Ruth’s Recommendations

Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

GeneaPopPop at Stardust ‘n’ Roots wrote a post this week called “Sears Catalogue of Genealogists” where he takes a humourous look at some of the different models of genealogists. Which one are you? Or can you choose just one?

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings had a post entitled “How do I catch up to 13 years of genealogy sloth?” He returns to a spreadsheet he created in 1998 and had added handwritten notes to the print out. He did not have the electronic file on his computer but he kept backups elsewhere and was able to find it and open the file. Now he has thirteen years to add to this document before he leaves on a research trip. The moral of his story “get better organized.”

The Ancestry Insider has a post called “Beyond the Walls of Your FHC.” They refer to a session given by Art Johnson at the 2011 BYU Family History Conference. It looks at the different places you can find the Family Search community.

Greta’s Genealogy Blog had a posting called “What I Learned Wednesday: Sometimes You Just Need to Clean House” where she describes how she spent the last week really doing a good clear out and cleaning. I always find clearing out the clutter to be a very freeing process and it seems Greta did as well. One big perk is all the extra free space you now have in the house.

Brenda Dougall Merriman had a post this week called “The GREAT BIG FAT WORLD TREE.” I am not going to describe the post here this is one you need to read for yourself.

Randy Seaver’s post called “Serendipity strikes again…and genealogy fun ensues” reminds us of how taking a little time out to just play and have fun while researching online can result in success.

Kerry Scott of Clue Wagon had a posting entitled “What To Do With a 547-Page Probate File.” She talks about finding an extremely large probate file and the frustrations of being able to get access to it in the Court House. She then looks at the problems of copying it and how inspiration can come in an instant. She will certainly have fun going through this file in the years to come. Congratulations on the new job Kerry!

Are there any postings in the last week that you think need to be on this list? Let me know in the comments below.

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