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 SteveMorse.org 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 Relatives.net.
This week I started following these blogs:
The Moyer Mysteries & Histories
The Mashburn Collection
Dallas Genealogical Society
John Kuzmich Jr. Genealogy Blog
Kentucky in My Heart
Minnesota Family Historian
Family History & Memories
The Arrowood Trail Thru the Mountains
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.