Ruth’s Recommendations

Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

Carole Riley of the Social Media and Genealogy blog had a post called “Can Google+ replace Facebook and Twitter?” It was a very good comparison of the social media giants.

Paul Stuart-Warren’s blog Paula’s Genealogical Eclectica had a very good post called “Vacation on a budget” where she provides a different view point on a family history vacation.

Deborah Large Fox writes “Help! The Faerie Folk Hid My Ancestor’s” her post called “Genealogical Soil” was a heartfelt memory of visiting her family’s farm in Ireland.

Geniaus aka Jill Ball had a humourous post called “Dear Santa” which was a Christmas list of what she would like to see in the new Google+

The NLI (National Library of Ireland) Blog had a post called “A lesson on the limits of the internet” which was a great reminder that you will not find it all on the internet.

Kerry Farmer of the Family History Research blog posted “Check multiple names and also multiple indexes” which shows us the differences found in the indexes of subscription websites and the importance of searching for variant spellings of names.

Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter had a good post called “PortableApps.com: Portable Windows Software on a USB Flash Drive” You can travel with the contents of your computer on a portable device and use it on any Windows computer. He also cautions people about the possibility of loosing the tiny flash drives.

Chris Paton of Scottish GENES (GEnealogy News and EventS) told us about the “The Family History Show on YouTube.” This is put together by the editorial team of “Your Family History” magazine in England. The first installment is an interview with Titanic survivor Millvina Dean.

Brenda Dougall Merriman’s blog post “(Almost) Silent Sunday” tells us of the joys and some pitfalls of the genealogy road trip.

The Enniskerry Local History blog has a post called “Summer Reading/Viewing” which provides many different suggestions for reading, surfing the net and visiting. Unfortunately you have to be in Ireland to visit the places he suggests. Enniskerry is a town in County Wicklow. My cousins were married in the local church just down the road from the Powerscourt Estate. I will have to keep an eye out for the book “The Irish Country House: It’s Past, Present and Future.”

Pue’s Occurrences the Irish History Blog had a post called “Irish history and historians on Wikipedia” where Juliana Adelman talks about the inaccuracies that can be found in Wikipedia. She has set a challenge to everyone to try and make the pages on Irish history more accurate. Links are provided to pages that relate to Irish history. Remember to back up your information with sources and to research several sources to make sure it is accurate before you put it online.

Happy Reading!

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  1. Bean an Phoist’s avatar

    Thanks so much for recommending our NLI Blog (National Library of Ireland) – really appreciate it…

  2. Ruth Blair’s avatar

    I have really enjoyed the postings on the NLI blog and am looking forward to more.

  3. BDM’s avatar

    Thanks for the mention, Ruth. It’s always interesting (and convenient!) to see capsule recommendations in one spot. I enjoy your thoughtful content.

  4. Ruth Blair’s avatar

    Thank you Brenda.

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