Friday, August 26, 2016


Your Genealogy Today 2:3 (Jul/Aug 2016) includes a number of articles of likely interest to our genealogists.   

Picture This! (p. 13) discusses use of photos on blogs, websites, and in printed publications. The short answer to “Can I use this photo?” is it all depends…

Breaking through Brick Walls with Bricklayers’ Union Records (pp. 14-20) discusses resources available for persons researching bricklayer ancestors in the U.S. and Canada.

America Discovers America: the Federal Writers’ Project (pp.24-26) looks this 1930s work relief program that employed thousands of writers, editors, historians, and researchers, and produced more than 1,200 publications.

Finding the Reeds (pp. 31-35) shows how census records can be used to help track the movements of a family that rarely stayed in one place for very long.

How to Approach Family History Research Like an Historian (pp. 38-39) demonstrates how genealogists can employ techniques similar to those utilized by professional historians in order to create more engaging and better-documented family histories.


Internet Genealogy 11:3 (Aug/Sept 2016) includes a number of articles of likely interest to our genealogists.
Researching Northern Ireland (pp. 7-11) outlines the steps and sources that helped one researcher trace his McGinn family ancestors.
Tippling and Temperance in the Family (pp. 13-16) looks at records associated with alcohol and the temperance movement that researchers may find useful when taking a closer look at the lives of certain ancestors.
The International Classification of Diseases: a Key for Deciphering Death Certificates (pp. 18-21) looks at this system of medical coding that can sometimes assist the researcher in determining cause of death.
A First Look at rootstrust (pp. 22-26) is a review of a new desktop genealogy application that works cross-platform, i.e., with all major operating systems.
Create Your Own Online Family Archive (pp.47-49) demonstrates how genealogists can use to upload, organize, and share video and audio files, images, and information with others on the web. A basic personal account is free, although users can choose pay options that provide additional themes, storage, and programmatic options.


Internet Genealogy 11:2 (Jun/Jul 2016) includes a number of articles of likely interest to our genealogists.
Free UK Genealogy (pp. 12-13) looks at three valuable free websites that offer lots of information, including indexes of births, marriages, and deaths, historic parish registers, and 19th century English and Welsh censuses.
Tell Their Stories! (pp. 14-16) discusses how is helping researchers to preserve and share the stories of their ancestors’ lives.
Online Genealogy Sources for Researching the Great Depression (pp. 18-21) enumerates some easily accessible records that can help you flesh out the lives of Depression-era (1929-1941) American ancestors. For example:
  • 1930 U.S. Census
  • 1940 U.S. Census
  • State census (1935 available for a few states)
  • School census (exist for a few states)
  • City directories and telephone books
  • Civilian Conservation Corps records
  • Farm Security Administration photos
  • Office of War Information photos
  • Historic American Buildings Survey
  • Federal Writers Project
  • State Emergency Relief Program database (OK)
  • Old Age Pension database (ID)
The author provides a description of and URL for each of these potential genealogical gold mines.
Supreme Court Cases and Your Family History (pp. 42-44) looks at legal reference materials that may offer research results of great interest to family historians.


Family Tree Magazine 17:4 (Jul/Aug 2016) includes a number of articles of likely interest to our genealogists.

The End of the Paper Trail (pp. 21-26) provides 12 strategies for reducing your paper clutter and sharpening your genealogical focus.

Getting There from Here (pp. 27-32) shows you how to efficiently tackle research problems by determining your destination and mapping out a route to get there.

Workbook: Local Histories (pp. 33-42) demonstrates how to locate and make the most of county and local histories in your family research endeavors.

Ancestry Boutique (pp. 42-47) looks beyond the big collections on (like census records and the public trees) to highlight nine lesser-known “specialty” databases. Included are tips on using the Card Catalog, and tips on doing effective keyword searches.

On the Right Track (pp. 54-61) provides research tips and useful websites for tracking down elusive South American ancestors.

Genealogical vs. Genetic Family Trees (pp. 62-63) explains the differences between these types of trees, and dispels some of the more common misconceptions about genetic trees.

Export Your Tree from Family Tree Maker (pp. 70-71) demonstrates step-by-step how to export a family tree file from Family Tree Maker 2012 or Family Tree Maker 2014.


American Spirit 150:4 (Jul/Aug 2016) includes a number of articles of likely interest to our genealogists.

Photosharing Etiquette (p. 10) provides five guidelines for sharing images on the web.

The Regulation Movement (pp. 26-30) details conflicts in colonial North Carolina between farmers and corrupt local officials over British laws, policies, and taxes. The conflicts took the form of petitions for reform, disruption of local courts, and even an honest-to-goodness battle (1771).

Playing in the Colonies (pp. 32-35) looks at toys and games colonial-era children used to amuse themselves.

Marylanders at the Battle of Hobkirk’s Hill (pp. 41-48) discusses a little-known battle in South Carolina that pitted colonial patriots against Loyalists and British regulars. The author believes that the battle deserves wider recognition since it helped set the stage for eventual Patriot victory in that state.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


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