December 2012

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Here are my favourite blog posts this past week.

Dick Eastman had a post called “Tourtière Genealogy” which looks at the different way the people of Quebec make tourtières and how that can help you figure out what area of Quebec they were from originally.

FamilySearch Blog has a post called “What do I Need to Restore Damaged Photographs? Part Two.” This is the second in a series by James Tanner on restoring digital photographs.

John Reid of Anglo-Celtic Connections blog has a post called “LAC as lender of last resort” which tells us about LAC’s intention of making inter-library loans only if they are “lender of last resort.”

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

Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog

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Merry Christmas


Joyeux Noël


Nollaig Shona


Nollaig Chridheil

Congratulations to Christina who won a one year Premium Subscription to Saving Memories Forever.

Don’t forget when you are with family this holiday season to ask a few questions and see if you can get some new stories to add to your family history.

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Have you entered the contest to win a one year Premium Subscription to Saving Memories Forever?

All you have to do is leave a comment on the original post.

The contest closes on Friday December 21st.

Good luck everyone!

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While at the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in September I interviewed Harvey Baker of Saving Memories Forever. I asked him ten questions about his genealogy research. You can listen to his interview here.

Saving Memories Forever helps you record, save and share your family stories with others. They provide a how to video to help you get started. You can try it for free but must register to record and share your family stories. The App is free to download and you can save some stories to the website but the Premium subscription provides more services.

There is a page called “Free vs Fee: What’s the Difference?” where you can find out more about the extras you get with a subscription.

The apps leads you through the entire process even providing a list of questions you may want to ask and will automatically upload the finished story to the website. You can add pictures to your story and share your stories with others.

The website says that “in order to record and upload the stories directly from your computer the stories need to be in a MP3 format.” They provide you with a Quick Start Guide for the Website and there is a complete Users Guide in PDF format that is downloadable.

If you want to keep everything private that is not a problem.

There is an app for your iPhone or Android and you can record the stories onto your Android or iPhone and then save them to the Saving Memories Forever website. I used the app on my iPod and it worked great. It was so easy to record and upload the information.

There is a section called “Helpful Hints” where they provide tips on how to record and tag your family stories.

You can find out more at their website.

The Passionate Genealogist has a one year Premium Subscription to give away. This would be a great product to use over the holidays while the family are all gathered together. You can collect the stories and upload them to the website to preserve and share them with the family.

To win all you have to do is tell me who you would most like to interview this holiday season. Make sure you include your email address and I will randomly pick a winner using Random Number Generator on 21 December 2012.

Good Luck Everyone!

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Here are my favourite blog posts from the past few weeks.

Dear Myrtle responded to the genealogy column entitled “Drive-by genealogists should learn a few rules” by Sharon Tate Moody. Dear Myrtle’s post was entitled “The Proof is in the Pudding.” Since I enjoy cooking, and baking in particular, this post resonated with me.

The Family Curator had a post called “Chasing Descendants and Finding Family History” where she describes her trip to England and France and the family history discoveries she found. Not all of them were from the past.

The Family Recorder had a post called “Goodbye Desperate Dan, happy birthday British Newspaper Archive” which looks at the first anniversary of the British Newspaper Archive and the sad demise of a long loved children’s comic called “Dandy.” My Grandmother used to mail this comic to me on a regular basis so it is part of my childhood despite the fact that I didn’t live in the United Kingdom or Ireland. Read the post to find out how Dandy and the British Newspaper Archive are connected.

The FamilySearch blog had a post called “What do I Need to Restore Damaged Photographs? Part One” where James Tanner begins a series of posts to help us with the equipment and software needed to digitize our photographs. Then he will look at a very important aspect of digitizing a collection which is how to manage the collection.

What were your favourite blog posts from the past few weeks?

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


Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog

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Once a day on the Blair Archival Research Facebook page a new post is shared. There is a theme for each month and November’s was Scotland. You will get bonus posts relating to the theme but only on the Blair Archival Research Facebook page these will not be posted on the monthly blog review.

