Saturday, October 21, 2017

Received at the Library

Are  you avoiding doing research in court records?  You might be inspired to begin by the lead article in Your Genealogy Today (Sept./Oct. 2017) which traces a neer-do-well family's appearances in 19th-century court records in the Carolinas.  It makes a good read and gives you a flavor for the kinds of things you might come across.  For fans of Genealogy Roadshow, there's an interview with co-host Mary Tedesco, including her tips. (Mary will be our speaker at the November 11 joint meeting with Falmouth Genealogical Society.) If you had 19th-century ancestors in Ireland, you might want to read the description of a typical school.  A couple of obscure record types are explained: apprentice records (for learning trades), and road overseers (did you know they used to conscript local citizens and sometimes their animals to work on roads and bridges?)  State-based WWI records are covered in some depth, and probate records other than wills are the subject of a column.

The current issue of NGS magazine (July-Sept. 2017) is all about storytelling.  The lead article discusses how stories affect us neurochemically, and includes this information: "knowing the family's story is the number one predictor of a child's belief that she or he could affect the world in good and positive ways." What an incentive to do genealogy!  Related articles deal with the role of conflict in story-telling, the role of artifacts and of recordings, and ethical issues that arise with family stories.   Other topics in this issue include World War I records (statement of service cards, for instance), and the 1929 Census of Manufacturers.  A 2-page article goes into detail about the digital access to Family Search's microfilm records, which President Frederici announced at our last monthly meeting.

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