Ruth’s Recommendations

Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

Irish Genealogy News had two interesting posts this past week. The first is “Images of Belfast burial records now available.” There are about 360,000 records for Belfast City Cemetery; Dundonald Cemetery; and Roselawn Cemetery.

The second is “Ill-conceived” merger attracts more criticism” which looks at the proposal to merge the National Archives of Ireland and the National Library of Ireland.

The 16th of June is Bloomsday in Dublin. There are celebrations and events relating to James Joyce’s book “Ulysses.” The National Library of Ireland blog has a post called “Joyce Manuscripts Online – Beta but Beautiful.” I haven’t had a chance to go in and look at them yet. It took me three months but I read “Ulysses” and am very glad I did. It was a challenging but wonderful experience.

Anglo-Celtic Connections has a post called “Blame, or credit, the ancestors” which looks at “Epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of altered stress responses.” You need to read the post to find out more. It is an interesting theory and I can see instances of it in my own family history.

Since the 1000 days of remembrance of the War of 1812 began this week there is an interesting post from ActiveHistory.ca called “Podcast: “Whose War Was It, Anyway?” A Roundtable Discussion on the War of 1812.” If you are stuck inside with the heat, humidity and smog this might be a way of spending some of your time.

I enjoy the National Archives of England blog and this week it didn’t disappoint. They had a post called “A challenge and a solution” where they look at the photographic projects they are working on in the Collection Care studio. This is what an archives blog needs to be. They don’t only tell you stories regarding their collections; they also walk you through the process of conservancy and sorting their collections. This blog truly helps you understand what an archive does and the importance of supporting all that they do to preserve our history.

Marian’s Roots & Rambles has a post this week that says “Seriously, Not Everything is Online.” Everyone needs to remember that you cannot find everything online. I heard a statistic that said less than 1% of the information genealogists access is actually found online. The internet is a wonderful tool but not the only stop in your research process.

Find My Scottish Ancestors is starting a “(semi) regular” series on unusual words that they have come across during their research. The first post is “Old Scots Words – Afaldly or Afauldly.” I am looking forward to more of these posts.

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. Sarah VanSnick’s avatar

    Thanks so much for your kind words about the UK National Archives blog! It’s always helpful to get some feedback and hear that readers are enjoying what we write. We’re also happy to chat further about blog topics through the comments.

  2. Kirsteen Mulhern’s avatar

    Thanks very much for the mention Ruth. I do enjoy reading your round-up of the genealogy blogs.

    My ‘semi regular’ old (and odd) Scots words posts will hopefully be weekly until I get to the end of the alphabet…I might have a problem finding one starting with ‘x’ but at least I have a wee while to think about it!

    Cheers, Kirsteen
    (Find My Scottish Ancestors)

  3. Ruth Blair’s avatar

    The UK National Archives blog is great as it covers so many aspects of the archives not just one. I particularly like the stories of the conservancy as people don’t always know what goes on behind the scenes at an archive.

  4. Ruth Blair’s avatar

    Thanks Kirsteen. I look forward to reading more of your series. You will find the word for X when the time comes. It may turn out to be one of the more interesting words/definitions because of its rarity.

  5. John’s avatar

    Thanks for mentioning the blog Ruth. I’m sure there’s a lot more to epigenetics than I understand. It certainly deserves watching. Also it was interesting chatting with you in Kingston.

  6. Ruth Blair’s avatar

    It was nice to catch up with you in Kingston as well. I think we will be hearing more about epigenetics.

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