Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – July 2013

Inspiring Blogs 300Hello, and welcome to yet another edition of “Inspiring Genealogy Blogs”. I know it’s not quite the end of July yet, but I already have a record number for you, so anything else that grabs me in the next few days, shall be in the August one.

We have a real mix of topics in July’s collection. Everything from how to fix old photos, to a number about social media, as well as what to pack for a research trip, copyright and plagarism, how to get the younger generation interested in genealogy, tips on how to find old photos, and even how to save money on Australian BDM certificates!! See, there’s something for everyone.

I know that I’ve mentioned before (each month) that I find that reading blog posts helps me keep up with the latest news, products as well as what’s happening in general in the world of genealogy. And if you happen to already follow me on Twitter, and to some extent Google+, you already know that I like to share with you the interesting things I read.

Anyway I hope you find the following Genealogy Blogs … useful, and well, inspiring.

We Don’t Need to be Genealogists Anymore!!! Yippee!
James Tanner was at a meeting recently, and someone commented to him on how family history had advanced so far that we didn’t have to be genealogists anymore. Just think about what would happen if this statement were true … Read the full story …

Bloggers, Beware!
Lucy created the blog “Wayward Women: Victorian England’s Female Offenders” sometime ago. Now imagine her surprise (not to mention the horror) that a link to an article in the Daily Mail contained the “Edwardian Rogues Gallery” article which was actually her own own work, with somebody else’s name posted at the top.  Read the full story …

My Top 7 Tips to Finding Old Photos
I discovered  Sarah’s ‘Teach Me Genealogy’ blog through a link that a friend of mine put on Google+.  There’s no doubt that we ALL LOVE to see photos of our ancestors, and here she gives us her 7 top tips for finding them. Read the full story …

A Step-by-Step Guide to Stop Procrastinating
This is not a genealogy blog, but I still found it a very useful read, and you may well too – particularly if you have tasks to do that you just really don’t like doing. Author of this article, Gretchen, asks us “How many times each day do you try to work yourself up to tackle some undesirable task? If you’re like me – several. Nothing is more exhausting than the task that is never started … “ Read the full story …

Australian BDM certificates and saving money
Australian BDM certificates aren’t cheap – that is a fact, and while this post is actually a couple of years old, it was referred to recently and is still valid, so is worth a mention here. In it, Kerry has done a great job of compiling together 14 great ways to save money on Australian BDM certificates. Read the full story …

Photo Tutorial: How to Relax and Rehumidify Old Rolled Photographs and Documents
Denise Levenick is author of “The Family Curator” blog, and knows all about preserving your heirlooms, and shares her tips with all through her blog. In this one she shows readers step-by-step how to flatten old rolled photographs and documents. Read the full story …

How Genealogy Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement Makes Everyone a Loser
Denise writes a lot of great posts, and another recent one from her was this one on Plagarism and Copyright which has been very topical over the past few weeks.  Read Denise’s reasons on why everyone loses when this happens. Read the full story …

Can Social Media Further Your Research?
Robbie asks the questions “Can Social Media Further Your Reserch?” Afterall is a reasonable question to ask as the serious genealogist or family historian will probably look askance at you. After all, if you are doing your research properly, what useful, correctly resourced and referenced material would come through social media? Social Media platforms are about making connections. Its what you do with those connections that counts. Read the full story …

Responsible Online Family Photo Sharing
Thomas MacEntee has written this post for Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner blog, and in it discusses a number of many great points, one being his starting paragraph in which he says “the most important realization for me has been this: once I post a photo online or publish a photo, I basically give up control of that image. Even emailing a photo to a family member can result in the loss of control, despite my requests not to share the image with others.” Read the full story …

Research in 140 Characters or Less: Twitter for Genealogists
Shannon begins this post with “Before you dismiss it, and think that Twitter is something those young kids do, I want to tell you how it really is a wonderful networking tool anyone can take advantage of. …  At this point, if you are not already using Twitter, I am sure you are asking “how could this benefit me?” This is a legitimate question, one that I asked myself for years before I created my twitter account a few months ago.  Who in the world would really care what I had to say?” Read the full story …

What to Pack for a Family History Research Trip
Ultimately it happens, whether it is an overseas journey, or one a few hours away, all genealogists do end up doing ‘research trips’. And when doing so you need to prepare in advance, and make sure you take, so have a read through Thomas’ packing list that works for most genealogists when preparing for a research trip. Read the full story …

Three Keys to Involving the Younger Generations in Genealogy
Scott writes for the Huffington Post, and I’ve features his posts before. In this on he gives us three KEY suggestions on how to get the younger generation interested in genealogy. And we all know how important that is.  Read the full story …

When you can’t find the birth, death or marriage in the indexes
Carole reminds us that sometimes no matter how long you search, you simply cannot find the BDM entry you are looking for. As Nick Vine Hall’s “Tracing Your Family History in Australia – A National Guide to Sources” gives an excellent list of possible reasons for not finding your ancestor Carole has repeated it here. Read the full story …

Happy Reading! :-)

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