Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – February 2014

Inspiring Blogs 300I’m writing this as we say farewell to February and hello to March. With the busyness of the end of the year and the beginning of this one, my regular monthly Inspiring Genealogy Blogs posts simply didn’t happen.

Alas they were not forgotten, and I’m here to remedy that with you now. During that period I have read a number of wonderful blog posts that I want to share with you.

In this post we cover stuff like misidentified photographs, (genealogy) things to do before you die, identity theft, your genealogy dreams, finding common names, bond records, and fun with Christmas presents. So as always there’s a variety.

And 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.

5 Ways to Win the Name Game
OK, so this isn’t a blog, but rather article on the Ancestry.com website, it still has some great tips for finding your common name ancestors. You know, the Smiths and Jones’ of the world. They will teach you tricks to help win the “name game”. Read the full article …

Another round with the Identity Theft Bugaboo
James Tanner takes up the topic of identity theft, and also those putting the fear into people with this post. He says “the whole genealogical community is saturated with a morbid fear of identity theft. I cannot teach a class where putting your genealogical information online is discussed that this issue does not come up. Using the type of tag line such as “Identity theft is on the rise – claiming a new victim every 3 seconds!” is irresponsible and constitutes fear mongering.” Read the full article …

Fun With my Christmas Present … an iPhone 5s
What did you get for Christmas? Well Randy Seaver got an iPhone 5s, and he begins by finding out how useful it is for genealogy. What does Siri know about genealogy? You might be surprised. Read the full article …

What if our genealogical dreams came true?
I’ve said before that James Tanner comes up with the most interesting topics to blog about. And this one particularly struck a cord with me. He asks the question “What if you woke up this morning and everything you had ever wished for in genealogy had happened over night? When you got up, you found that all of those pesky problems concerning the connections of your ancestors had been solved and there was a pile of documents sitting on your kitchen table, documenting every last issue you had ever imagined.” Read the full story …

Looking for Bonds
Marriage bonds, bastardy bonds, official bonds, appearance and bail bonds — they’re all among the very best genealogical records we might find and so very underused as resources. They’re great because they give us clues to our ancestors we might not find in any other way. Judy G. Russell does a fabulous job of answering the question “So… did our ancestors ever have to file a bond and, if so, where might it be found today?” Read the full article …

4 Things to Do Before You Donate Your Genealogy
You’ve worked hard on your family tree and your research contains countless clues for other researchers. You don’t want to let those materials go to waste. Maybe you have a family member who is as passionate about genealogy as you are and has agreed to take all of your books, notebooks and research papers. But what if you don’t have someone like that who will care for your materials the way you have? If you’ve thought about giving your genealogy to a library or archive, Ancestry.com have come up with some things that you need to consider before you write your will. Read the full article …

Impossible Cancerous Genealogical Infections that are Incurable – Misidentified Photos
Have you come across photos online that you know are captioned wrong? I have. And so has James Tanner. Actaully the problem goes well beyond photos – in fact just look at the family trees on Ancestry and you’ll find out how much wrong information gets copied and recopied. Anyway back to photos, as that’s what this is about. The good and bad with things being out on the web is that it is public. And if an error was made in captioning it, it is possible that this may well be replicated wrongly. Read the fill article …

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