Ruth’s Recommendations

Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

The blog for the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society had a post written by Mike More called “Volunteering Outside the Box” which laments the lack of volunteers to help run local genealogy societies. This is something which I think all organizations that rely on volunteers to run them are facing at this time.

The NLI Blog has a posted called “The Spectre of Blood” written by Abigail Rieley. It looks at crime reporting in newspapers, in particular murder. The National Library of Ireland has a large collection of newspapers on microfilm. Newspapers are a wonderful wealth of information. I have researched the newspapers on microfilm in the NLI for a murder relating to my Toppin family. You can read more about it here.

TheWildGeese.com…Irish Genealogy and Family History Blog had a post this week called “Irish Custer Writer Discovers 7th Calvary Ancestor!” which is about Robert Doyle’s research into soldiers of Irish origins who fought in Custer’s Last Stand. Imagine his surprise when he found a collateral family link to this very event.

Paula Stuart-Warren of Paula’s Genealogical Eclectica blog had a post entitled “Budget Choices in Life and in Family History” where she looks at how we all have to budget our finances but there are still ways to accomplish some of our research goals without breaking the bank.

There is a new blog called The Paperless Genealogist. His tag line on the blog is “Join me on my quest to reclaim my office and save some trees as I attempt to eliminate as much genealogy paper clutter as I can from my office.” I will be following this blog with interest.

Chris Paton on his British GENES (GEnealogy News and EventS) blog had a post called “How many Scottish church denominations?” This is something that everyone who does research in Scotland needs to know. Many people have told me they can’t find their ancestors in the registers of the Church of Scotland. They are not aware of the other denominations to be found in Scotland or of the secessions from the Established Church. “Burleigh’s chart of Scottish Churches” is another useful document to have in your Scottish research file.

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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