Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – July & August 2017

Another month has come to an end, and it to say it’s been a busy one is an understatement. In fact the past couple of months have been, which is why this is a bumper collection of Inspiring Genealogy Blogs.

In this edition of Inspiring Genealogy Blogs posts we have posts that cover: unknown people in photos, copyright, citations, heirlooms, museums, apps, genealogy rules, mytreeitis and so 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.

Sorry, Nobody Wants Your Parents’ Stuff
It’s called the “IKEA generation” for a reason. The younger generations these days want new, clean items. Not old, classy ones. So what’s going to happen to all of your stuff? The antique furniture, the crockery you got from your mother? The craft items she made … and so on …  According to many, these items are all going to the tip, and no-one wants them. Not the younger generations, not even the secondhand stores. But I reckon if you tell the history behind the items, at least some of these heirlooms might just say in the family afterall. Read the full story …

How the Wrong information Ends Up In Your Family Tree
We’ve all done it haven’t we? Added someone to our tree, then had to work out how to delete them later. Genealogist Lynn Serafinn discusses 15 common ways we make mistakes in genealogy, and offers tips on how to separate fact from fiction in your family history. Read the full story …

Overlooked Genealogy Resource Alert! 9 Tips to Research at Heritage Museums
To find records in your family’s homeland, you need their town or village. And you probably want to understand how your ancestors lived, what they did for work, what they wore and ate. Heritage museums give you a look at that culture’s history and people. The museums are often an overlooked genealogy resource. But they can be a rich source of resources with records such as foreign-language newspapers, maps, photos, histories and more. Read the full article …

I’m Finished!!! (Well am I?)
Have you ever researched anyone and found all you thought was needed; where and when they were born, where and when they were married, their children’s birthday and birth place and their death. And perhaps some interesting stories about the person! And just when you think you know it all, along comes someone with some new information. This happened to Joan who writes on the GSQ blog, and she shares her experience. Read the full article …

Wringing Hidden Clues from Documents
We all love old documents, but are we getting the most out of them. Meaning are we extracting EVERY clue out of them that we possibly can? Mary gives an example of how she progressed on a line by doing just that. Read the full article …

Copyright Fundamentals for Genealogists
Margot writes an incredibly important post here. One that reminds readers that even though they may have inherited old documents, letter, photos, and diaries, and now ‘own’ them, that still doesn’t necessarily make them the copyright holder. So it pays to know the laws before publicly putting this out in the public. Read the full article …

Family Tree Apps: Powerhouses for On-the-Go Genealogy
Do you travel? Do you take your family tree with you? Nancy does, and she tells us about 5 family tree apps that she uses on her iPad which makes it easy to take (and access) her tree with her while out and about at a relatives place, archives, or even gravesites while on the road. Read the full article …

Done is Better than Perfect
Nancy talks about the big C word here. The one that makes many cringe. That’s right. Citations. Read what she writes about the whole citation thing. Read the full article …

New Rules Added to the Old: The Rules of Genealogy Revisited
Back in July 2014 James Tanner wrote a list of six rules for genealogy. In re-reading this he’s decided to add another four to the list. And I must say it’s very valid, and a great list. Read the full article …

Tips for Saving the Life of a Photo
Do you have ‘unknown’ photos. You know the ones that have people in them you don’t know, and places you’ve never seen. Maureen Taylor (aka The Photo Detective) urges you not to throw them out, and instead offers a number of ways to help you identify them. Read the full article …

What You Might Be Missing in Genealogical Publications
Amy Johnson Crow writes nails it when she writes …. “There’s a hope that wells up with the arrival of an issue of a genealogy newsletter or journal. Maybe, just maybe, it will contain “the Golden Article” — the one that spells out the entire family (or at least breaks down a brick wall.) We skim the table of contents, peruse the index…  and toss it aside when our ancestor isn’t listed. Here are 3 reasons why you should pick up that journal and look again. Read the full article …

6 Genealogy Sources You May Have Overlooked
This article written by Judy Webster is not a new one, but it is one that has recently come to my attention, and is worthy of a mention. Beyond the BDM records, the cemetery and census records, Judy has a list of six less-used, but still incredibly valuable sources that people should be using. Read the full article …

Why Ancestry and FamilySearch Aren’t Sources
Amy Johnson Crow writes it as plain as it can be … “Ancestry and FamilySearch — along with sites like FindMyPast and MyHeritage — have millions of records that we can use in our genealogy research. However, none of them are a source.” If you have been using them as one, take a moment to read this and you’ll understand why. Read the full article …

A Touch of Mytreeitis
Have you heard of the term “Mytreeitis”? Nor had I until I read about Nancy’s own encounter with it. Essentially it means “being too possessive of your own tree – more so on websites like FamilySearch where it is “one giant tree” not individuals, and others can change any of your information.” Nancy’s had no real problems until now. Read the full article …

Happy Reading!

One thought on “Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – July & August 2017

  1. Thanks for mentioning ‘6 Genealogy Sources You May Have Overlooked’. 🙂

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