Sunday, September 28, 2008

BEST of the Internet for Genealogists – 28 Sept 2008

The BEST of the Internet for Genealogists – 28 Sept 2008

It is Sunday and time for the latest installment of DearMYRTLE’s BEST of the Internet for Genealogists Awards. This date marks 36 years since the passing of my real Grandma Myrtle, and 1 year since my father's death. So it is good to keep busy thinking positively and THAT is easy to do with such great genealogy info on the web.

As always, the Best of the Internet Award winners 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 – 28 Sept 2008 awards go to:

Librarians Helping Canadian Genealogists Climb Family Trees Blog a blurb last July that caught Ol' Myrt's attention. See: "War Orphans from Poland (via Siberia and Africa) in Canada" with links to a new book and a newspaper article on this topic.

INSTRUCTION: The National Archives (UK) website offers a quick reference chart for understanding calendar years including such terms as the Julian Calendar, the Gregorian Calendar, Regnal Years, Roman numerals until the 16th century, with additional info about money (pounds, shillings and pence) and measurements (40 perches = 1 rood.)

DATABASE SITE: Earlham College's American Friend (Quaker) Obituary Index (1894-1960) is an example of what one individual can accomplish to benefit the genealogy community as a whole. Our thanks should go to Thomas D. Hamm, who spent three years scouring American Friend issued from 1894-1960, when the publication was replaced by Quaker Life.

SCANNED IMAGE SITE: National Library of New Zealand offers several collections, though Ol' Myrt would like to spotlight Kilbirnie-Lyall Bay Community Centre Oral History Project "On the Kilbirnie-Lyall Bay Community Centre Oral History Project website, residents from the Wellington suburbs of Kilbirnie and Lyall Bay talk about the dramatic physical and social changes they've witnessed in these areas since the 1920s."

How I wish more local genealogy or historical societies would take the lead, and interview the area's more experienced residents.

PODCAST: Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode 51 hosted by Lisa Louise Cooke, podcaster extraordinaire. Lisa started a little later than some, but has emerged as one of the strongest podcasters on the Net. This episode features favorite sayings submitted by some of Lisa's fellow genea-podcasters, including Ol' Myrt here. Episode 50 also features throughts from other genea-podcasters on the topic "If you could interview any one of your ancestors, who would it be?" Thanks Lisa for your innovative and informative podcast.

VIDEO: A BIG thank-you to Denise Olson for her posting "Create Your Own YouTube Channel" posted 23 Sept 2008 at Family Matters - Tech Support for the Family Historian. Denise solves the problem when viewing a YouTube video -- so you won't have to put blinders on to avoid the most popular video on the right nav bar. Ahem, um, er, let's just say, all too often what's most popular isn't in the genealogy genre. Be sure to visit Denise's Moultrie Creek Channel.

INNOVATION: "Send documents as PDF rather than fax" posted by Adam Pash 20 Sept 2007 (!) on
Lifehacker: Tips and downloads for getting things done. "If you're setting up the ultimate home office but you don't want to shell out the cash for a clunky, outdated fax machine, you probably don't need to. When I started working from home, I used free fax-from-your-computer options like
, but there are limitations to free faxes and in general they're somewhat of a pain. [...]"

MOST INTERESTING THREAD: Again, I look to several postings from the public mailing list for the APG Association of Professional Genealogists, this time, though on the subject of keeping local societies healthy. Betty Malesky, CG, Newsletter Editor and Past President of the Green Valley Genealogical Society in Green Valley, AZ wrote: "Local societies must get off the mark and find out what their members want. We can't sit back any more and wait for members to walk through the door. Our local society is stronger than ever because we have aggressively marketed our presence in the community and continually poll members to find out what we're doing right and how we can do better." To read the list of 8 initiatives set in place by her society read the rest of Betty's posting here.

Kirsten Bowman replied "It seems to me there are two major functions that local societies can perform effectively. First, of course, would be promoting an interest in genealogy in the community and providing training. Second is advertising local holdings on the Internet and offering transcriptions or lookups (for sale). My own society has a nice collection of local history, but most residents here don't have roots in the area. [...]" Read more of Kirsten's posting here.

ETHNIC STUDIES: Document a dark period in US history, see Japanese Americans Relocated During World War II, created, 1988 - 1989, documenting the period 1942 - 1946 - Record Group 210 Records of the War Relocation Authority at the National Archives website. From the National Archives online database description we read:

"This series contains personal descriptive data about Japanese Americans evacuated from the states of Washington, Oregon, and California to ten relocation centers operated by the War Relocation Authority during World War II in the states of California (Tule Lake and Manzanar
Centers), Idaho (Minidoka Center, Utah (Central Utah Center), Colorado (Granada Center), Arizona (Colorado River and Gila River Centers), Wyoming (Heart Mountain Center), and Arkansas (Rohwer and Jerome Centers). Each record represents an individual and includes the name; relocation project and assembly center to which assigned; previous address; birthplace of parents; occupation of father; education; foreign residence; indication of military service, public assistance, pensions, and physical defects; sex and marital status; race of evacuee and spouse; year of birth; age; birthplace; indication of the holding of an alien registration number and/or Social Security number, and whether the evacuee attended Japanese language school; highest grade completed; language
proficiency; occupations; and religion."

Plus One: Researchers will note that the Library of Congress (US) blog posted 13 June 2008 an entry titled "National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Recognizes Carnegie Library of
Pittsburgh For Outstanding Service"
. There we read
"The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has made tremendous strides in reaching potential patrons and introducing those individuals to the talking-book program," said NLS Director Frank Kurt Cylke.
"Its dynamic newsletter, informative publications, outstanding and innovative services and substantial outreach efforts make Carnegie LBPH the NLS Network Library of the Year."

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 :)
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