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Sunday, June 22, 2008

The BEST of the Internet for Genealogists – 22 June 2008

Thanks for your patience. I've been missing the opportunity to browse the web of late. But it is Sunday and time for the latest installment of DearMYRTLE’s BEST of the Internet for Genealogists Awards. Winners of the award are entitled to the use of this award graphic, with a link back to this blog entry.

[Ahem, drum roll please…]

The BEST of the Internet for Genealogists – 22 June 2008 awards go to:

BLOG: The Pocket Genealogist 3.2.1 posted by Kevin Phillips at the The Mobile Genealogist blog. As many genealogists are on the go this summer for family reunions, research trips and the like, Kevin's info about portable genealogy databases is timely.

INSTRUCTION: Footnote Search posted at the Footnote Blog by Blake Scarbrough. Someone's got their thinkingcap on at Footnote for creating the interface, and someone else is wearing onewhen he/she decided to create the audio-visual aid explaining the process.Kudos to the folks at Footnote who decided to use multi-media let people know about their new search capabilities -- great use of technology to teach people!

DATABASE SITE: PERSI - The Periodical Source Index in the membership fee portion of where we read "PERSI is the largest and most widely-used subject index covering genealogy and local history periodicals written in English and French (Canada). The collection dates from approximately 1800. There are currently over 1.7 million searchable recordsand nearly 6,000 different periodicals, which library staffers at the Allen County Public Library (in Ft. Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, U.S.A.) have been
compiling for over a decade. PERSI is widely recognized as essential for high-quality genealogy research." What you do is find an ancestor, or his locality in the index, make note of the publication title, date and issue number, then order a copy from the Historical Genealogy Department, Allen County Public Library P.O. Box 2270Ft. Wayne, IN 46801-2270, IF your local library doesn't have a copy of the item in question. Ancestry provides an order form. You can also search this database through the Allen County Public Library terminals, in a very limited microfiche format at some LDS Family History Center, and in book format (one or more volumes per year or series of years.)

SCANNED IMAGE SITE: is a membership based website offering "images of the original
Swedish Church Records from the 16th to the 20th century. These include births, marriages, deaths and household examinations (similar to a yearly census) records. Trace your Swedish genealogy back into history."

PODCAST: WELCOME to the brand new Family Tree Magazine genealogy podcast hosted by one of
our favorite podcasters, Lisa Louise Cooke. Subscribe for free at iTunes or go to the podcast website to listen to
Episode 1. "Sneak peek at the July issue, State Research Guides, the Family Tree Kids! Web site, Maureen A. Taylor's hints for connecting with distant cousins, Sharon DeBartolo Carmack's strategies for breaking through brick walls, plus a look at the WorldCat Web site."

VIDEO: FamilySearch Indexing with Paul Nauta provides a personal look at this breakthrough technology where volunteers are literally storming through millions of records per month using a reliable double-blind data entry method. Download your batch of 50 or so names today! It's easy, all you need is a computer and internet access to download the software. Find our more about volunteering by going to

COMMENTARY: How Cemetery Records and Inscriptions Expand Your Genealogy posted at Arlene Eakle's Genealogy Blog lists 11 suggestions and additional allied sources for burials where no stone is found.

INNOVATION: SimpatiGo posted by Dan Lawyer in the Taking Genealogy to the Common Person blog. "It is kind of a walking tour wiki. You can put in the begin and end points of your journey and it will give you a customized walking tour which gives you directions and lists all of the interesting sites along the way." Let's hope people make such walking tours in the neighborhoods where your ancestors once lived.

MOST INTERESTING THREAD: Generations Network files suit against Millenia posted at the Ancestry
Insider blog 19 June 2008. The responses seem to favor Legacy, but by far the most creative is
The Genealogue's parody.

ETHNIC STUDIES: Conference Announcement - Hispanic Research posted by Lynn Turner, AG, who
has been asked to coordinate the 2009 Salt Lake Institute's
Hispanic: Discovering your Ancestors in Spain and Latin America course. This involves 20 classes to be taught Jan 12-16th at the Radisson Hotel, sponsored by the Utah Genealogical Association.

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. This and previous blog entries are fully searchable by going to Myrt welcomes queries and research challenges, but regrets she is unable to answer each personally.

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