Ruth’s Recommendations

Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

Clare Santry of Irish Genealogy News had a post called “Where there’s a will…” where she talks about the National Archives of Ireland catalogue and “the Calendars of grants of probate of wills and letters of administration from 1858-1982.”

Chris Paton of the British GENES blog had two posts connected to Clare’s on the Irish wills calendars. The first is “Southern Irish wills calendars to go online” where he shares his difficulties finding the will calendars. He then wrote a second post called “Southern Irish probate calendars – direct links” where he makes it easy for the rest of us to find the catalogue references. The links are all PDF files. Thanks Chris!

He also had a post called “Belfast Newsletter released on Ancestry” where he looks at the Belfast Newsletter, 1738-1925 Ancestry release and other options for finding the Belfast Newsletter online.

Marian’s Roots & Rambles had a post this week called “Not All PDFs are Alike” which reminds us to look closely at the digital images we are searching to make sure we understand how it was created, how long ago it was created and what software was used to create it. Then what happens when you find errors in these records.

The National Library of Ireland blog had a post called “History as the Sum of Our Stories.” They are promoting the Europeana 1914-1918 project. They are going to local areas in Europe and “digitizing pictures, letters, memories for the 100th anniversary.” The author of the post, Avice-Claire McGovern, shared her own family history with regards to the First World War.

The Irish Story blog had a post called “When Aungier Street became the Dardanelles” – Interview with James Durney.” They interview James Durney about an article he wrote in the Irish Sword journal of Irish military history. It is about “…the experience of a street in Dublin, nicknamed, “the Dardanelles” by British troops during the Irish War for Independence.”

The Ancestry.com blog had a post called “These Families We Inherit” which is a post about the author of The Descendants Kaui Hart Hemmings.

Now for a little shameless self promotion, this morning I was interviewed on SunTV about family history. This is to help promote the release of The Descendants starring George Clooney on DVD and Blu-ray. It is a great movie and I would recommend it.

What were your favourite blog posts this past week?

Let me know in the comments below.

Other bloggers that write their own lists are:

Genea-Musings – Best of the Genea-Blogs

British & Irish Genealogy

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  1. BDM’s avatar

    Sorry I missed you on Monday morning but glad to see the interview online! You look and sound great! Looking forward to CHCH-TV tomorrow.

  2. Sheri Fenley’s avatar

    I watched the clip – you are a Genea-Rock Star!!

  3. Ruth Blair’s avatar

    Thanks Sheri!

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