Monday, February 11, 2008

The BEST of the Internet for Genealogists - 10 Feb 2008 Awards

Just got back from the big St. George Family History Expo put on by our friends at, and boy, am I chomping at the bit to share this week’s awards.

[Ahem, drum roll please…]

The BEST of the Internet for Genealogists - 10 Feb 2008 Awards go to:

1. BLOG: Sally Jacob’s “Paper vs. Plastic: Which One Is Better?” from The Practical Archivist blog. Ol’ Myrt here never considered that one could preserve a cassette tape by placing it in a paper (cardboard) box.

2. INSTRUCTION: Robert Ragan’s Treasure Maps providing a collection of free genealogy forms, how-to articles and online genealogy tutorials. Be sure to sign up for Robert’s blog.

3. DATABASE SITE: Afrigeneas' Slave Data Collection “Records kept by the slave owner are frequently the only clue to our ancestors, particularly during the period 1619-1869. We have designed this site to assist the African-ancestored researcher throughout the Diaspora to find a path to the last slaveholder or the suspected last slaveholder.” In addition to looking for ancestors by localities and names, find out about at least 27 different record groups that provide clues.

4. SCANNED IMAGE SITE: is THE place to go when climbing the Scottish side of your family tree. There is no problem with combining a collection of records from church and state, as evidenced by the following major record groups (among others of interest):

5: PODCAST:Marriages at Sea: Fact or Fiction?” (.mp3 file) from the National Archives Podcast Series released 2/21/2007. 33:49 Minutes. “There is a rumour in the family that an ancestor was married at sea! How often have we heard this? Is it fact or fiction? Were marriages at sea permitted and, if so, where are records of them to be found? In this talk Dr Christopher Watts examines the range of records, both at The National Archives and elsewhere, that help us trace such events.”

6. VIDEO: Genealogy Center, Allen County Public Library (in 2 parts) hosted by Jean Beatty and Amy Beatty, posted at Includes a tour and maps of the library, with descriptions of the collections. Essential for planning an effective research trip to this genealogical treasure trove.

7: COMMENTARY: Lisa Salazar’s “Bridging Gaps, Telling Stories” for Ancestry Magazine, published Wednesday, December 5th, 2007 Volume 25 / Number 6. Elder interviews bring happiness to both the interviewer and the interviewee.

8. INNOVATION: The WayBack Machine located at the internet archive website. “The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.” Ol’ Myrt finds this website useful for looking at an independently archived version of a specific public web page, when it has been replaced or deleted in its original location. Be sure to bookmark this for future use.

9. MOST INTERESTING THREAD: Randy Seaver’s “Letters from Home” series is a prime example of how one can share unique family documents with others through the internet. Randy transcribed (word for word) from original letters to his blog Genea-Musings, making clear distinctions between his personal thoughts and the transcribed text. Randy doesn’t know all the answers about these ancestors – like where DJ Smith is working. Hopefully, by posting these letters on the web, someone will find them in a Google Search and provide additional insight into the family story. We should all use the internet to share documents and pictures of heirlooms that unfortunately only one person can inherit.

10. ETHNIC STUDIES: Tim Hebert’s Acadian-Cajun Genealogy & History providing links, historical background, and an Acadian-Cajun Genealogical Periodical Article Index since 1997. Find out why Tim coined the “Acadian-Cajun” phrase.

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!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

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