Sunday, April 25, 2010

Weekly Genealogy Picks

Weekly Genealogy Picks -- April 18 to April 24
from genealogy blogs, newspaper articles and elsewhere

Heather Erickson at the Ancestry Blog has a summary of Friday night's Who Do You Think You Are episode with Susan Sarandon.  I was pleased to see Sarandon actively involve a member of her family in the research.  She was the first celebrity to do so.

Diane Haddad at Genealogy Insider looks at's new search engine filters.

NARAtions announced that the National Archives now has a list of records digitized by their partners, Ancestry and Footnote.  (The list.)

Randy Seaver at GeneaMusings had a phone conversation with David E Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch. He transcribed parts of the conversation.

Lisa Scottoline at the Philadelphia Inquirer writes about how Obits make a reader feel grateful. (hat/tip: What's Past is Prologue)

Last Friday, Alan Mutter at Reflections of a Newsosaur discussed price-gouging at newspapers on death notices. (hat/tip: Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter)

Ruth Himan at Genealogy is Ruthless Without Me discusses family foundations as a means to preserve cemeteries.

Dan Curtis discusses what a personal historian should do if the interview unlocks a traumatic story.

Perhaps you heard that two books from the New York Public Library are seriously overdue - having been checked out by George Washington.  Martin Hollick at The Slovak Yankee has some thoughts on where the books might be.

Gerard Lagana at MacGasm discusses how a new iPhone app might make a genealogist's travel life more simple -- iTravel.  (Note: He doesn't discuss genealogy in particular.  Any traveler.)

Chris Dunham at The Genealogue wonders if genealogists of the future - conducting tests on their mitochondrial DNA - might have an issue.  If the mtDNA doesn't belong to the mother...

All birth certificates issued in Puerto Rico prior to July 1, 2010 have been ruled invalid.  Puerto Ricans who just want a copy of their new certificate for their records are being urged to wait a bit to 'avoid the rush.'  (Apparently Puerto Rican certificates were popular among identity thieves.)

Barbara Poole at Life from the Roots wrote for Patriot's Day about growing up in Lexington, MA.

Amy Coffin at We Tree shows off her new genealogy purchase.  It's a bit out of my price range at the moment.  There are some items you don't need two of.  But I could be looking for something similar in a few years.

Other Weekly Lists
Amanuensis Monday: April 19th participants
The number of participants continues to grow!
If you participated, but don't appear on this list, let me know.


Amy Coffin, MLIS said...

Thank you for the pick! What a nice surprise.

Barbara Poole said...

John, I was very surprised to see an article of mine listed in your "Weekly Genealogy Picks." Wow, thank you so much.