Saturday, December 6, 2014

Received at the Library

Members may wish to view the latest magazine receipts at the Genealogy Room:

In May the National Genealogical Society will hold a conference "Crossroads of America" in St. Charles, Missouri.  The lead article in NGS Magazine for Oct.-Dec. 2014 discusses nearby archives and other research facilities that could be visited en route.  "The sociology of cemeteries" discusses several factors affecting where people were buried, including family relationships, religion, military service, and occupation, and has a nice bibliography.  The article "Inside emigrant guides" has given me clues about why my German emigrant great-grandfather might have chosen Nebraska soon after arriving in 1868.  "Educational opportunities in genealogy, part 1" deals with non-digital options for keeping skills current: books, magazines, conferences, institutes, continuing education, and TV shows -- so much to learn, so little time!  Lisa Alzo reviews online applications to help with writing tasks (note-taking, outlining, organization and planning, etc.)  A column on genetic genealogy addresses how to share information with your DNA matches.

Irish researchers may wish to review the lead article in Internet genealogy for Dec./Jan. 2015, on Irish petty session court registers.  Scanning applications for smartphones are reviewed.  Other topics covered: online libraries; genealogy blogging (LisaAlzo again); sports databases; apps for photo-editing; Fold-3's honor wall for US veterans; jumpstarts for weary genealogists; and 6 tips for staying focussed with your online research.  There's also a positive review of the latest version of Gramps, a free open-source genealogy software program.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Received at the Library

According to our 2014 membership survey, some members have primary or secondary interest in the Netherlands.  The lead article in Internet Genealogy (Oct./Nov. 2014) is "Finding your Dutch ancestors online."  It includes a nice translation table (relationships, occupations, etc.) and information sources about the Pilgrims who came to America from the Netherlands.  A review of nearly 20 apps that help make genealogical research easily portable with your handheld device is next.  The PERSI database, the largest genealogy and history periodical index is now available on, for the first time with digital images.  "Chasing Pancho Villa" piqued my interest, because as a small boy my father answered the door when Pancho Villa's rebel force came through the central Mexican town where my grandfather was in charge of a factory.  The article addresses records for veterans of the nine month 1916 US invasion of Mexico on the eve of WWI, which was an unsuccessful attempt to capture Pancho Villa, involving both regular and National Guard troops.  This issue also covers the practice of Social Security tattoos, databases providing context for UK ancestors' lives, deciphering old script (including tutorials on several sites), oTranscribe (a free tool that helps with transcribing taped interviews or lectures), and Australian newspapers.

The cover feature of Family Tree magazine for December 2014 is a listing of a total of 75 online sites for state records, arranged by state.  "Show your roots" gives creative ideas for ways to visually display your genealogy treasures.  Other articles include an extensive review of directories by Maureen Taylor, divorce records, Norwegian records, and for those seeking inspiration, "Best holiday tech gifts for genealogists."  There's also a feature on preserving your heirloom holiday ornaments.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Received at the Library

Members may find the following journal issues of interest:

The Idaho Genealogical Society Quarterly (fall 2014) contains an absorbing account of the settling of Franklin, Idaho, including many interactions and clashes with Indians living in the area.  There is also a lovely account of growing up on an Idaho ranch in the early 20th century, by the youngest child of ten born to a German-American couple.  The summer 2014 issue offers reminiscences of the current chief of the Delawares of Idaho, one of the branches of the Lenape tribe that were the original inhabitants of Manhattan Island and much of New England, but were displaced by Europeans and driven westward across the United States.

The lead article in Family chronicle (Sept./Oct. 2014) is about an American's successful search to confirm family lore that his grandfather was killed in World War I.  Not only was the story confirmed, but the grave was located in France and his grandmother's identity revealed.  Another article follows a Guatemalan in her search to connect with her Irish roots, which also led to Spain.  A series on creative genealogy-related family games continues with ideas like "Pin the job on the ancestor."  An article called "Making connections in 5 steps" gives a systematic approach for filling out the context of your ancestors' lives.  Other topics covered are signatures on documents, British records on Canadians, and preservation practices for the home archivist.  Lastly, there's a great list of 26 words only a genealogist could love, such as silligraphy (the study of seals) and griffonage (bad handwriting)!