Friday, February 25, 2011

Friday Newsletter and Follow News 25 February 2011

This Week in Genea-Blogging

Getting overwhelmed by information?

Check out Marian Pierre-Louis’ post “Where I Get My Information” at Roots and Rambles - some good hints for streamlining your “information acquisition” experience.

Best game ever!

And if you haven’t heard of it by now, go check it out: “The WDYTYA Drinking Game,” as described at Donna Pointkouski’s What’s Past Is Prologue. Best practiced in a group of giddy genealogists who are getting ready to watch the show/watching the show/chatting and calling in to GeneaBloggers Blog Talk Radio. Hic.

Interview with Curt Witcher

at Lorine McGinnis Shulze’s Olive Tree Genealogy Blog: “Talking to Curt Witcher, Allen County Public Library (A Roots Tech Interview).”

Here’s one I missed because I only started following this blog this week

“Programmers and Genealogists: Just How Different Are We?” at the TechnoGenealogist.  I love #1 and was surprised by #9.

Have you ever wondered what makes James Tanner tick?

I have. He’s one of the Energizer Bunnies of genealogy blogging (and I’ll bet you know who the other two are). Wonder no more - he has written a great summary of what it means to him to be a genealogist at Genealogy’s Star: “Who do they think we are?” Love the shuffle board quote. (But, Mr. Tanner - not everyone who doesn’t like website reorganization is a Luddite - just sayin’.)

Helpful hints on finding ancestors using their address:

An illustrated step-by-step explanation by Philip Trauring in “When you have an address but not a name...” at Blood and Frogs. My favorite quote is when he refers to as “a veritable swiss-army knife of genealogy tools.”

A post I wanted to feature just ‘cause

“Walkabout” at Patten Project. I’m sure we’ve all felt like this at some point in our lives.

This is how they got ready!

Check out the 1940 census training films at T.K.’s Before My Time in “Getting Ready for the 1940 Census.”

Subjects swirling around the genealogy blogosphere

Discussions and comments are everywhere, and some of the subjects are still inspiring a lot of activity. An interesting question in this context is posed by Harold at Midwest Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog in “The Abominable Snowman of Genealogy.”

With charity toward all

Speaking of subjects swirling around the blogosphere, at Kimberly’s Genealogy Blog, Kimberly Powell asks “How Do We Make Genealogy Fun for Everyone?” Good question, and Kimberly also discusses the problems that too much fun and no (real) work can lead to.

A wonderful response and elaboration of Kimberly’s points is provided by footnoteMaven in “It’s Not Going to Be as Easy as It Looks on TV.” She also reminds us that there is no need to forget civility in our exchanges, either, and this is a point that is becoming increasingly important in what is developing into an often animated, sometimes heated, and occasionally sarcastic and unkind exchange.

What should be preserved

Amy at Amy’s Genealogy, etc. Blog discusses the state of confusion that exists - among young and old - about what is being and should be digitally preserved in “Digital Youth and Digital Preservation.”

We may complain about that generation jump on “Who Do You Think You Are?”

But Kathleen Brandt, who appeared on Episode 3 this season, can tell you how to do quickly get through the generations - read “5 Tips to Genealogy Research: 8 Generations in 60 Seconds” at a3 Genealogy.

We’ve been waiting for this one

Thomas MacEntee finally weighs in on the impact and meaning of RootsTech at GeneaBloggers in “The RootsTech Revolution - Woodstock or Waterloo?” Lots to ponder here....

For more suggested blog reading...

Check out “Best of the Genea-Blogs” at Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings and “Follow Friday: Around the Blogosphere” at Susan Petersen’s Long Lost

This week I started following these blogs:

The Moyer Mysteries & Histories


The Mashburn Collection

Dallas Genealogical Society

Appalachia Ponderings

John Kuzmich Jr. Genealogy Blog

Kentucky in My Heart

Minnesota Family Historian

Family History & Memories

The Arrowood Trail Thru the Mountains

The Technogenealogist

Brenda Dougall Merriman

My Georgia Roots

My Research Week

A lot of my research this week focused on three family family lines that lived in the Dallas County, Texas area and this has involved a lot of use of Genealogy Bank.  I'm trying to be both efficient and effective: one newspaper/one family/one year at a time for each of the four newspapers, with an entry  listing the newspaper name, date, and title of each article downloaded.  Talk about time-consuming.  And then, because the OCR process is not perfect, I may select a few time periods centered associated with important events in the family to browse the issues.  


  1. Thanks for the mention Greta. It's add odd situation to be in, knowing the address but not the name. I since found another address from a few years earlier and still no luck in the 1900 census. I'm beginning to think they just are not in census. Hopefully other people will find my experience useful.

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  3. I have found quite a few newspaper articles in Genealogy Bank as well as Newspaper Archives and at the Henderson County Historical Museum (Athens, Texas) about my dad, Kermit Hollingsworth, as he was a Methodist minister up and down east Texas being raised in Fannin and Grayson Counties, going to college in Denton and Dallas Counties, and having churches in Cass (Linden), Henderson (Athens), Anderson (Palestine), Galveston (Galveston), and Harris (Houston) Counties in Texas. Also, thanks Greta and Lisa Alzo, for joining in the conversation with Myrt and me about my husband's uncle Joseph Jerkens (Jurkiewicz) during blogradio the other night. I have found some new leads as a result of our conversation. I will follow you now. Take care!

  4. Hi, I just selected your blog for the Ancestor Approved Award. You can go to my site to get the picture and post it on your wall. Good job with your blog.

  5. Philip and Kathleen - You are quite welcome!

    Linda - It was great talking to you the other night! I have been surprised at the variety of articles I've found on ancestors in Genealogy Bank. Some are more mundane, but for the Brinlees, for example, I found articles on the crimes committed by some of them that had been hinted at by family lore.

    Nuccia - Thank you! Will post soon on it!