January 2012

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Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

Dick Eastman’s blog had a post called “File Naming Tutorial” which talks about a free online four part video tutorial about the importance of file naming and how to do it. It is presented by the State Library of North Carolina.

The blog for Inside History magazine in Australia has a post called “The day my ancestor met Charles Darwin” which is a wonderful story.

Findmypast Ireland has a post called “The Representative Church Body Library (part 1).” I would highly recommend anyone doing Church of Ireland research to read these articles.

Chris Paton of British GENES (Genealogy News and EventS) has a post called “Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae improved on Internet Archive.” This is a great resource for Scottish researchers.

Other bloggers that write their own lists are:

Genea-Musings – Best of the Genea-Blogs

TransylvanianDutch – Week in Review

British and Irish Genealogy

What were your favourite blog posts this past week?

Let me know in the comments below.

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Today is the second anniversary of “The Passionate Genealogist” blog. I have had fun and met some wonderful people.

I want to thank everyone who follows “The Passionate Genealogist.”

Other genealogy bloggers who are celebrating anniversaries are:

A Tale of Two Ancestors which has now merged with Amanda’s Athenaeum

and

GeneDocs: Genealogy and Legacy Preservation

Congratulations everyone!

Are there any topics or websites you would like to see on “The Passionate Genealogist” blog? If you have suggestions please leave them in the comments below.

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Thomas MacEntee of Geneabloggers was my second interview at the FGS conference in Springfield Illinois. Thomas was an Official Blogger for the conference.

I asked ten questions relating to his family history and here are his answers.

Interview with Thomas MacEntee

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Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

The NLI Blog has a post called “New Adventures in Periodicals” which looks at the Department of Periodicals at the National Library of Ireland. It also looks at the online catalogue and what you can find there.

This Intrepid Band blog has a post called “The Old School” it looks at a photograph of four nurses from the Meath Hospital, Dublin, in 1872.

Chris Paton of the British GENES (GEnealogy News and EventS) blog has a post about the ScotFam Tree forum called “ScotFam Tree returns.” If you are doing Scottish research this is a place to find support and advice.

Other bloggers that write their own lists are:

Genea-Musings – Best of the Genea-Blogs

TransylvanianDutch – Week in Review

British and Irish Genealogy

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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Thirty five years ago we were all sitting in front of our televisions watching the first episode of an eight episode miniseries called “Roots” based on the book by Alex Haley. The miniseries ran from January 23-30, 1977.

“Roots” held the attention of a continent for eight straight nights. I can’t think of a television show that would do that now. There were about 55 actors starring in the production. The time period was from about 1750 through to 1870.

This was a television show that changed a lot of lives. Many people began researching their family history because of watching “Roots.” It made people curious about those who came before them.

How did “Roots” change your life? Did you start researching your family history because of “Roots?” Do you remember sitting in front of the television to watch this epic story?

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Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

The Irish Genealogy News blog had a post called “Emigrant ancestors in Southern Ontario?” which alerts us to the fact that FindMyPast Ireland has released a collection called “Canadian Emigration: 1826 Parliamentary papers” The official title of the documents is “Return of the Assessed Value of the Townships in the Newcastle District in Western Canada, which were settled by Pauper Emigrants from Ireland, between the years 1825 and 1828 at the public expense: Of the number of various Emigration Societies formed in Canada in 1840, by Canadian Proprietors desirous of Settling Emigrants from Great Britain and Ireland upon their Estates. (1848).”

Newcastle District is between the Home District and Midland District. All or parts of the following counties fall under Newcastle District: Durham, Haliburton, Muskoka, Northumberland, Peterborough and Victoria.

Irish Genealogy News also tells us about “Cork City non-conformist baptisms – online and free.”

The National Library of Ireland blog has a post called “Some reflections on The Dead.” This is about the short story entitled “The Dead” written by James Joyce. I love James Joyce and have read all but one of his works. “The Dead” was made into a wonderful movie by John Houston. The post is written by Felix M. Larkin and looks at the inspirations for parts of the story.

The Irish Story blog has a post called “A Pale trip through history” where the author, John Dorney, tells of his cycling trip from south Dublin to Carlingford and the area known as “The Pale.” He looks at the history of the area and shares a few adventures. Some believe the term “beyond the pale” originated from this area in Ireland.

John Reid of the Anglo-Celtic Connections blog had a post called “Perils of closer scrutiny” where he reminds us all to look at online indexes very closely before ruling out that our ancestor is not to be found.

Barry Ewell has started his own blog called “Barry’s Blog on Genealogy” why not visit the blog to see what you can find. The most recent post is a webinar on “Why digital preservation is important to you.”

Other bloggers that write their own lists are:

Genea-Musings – Best of the Genea-Blogs

TransylvanianDutch – Week in Review

British and Irish Genealogy

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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Gena Philibert Ortega graciously allowed me to interview her at the 2011 FGS Conference. She writes two blogs called Gena’s Genealogy and Family Food and Ephemera.

I asked Gena ten questions relating to her family history research. Click on the highlighted title and listen to her responses.

Gena Philibert Ortega Interview

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Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

The Irish Story blog has a post called “War and Famine in Ireland, 1580-1700” and it is the first in a series of posts by John Dorney on “how war provoked famine and massive population loss and aided conquest in early modern Ireland.”

The Family Recorder has a post called “Those Places Thursday – it’s not where you think it is” which looks at the anomalies of place names and what you need to look for when doing your research.

Greta’s Genealogy Blog has a post about apps and other obstacles called “How NOT to Jump-Start Your Genealogy.” It provides a humourous look at the things that can get in the way of our research. I have the cat problem Greta, especially around dinner time.

You will also find blog posts reviewed by the following bloggers:

Genea-Musings – Best of the Genea-Blogs

TransylvanianDutch – Week in Review

British and Irish Genealogy

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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Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

British and Irish Genealogy blog had a post called “10 Great History Quotes.” My favourite was the first quote listed.

The Genealogy in New South Wales blog had a post called “A Guide to early NSW Censuses and Musters” this is the first in a series on the subject and was very interesting reading.

British GENES (GEnealogy News and EventS) had a post called “Hogmanay and New Year newspaper stories” which originally came from the British Newspaper Archive. It looked at some of the historic events connected to this time of year.

The Family Recorder had a post called “2012- It’s going to be a Dickens of a year.” 2012 is the bi-centenary of the birth of Charles Dickens. She looks at her own history with his work and how fiction can help the family historian.

Other bloggers that write their own lists are:

Genea-Musings – Best of the Genea-Blogs

TransylvanianDutch – Week in Review

British and Irish Genealogy

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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Starting today I am going to post one tip each day for the rest of the year. There will be 366 posts because this year is a leap year. The posts will be on the Blair Archival Facebook page every day and then a synopsis will be put on the Passionate Genealogist at the end of the month.

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