Next Meeting

Next Meeting: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Speaker: Joseph Manning
Topic: The Lewis Hine Project -- Tracking Down the Lives of Child Laborers

Friday, February 14, 2014

Received at the Library

The following journal issues just added may be of interest to members:

The December 2013 National Genealogical Society Quarterly leads off with an editorial about the lack of standards for DNA testing.  "[Pioneering genealogists] had the opportunity and responsibility to set standards... for acceptable linkages to individuals: documentation, ethics, and interpretation.  It was an opportunity missed."  Other articles address interesting genealogical challenges: the first person of color to own property in Atlanta, a freeborn female who swapped her land to buy her husband out of slavery; two couples in which the males and females respectively had the same common surnames in Glossop parish, Derbyshire (one of my ancestral locales!); and the difficulties of tracking settlers who migrate, in this case from Alabama to Georgia to Louisiana.  A short article describes using Sippenb├╝cher for 18th century German research.  These are town histories, which may furnish information when church records are lacking.  Several recent books are reviewed in the issue, including one based on a daily diary kept by a shipwright in colonial New London CT (For Adam's Sake, by Allegra di Bonaventura).

The Society has recently established a Facebook page, and the Feb./March issue of Internet Genealogy tells individuals how to "Widen your research with social media," including blogging and Facebook.  Nine genealogy programs for the Mac are reviewed, as well as Clooz, a genealogy organizing program for Windows.  An informative comparison of 4 death records for the same person (obituary, funeral home record, death certificate, and tombstone application) explores discrepancies and genealogical nuggets.  In "Net Notes" a new newspaper search engine is noted called Elephind.net -- love the name, and I found several references to my ancestors that I'd never seen before.


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