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.

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