Sunday, February 03, 2008

BEST of the Internet for Genealogists Award 3 Feb 2008

Thanks for all the positive feedback about reviving DearMYRTLE’s BEST of the Internet for Genealogists Awards. So when not watching the Superbowl today, why not check out this week’s SUPER winners. This week Ol' Myrt here added a 10th category to include ethnic studies.

[Ahem, drum roll please…]

The BEST of the Internet for Genealogists - 3 Feb 2008 awards go to:

1. BLOG: Genealogy Bank’s Official Blog where director Tom Kemp spotlights unusual items he encounters in Genealogy Bank’s newsletter collection. Recent entries include: “It’s February and Valentine’s Day is almost here” (a 90 year old man wed a 51 year old woman published in the Baltimore Sun 28 Jan 1895 & “Maybe he changed his name?” about an article that appeared in the 6 July 1848 issue of the New Hampshire Patriot & State Gazette. It gives the names of all of the persons that appealed to the State Legislature to have their names legally changed.

2. INSTRUCTION:’s Learning Center featuring welcoming video clips with Megan Smolenack, Chief Family Historian for Topics include: getting started, find answers, build an (online) family tree, discover more, and keep learning. Tutorials include: How does work, See a sample family tree, Ancestry Press (publish your family history in a keepsake album) and Family Tree Maker (Learn how to use this genealogy software to record family tree & discover more about ancestors).

3. DATABASE SITE:, already expanding an impressive US collection of genealogy data, WVR will release releasing tomorrow the new World Collection mentioned in my previous blog entry. Paul Allen’s projects never fail to amaze me.

4. SCANNED IMAGE SITE: FamilySearch Labs Records Search Bookmark this page, as this is one of several places where the results of’s massive indexing of scanned images is presented.
· 1850 US Federal Census
· 1850 US Census (Mortality Schedule)
· 1850 US Census (Slave Schedule)
· 1880 US Federal Census
· 1895 Argentina Census
· 1900 US Census
· 1905 Wisconsin State Census
· 1930 Mexico Census
· Freedman Bank Records 1865-1874
· England, Cheshire Register of Electors 1842-1900
· Maryland, Cecil County Probate Estate files 1851-1940
· New York Passenger Arrival Lists 1892-1924
· Freedman’s Bureau Virginia Marriages ca. 1815-1866
· Georgia Deaths 1914-1927
· Ontario Deaths 1869-1947
· Ohio Deaths 1908-1953
· Utah Death Certificates 1904-1956
· Texas Death Index 1964-1998
· US Social Security Death Index
· Vermont Land Records – early to 1900
· US WWII Draft Registration cards 1942
· England Diocese of Durham Bishop’s Transcripts circa 1700-1900.
· Virginia, Fluvanna County Colbert Funeral Home Records 1929-1976

5: PODCAST: The Genealogy Guys Podcast #123 – 2008 January 26 explaining social networking sites for genealogists – a new concept for many. Well-liked genealogy writers & lecturers George G. Morgan and Drew Smith host this weekly series, and have the distinction of being the longest-running, continuous genealogy podcast in the world.

6. VIDEO: Harriet Tubman: Bound for the Promised Land author Kate Clifford Larson, Ph. D. tells how the preserved letters, diaries and newspaper clippings influenced the writing of her book. Her lecture was filmed at Miller Center for Public Affairs, University of Virginia, posted at

7: COMMENTARY: Cemeteries and Cemetery Symbols is a blog devoted to exploring the meaning of cemetery symbols and other graveyard mysteries by Joe Beine.

8. INNOVATION: ShipGooder compares shipping rates instantly - Always free and requires no account registration! Search for rates from FedEx®, UPS®, DHL®, Purolator®, the U.S. Postal Service®, Canada Post® and local carriers. Thanks to LifeHacker for bringing this to Ol' Myrt’s attention.

9. MOST INTERESTING THREAD: NGS Genealogical Standards & Guidelines, with the best advice from the National Genealogical Society.
10. ETHNIC STUDIES: SomosPrimos a publication dedicated to distributing info information concerning Hispanic heritage issues. BRAVO to editor Mimi Lozano & staff of the Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research for this monthly newsletter, now so detailed, only the table of contents is distributed to members of the list. See also links such as:

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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