Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – November 2014

Inspiring Blogs 300December is here, and the there’s no doubt that the shops are getting crazy. So take a moment to chill out, have a cuppa and have a read of some great genealogy blog posts I came across during the past month.

In this November edition we cover everything from a why you should blog, family photos, digital storage, DNA, Christmas gifts for genealogists, a family mystery solved by relooking at an heirloom and a bunch 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.

Digital Storage for Family Historians
Carole Riley recently gave a talk to the Society of Australian Genealogists on this topic, and as it is such a relevant topic for everyone these days, she has decided to share her presentation slides with everyone. Read the full article …

Six Reasons to Blog About Your Ancestors
You’ve heard about blogs and blogging. You read blogs. You may have even thought about starting one yourself, but just haven’t gone that extra step of starting one. In case you needed any more reason to actually start one, and benefits of blogging about your family history, Legacy Family Tree have come up with six very good reasons that are likely to convince you to get you blog up and running. Read the full article …

Family Discovers their Photo is on Advertisements Around the World
You take a family photo and put it online to share with your family and friends. Next you see YOUR family photo is being used on advertising brochures. How on earth can that happen? Well it’s exactly what did happen to one family. And the story doesn’t stop there. Read the full article …

What Will Your Legacy Be?
This was a question to was put to Kirsty at Family Wise recently, and it got her thinking, not just about her own legacy, but about what legacies her ancestors have left her. It certainly makes interesting reading. Read the full article ….

How Much DNA do Distant Cousins Actually Share?
It’s an interesting question isn’t it. And Henry Louis Gates Jr and Cece Moore answer the question. Those known as “first-degree relatives” such as parents, children and full siblings, will share about 50 percent of your autosomal DNA (atDNA). With each relationship removal, the expected amount of shared atDNA is cut in half. As you would expect for second-degree relatives (grandparents, grandchildren, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, half-siblings), and third-degree relatives (first cousins, great-grandparents, great-grandchildren) the percentage drops. But what about those beyond that. What about second, third or even fourth cousins? Read the full article …

50 Gifts for Genealogists 2014
What do you get a genealogist? Personally I don’t think it’s hard, but for those who are stuck for ideas Diane has come up with 50 of them for you. From tech toys, to useful bits and pieces to personal gifts, there’s something in this list for everyone Read the full article …

Gifts for the Girl Who Has Everything
And while we’re on the topic of gifts, Jill has come up with a fabulous list of 21 items, many of which don’t even cost a thing. Read the full article …

Don’t Rely on the Search Engine
Cheryl give good advice when she says that “search engines can be temperamental. You can put your information into the main engine and find very little that is relevant to the person you’re looking for, but if you perform the same search in a specific database, it can yield genealogical gold!” Read the full article …

Word Lists
Have you heard about the Word Lists on FamilySearch? No? Well, I’ll let Michele tell you all about them in this post. But let me just say that if you are researching in a foreign country, these lists can a HUGE help. So take a moment to read this one. Read the full article …

Building a Pedigree from Sources – The Ultimate Challenge
Genealogy begins with a pedigree chart and a search for names, right? James Tanner suggests that this ‘traditional’ method is no longer current in our modern society, and gives details on how to build a pedigree from sources online. Read the full article …

Giving Thanks in 2014
During November our friends in the US celebrated Thanksgiving, and Judy (aka The Legal Genealogist) sat down to write about all the things she’s thankful for. For a very thoughtful post, take a moment to read this one. It really puts things into perspective. Read the full article …

Message Left in a Family Painting Solves a Family Mystery
How many times have you relooked at something and picked up new clues from it? Well that’s exactly what happened to Vera. She’s been able to answer a long standing family mystery thanks to clues that were in a painting. Read the full article …

Happy Reading 😉

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