Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – June 2014

Inspiring Blogs 300Welcome to July, although I’m sure none of us appreciate knowing that we are no into the second half of the year.

During June I read a bunch of fascinating blog posts – a number of which I share here with you. This time we cover everything from …. marking cemeteries on Google maps, to do you need a desktop genealogy program?, dust in archives, what was said to the census taker, and using Evernote for audio recordings. That’s just a few of the cool posts I read. And if you are interested in more, stick with me, I guarantee there’s more …

I know that I’ve mentioned before (each time) 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 Facebook, Twitter, and to some extent Google+, you already know that I like to share with you the interesting things I read.

The Census Taker Cometh
Ever wondered what actually happened when the census enumerator came to the door of your ancestors? Why the information given on the census is what it it? This article written originally in the Ancestry Daily News blog will give you an insight. Read the full article …

Why, Ancestry? Why?
In June Ancestry announced that it would be dropping several of their DNA tests, and that they would destroy current samples. Dropping doing several tests is one thing, but destroying existing DNA samples associated with these tests is a whole different kettle of fish, and Judy G. Russell from The Legal Genealogist blogs takes on this very topic. Read the full article …

Read the Description and Improve Your Research
You know how they say you should always read the introduction to a book? The same is true for the databases you use. The more you know about a record that you’re looking at, the better your research will be. The more you know about a collection, the better your searches will be. Read the full article …

Learning: Plotting Family Cemeteries on Google Maps
Ever looked for a cemetery on Google Maps and found that its not there? Well Heather Collins of the Young & Savvy Genealogists not only lets readers know that you can actually plot cemeteries on Google Maps, she actually gives you links which show you HOW to do it too. Read the full article …

Evernote for Genealogy: Mobile Audio Interviews
I recently wrote about Evernote and how it’s made for genealogy, in this post Colleen Green continues her series on Evernote and what you can use it for, by letting readers know how she uses is for audio recordings. Read the full article …

Cyber Attacks 101: Is Your Genealogy Safe?
There were a lot of blog post written about Ancestry’s DDoS attack, but I have chosen to share this one that BillionGraves wrote, as it not only goes into what a DDoS attack is, but also what companies do to potentially avoid this kind of attack. Read the full article …

Preparing for your Digital Afterlife
This is not a genealogy-related article, but as this post says “much of our lives are now spent online, and as in the physical world we leave traces everywhere, from emails to shared photos, product reviews, tweets and Facebook status updated. But what happens to all of this after we die?” So it is important for everyone to know. Read the full article …

Safer Image Searches
I’m sure that many of you have done it … you’ve gone to Google Images to look for an images, found what we are after, but then wondered if it was safe to use that image. Judy from The Legal Genealogist blog explains how to work out what images are safe for you to use. Read the full article …

Are Online Family Trees a Substitute for a Local Desktop Genealogy Program?
James Tanner always tackles the big questions, one that others don’t seem to ask. And here he talks about the online trees being a substitute for a desktop genealogy program. To find out his thoughts, read the full article …

Gathering Dust
I reckon most of you would agree that that dusting isn’t a favourite pastime. And it seems that no matter how secure you store something, dust always gets in. The Same can be said for UKs National Archives. In this post Amy from TNA, talks about how dust is a big issue for them, and what they do to combat it. Read the full article …

The Fast-Paced Word of the Past
D. Joshua Taylor, Director of Family History at Findmypast (US), is still young, but has been involved in genealogy for about 20 years – so he’s seen all the big changes that have occurred. He can see that genealogy is no longer just a visit to the society or archive, or reading a book. – while they are still important, there’s far more to it that just that. You can learn via new technologies such as webinars, Google+ hangouts, and live streams from some events – all make the opportunities to learn about family history stronger than ever. Read the full article …

Happy reading, and all the best with your continued research!

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