Sunday, February 7, 2010

Weekly Genealogy Picks

Weekly Genealogy Picks -- January 31 to February 6
from genealogy blogs, newspaper articles and elsewhere

Henio Zytomirski was a child victim of the Holocaust. A group of individuals from his hometown of Lublin, Poland have created a Facebook page for him, as a virtual memorial. Though it has gone beyond a static memorial, and there are 'posts' written, supposedly in Henio's voice. Some are concerned with this blurring of fact and fiction. [Read more]

At The Huffington Post Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak shares a photo she believes may be of the first immigrant to Ellis Island in Historical Photo? Is this Annie Moore Arriving at Ellis Island? Maureen Taylor at The Photo Detective shares her insight.

At Genea-Musings Randy Seaver wrote about Using Online Genealogy Message Boards, and has since written parts Two, Three and Four.

At The Genealogue Chris Dunham discovers a news story suggesting spray-on liquid glass may in the future be used to protect gravestones from weathering.

Blogger Pages - which became available to users of Blogger-in-Draft back on January 20th has quickly graduated from beta-testing and is now available for everyone. (hat/tip: GeneaBloggers)

In their weekly list of upcoming events GeneaBloggers also reveals there is a planned GeneaBloggers 2010 Winter Games. Opening Ceremonies set for February 12th. No details as of yet, but I participated in the Summer 2008 games, and I know if I am going to be in shape for the events, I'm going to have to start bench pressing my scanner now, and spend some time on the citation treadmill.

The US National Archives has joined Flickr's The Commons.

There is an e-book being released which claims to contain an ancestry for Elvis Presley spanning 60 generations. My genea-sense is tingling, wondering how accurate it might be. There aren't many vital records that survive from 1200 years ago. (A generation traditionally being averaged out at 20 years.)

Donna Pointkouski at What's Past is Prologue considered what would happen If Genealogists Ruled the Television Networks. At Destination: Austin Family. Thomas MacEntee followed suit. More ideas are mentioned in the comments for both entries.

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