Sunday, December 30, 2012
Top 100 Most Popular Genealogy Websites - 2012
The article explains the methodology used to come up with the list, and then gives you the following information on each site: rank, website name, category, country, free or pay, Alexa traffic rank, website address.
The article concludes with several insights gained from the survey. For instance, genealogy forums are the second most popular category; three genealogy society websites made the list; and more than half of the top 100 are free.
If nothing else, this is a good article to read just to be sure there is not a website out there that you are not aware of, but which can help with your research.
Check it out at:
Top 100 Most Popular Genealogy Websites
Friday, December 28, 2012
Why Join A Genealogy Society
An article recently appeared in the blog Finding Our Ancestors by Terri that is worth a look. It has to do with why belonging to a genealogy society is a good idea.
There is much talk in the blog world about the usefulness of genealogy societies in this age of instant, mass, and omnipresent communication; and online data access. This article puts the issue into perspective.
Give it a look at:
10 Reasons to Join a Genealogy Society | Finding Our Ancestors
Saturday, December 22, 2012
“Must See” Site for African American Research
The website titled Lowcountry Africana is a necessary stop if you are doing African American research. The site deals with African American genealogy and history in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
You can find videos, online books, tips on getting started in your research, and more. You will even find a listing of South Carolina slaveholders. When you expand one of the listed names, you are taken to a relevant article giving slave information or information about the slave owner’s genealogy.
Check it out at:
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The Complicated Hunt for Obituaries
James Tanner in his blog Genealogy’s Star gives us some personal examples from his own genealogy of the “illogical” place and time that peoples’ obituaries can appear. Sometimes they can be published well after a death, and sometimes they will appear in newspapers well-removed from the actual place of death.
James’ article alerts us to those possibilities and offers some search considerations. Read his article at Genealogy's Star: I read it in the newspaper
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The Transitory Nature of Memories
Sharon Tate Moody, writing for Tampa Bay Online, gives us an article that will appeal to those of you with a scientific bent.
She brings together some of the tenets of genealogical research and findings of scientific studies that speak to the effect of the passage of time on the accuracy of memories.
The article is a good read and can be found at:
Sunday, December 16, 2012
School Yearbooks: A Source To Be Remembered
This from Ancestry: "While yearbooks may not provide information about the vital events that are usually associated with genealogical research, they do provide other information about individuals' lives. This information helps place people in historical context as well as provides detail that helps turn individuals, sometimes only known by names and dates, into actual people."
To find the collection, search the catalog with the key word "school." With recent new additions, the collection has over 200 million records.
Ancestry is a subscription service, but you can get to it for free from your public library.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Lots of Tips
The Genealogy In Time Magazine has consolidated some of its “tips of the week” into one idea-packed article. It covers topics from census to photographs to family Bibles.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Register for the 2013 PGS Seminar
Members can register for $40 and non-members for $45. But this only applies until 2 February. After that, all pay an at-the-door price of $50.
Registering early includes lunch, while the late registration does not.
So there is ample incentive to register early. You can find a registration form in our brochure available at the Genealogy Center of the Largo Public Library, and you can also find one (along with lots of seminar information) at the PGS website: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flpgs/
You can also find more information about the seminar in previous blog posts for the following dates: 30 October, 10 November, and 20 November.
Monday, December 10, 2012
An Approach to English Genealogy
The article takes a chronological approach to the subject; that is, it first examines the types of records that exist in a given time period, and then goes into how one would find those records.
You can find Part I of the article at:
A Date Guide to English Genealogy (Part 1)
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Germanic Genealogical Society Seminar To Be Held 26 January 2013
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Search Tip for FindAGrave
Check out that time and more ate Search Tip of the Day--Almost Every Day: Lazy Trick for FindAGrave
Sunday, December 2, 2012
The "Why" of Genealogy by Thomas MacEntee