Sunday, February 24, 2008

BEST of the Internet for Genealogists Award 24 Feb 2008

It is Sunday and time for the latest installment of DearMYRTLE’s BEST of the Internet for Genealogists Awards.

[Ahem, drum roll please…]

The BEST of the Internet for Genealogists – 24 Feb 2008 awards go to:

1. BLOG: FamilySearch Lab’s Everyone Can See the Family Tree! posted 19 Feb 2008 by Dan Lawyer which reads in part “That’s right, everyone that comes to the FamilySearch Labs website can see the Family Tree. We’ve created a demo version of the Family Tree project that allows anyone to take a look at the Family Tree without having to register or login. Tell your friends. Tell your family. We need all of the feedback you can send us. The more feedback we receive, the faster we can improve the Family Tree.” You know this is the “think tank” part of FamilySearch where much of the new stuff is posted. Check it out, and let them know how it works for you.

2. INSTRUCTION: RootsWeb’s Guide to Tracing Family Trees was written & compiled by professional genealogists, Julia M. Case, Myra Vanderpool Gormley, CG and Rhonda McClure, three of the most capable gals Ol’ Myrt knows when it comes to teaching sound genealogical research principles. Among numerous research outlines, find the following basic tutorials:
1 Where to Begin?
2 What's in a Name?
3 Using Technology: Software and GEDCOMs
4 Vital Records: Death, Tombstones and Cemeteries
5 Vital Records: Marriage Records and Evidence
6 Vital Records: Birth Records
7 What is the Question?
8 Why You Can't Find Them
9 U.S. Census Records: Soundexes, Indexes and Finding Aids
10 SSDI (U.S. Social Security Death Index) & Railroad Retirement Board Records
11 Taxing Tales
12 Creating Worthwhile Genealogies: Evidence, Sources and Citation
13 Military Records (worldwide)
14 Military Records (United States)
15 Tracing Immigrant Ancestors
16 Naturalization Records
17 Church Records
18 Fraternal Organizations
19 Heraldry for Genealogists
20 City Directories and Newspapers
21 Irish, Scots-Irish and Scottish
22 Italian and Hispanic Ancestors
23 Scandinavian (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish and Icelandic) Roots
24 Canadian, French-Canadian, Acadian and French Connections
25 African American, Native American, Jewish, Unique Peoples (Melungeon, Black Dutch, etc.)
26 Germanic Ancestors (Plus: Austrians, Dutch, Belgians, Swiss, Luxembourgers, and Liechtensteiners
27 Polish, Russians, Czechs, Hungarians, Croatians, Slovakians . . .
28 English, Welsh, Australian, New Zealand, South Africa . . .
29 American Land Records
30 Court Records
31 Adoption and Orphans Records

3. DATABASE SITE: Canadian Home Children database at the Library & Archives of Canada. “Between 1869 and the early 1930s, over 100,000 children were sent to Canada from Great Britain during the child emigration movement. Members of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa [] are locating and indexing the names of these Home Children found in different records held by Library and Archives Canada.”

4. SCANNED IMAGE SITE:'s Slave Registers of former British Colonial Dependencies, 1812-1834 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: Office of Registry of Colonial Slaves and Slave Compensation Commission: Records; (The National Archives Microfilm Publication T71/553-564); Records created and inherited by HM Treasury; The National Archives of the UK (TNA), Kew, Surrey, England. Expect the original documents from Barbados to include name, sex, age, race, parish, year.

5: PODCAST: The BBC History Magazine podcast is one way US researches can begin to look at the world through a different set of eyes. We need balance in our studies, particularly when it comes to ancestors who lived under different political and cultural circumstances. This monthly podcast reflects items in the current issue of the magazine. Also available through iTunes.

6. VIDEO: Down Under: Florida features a thoughtful look at cemetery studies with an appreciation for diversity. The discussion includes researching surviving records to explain the story of a unusual couple who are immortalized by a distinctive tombstone at the Oaklawn Cemetery in the heart of Tampa, Florida. Produced by RootsTelevision with hosts George G. Morgan and Drew Smith.

7. COMMENTARY: Lately, there have been a lot of emails from adoptees searching for birthparents. Ol' Myrt here recommends studying everything posted at the Adoption Triad website. “The Triad consists of adoptees, birth families, and adoptive families who share a common bond which enables us to offer insight and knowledge to others who seek understanding. Through the sharing of information, personal experiences, compassion and support, the healing process can begin."

8. INNOVATION: When it comes to staying in touch with siblings, distant cousins and grandchildren, you cannot beat Blue Mountain electronic cards. This is perhaps the granddaddy of the online card websites. Although there are free ecards, a simple $13.99 annual membership purchases the options of an online address book, access to more cards PLUS reminders for upcoming birthdays and special occasions. On the first of each month, I select electronic cards for each member of my family with events coming up that month. Blue Mountain delivers ecards on the day I specify, not just the day I customize them. Neat!

9. MOST INTERESTING THREAD: The public genealogy mailing list of APG, the Association of Professional Genealogists, has recently discussed a topic proposed by ThinkGenealogy,com’s Mark Tucker who asked: [APG] How Widely Used is the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS)?Browse replies in the Feb 2008 APG archive folder. These are the replies to date:

10. ETHNIC STUDIES: The Cherokee Heritage Center has an internet presence in addition to a strong real-life program promoting understanding of Native American ancestry. Be sure to click on Learn, then Genealogy to find information on how to trace your possible Cherokee progenitors. “With most genealogical research, it is best to begin with yourself and work back through the previous generations. It is not a good idea to attempt to start with someone on the Trail of Tears, for example, and then try to work forward.”

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.

© 2008 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

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