Friday, May 20, 2016

Received at the Library

The cover story for Internet genealogy for April/May 2016 is about 50 sites for tracing female ancestors.  Listed by state,  the emphasis is on historical societies, libraries, archives and museums.  A similar mode of ferreting out is found in "Reminiscences ... finding biographical sketches of your ancestors,"  I learned of a Congressional resolution in 1876 recommending that towns and counties prepare histories in preparation for the nation's centennial.  These often contained biographical sketches, and many are now online at state "memory projects."  Using Google maps and street view to locate houses your ancestors lived in is the subject of another article, with tips for getting the most out of the Google maps viewer.  Other topics covered: rejected pension applications; the British Merchant Navy lists for 1915; Fold3 WWII research; movies theaters; stowaways; and a product review for Growly Notes for Mac.

Strategies for Census success, the featured article in the May/June issue of Family Tree magazine.  suggests ways of finding your elusive ancestors (but I still can't find my parents in 1940!). An interesting article on the history of taxation points out that this year marks the 100th anniversary of our current income tax structure.  Maureen Taylor discusses how to preserve old home movies, and how to mine them for genealogical clues.  An issue we probably all could pay more attention to is protecting online privacy -- Dana McCullough has ten tips to help in this endeavor. A long "workbook" article elucidates military service records.  Lisa Alzo discusses Polish, Czech and Slovak geographic resources.  Other articles treat: English parish records, DNA matches for adoptees, fun ideas for engaging relatives with genealogy (e.g. a coloring book), winners of the Innovator Showdown at Roots Tech, and DNA Land (a website that further analyzes your DNA data from the usual providers).

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