Sunday, May 9, 2010

Weekly Genealogy Picks

Weekly Genealogy Picks --May 2 to May 8
from genealogy blogs, newspaper articles and elsewhere

Thomas MacEntee at Geneabloggers has written a primer on Copyright and Collaborative Family Trees explaining what parts of your genealogy research you actually have a copyright on, and what to do when your work is stolen, including providing contact information for the major collaborative websites (Ancestry, Geni, WeRelate, and MyHeritage).

Thomas has been busy.  On Destination: Austin Family, he reshares That Month of Three - a touching poem he wrote in 2008 about his mother.  And for those who like numbers and graphs, he also has an analysis of WDYTYA ratings at High Definition Genealogy.

Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings updates his list of unindexed databases.  Since they are unindexed, the Ancestry search engine doesn't search them.  You have to manually browse the images, and to do that, you need to know they're there.  As Randy says, it would be nice if Ancestry provided a list themselves.

Lynn Palermo at The Armchair Genealogist writes about Doors Open Ontario - an annual event in Ontario, where communities open their doors to their heritage sites.  Those with ancestral connections in Ontario considering a genealogy vacation should see which weekends the communities they're interested in are opening their doors.

The Social Security Administration has released their 2009 list of top baby names.

Lisa Louise Cooke at Genealogy Gems News has created a video illustrating how changes at Google will improve your search results.

James Tanner at Genealogy's Star writes of Doing Genealogy in the Cloud, describing what Cloud Computing means, and how it is a useful advance for genealogists (and others).

Kimberly Powell at Kimberly's Genealogy Blog begins a comparison of the DNA services offered by FamilyTreeDNA and 23andme.

On a visit to Ellis Island, the attention of Martin Hollick of The Slovak Yankee was captured by a plaque explaining what happened to unescorted women and children.  Most of the unescorted women and children in my ancestry arrived at Castle Garden or Baltimore; I am curious if they had similar policies.

Diane Haddad at FamilyTreeInsider announces FamilyTreeMagazine's new educational endeavor Family Tree University.

Jasia at CreativeGene published the 93rd Carnival of Genealogy filled with How-to instructionals.  The theme for the 94th Carnival will be The Changing Role of Women.  The deadline is June first, and more information can be found on her blog.

Elyse Doerflinger at Elyse's Genealogy Blog asks Are Genealogists Meant to Lack Answers?  Is it human nature not to ask questions until it's too late?

Olive Tree Genealogy writes about How Easy it is To Be Fooled, and the importances of source citation.

Liz Haigney Lynch at The Ancestral Archaeologist writes of how she got her mother to talk, once she stopped calling it an interview.

The JewishGen Blog announced some improvements to their Viewmate service. "ViewMate is the JewishGen service where participants submit letters, documents and photos for translation and to identify people, clothing, artifacts, etc."

Other Weekly Lists
Amanuensis Monday: May 3rd participants

Terri Buster at Southwest Arkie
Joan Hill at Roots'n'Leaves
John Newmark at TransylvanianDutch
Heather Wikinson Rojo at Nutfield Genealogy
Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings

If you participated, but don't appear on this list, let me know.

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