Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – June 2017

With the end of June in sight it’s time for another Inspiring Genealogy Blogs post. The following are a collection of posts that I’ve read over the past month, that I wanted to share with you. This time it’s a bumper list this month and all worthy of a read.

In this edition of Inspiring Genealogy Blogs we cover everything from searching online, social media, disaster planning, unwanted secrets, kids and genealogy, copyright laws, how to improve your research and much more.

So grab yourself a cup of tea or coffee, get comfy and enjoy some great reads.

As I mention every time, 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.

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Why General Genealogy Searches Are NOT the Best Way to Find Your Ancestors
The first thing most family history researchers do when they encounter a genealogy website is to begin searching for their ancestors in the general (main) search form provided by the site. BUT there is a better way. Learn how to search better. Read the full article …

Social Media and Genealogy
Kat of the Medina County District Library Genealogy blog describes how she’s recently ventured into the world of genealogy on social media. Covering Facebook and Twitter, she gives examples of things she’s discovered, and people she now follows. And in her words “my eyes have been opened!” I couldn’t agree more. There’s so much out there to learn from groups and individuals. The challenge is keeping up with it all. Read the full article …

Disaster Planning for Genealogists
Melissa Barker is an archivist in Houston, Texas, and writes on her “A Genealogist in the Archives” blog that “Disaster preparedness is something that every archive plans for and reviews on a yearly basis. If archives are preparing their facility and records for a disaster, shouldn’t genealogists do the same?” She raises some very valid points that will certainly get you thinking about how you can be prepared in the event of a disaster. Read the full article …

When a Genealogy Hobby Digs Up Unwanted Secrets
As researchers we like the secrets, digging up the skeletons right? But are we really prepared for what we might find? Some people it seems are not. Read the full article …

3 Ways to be Constantly Improving Your Genealogy Research
A good researcher is one who is constantly learning, and self-educating themselves. Will from the Ancestral Findings blog, give you three simple ways that anyone can improve their genealogy skills. Read the full article …

Librarians Cook Their Way to Copyright Victory
Copyright reform is on the way for Australia, and this a huge win for historians. This was written by the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC), and says “Librarians and archivists all over the country can hang up their aprons after successfully cooking their way to copyright reform.” As the article explains this history behind the “cooking” references and how they lobbied the government, I’ll just let you read it. Read the full article …

Demystifying the Copyright Amendment Bill
So if you read the above entry on the change in Australian copyright laws, and still not sure what it is in plain English, be sure to check this post out, as Annelie de Villiers does a great job of doing just that. In short is means that thousands more records can become publicly available as they’re no longer restricted by copyright. Read the full article …

How Can I Do Family History Work as a Busy Parent?
Jen is a mum of four young children (including triplets), so life as a mum is busy to say the least. So when she writes about how she’s managed to fit in family history into her life, she’s speaking from experience. She’s got some great advice for all who say that “life is too busy”. Read the full article …

Family History Blogging Can Help Find Others Find Their Ancestors
Jana Last shares her excitement at someone who is a relative, finding her blog and contacting her. I can speak from experience, blogging is cousin bait. It works. Read the full article …

The Surprisingly Simple Trick to Getting Your Loved Ones to Talk About Family History
Every year on January 1, millions of people around the world vow they will start journaling and documenting their life. Hundreds of people also commit to asking their loved ones about their lives and family histories. In fact, journaling is one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions, but by March, Read the full article ...

A recipe to get kids interested in family history
How do you get kids interested in family history? Shelley has come up with a method that worked with her kids. So why not try it out on your kids or grandkids and see if it works with them. Read the full article …

Happy reading.

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