hoitink on Dutch Genealogy

I love this story, but I have a hard and fast blanket rule – if it lives in water, I don’t eat it!:
Something’s Fishy. . .by Karen on Ancestor Soup

When Did My Grandparents Vote in Their First U.S. Presidential Election? by Jana Last on Jana’s Genealogy and Family History


Asana’s New Boards Visualize Your To-Dos as Trello-Like Columns by Thorin Klosowski on Lifehacker

Concepts – Undocumented Adoptions vs. Untested Y Lines by Roberta J. Estes on DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy

Embedding Google Drive Documents into Your Blog or Website by John Newmark on Transylvanian Dutch

Family Tree Maker Software News Update by Randy Seaver on Genea-Musings

Introducing Google Photoscan with Google Images by James Tanner on Genealogy’s Star

Methodology, News, Etc.

Drouin Genealogical Institute Renames Its English Website by Gail Dever on Genealogy à la Carte

FAN Principles Unfolded by Tony Proctor on Parallax View

Footnotes! Footnotes! Footnotes! Part 2 by Jill Morelli on Genealogy Certification: My Person Journey

RootsWeb Update As of 17 November 2016 on The Ancestry Insider

Helpful Hints to Write Anything by Wayne Shepheard on Discover Genealogy

How to Research Ancestors in a Location You Cannot Visit by Lisa Lisson on Are You My Cousin?

The Family History Guide Publishes Updated Website by James Tanner on Genealogy’s Star

Genealogy Education

Teasers from upcoming webinars this week (short with Thanksgiving almost upon us) include how to use digital libraries and multimedia story telling. Check out the GeneaWebinars calendar, which also includes regular on-going hangouts on air for all things genealogy.

Recommended Reads

Recommended Reads

Recommended Reads is back, although this week’s list is a bit short, due to my return-home date and perhaps the hubbub of Election Day. I didn’t see quite as many posts up.


How Were Our Ancestors Entertained? by Melissa Barker on A Genealogist in the Archives

Family Stories

An Attempt to Map “Jewish Geography” by Madeleine Isenberg on Avotaynu Online

Genealogy and Medical History: Happy Cancerversary to Me! by Lara Diamond on Lara’s Jewnealogy

Some great reads are in Heather’s list:
Ten Genealogy Road Trips I Read About on Blogs This Year by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on Nutfield Genealogy

This is not as rare as you might think. I found a book on marriages of Botetourt County, VA, hoping to find a Miller marriage which was not listed. A letter to the same county clerk produced a marriage record. Errors happen in books and in courthouses.
Right Under Your Nose or, at Least, Your Fingertips! by Vonda Heverly on Genealogist by Night


None this week.

Methodology, News, Etc.

Not just for Veterans Day:
Ten Essential Tasks for Genealogists on Veterans Day by Janice A Brown on Cow Hampshire

Fletcher v. Flanary, Virginia Supreme Court 1946: Rights of Adopted Child to Inherit by James Tanner on Genealogy’s Star

Footnotes! Footnotes! Footnotes! by Jill Morelli on Genealogy Certification: My Personal Journal

Genealogy Education

This section of Recommended Reads will begin winding down. It was never my intent to duplicate Geneawebinars’ calendar and it appears that most organizations presenting genealogically oriented webinars are now submitting air dates directly to the calendar.

I do feel that many family historians either don’t know about these webinars, which are free at least when viewed live, or else they overlooking excellent resources for research skill and knowledge building.

For a while, I will leave a link to Geneawebinars with just a teaser about some of the upcoming topics. This week, DNA testing, dating old photos, research for adoptees, tools to publish your family history and Danish census records are just a FEW of the subjects coming up.

Visit Geneawebinars to view the full weekly schedule.

Recommended Reads

Recommended Reads

NOTE: I have good internet access this week, so Recommended Reads is back, but will go back on hiatus for a bit longer as I lose that access. This week’s list is a bit shorter due to travel.


NYPL Digitizes New York City Directories + Where We Can Find Directories for Other Locales by Diane L. Richard on UpFront with NGS

Fantastic Video Find: “Black ProGen: North and South Carolina Genealogy Research by Christine Manczuk on Ancestry Island

YouTube: The History of Europe Map Animated by John D. Reid on Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections

Family Stories

Check out Lara’s trip of a lifetime in her series of posts:
Ukraine Trip Post # 9 – Day 7 (September 7, 2016), Part 2 by Lara Diamond on Lara’s Jewnealogy

Amy has also made real progress on identifying her extended family in her post series:
Double Cousins. . .Everywhere! by Amy Cohen on BrotmanBlog: A Family Journey

I missed the earlier post, being in the road, but there is a link in Tony’s current post:
More on George Hearson by Tony Proctor on Parallax View


Eight Microsoft Word Shortcuts You May Not Know by Alan Henry on Lifehacker

Explore Over 500 Years of English Slang with This Online Dictionary by Patrick Allan on Lifehacker

TimeYourWeb Tracks and Analyzes How Long You Spend on Every Website by Eric Ravenscraft on Lifehacker

Methodology, News, Etc.

Join the “31 Days” Challenge to Share Your Genealogy Research Tips by Gail Dever on Genealogy à la Carte

A unique presentation from John:
The Periodic Table of Genealogy by John D. Reid on Canada’s AnglCeltic Connections

Genealogy Education

Be sure to check the GeneaWebinars calendar for ongoing chats and hangouts. Click on the links to find local meeting times.

FamilySearch Scotland Key Websites, Monday, 24 October 2016

FamilySearch Finding French Family Online, Tuesday, 25 October 2016

FamilySearch Scotland’s Rich Civil Registration Records, Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Family Search Research Logs: A Tool for Organizing Your Research, Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Flip for Flickr: Share, Save and Store Your Family Photos, by Maureen Taylor, Wednesday, 26 October 2016, Legacy Family Tree Webinars

FamilySearch Scotland’s Lost Other Half: Tracing Difficult Ancestral Lines in Non-Parochial Registers, Wednesday, 26 October 2016

FamilySearch Tracing Scots Ancestry Using Church of Scotland Parochial Registers, Thursday, 27 October 2016

FamilySearch Your British Questions Answered, Friday, 28 October 2016