November 1

The topic for November is Scotland. Scotland has a lot of information available online. The first place for anyone researching Scotland to check is ScotlandsPeople. You will need to register to search the indexes and purchase credits to view the images.

November 2

ScotlandsPeople not only have online databases they have helpful resources to aid you in your research.

November 3

ScotlandsPeople is a pay per view website but you get the images of the records which is almost as good as seeing them in person. Sometimes there are mix ups but in my experience they have always been quick to fix them and offer assistance.

November 4

You find census records, civil registration, OPRs and Catholic baptism registers at ScotlandsPeople but you will also find Wills and Testaments from 1513-1925.

November 5

The National Library of Scotland has an online database of maps.

November 6

The NLS also has an online database of Post Office Directories.

November 7

The NLS have many choices in their digital gallery to help you learn something new about Scotland and your ancestors. It is a great place to fill in some of that background for your family history.

November 8

Did you know that there are settlements of Scots in Argentina? You can find out more at “The Scots in Argentina (including Argentine and Chilean Patagonia) 1800-1950.”

November 9

You can find more Scottish Directories at Internet Archive.

November 10

The National Library of Scotland has a page called “Scots Abroad: Stories of Scottish Emigration” where you can find out more about the experiences of Scottish emigration.

November 11

The Scottish National War Memorial honours nearly 150,000 Scottish casualties from the First and Second World Wars and other campaigns after 1945.

November 12

The University of Aberdeen has a Scottish Emigration Database which has records of 21,000 passengers from 1923 and 1890 to 1960. They left from Greenock and Glasgow to non-European ports.

November 13

The National Archives of Scotland have a list of guides to help you with very specific records.

November 14

A rather obscure database is “Historic Hospital Admission Records Project (HHARP)” which has a database of records for the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow and it covers the period from 1883 to 1903. You can search admission records by name and year of birth.

November 15

Trying to find a place where a specific record might be held? The Scottish Archive Network is an online catalogue for 52 archives around Scotland.

November 16

The Scottish Archive Network has a great Research Tools section.

November 17

You can find digital images of the “Glasgow Herald” at Google News.

November 18

If you are looking for information on burials in Scotland then try Deceased Online. They cover most of the United Kingdom and the list of cemeteries in Scotland is growing daily. This is a pay per view website. You can click on Database Coverage to see what cemeteries are included.

November 19

Don’t forget to join the local family history society for the town or county where your ancestors came from in Scotland. They are a wealth of information and not everything is found online. The Glasgow & West of Scotland Family History Society is a good choice.

November 20

The National Museums of Scotland have the Scottish Life Archive. Their aim is to collect and preserve items relating to Scotland’s “material culture and social history.”

November 21

The Statistical Accounts of Scotland (1791-1845) is a good resource for Scottish research.

November 22

Electric Scotland is a place to find some reference material. They have books, history, gazetteers and many other items. The site is rather full visually and sometimes you get pop ups but don’t let those put you off because you may find something really interesting.

November 23

If you have Orkney ancestors then check out Find Your Orkney Ancestors.

November 24

One gem I found in my research was “The Diary of Thomas Scott of Dalkeith his voyage to Australia on the ship “Skelton” from 13th June to 27th November 1820.” I have collateral lines that went to South Australia in 1825 and 1830. This gives me a small idea of the kinds of things they went thorugh on their way to Australia.

November 25

“Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry” Third Edition by Kathleen B. Cory Revised & Updated by Leslie Hodgson is a good book to help with your Scottish research.

November 26

Another good book is “In Search of Scottish Ancestry” by Gerald Hamilton-Edwards. Both yesterday’s book and today’s are older books but they are good resources to help you find out about the different Scottish records.

November 27

Chris Paton has a book called “Discover Scottish Church Records” which should be in everyone’s library.

November 28

Another of Chris’ books is “Researching Scottish Family History.”

November 29

I like Dave Moody’s “Scottish Local History An Introductory Guide” it helps with the background research to your Scottish family history.

November 30

As I have said with other countries you always need a good gazetteer. I use “The Gazetteer of Scotland 1882” by Rev. John Wilson.

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