Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Received at the Library

Family Tree Magazine for Jul/Aug 2015 contains several useful items.   Have you gotten your autosomal DNA analyzed and been baffled by the results?  "Lost in the shuffle" will help to decipher the information, contrasting the results from different companies and explaining the science behind unexpected outcomes.  The 12 best sites for Irish genealogical research are identified in "Irish sites are smiling." "Hot D.A.M." describes how a digital asset management system can help you organize and control your photographs and other images.  "Genealogy myth busters" treats common misconceptions about our ancestors' height and weight, life expectancy, literacy and more,  The top ten living history sites in the US are named in "Living in the past" (one is our nearby Plimoth Plantation.)  An interesting column "Let's get physical!" details the origins of physical fitness movements in history and the modern period.  Other columns cover: picture postcards, draft records (includes a worksheet), how to overlay maps on Google Earth, and family storytelling websites.  This issue shows how diverse and exciting genealogy is for today's researcher,  So many cool things to do, so little time!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Received at the Library

NGS Magazine (Apr.-June 2015) announces the May 2016 National Genealogical Society conference in Ft. Lauderdale FL.  For folks interested in German genealogy, Jim Beidler describes the characteristics of the two great waves of German migration.  Sources for locating Washington DC ancestors are reviewed. Two articles deal with researching family stories.  Case studies discuss female name changes; and finding a wealth of genealogical information with very little starting information.  A column announces the availability of new Genetic Genealogy Standards.  Another advises on Cyber Security.

Your Genealogy Today (May/June 2015) features "Organizing and caring for old family photographs", plus a column on photographic calling cards which were popular around the turn of the last century.  An extensive article treats heirloom timepieces.  The Writing SIG may be interested in "Writing your family history in five steps."  World War II rationing may be a first-hand memory for some, but you'll probably learn something from "Sacrifice for victory."  Other articles treat a visit to a Croation island, Austrian birth records, and time management.

Friday, June 12, 2015

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Internet Genealogy for April/May 2015 leads off with tips for finding Danish ancestors.  There follows an extensive treatment of the Appleyard family of Tasmania making rich use of an Australian newspaper site.  A thorough article by Tony Bandy reviews cloud storage options for genealogists.  The interesting situation of being born at sea is treated by David Norris, who also writes about identifying clergy found in your family records and how this can be useful.  Other articles treat software, engaging children in genealogy, and African-American research.