Note: I have decided to compile my “Favorite Reads” list monthly instead of weekly. This year I’d like to spend some of my Friday night genealogy blog reading time doing research. I don’t want to miss out on the genealogy news and any articles of interest so if I miss something you think I’d be interested in, let me know!
Tabernacle Choir, President and Sister Nelson to highlight RootsTech events by R. Scott Lloyd at Deseret News
Getting Started with Family History (By Starting at the Beginning) by Leslie Albrecht Huber at the FamilySearch Blog
Will Essentials: What Happens to Your Tangible and Digital “Stuff” When You Die? by Breanna Olaveson at Meridian Magazine – detailed post about leaving a legacy, preserving personal history, making a plan for donating items to a museum or passing them down to heirs, and creating a last will and testament.
Twila Van Leer: 94-year-old Logan resident on track to index more than 600,000 names before 95th birthday by Twil Van Leer at Deseret News
FamilySearch Summarizes 2016 Efforts to Connect Families across Generations by Paul Nauta at LDS Church News
Boston Archdiocese creates online database to help Catholics trace family history at Catholic Herald – “The New England Historic Genealogical Society and the Archdiocese of Boston on Tuesday announced the project…”
Tracing Your Roots: Finding Emancipated Black Ancestors Just Got Easier by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and NEHGS Researcher Meaghan E.H. Siekman, Ph.D. at the Root – “With partial name-searching available, the database has already revolutionized the way in which we can research African-American ancestors…”
Discover What You’re Made of with Grandparent Inheritance Charts at Legacy Tree Genealogists – this is really cool. I can’t wait to do this.
AncestryDNA Surpasses 3 Million Customers in DNA Database at the Ancestry.com Blog
Kids and Teens
Not exactly bedtime stories: My father, the Holocaust and a moment of bravery he’ll never forget by Amy Yelin at Salon – grandfather opens up about childhood during Holocost with his grandkids
Digitization Project? Get Kids Involved! by Emily Kowalski Schroeder at Growing Little Leaves – tips for involving kids, youth groups, and teens in digitization projects.
21 Activities to Get Your Kids Excited About Family History by Ten Cows Inc. at LDS Living
Family History Center Can Uncover Patriots, Mobsters, Everyone Else in Your Past by Daniel Clifton at HighlandLakes.com – “Candra Kerbow didn’t pay much attention years ago in high school history, but now, as she digs into her family’s own past, she wishes she did.”
Why Taking DNA Tests Can Change How You See Your Family by Lisa Marie Basile at Greatist – “Having spent my teen years in foster care, I often felt alone and without anchor—to my family, to my culture, and to a sense of self.”
Have you tried the Little Family Tree app? by Jana Greenhalgh at the Genealogy Kids
A cool online resource for teaching kids about the U.S. Presidential Inaugurations by Kristen at Cool Mom Tech
May I Introduce to You . . . Melissa Finlay by Wendy Mathias at Geneabloggers – love the story of how Melissa got started with genealogy at age 13. I also loved the 80/20 rule she shared about writing and time management.
May I Introduce to You . . . Ruth Blair by Gini Webb at Geneabloggers – Ruth got started in genealogy when assigned a school project to research her family tree.
Creating and Sharing
Artist shows off family history at Bradford Gallery by Chris Young at Telegraph & Argus – “My work is really a catalyst to inspire people to talk about their own families.”
The History Hidden in the Walls by Caitlyn Kelly at the New York Times – “After completing the renovation, she placed it into a small fabric pouch, added some crushed seashells, pebbles and a clay figure, and tucked it back inside a wall….”
Who we are and where we’re going by Karen Burzdak at the Napa Valley Register – “If we knew who we came from, we may better understand who we are.”
Local Woman Uses Genealogy To Unite Relatives, Preserve Gravesite Of Ancestors by Lornett Turnbull at The Seattle Medium – “I found a lady whose family was Quaker,” she said. “You become a more educated person when you know your background.”
A grainy and crude but valuable piece of family history. by Charles Boothe at the Bluefield Daily Telegraph – “we should never forget the foundation of love and support our ancestors built for us by staying put.”
Depression-era quilt that found its way to Santa Rosa returned to relatives of Missouri clan by Chris Smith at the Press Democrat
Hymnal History Lesson at The Church In The Wildwood by Sue McPeak at CollectIn Texas Gal
Reflecting on 10 years of FamilySearch indexing and going forward by Trent Toone at Deseret News – family decides to index when looking for a worthwhile activity for children
Family History moment: Return to the Family History center by Norene Thomas at Deseret News – “We could hardly believe our eyes. She thanked me many times for finding out who the Kirkendalls are…”
Family history: ‘I was the only person in my family tree’ by Kaleigh Shupe at the Rexburg Standard Journal – “Now I have the chance to love them better, to know them deeper, to support them more fully and to record these memories so that the generations to come will know of their heritage.”
#52Stories Invites You to Record Your Life’s Memories by R. Scott Lloyd at LDS Church News – “These stories allow you to preserve and share the story of your life and your ancestors’ lives, your triumphs over adversity, your recovery after a fall, your progress after all seemed bleak, and your rejoicing when you finally achieved your goals…”
Participate in RootsTech Family Discovery Day from Anywhere in World at LDS Church News
Sunday Journaling: A New Tradition for the New Year at the LDS.org Blog
The best history books of 2016 and personal professional development by Glenn Weibe at History Tech