Sunday, April 11, 2010

Weekly Genealogy Picks

Weekly Genealogy Picks -- April 4 to April 10
from genealogy blogs, newspaper articles and elsewhere

Nancy at My Ancestors and Me provides a few forms she has created for research purposes, including a checklist and a Fact/Opinion/Search chart.

An authorless news article declares that family tree research can cause family conflict. Of course tactless researchers are likely to come into conflict with family members over other reasons, if not family research.

Dan Curtis discusses steps to starting your own personal historian business.

Find My Ancestor discusses Graveyard Preparedness, providing tips to prepare the researcher for a trip to the cemetery. This is the fifth part in a series.

Sharon at Kindred Footprints discusses a recent trip to Thorold, Ontario, where many Loyalist families ended up after the American Revolution (including my Swayze ancestors). She also shares some photographs of the area.

Kimberly Powell at Genealogy explains why your ancestor's name was likely not changed at Ellis Island. (Shortly afterwards, by your ancestor, possibly. But not by someone at Ellis Island.)

Randy Seaver at the Graveyard Rabbit Online Journal researches the European practice of renting and reuse of burial plots.

ProGenealogists has an organized list of genealogical fallacies. (hat/tip: Midwestern MicroHistory)

Google Earth helped discover rare Hominid ancestor

Recently two elderly Florida men discovered they're half-brothers.

"In the fall of 1945, a Soviet soldier hoisted a 5-year-old boy aloft and paraded him through a Lithuanian synagogue that had been closed throughout a long Nazi occupation." Both recalled the incident, and over the years, told family, and friends. One of the tellings resulted in a song being written and recorded, and through the song, 65 years later, the two were reunited. The soldier had become a rabbi in Oak Park, Michigan. And the five year old kid... On the JewishGen blog you can read the story, and listen to the song. (Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day, begins at sunset tonight. Many sites say it began last night, but it is officially pushed forward or back a day so it isn't adjacent to the Sabbath.)

Schelly Talalay Dardashti at Tracing the Tribe highlights the Memorials for Vanished Communities database at the Israeli Genealogical Society. The database contains memorials for nearly 2,000 destroyed communities.

Other Weekly Lists
Amanuensis Monday: April 5th participants
If you participated, but don't appear on this list, let me know.


Sharondipity Designs said...

Awesome! Thanks so much for the mention. If I run across any Swayze info in my travels, will be sure to let you know ;-)

Nancy said...

Thanks for mentioning my blog - and thanks for posting genealogy picks every week. I enjoy reading your posts as well as some of the others you suggest. It's a great way to learn about blogs that are new to me.

Schelly Talalay Dardashti said...

Hi, John. thanks for the mention. You and Randy do a great job in rounding up good reads!