Friday, June 4, 2010

Follow Friday: Rainy Day Genealogy Readings

One of my “reliable reads” for web-savvy and originality is Rainy Day Genealogy Readings, written by Jennifer from the Bay Area in California. The blog has a strong focus on online research, including newspaper research (her “Extra! Extra! Rethinking Newspaper Research” is a must read), photos online, and particularly “how-to” and “how-to-do-even-better” posts for online tools; I have found the tips about making the most use of Google for research very helpful. And there is also occasional fun and silliness (“Pimp Your FB Status”) interspersed with the research reports, transcriptions (particularly “Transcription Tuesday,” featuring old Oakland Tribune articles), and tool tips.

Two of Jennifer’s most recent posts on specific research problems have been very intriguing: “Topics in Research – Was Iva Mae Insane?” and “Topics in Research – The Veteran Who Never Served.”

Jennifer is not a “saturation blogger,” but if you are passionate about making the most of the various research resources that are out there, you must definitely check out Rainy Day Genealogy Readings.

This Week

At a3Genealogy, Kathleen Brandt provides some useful information on “Native American Research and Resources” – these are some that I need to look into!

At Life From The Roots, Barbara writes of a special connection she helped to make that has special relevance on Memorial Day in “Sentimental Sunday – Two Soldiers Connect.”

There were many wonderful Memorial Day tributes this week; one that touched me in particular was “James Jay Huber 1952-1973” at Betty’s Boneyard Genealogy Blog.

The importance of having an accessible copy of all genealogy-related e-mail is addressed by Lorine McGinnis Schulze at Olive Tree Genealogy Blog in “Can You Teach an Old Genealogist new Tricks?” and followed up by Jasia at Creative Gene in “Email, Vulnerable Family Information.” Possible solutions are suggested by them and by readers in the comments.

In a meditative vein, Daniel Hubbard at Personal Past Meditations – A Genealogical Blog returns to a favorite theme among genealogists – the reasons we do genealogy – in “Not How-to but Why-do?” And Bart Brenner of Stardust’n’Roots responds and continues the meditation in “Why Do I Do Genealogical Research?”

Fact, faith, time (as in past, present, and future), and genealogy: how they intersect and interact are addressed by Chery Kinnick at Nordic Blue in “History by Fact, or by Faith?”

At Genea-Musings, Randy asks, “What is the Best Place to Leave ‘Cousin Bait’?” The results from various word combinations are interesting. I tried an experiment like this a couple of years ago, but will have to check again.

The May issue of Shades of the Departed Magazine is out at Shades of the Departed. It is simply amazing. Again.

Happy First Blogoversary to Hummer at Branching Out Through the Years!

Happy Third Blogoversary to Paula Stuart-Warren at Paula’s Genealogical Eclectica!

This week I started following these blogs:

Finding Eliza

Gen Briand

Illinois State Genealogical Society Blog


  1. Greta, Thank you so much for mentioning my article about Connecting Two Soldiers through my genealogy. It was hard, but also a labor of love.

  2. I really enjoyed your article; it's one of those times when everything worked and the right connections were made.

  3. Thank you Greta! I'm so glad you have found the blog helpful. =)

  4. Thanks Greta for mentioning my blog post on my adopted brother James Jay Huber. I have wanted to write his story for avery long time.

  5. Thanks so much for mentioning a3Genealogy. I'm glad you found it useful. And as always, thanks for reading.

  6. Jennifer, Betty, Kathleen - you are very welcome! I learn so much from your blogs.