Sunday, April 4, 2010

Weekly Genealogy Picks

Weekly Genealogy Picks -- March 28 to April 3
from genealogy blogs, newspaper articles and elsewhere

James Tanner at Genealogy's Star suggests there's a genealogical goldmine at Google Maps. He's right. I was unaware that the 'browse directory' tab in the My Maps feature led to apps. I'd seen it before, but assumed they were public maps other users had created.

Julie Cahill Tarr at GenBlog reminds us that a book's index isn't always complete.

Carolyn Barkley at Genealogy and Family History discusses using Ebay as a genealogy research tool. While I had already been conducting surname searches on it, I hadn't considered using it in some other ways she mentions.

Ask Olive Tree discusses the markings on passenger manifests.

Dick Eastman at Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter says You are Probably Descended from Charlemagne. He says, "professional genealogists tell us that Charlemagne appears in almost every European descendant's family tree." I accept that, mathematically. I also know that the earlier 'proven' ancestries linking my ancestors through Anneka Jans to William the Silent have been called into question, as have the connections drawn between another ancestor, Barnabas Horton's wife, Sarah Wines, and her Mapes descent from Charlemagne. The issue is not whether mathematically we all must be descended from Charlemagne - the issue is can we accept as accurate any descent that claims we are?

Lynn Palermo at The Armchair Genealogist asks Are We Overcoming the Genealogy Stereotype?

Wired Magazine notes that on March 30, 1848, the Niagara Falls stopped. And disappeared. And everyone freaked out. It was only temporary, though. I have relatives who may have been in the area at the time. I wonder how they reacted.

Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak at The Huffington Post reports that The Belgian Red Star Line is seeking emigrant stories.

Apple at Apple's Tree shares an important blogging tip. Provide some way for readers to contact you. This becomes crucial if your comment-system is broken. And that happens more often than you might think. If we can't comment, and you don't have an email address listed on your blog, there's no way for us to tell you we can't comment.

The Southern California Genealogical Society seems to have been the first to note that Who Do You Think You Are altered their episode schedule. They replaced a new episode on April 9th with a repeat of the first episode. April 16th remained a skipped week, resulting in an extension of the run.

Jasia at CreativeGene has released the 92nd Carnival of Genealogy (theme: Dance!) The theme for the next edition will be "series how-to" articles. More information.

Other Weekly Lists
I'm also going to start listing those who joined me in the past week with the Amanuensis Monday blogging meme.

Amanuensis Monday: March 29th participants
If you participated, but don't appear on this list, let me know.

1 comment:

my Heritage Happens said...

Good list! Thanks for sharing!