Favorite Reads of the Week: 9 July 2016 – Serendipity, Mormon Pioneer Polygamy Stories, Founding Fathers’ DNA
In the News
How my family’s history kept me and a police officer safe by Daniel Simon at The Desert Sun
Online ancestry searches spike following the EU referendum as people see if they qualify for an Irish passport by Alain Tolhurst at The Sun – “a deluge of new applications from eligible UK citizens concerned over freedom of movement after Brexit”
Toronto woman learns her true roots and Jewish ancestry decades after birth in wartime Poland by Joe O’Connor at the Toronto National Post
Utah’s Pioneer Day
MORMON PIONEERS // Pioneer Word Search by Emilie at A Year of FHE
Sister Wives of the Traveling Pants #2: Margaret Livingston (the 1st wife) – by Grover at By Common Consent – The author details her pioneer ancestors trek, including how a couple children were run over by wagon wheels.
Sister Wives Series #3: Abigail Sprague (the 2nd wife) – by Grover at By Common Consent – The author tells about the second wife of her ancestor, including this fascinating detail: “At one point she was heavy enough that she would handily keep her thimble and spool of thread in her fat rolls, where they would stay put until she needed them.”
Technology makes writing, publishing an ancestor’s story easier by Twila Van leer at Deseret News – Mike Erikson wrote a book about his pioneer ancestor, Ole Madsen. It’s a combination of dramatic pioneer history and the challenges of living and rearing children in today’s world. A documentary about the Ole Madsen family’s journey from Denmark to Utah in the Willie Handcart company can be viewed here.
The Stages of Genetic Genealogy Addiction by Roberta Estes at DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy
Founding Fathers’ DNA at the 23andMe Blog
Your Answers: Why Do You Need a Chromosome Browser? by Jason Lee at DNA Genealogy
Creating and Sharing Family History
Waikoloa family to retrace ancestor’s Kazakhstan discoveries by Bret Yager at West Hawaii Today – a man’s great-great-grandfather explored the remote, rugged steppe that is Kazakhstan, and he plans to retrace his footsteps.
Story of woman’s revolutionary family history rings true by LaRayne Topp at Omaha.com – “With an ancestor who hid the Liberty Bell from enemy troops, the Wisner woman qualifies for the organization honoring American Patriots who fought on the side of freedom more than 200 years ago.”
Relative Finder: One Big Family of Cousins by Diane Sagers at the FamilySearch Blog
Volunteering and Indexing
Worldwide Indexing Event 2016 at Renee’s Genealogy Blog
Reflections of a GraveFinder — They Were The Dash. by Melyssa Webb at The Golden Age of Genealogy
Families and Children
11-year-old rings The Bell in honor of his ancestor by Dana Treen at The Florida Times-Union
Visiting This is the Place Heritage Park by Montserrat at Cranial Hiccups
Kids—Tell Your Side of the Story! at “Keepers of Our Culture” – Share Your Stories For Good
Keys to Scandinavian Research by Jennifer Hansen at the FamilySearch Blog
Serendipity by Linda Eccles at the MyCanvas Blog – how she found information about her ancestors while visiting a church in Preston, England.
MyHeritage PedigreeMap — How you really do genealogical research by James Tanner at Genealogy’s Star
Initial Differences in Soundex by Michael John Neill at Genealogy Tip of the Day
What You Might Be Missing in Marriage Records by Amy Johnson Crow at Amy Johnson Crow
Birth order vs. will order by Alicia Crane Williams at Vita Brevis
Poor Law Union Board of Guardians Minutes by Kathleen Scarlett O’Hara Naylor at You Are Where You Came From
Should Online Family Trees Be Used in a “Reasonably Exhaustive Search?” by Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings
SLIG 2017 OPENS REGISTRATION JULY 9th at Gena’s Genealogy
Is The Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum Right for You? by Angela McGhie at Adventures in Genealogy Education
Heavenly Ledgers and Ghostly Specters: Two Recent Articles by David G. at Juvenile Instructor – a summary of two scholarly articles, including one about Joseph Smith, genealogical record keeping, and temple work.
Top Tips for Visiting LDS Church History Sites in New York by Camille Gillham at Chicken Scratch n’ Sniff