It is (almost) Sunday and time for the latest installment of DearMYRTLE’s BEST of the Internet for Genealogists Awards. I am sending this out early, owing to a big family event and my travel schedule this weekend.
[Ahem, drum roll please…]
The BEST of the Internet for Genealogists – 2 March 2008 awards go to:
1. BLOG: Karen E. Livsey’s “Holland Land Company Records: Land Research in Western New York State” posted 21 Feb 2008 at GenealogyandFamilyHistory.com, sponsored by GPC Genealogical Publishing Company. I like it when articles are written showing how specific books can aid the genealogical research process. It is a lot more fun than reading a list of books for sale.
2. INSTRUCTION: GenClass.com offers 4-week online class series on a variety of family history topics. Instructors are experienced researchers, adept at online interaction with students -- the small fee doesn’t begin to compensate them for their efforts. View the online class outline & instructor’s bios before signing up. Participate in different classes each month of the year. March’s offerings include:
- Adoption Investigative Class - Linda Rakita
- Canadian Research - Internet Resources - Part 1 - Pat Ryan
- Eastern European Genealogy Research: Part 2 (Intermediate) - Lisa A. Alzo
- Family Tree Maker 2008 - The Basics - Cindy Rowzee
- Finding Your Female Ancestors - Lisa A. Alzo
- Genealogy Research in the Great Lakes States - Lisa A. Alzo
- Lost Friends and Family Investigative Class - Linda Rakita
- Native American Genealogy - Barbara Benge
- Organizing Your Family History - Cindy Rowzee
- Salt Lake City: Part 1 - the Largest Genealogical Library in the World! - Pat Ryan
3. DATABASE SITE: Legacy.com, known for its current obituaries from 500 affiliated newspapers, has another feature: Legacy.com’s Memorial Websites. “A Memorial Website combines cherished photographs, video and audio clips, personal content and music in a unique way to honor and remember your loved one. You can create a biography, an online obituary, and a timeline of milestones and achievements. You may also include a Guest Book allowing visitors to express their sympathy and share thoughts and fond memories.” Merely choose a color scheme and theme and Legacy.com’s Memorial Website “creator” prompts you for the rest.
4. SCANNED IMAGE SITE: Ancestry.com. British Army WWI Pension Records 1914-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: War Office: Soldiers’ Documents from Pension Claims, First World War (Microfilm Copies); (The National Archives Microfilm Publication WO364); Records created or inherited by the War Office, Armed Forces, Judge Advocate General, and related bodies; The National Archives of the UK (TNA), Kew, Surrey, England.
5: PODCAST: Biography Podcast 0018: Liliʻuokalani, Queen of Hawaii posted 9 Jan 2007 at The Biography Podcast – Stories of Life. “Hawaii’s last sovereign queen was born on September 2, 1838 in Honolulu. According to Hawaiian tradition, she was adopted at birth by Chief Abner Paki and his wife, Konia (a granddaughter of King Kamehameha I). This tradition spread the future queen's other syblings (10 or so) to other strong chiefs on the islands - as a way to promote unity amongst the Hawaiian people.” Also available for download at Podcast Alley & iTunes.
6. VIDEO: Family Survival Kit posted at RootsTube.com. A hysterical look at a few tools to help you live through the next family reunion.
7. COMMENTARY: Chris Dunham’s “Top ten worst ways to begin a Family History” posted at The Genealogue: News you cannot possibly use 16 Jan 2008. Chris has brought us once again to our knees in side-splitting laughter.
8. INNOVATION: Wikipedia the free online encyclopedia is so innovative that wikis are popping up all over the net, including one for Family History Consultants to use to improve the content of tech support telephone calls. At this writing, the ORIGINAL Wikipedia boasts 2,259,301 articles in English and there are Wikipedias in other languages as well. The trick is that the articles can be edited by anyone. Sounds a little scary and unreliable, but it WORKS. Did you know from Wikipedia's newest articles:
- ...that the Reichstag dome was originally designed as a cylinder by its architect Norman Foster?
- ...that a large number of Rwandans converted to Islam after the 1994 Genocide?
- ...that New York Assemblyman Gregory R. Ball proposed a measure offering free education for United States military veterans?
- ...that eight well preserved Maronite mummies dating back to the 13th century were uncovered by speleologists in the Qadisha Valley, Lebanon?
- ...that author Ken Kesey taught a course at the University of Oregon where he and thirteen students collaboratively wrote Caverns?
- ...that Ngo Duc Ke advocated the adoption of the Romanised quoc ngu to replace the chu nom script used in Vietnam for writing?
- ...that the young leaves and flowering stems of Senecio congestus can be made into a "sauerkraut"?
- ...that the Midway-Sunset Oil Field contains an estimated 584 million barrels of oil, which amounts to 18% of California's total estimated reserve?
9. MOST INTERESTING THREAD: Editor ‘Jasia” pulls together 18 genealogy blog entries from all over the internet for the "Carnival of Genealogy, 23rd Edition" about “school days” posted 3 May 2007 at Creative Gene. Be sure to click Jasia’s link to the full posting by David Bowles titled “School Kids Today Are Missing Something?”
10. ETHNIC STUDIES: Robert Ellis’ “Looking for an Ancestor in the Panama Canal Zone, 1904–1914” from Prologue (a quarterly publication of the NARA National Archive & Records Administration) Fall 2007, Vol. 39, No. 3, also posted online at the NARA website. “According to the 1912 census of the Panama Canal, the population of the Canal Zone, which shifted continuously with the workflow, was 62,000. More than half, approximately 36,000, were unmarried men, and 40 nationalities were listed.”
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