Friday, June 11, 2010

Follow Friday: 11 June 2010

This will be a short Follow Friday; it actually goes only through Wednesday, as I will be busy on Thursday and Friday. I hope to include posts from those days in next week's Follow Friday.

In “Is there confidentiality if it’s not your family?” Sue at It’s a long, long journey asks for feedback on publishing the results of research on a family that is not hers (she wanted to pursue a story she had found), especially when the subject is very sensitive.

At Family Stories, Caroline Pointer draws parallels (or not…) between the work ethics of today’s teenagers and our ancestors in “Life’s Not Fair” – jk, the subject is actually about how account books can give a picture of our ancestors’ lives – very interesting!

Amy at We Tree has some great advice for genealogy conference attendees in “The Rock Star’s Guide to Genealogy Conferences.” Gotta get me some cards….

At a3 Genealogy, Kathleen Brandt uses a newspaper article to illustrate the difference “getting the facts” (and all the facts, ma’am) makes in getting the true story in “Don’t Be a Poor Reporter” – a good parallel for our genealogy research and story-telling.

The GeneaBlogger community shows the power of pulling together this week: check out Carol’s Reflections from the Fence and Jennifer’s On a flesh and bone foundation: An Irish History – and please add your prayers and good wishes.

Brett Payne at Photo Sleuth has hit another home run this week: “Dating photos with the aid of trade directories.” His study centers around cabinet portraits that were taken in Detroit studios in the late nineteenth century. As usual, fascinating photographs and outstanding detective work! (Also check out “Move-O-Graph, The Live Portrait.”)

Tina introduces an idea whose time has come – “handex” – at Gen Wish List in “Summer of Genealogy Wishes – Handwriting Search Algorithm.”

Have you ever lived in a house like this? Read “The House Rules” at Donna Pointkouski’s What’s Past Is Prologue. Discuss.

Jennifer at Rainy Day Genealogy Readings writes about a subject that has always fascinated me in “Topics in Research-The Great Grasshopper Plague of ’74.”

A good cause is brought up by Sarah at Geneapprentice: “Petition for Better Access to Pennsylvania Vital Records.”

Happy 4th Blogoversary to Midge Frazel at Granite in My Blood.


  1. Thanks for the hat tip Greta. much appreciated. Regards, Brett

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  3. Brett - You are very welcome! I always enjoy your articles and learn from them!