Saturday, February 23, 2013

Received at the Library

The latest issue of Family Chronicle (Jan./Feb. 2013) covers a number of interesting topics.

  • A succinct but cogent article on "10 common genealogy mistakes" recommends a book in our collection, Evidence explained: citing history sources from artifacts to cyberspace, by Elizabeth Shown Mills and published in 2009.  
  • Author Greta Nettleton reveals the background leading up to her published slice of family history The Quack's daughter, the true tale of a Victorian patent-medicine purveyor in Davenport Iowa and her rebellious daughter.  
  • The second of a pair of articles covering changes in the evolving US census describes 1850-1940.  
  • Other articles cover the impressive genealogy collection at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne IN, finding County Galway ancestors, researching genealogy with a group, and law books & genealogy.

Internet Genealogy (Dec./Jan.2013)  highlights

  • "Genealogy-on-the-go with the iPad" which boasts easy portability of images  and information.  Apps (applications) for the iPad (the equivalent of software for your computer) such as iTalk Recorder, and YouTube are discussed.  
  • Saving Memories Forever, a new online service which can upload audio files, is reviewed.
  • The current status of availability of newspapers is the subject of "Digitized newspapers online."  
  • Other articles cover "Explore your roots in Croatia and Serbia", "Lord Selkirk's settlers" (displaced Scots Highlanders who migrated to Canada); and many reviews of databases, applications, and software, including VoiceQuilt, a way of collecting audio clips online from friends and relations, and editing into a commemorative product

An article in the National Genealogical Society's NGS Magazine for Jan.-March 2013 tells us

  • "Why genealogists blog (or why they should!)"  This would be a great article to peruse if you are considering attending the blogging workshop coming on Saturday April 27.  One of many useful tips is that you can search for surnames across almost 3,000 genealogy blogs at  
  • Are you a super-organized genealogist? or like me, could you benefit from some organizing suggestions?  In "Information overload : organizing your genealogy records" Barbara Meehan discusses organizing both your online and paper files for maximum utility.  Two of the texts she recommends are available in the CLAMS system.  
  • Other content in this informative issue: using Kentucky tax lists and Freedman's Bureau field office records, both for Civil War era research; a brief article by "The Frugal Genealogist" on photography as a tool for preserving and organizing genealogy images; Spousal abandonment, Scrubbing tombstones, and more.  
  • The NGS will be holding its national conference in Las Vegas May 8-11. 

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