Favorite Reads of the Week: 28 May 2016 – Roots Premiere, Memorial Day, military records, FamilySearch birthday
A Memorial Day Tradition 70 Years in the Making – “As children, my cousins and I eagerly anticipated Memorial Day fun. We would eat a potluck dinner that often included great-aunt LaRue’s famous shrimp pasta salad and Aunt Ettalue’s chocolate wacky cake.”
Genealogy Insider – 12 Free Websites to Search for & Honor Fallen Military Ancestors on Memorial Day – “After World War I, Decoration Day became an opportunity to honor Americans who’ve died serving in any war. The term “Memorial Day” was first used in 1882 and became common after the Second World War. A 1967 law made it the official name of the holiday.”
Round Rock genealogist’s work honors forgotten veterans | www.statesman.com – “Tipping said her love affair with genealogy began at 19, when she took her first genealogy class — before personal computers. She interviewed her grandparents, their siblings and other family members to piece together her own family tree.”
“Roots” Viewers Asked to Help Transcribe Post–Civil War Era Documents for the Freedmen’s Bureau Project – Church News and Events – “Viewers interested in volunteering to transcribe documents through “Reading for Roots” can go to http://history.com/readingforroots to begin.”
How 1970s “Roots” Inspired a Generation of Family History Researchers – “That common thread saved Thomas’ life as Col. Custer interceded on his behalf with General Sheridan. Thomas was set free. That discovery got me hooked on genealogy and I’ve been building my family story ever since – for over 37 years.”
Roots: Stars LeVar Burton and Malachi Kirby Take Genealogy Test : People.com – “In playing Kunta Kinte, a man who knows his entire African lineage, “I was like ‘Wow, that’s what I’m missing right now.”
Kids and Family
What’s In A Name? | Genealogy With Valerie – “Have you ever wondered why a parent would name their child a certain name? I do all the time.” – Naming children is difficult! I’m working on a list of name possibilities for our baby due next month and I started with the family tree.
Graduation speaker follows great-great-great-grandma | Education | bismarcktribune.com – “I learned my great-great-great-grandmother had spoken” at her BHS graduation ceremony, said Jared MacDonald, a graduating senior. “I figured I might try out and see if I could speak.”
Church Recognized at California Mormon History Day – “Holland said that looking at what pioneer ancestors have done can enhance people’s pride in their past. It can suggest ways to build on and improve our own lives and civilization.”
Happy 15th Birthday FamilySearch! – The site originally provided access to 400 million names. Today, FamilySearch contains more than 3.2 billion records.
Family History is for Everyone
What inspires everyday people to research their family history
Genealogy group helps Kapiti woman uncover family history | Stuff.co.nz – “It’s absolutely fascinating what you discover… there’s always something more to find.” While she warns that you have to be “very patient, very thorough”, Smith found her delvings rewarding.
Valerie Jarrett’s extraordinary family tree – CBS News – White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett plays a unique role in Washington. But as 60 Minutes explores, she’s not the first in her family to make history.
The Story in My DNA – “Although nothing materially changes when you know your ancestry, somehow it ameliorates part of the mystery of who you are and where you came from.”
Heirloom memento docos help remember loved one – Cunich remembers how the old lady although “very weak” was somehow energised by the project and so “she was able to sit up and passionately tell her story, for over an hour”.
Creating and Sharing Family History
3 Ways to Share Photos with Family Often and Easily – “The most enjoyable part of having so many great pictures in your life is sharing them with loved ones.”
Save Family Photos! by Rachel LaCour Niesen – Lisa Lisson – “I truly believe our vintage family photos are artifacts of our lives; they help us to remember to remember…They’re keys to unlocking conversations with family members; they’re glue that holds our stories together.”
The Quilt Top Family Tree | Heather Wylie – MyCanvas – “I have often been aware of the women who came before me who did their part to preserve our family history.”
Samuel T. Gladding: Be a good ancestor: The power of words and deeds – Winston-Salem Journal: Columnists – “Jonas Salk, the creator of the Polio vaccine, when asked about the most important accomplishment people could achieve in their lifetime, purportedly replied: “Be a good ancestor.”
Genealogy: What I know now that I wish I knew then – There’s a Bug In My Coffee – By Marie Larsen “Even though I’ve been thrilled to discover all this information and to find that I have millions of cousins, what I know now that I wish I knew then was to treasure my grandmothers and their stories while they were still alive.”
Roots & Branches: Internet changed landscape of genealogy – I would instead say that the biggest shift since the 1980s is turning genealogy from “you go to it” experience into an “it comes to you” paradigm.
My African maternal ancestor, brought out from the shadows of history – I am a direct descendant of 3000 generations of women who successfully passed their DNA to a daughter, who successfully passed it on to a daughter, and so on for more than 100,000 years.
DNA Genealogy — Relatives In Common: Quick Reaction – 23andMe deserves praise for recognizing the value of triangulation and making it so easy to identify triangulated segments. No one else is doing this.
To Be or Not to Be… a Descendant of William Shakespeare – “Personally, I am a big fan of Ancestry’s “hint” system. Through their hints, I have found some remarkable information that I might otherwise never have known about. That said, I nonetheless caution people to look very closely at every hint before accepting it as fact and incorporating it into one’s own family tree.”
UpFront with NGS: Have you checked out James Tanner’s series on Real Property? – Helpful collection of articles from James Tanner about Real Property. I was especially fascinated by the first article which showed a picture of chains used in measuring deeds since I had just transcribed a land conveyance record from Anderson, South Carolina which was measured with chains.
Once in a blue moon – Vita Brevis – “Everyone who indulges in family history research understands the role that serendipity plays in successfully locating the ancestors we seek. I have recently come to understand what a confluence of serendipity and a blue moon can mean to my research, my focus on family stories, and a brick wall.”
It’s in print, but is it true? – Vita Brevis – “When searching digitized images, it is important to remember that when you type in the name of a person in sites such as FamilySearch.org or Ancestry.com, you are not searching the original handwritten documents. You are searching an index typed into a computer by individuals reading those handwritten documents.”
“Under Construction:” the Case Study « Genealogy Certification: My Personal Journal – “It is the responsibility of the writer to lay out the story, or a proof argument, in the best way possible. But, what is the best way?”
Free Jamboree 2016 live streaming schedule announced | Genealogy à la carte – “Thanks to financial support from Ancestry.com, you will be able to attend 14 free presentations, from Friday, June 3 to Sunday, June 5 — all from the comfort of your home computer or tablet.”
My Kith N Kin: My Journey of the Certification Process: What’s the Cost? – “I have had several comments regarding cost of preparation and cost of the certification process itself. I want to share with you today some ideas on preliminary preparation and the overall costs involved.”