Thursday, June 5, 2014

Received at the Library

Come peruse these recent journal issues received at the Genealogy Room:

The June/July 2014 issue of Internet genealogy carries an article by our June luncheon speaker Lisa Alzo "Analyze your writing with StoryToolz."  This is a free site that you can use to keep count of your writing, identify cliches, analyze its readability (level etc.) and other nifty tools to generate ideas.  Lisa also reviews Voyzee, a new tool incorporating video, photos and more to tell your family story. There's a genealogy software update for 2014 that covers Windows and mobile apps (sorry, Mac users, but for you there's a review of Family Tree Maker for Mac 3).  The upheavals of the 1930s, including the 2.5 million people who fled the Dust Bowl, are treated in an article that gives pointers on researching this era.  (Did you know that the 1940 census asks people where they lived 5 years before?)  There's a lot of information for genealogists in "Online State Land Grant Databases."

"Where will genealogy be in 2024?"  If you've been wondering, have a look in the NGS Magazine for April-June 2014.  Will there be a universal family tree, and what role will DNA play in ten years?  Inspiration for CCGS members working on getting genealogy projects in local schools will be found in "Using high school world history to ignite interest in genealogical research."  Jane Wilcox suggests how to find documents that give voice to our female ancestors, such as diaries, postcards, and court reports, and Gail Blankenau profiles two women homesteaders in Nebraska.  Other articles cover Civil War sutlers (provisioners), Using autosomal DNA for genealogy (this is the kind we all have that is a combination of both parents' genes), Detroit resources (specifically the Burton Historical Collection). and "Where do you go for help when starting your family history?"

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