Sunday, September 12, 2010

Weekly Genealogy Picks

Weekly Genealogy Picks -- September 5 to 11
from genealogy blogs, newspaper articles and elsewhere

Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings shows where you can look to see what databases may be upcoming in future weeks and months at

A video at NARAtions asks Are You a Citizen Archivist? Their definition focuses on Independent Researchers at the National Archives, but I can't help responding with a, "yes!" Of course, my research isn't yet in a local, state, federal, or private archive. 

Martin Hollick at The Slovak Yankee wonders how to leave his research for the next generation, and whether or not they will be interested in it at all.

James Tanner at Genealogy's Star has done a lot of scanning over the years.  He calculates that he has scanned 70,000 documents, and he is only half way done with what he has now.  Some of this work has been archived at the Family History Library.

Robert at MyHeritage Blog discusses Chinese Naming Conventions

On Open Thread Thursday at Geneabloggers Thomas MacEntee asked for input on Daily Blogging Themes, and as a result will be promoting more of them.

In several posts this week, Tamura Jones at Modern Software Experience discusses Verbogen Verleden -- the Dutch version of Who Do You Think You Are - as well as StamboomNederland (Family Tree Netherlands)

Carol at Reflections from the Fence reminds us about the importance of geography in genealogy.

GovGab reminds us that September is National Library Card Sign Up month.  And hopefully every genealogist knows how important the local library can be to our research.

On the sixth anniversary of his blog, Geneablogie, blogger Craig Manson sorts his selections for the Major Leaguers of the Geneablogosphere into teams and divisions, ala Major League Baseball.

Press Releases
(In some cases multiple blogs have posted these press releases, but I have chosen one representative.)

Scotland's People, a genealogy site produced by the Scottish government, has been revamped. (Eastern Washington Genealogical Society)

The Association of Professional Genealogists Welcomes Two New Chapters to Support Real and Virtual Communities (Upfront with NGS)

Blogging/Social Networking/Technology

For those using the Bloglines news reader, which is closing down on October 1,  Dear Myrtle provides instructions on how to export your list of feeds to Google Reader

Those who conduct searches at Google (actually going to the website, instead of entering search terms in the box in the upper right of your browser) likely noticed a major change this week.  Instant Google provides results as you type - predicting what you're going to type.  Levi Sumagaysay at Good Morning Silicon Valley looks at whether or not this is a "Game changer," "SEO killer," or something else.

Other Weekly/Monthly Lists
The genealogy bloggers below provide their selections for the week - many different from my own. 
Amanuensis Monday: September 6th participants
[Amanuensis Monday is a weekly blogging theme I began in February of 2009, where participants transcribe letters, audio, and other documents.  Why I do this.]

(Lighter participation than recent weeks, perhaps due to the Labor Day holiday in the US and Canada)

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

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