Sunday, March 09, 2008

The BEST of the Internet for Genealogists – 9 March 2008 awards

It is Sunday and time for the latest installment of DearMYRTLE’s BEST of the Internet for Genealogists Awards. There are some sites Ol' Myrt here has never written about before.

[Ahem, drum roll please…]

The BEST of the Internet for Genealogists – 9 March 2008 awards go to:

1. BLOG: Jaisa’s “Here's Where I'm at With Analyzing My mtDNA Results” posted 26 Feb 2008 at the Creative Gene blog, aptly describes the quandary we’re each in when we receive that printout of numbers and codes. Subsequent blog entries chronicle Jaisa’s interpretations and growing understanding of DNA as an emerging resource for genealogists.

2. INSTRUCTION: Women's History page posted at the Library of Congress website with the following categories:

3. DATABASE SITE: Sally Routledge’s “Victorian Place Name Abbreviations” posted July 1999 at Sally is the Heritage Services Officer of the North Central Goldfields Regional Library in Bendigo – another fine example of librarians serving genealogists. Sometimes it takes a local to explain the oddities of nick names or abbreviations for place names that us outsiders simply wouldn’t understand. For instance, would you know that “Yonga” stands for the town of Yarrawonga? Me neither. Thanks Sally!

4. SCANNED IMAGE SITE: A History of the County of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, posted at World Vital through partnership with Archive CD Books Canada. Flly searchable, including links to scanned images from the out-of-print book titled A History of the County of Antigonish, Nova Scotia by Rev. D. J. Rankin (1929).

5: PODCAST: Anna-Karin's Genealogical Podcast Series, posted at, is celebrating its one year anniversary. Swedish-American genealogy info from this Swedish gal’s point of view. Also available for automatic download through iTunes.

6. VIDEO: War Letters posted at 15:18 minutes, featuring an interview with author Andrew Carroll, (Grace Under Fire, Operation Homecoming, Behind the Lines, and War Letters). Andrew is the founder of The Legacy Project, a collection of 75,000+ letters posted at You’ll want to share this video with your local genealogy society, as an introduction to The Legacy Project and end with an appeal to all attendees to submit copies of their family letters to this project.

7. COMMENTARY: Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 posted at the Library of Congress website. Browse, search by subject or state. “Contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves. This online collection is a joint presentation of the Manuscript and Prints and Photographs Divisions of the Library of Congress and includes more than 200 photographs from the Prints and Photographs Division that are now made available to the public for the first time. Born in Slavery was made possible by a major gift from the Citigroup Foundation.”

8. INNOVATION: Picasa Web Albums by Place your photos on the web to share with everyone or just those you specify. No need to drag your computer around everywhere.

9. MOST INTERESTING THREAD:FTM 2008 Crashes (a lot!)” posted at the RootsWeb Message Board for Family Tree Maker Software beginning 5 Jan 2008, including some 48 posts from FTM users who are attempting to affect a work-around. The crashing occurs consistently when entering sources, and the work around involves adding Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1 (KB110806). Note that removed several entries for breach of posting policies. Ol' Myrt thinks it is wonderful when people work together to try to make improvements.

10. ETHNIC STUDIES: Lithuania Global Genealogical Society posted at, a web-based association “collect, disseminate and preserve information on Lithuanian family history and to assist our members in genealogical research. Join the Yahoo group to communicate with other researchers of Lithuanian ancestry.

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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