Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Received at the Library

The cover story in Your genealogy today for Sept./Oct. 2016 gives ideas for tracing children who may be missing from your family tree, given the high rate of infant mortality and past practices of adopting out or apprenticing children to other households.  Another article traces assistance to the poor since the early years of our country.  Dog licenses were required in Ireland from1866, and in the absence of early census records, the applications can provide clues for genealogists; many are available on Family Search or on FindMyPast.  Sources abound in Europe for studying World War II military service, advises Jennifer Holik.  The question of whether it's necessary to learn your ancestors' language to effectively conduct research is debated.

Did you know that census enumeration maps can be made available prior to the corresponding census records?  Ancestry has them for 1940, FamilySearch has 1900-1940, but the National Archives has 1890-1990, as described in Internet genealogy (Oct./Nov. 2016).  New websites of interest include RootsMOOC, a free course on starting genealogy; and crew lists for whaling expeditions out of New Bedford.  Other topics covered in this issue include: North Dakota resources; Famicity, a growing site for preserving and sharing family histories; Freedman's Bureau records (concerning freed slaves and other impoverished individuals in the post-Civil War South); Fold3 Library edition [available at the CCGS Library!]; Scrivener, a popular word processing/content management tool; and Tasmanian convict research.

The Essex genealogist for August 2016 contains transcriptions of interesting talks about the Salem witch trials and about Hannah Duston and her captivity with and bloody escape from the Indians.

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