Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Received at the Library

Family Tree Magazine for Jul/Aug 2015 contains several useful items.   Have you gotten your autosomal DNA analyzed and been baffled by the results?  "Lost in the shuffle" will help to decipher the information, contrasting the results from different companies and explaining the science behind unexpected outcomes.  The 12 best sites for Irish genealogical research are identified in "Irish sites are smiling." "Hot D.A.M." describes how a digital asset management system can help you organize and control your photographs and other images.  "Genealogy myth busters" treats common misconceptions about our ancestors' height and weight, life expectancy, literacy and more,  The top ten living history sites in the US are named in "Living in the past" (one is our nearby Plimoth Plantation.)  An interesting column "Let's get physical!" details the origins of physical fitness movements in history and the modern period.  Other columns cover: picture postcards, draft records (includes a worksheet), how to overlay maps on Google Earth, and family storytelling websites.  This issue shows how diverse and exciting genealogy is for today's researcher,  So many cool things to do, so little time!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Received at the Library

NGS Magazine (Apr.-June 2015) announces the May 2016 National Genealogical Society conference in Ft. Lauderdale FL.  For folks interested in German genealogy, Jim Beidler describes the characteristics of the two great waves of German migration.  Sources for locating Washington DC ancestors are reviewed. Two articles deal with researching family stories.  Case studies discuss female name changes; and finding a wealth of genealogical information with very little starting information.  A column announces the availability of new Genetic Genealogy Standards.  Another advises on Cyber Security.

Your Genealogy Today (May/June 2015) features "Organizing and caring for old family photographs", plus a column on photographic calling cards which were popular around the turn of the last century.  An extensive article treats heirloom timepieces.  The Writing SIG may be interested in "Writing your family history in five steps."  World War II rationing may be a first-hand memory for some, but you'll probably learn something from "Sacrifice for victory."  Other articles treat a visit to a Croation island, Austrian birth records, and time management.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Received at the Library

Internet Genealogy for April/May 2015 leads off with tips for finding Danish ancestors.  There follows an extensive treatment of the Appleyard family of Tasmania making rich use of an Australian newspaper site.  A thorough article by Tony Bandy reviews cloud storage options for genealogists.  The interesting situation of being born at sea is treated by David Norris, who also writes about identifying clergy found in your family records and how this can be useful.  Other articles treat software, engaging children in genealogy, and African-American research.

Received at the Library

The June/July 2015 issue of Internet Genealogy has several articles focusing on military records: the poignant story of a Civil War Colonel; the Confederacy's "Treasury girls," clerks employed to sign Treasury notes while males were in the service; and World War II online resources.  A fervent plea from a researcher provides the lead story, "How do you put out a genealogical wildfire?"  Years ago Robbie Gorr published a speculative article in an obscure newsletter about the maiden name of a female ancestor, and now he finds that it is being accepted as fact -- genealogists need to cite their sources!!  Those interested in providing illustrations for genealogy or history related presentations should be aware of the Internet Archive Picture Collection provided at Flickr Commons.  "Bagging a live one" describes the process of tracing your ancestors forward to identify living relatives.  Other articles cover: webhosting basics; genealogy apps for iPhone or Android; online safety; and Family Tree Builder for Mac.

The Essex Genealogist does a nice job of publishing the transcripts of talks that are given for their society members.  The May 2015 issue carries one of these, "Locating historic newspapers and maps" by  Sharon Sergeant.  The issue also carries an interesting article about a Boston ship wrecked off  the Oregon coast in 1850.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Last chance to Respond to Annual Luncheon Invitation

If you have not as yet sent in your RSVP for the annual luncheon, to be held at the Old Yarmouth Inn on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, you are rapidly running out of time.  Your reservation needs to be received before Tuesday, June 8, if you are planning to join us.
There will be a short meet and greet beginning at 11:30, with the annual election of officers and new directors-at-large to follow at 12 noon. After lunch, we will have a presentation given by Barbara Mathews, a board-certified, professional genealogist, who will speak on "Recognizing and Resolving Errors in Genealogy".
My PhotoBarbara has served on many genealogy related boards, including the Connecticut Society of Genealogists, the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG), and has served as President of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council (MGC). Currently, she is serving as the BCG representative to the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC), as well as MCG's Civil Records Co-Director for Federal Issues, the state-wide Massachusetts Liaison to RPAC.
 She has contributed to several blogs, including the BCG's Springboard and the MGC's Sentinel, and also has her own blog, The Demanding Genealogist, which explores issues of quality in genealogical work. In addition, she has published and edited extensively and has had articles appearing in a number of genealogical journals and magazines.
However, her favorite activity is to teach! She lectures at national, regional, and local conferences and has acted as a mentor for both ProGen and GenProof Studies Programs. She is currently a substitute instructor in Boston University's genealogical certificate program, teaching topics as diverse as technology, methodology, analysis, writing, and professional conduct.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Index to the 1800 Massachusetts Federal census for the county of... -- Featured library resource for June 2015

The library has been gifted with a printed index covering the 1800 Federal Census in Massachusetts.  The 9-volume set covers all the counties that existed in 1800 (Franklin and Hampden were established later, and their towns are presumably included in the volume for Hampshire County).  The volumes were delivered to the Library personally by the compilers, Rebecca Sullivan and Deborah Larsson.

Each volume lists the towns of the county in alphabetical order in the first half of the volume.  In the second half, the entries are resorted by name to facilitate finding names of interest.  Each entry carries the same information: Town, Head of Household (named), and enumeration of "free white males," "free white females," "all other," and "slaves," plus a "Total" column.  ("All other" might include free non-whites or indentured servants?)  Flipping through the volumes I noticed that there were few "slaves" or "others" but they did exist.  In the Bristol volume there is apparently confusion between the "slaves" and "total" column.

The compilers caution that the condition of the original documents is sometimes compromised, so the entries may not be entirely accurate.  While nothing beats a look at the original, we hope that you may find this a helpful tool in seeing a snapshot of your ancestors' town in 1800 Massachusetts.