Sunday, January 04, 2009

The BEST of the Internet for Genealogists 4 Jan 2009

It is Sunday and time for the latest installment of DearMYRTLE’s BEST of the Internet for Genealogists Awards. Gosh, it was hard to remember to type the 2009 instead of 2008.

Best of the Internet award winners are permitted 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 – 4 January 2009 are:

BLOG: Elyse Doerflinger describes a necessary task all computerized genealogists must complete on a regular basis in her posting Mozy - A Backup Service Reviewed after being inspired by Dick Eastman. Let's encourage the younger set of genealogists to to get into the research mode, keep on top of the latest trends in technology, and keep us old timey ones on our toes.

INSTRUCTION: National Archives (US) - Military Records. Here you'll find all sorts of information about surviving record types including Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, WWI & WWII records availability. Unfortunately they don't mention that some of these microfilmed record groups are available through your local LDS Family History Center, a branch of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. They also don't mention the scanned images available at and elsewhere. THANKS to the Sunday night genealogy group in Second Life for bringing this site to mind.

SCANNED IMAGE SITE: Dead Fred Genealogy Photo Archive has been around for your to browse long lost photos to spot an ancestor, upload found photos you cannot identify etc. As a special member, you can upload
multiple photos and edit their descriptions without having to contact the staff. Wonderful.

PODCAST: Shamele Jordon's Genealogy on Demand podcast isn't in production at the moment, but her episode How Researching German Ancestors is Different features James Biedler. A good listen for those with Germanic roots.

VIDEO: MyHeritage Photo Tagging Tour appearing at MyHeritage can boast 25 million members, 5 million family trees, 25 languages. Who knew this website would become so popular? Jayelle, head of tech support, demonstrates how to import photos from Flickr, one of many compatible photo sites, into the space you create for your family and friends.

COMMENTARY: Journalism vs. blogging: the present and the future, posted by Zack Whittaker on the ZDNet Blog, discusses whether or not bloggers are muddying the waters by providing information without going through the effort a trained journalist undertakes when preparing a column. Ol' Myrt's personal opinion is that blogging allows folks to get the word out on a timely, cost-effective basis. Let the buyer beware. Use your own best judgment, and all that jazz. As with any endeavor, look to see what sources are cited, and if the blogger directs you to other resources on and off the web. Ol' Myrt here tries to give ideas in my FOR FURTHER READING option on some of my blog entries, and I ALWAYS give credit where credit is due.

MOST INTERESTING THREAD: Holly Timms posted a query on one of Ol' Myrt's favorite mailing lists
Managing a Huge Pension File. Responses are posted below her query in the APG Mailing List Archive, and include thoughts from Patti Hobbs, Elizabeth Shown Mills and Craig Scott.

PLUS ONE: The Adoption Triad Outreach website has suggestions for adoptees, birth parents and adopted parents. Discussion about finding birth parents came up in our Second Life genealogy chat earlier this evening. This is a tender subject.

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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