Friday, December 31, 2010

Friday Newsletter and Follow News: 31 December 2010

This Week in Genea-Blogging

It wasn't an easy trip

Linda Gartz tells an exciting story of her grandfather Joseph Gartz’ trip to America in “Terror Atop the Train” at Family Archaeologist.

My heroine!

I wanna be a mobile scanner warrior girl like Midge Frazel. Check out the “Mobile Warrior Kit” at Granite in My Blood.

Blogging Buddies Build a Better Research Plan

Amy Coffin and Denise Levenick have paired up to help one another accomplish their 2011 genealogy resolutions; read about it in “Blogging Buddies and Genealogy Resolutions” at We Tree and “Blogging Buddies and Genealogy Resolutions, report from the West Coast Partner” at The Family Curator.

Where to put the family tree

I found Dick Eastman’s post “From the In-box: Which Online Software to Use?” at Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter very helpful, since I hear a lot about the various online sites for posting family trees but don’t really understand the differences. Eastman divides them into “Contribute to Someone Else’s Database,” “Own Your Own Database,” and “A Blended Approach: Control a Database that Belongs to Someone Else.”

Neat stuff for the iPad

Check out “iPad Apps to Try” at Maureen Taylor’s Photo Detective. I’m not one of those who received an iPad for Christmas (I did receive a MacBook Pro, however) or already had one, but I plan on getting one eventually.

Oh, yeah, those are resolutions I could keep

One of my favorite New Year’s resolutions review posts: “New Year’s Resolutions Redux” at The Genealogy Gals. Don’t read this with a full mouth or full anything else.

Primary, shimary

James Tanner at Genealogy’s Star makes some provocative (and, in this blogger’s view, overdue) observations regarding how we should treat “primary” and “secondary” sources in “Primary, Secondary, or what?”

For more suggested blog reading, check out Follow Friday: Around the Blogosphere at Susan Petersen's Long Lost and "Some neat Genea-bloggers posts for today" at Randy Seaver's Genea-Musings.

Happy First Blogoversary to Linda McCauley at Documenting the Details!

Happy Third Blogoversary to Tonia at Tonia’s Roots!

My Research Week

Um, well, better than last week. I did some stuff. Bits and pieces, but at least it was something. A lot of the focus was on some "offshoot" families, as in, there were people who married into my lines whom I considered to be of interest, so I also looked into their other spouses and the children by those spouses. Even though they are not blood relations, I still consider them to be of interest. The next area I plan to work on this weekend is taking care of genealogy correspondence - I'm seriously behind there.


  1. Greta, I really enjoy your blog, so I'm giving you the "Ancestor Approved Award." You can pick up the badge and find the details at:

  2. Thanks for including Genealogygals Greta.


  3. Kelly - Thank you so much! This is very kind of you.

    Judith and Linda - Thanks for providing the good reads!

  4. Greta,
    Thanks so much for recommending my post, "Terror Atop the Train." I'm heartened that you liked it! Yesterday's post, New Year's Eve, "Out to Sea" celebrated the centennial of Josef Gärtz boarding the steamer, Kronprinz Wilhelm, out of Bremen for America. Quite a way to usher in the new year. I hope everyone's 2011 will hold as much promise as Josef's New Year did 100 years ago Thanks again! And I'm really enjoying your blog!

  5. Linda - I am really enjoying this saga. The personalities come alive, and the story itself is a real cliff-hanger!