It is Sunday and time for the latest installment of DearMYRTLE’s BEST of the Internet for Genealogists Awards. With all the feedback from readers, it is getting harder to narrow down the award winners. Ol' Myrt here has created an Excel worksheet to keep track of your suggestions for sites to honor in the upcoming weeks and months.
[Ahem, drum roll please…]
The BEST of the Internet for Genealogists – 17 Feb 2008 awards go to:
1. BLOG: Being Dick Eastman’s friend isn’t prejudicing my recommendation because everyone will tell you that Eastman’s Online Genealogy News is THE place to learn about the latest in genealogy technology and gadgets. Dick simply loves to delve into all aspects and provide detailed reports to his readers. Be sure to join as a plus member, so you can read George Morgan’s new columns.
2. INSTRUCTION: Genuki’s Getting Started in Genealogy & Family History, a good basic tutorial for UK & Ireland researchers, created from a FAQ edited by John Woodgate, page created by Brian Randell and additions by Louis R. Mills.
3. DATABASE SITE: Genline Discover your Swedish ancestry & heritage through this commercial online archive contains an index and scanned images of church records from the 16th-20th century.
4. SCANNED IMAGE SITE: USGenWeb’s Digital Map Library, the brainchild of Donald Leroy Spidell who passed away in 1999. Now coordinated by Pat Blankenship.
5: PODCAST: With all the discussion of late about using iGoogle to create your own custom home page, you'll find that Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems Podcast – Episode #15 will painlessly guide you through the set-up process. Lisa has helped Ol' Myrt here this past week in this regard.
6. VIDEO: Digging for Irish Roots posted on YouTube featuring a Canada AM live broadcast from Dublin 17th March 2007, where a TV personality Seamus O' Regan's finds out about his family dropping the “O” during his interview with orofessional researcher Fiona Fitzsimons, from Eneclann, who advises “grill your granny” before doing research online or at the local parish.
7: COMMENTARY: Craig Manson's "Copyright Issues: Photographs" posted at GeneaBlogie -- just another of his thoughtful offerings, helping family historians to mind their Ps & Qs.
8. INNOVATION: My friend Libbi Crowe introduced me to StoryCorps and its traveling interview “booth”. The site includes ideas for telling your story and passing it on. Listen to recorded stories for ideas, sing up for the weekly newsletter and consider scheduling a StoryCorps visit in your area. See also:
- On-site recording days through the Door-to-Door Program
- An on-site recording studio through the StoryBooth Program
- Memory Loss Initiative (particularly important after caring for my elderly parents.)
- Griot Initiative for African Americans
- September 11th Initiative
- NYC Community Outreach Program
- Mobile Tour Community Outreach Program
9. MOST INTERESTING THREAD: Thanks to AdrianR for pointing me to this brand new Internet Genealogy by Example blog written by “Tom”. This looks like the beginning of a wonderful collection of how-to articles for newbies. Keep up the good work, Tom!
- #1 Starting Right- Two Keys to Good Research
- #2 You and Yours - Entering Your Immediate Family
- #3 You and Yours - Entering Your Immediate Family
- #4 Beyond BMD - Putting Flesh on the Bones
10. ETHNIC STUDIES: JewishGen has long been a valuable research resource for those with Jewish ancestry. Major projects include:
- ShtetLinks – Web pages devoted to individual Jewish communities.
- Yizkor Book Project – Access to Yizkor books and their contents.
- Holocaust Global Registry – Searching for Holocaust survivors.
- JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) – Data from Jewish cemeteries.
- Family Links – Family web sites.
- Web Links – Web site links of interest to JewishGeners.
- ViewMate – Post photos and documents for identification, analysis or translation.
- JewishGen ShtetlSchleppers – Visit your ancestral town.
- Genealogy by Genetics – DNA testing.
- Record the Names of Holocaust Victims – JewishGen has joined with Yad Vashem to record the missing names of Jews who died in the Holocaust.
Please note that this week's award winners may have published the spotlighted content earlier, it is just that this week Ol' Myrt here stumbled across them and wishes to honor excellent work.
If you have suggestions for winning genealogy content be sure to drop me a line. After all, we get by with a little help from our friends.
Happy family tree climbing!
Your friend in genealogy.
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