Saturday, March 21, 2015

Received at the Library

Family Chronicle has undergone a title change to Your genealogy today; new numbering begins with the issue for March/April 2015.  While not planning any radical new direction, the publisher announces three new columns: Advice from the pros; Genealogy tourism; and DNA & genealogy.  In the first column, an expert genealogist reminds us of the many sources that are not online, including family treasures that may be in the possession of relatives you haven't yet found.  In the second, Lisa Alzo addresses preparing for a trip to the ancestral homeland.  The DNA column introduces the basics, the three kinds of DNA and why you may want to pursue them. The featured article discusses records of the British Department of State.  Another gives a good feel for genealogy travel to the island of Guernsey, a possession of the British Crown.  Informative articles treat the various types of cards with genealogical information (visiting, business, membership, etc.), and the declining practice of using middle name and initial.  A cemetery transcription volunteer shares the joys of "The Old Dead Folks Club."

"Tricks of the trade" for 10 genealogy websites is the cover story for Family tree magazine (March/April 2015).  Another article covers "A world of good websites" for ethnic and immigrant groups.  "Working your map muscles" provides strategies for using maps in genealogy and lists lots of helpful online resources.  Anyone looking for a tool to organize their research could benefit from a six-step strategy to make the most of Evernote, a free tool which can help you document your research, clip images from the internet, and share your findings with others.  "Social studies" gives sketches of 32 free social history sites that can add flavor to your family stories and enhance your understanding of their times.  I had never heard the term "crowdsource",  but it's the idea of finding like-minded online communities (e.g. Facebook) where you can ask for help or contribute to volunteer projects like indexing.  This issue is chockful of useful information!

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