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Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

Library and Archives Canada Blog has a post announcing that “Lester Bowles Pearson Images Now on Flickr.” I remember Lester B. Pearson as Prime Minister. He won a Nobel Peace Prize for his suggestion to the United Nations about a peacekeeping force to help prevent issues during the withdrawal of British, French and Egyptian forces from the Suez Canal. Pearson was Prime Minister during Canada’s Centennial celebrations and Expo ’67 in Montreal.

Randy Seaver of the Genea-Musings blog wrote an “eBook Review – My Family History Toolbox, by Paul Larson.” This sounds like an interesting addition to the genealogist’s library.

Fiona Fitzsimons, of Eneclann, continues with her informative expert series on the findmypast.ie blog with a post called “Griffith’s Valuation, the gateway to Irish research.”

The National Archives Blog has a post on the subject of biodiversity in the area surrounding The National Archives called “Swanning around…” I love these posts because it shows that the archives is not just an edifice where records are preserved, they preserve the area surrounding their building as well.

Cassmob of the Family history across the seas blog has a post called “Insights into Australia: a book list.” Here she provides a list of reading materials to help you understand your ancestor’s experiences living in Australia.

What were your favourite blog posts this past week?

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Other bloggers that write their own lists are:

Genea-Musings – Best of the Genea-Blogs

British & Irish Genealogy

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Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

The ActiveHistory.ca blog had a post called “The Popularity of Remembrance” which looks the many events that are being remembered this year and how the act of remembrance is conducted. Last week was the 95th anniversary of Vimy Ridge which represents Canada’s coming of age.

Come Here to Me! has a post called “Some foreign media coverage of key Civil War events.” This looks at the Irish Civil War. There is an image that shows people in the street picking up pieces of paper in Sackville Street (O’Connell Street now) after the explosion at the Four Courts (public record office).

Enniskerry Local History blog has a post called “A Letter to Henry Grattan: The life of labourers in 1796” which makes for very interesting reading. It provides a list of the average prices for provisions.

John D. Reid of the Anglo-Celtic Connections blog gave a wonderful review of my presentation “A Brick Wall Chisel: The Cluster Research Project” which I presented at the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa last Saturday.

Irish Genealogy News had two posts this week: “Was Dracula Irish?” and “Dracula was Irish – the genealogical evidence.” The first post talks about the centenary of the death of Bram Stoker who wrote Dracula. He was an Irish-born author. The second post provides evidence, discovered by FindMyPast Ireland, to suggest that the character of Dracula was Irish.

The FamilySearch TechTips blog had a post called “Using Pinterest for Genealogy.”

Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter had a post called “Genealogy Tourism” which looks at the rising popularity of this type of tourism. If you would like to travel back to Ireland to do research you could decide to join our group “Touring the Research Trail in Dublin” in 2013. You can find out more about our trip here.

What were your favourite blog posts this past week?

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Other bloggers that write their own lists are:

Genea-Musings – Best of the Genea-Blogs

British & Irish Genealogy

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Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

The Findmypast.ie blog had a post about the Registry of Deeds in Ireland. Fiona tells us what the Registry of Deeds is and who you may find recorded in the documents.

Along similar lines Eneclann had a post called “The Quagmire of Administrative Districts.” They provide a bit of history, definitions and how they will help you with your Irish research.

The National Library of Ireland blog had a post called “Improving access to the Lawrence Collection.” This is a collection of photographs held by the National Library. You can view some of them on the National Library website or at Ancestry.com. The NLI blog post provides a history of the collection, how it is catalogued and what you may find in the collection.

The Irish Story blog had a post called “The Irish Story archive on the Easter Rising” where they provide links to different stories relating to the 1916 Easter Rising.

The British GENES blog had a post called “RootsIreland protests continue.” It sounds like RootsIreland better start listening to their customers as this story doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.

The Scottish Military Research Group blog has a post called “Who was Captain Morley, late of the Light Brigade, U.S. Army and Ayrshire Yeomanry?” They are looking for information on the date of the poster found in the archives.

What were your favourite blog posts this past week?

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Other bloggers that write their own lists are:

Genea-Musings – Best of the Genea-Blogs

British & Irish Genealogy

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Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

The National Archives blog had a post about the #hackon12 event held at the Archives. The post is called “#hackon12: We came, we saw, we didn’t sleep much.” They describe what went on and the items that came out of the event. This has some interesting prospects.

Irish Genealogy News has been busy again this week. They had a post called “Any Dublin police in your tree?” which talks about the digital availability of the Parish Watch collection for St. John’s Church in Dublin. This is a wonderful free resource made available on the Church of Ireland Representative Church Body Library website.

The backlash to the changes made by RootsIreland continues. Irish Genealogy News published the response of the Irish Genealogical Research Society to the recent changes in a post called “IGRS responds to ‘backward step’ by RootsIreland.”

The release of the 1940 US census yesterday has been the trending issue on many blogs this past week.

What were your favourite blog posts this past week?

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Other bloggers that write their own lists are:

Genea-Musings – Best of the Genea-Blogs

British & Irish Genealogy

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Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

The findmypast.ie blog had a post called “The Quagmire of Administrative Districts – Part 2” which looks at Irish Poor Law Unions, Dispensary districts and Registrars’ Districts.

The Family Recorder blog had a post called “Tuesday’s tip – using the London Gazette” which reminds us of the usefulness of this free resource.

The Irish Genealogy News blog has been very busy this week. They wrote a post called “Monumental Roadshow for grass-roots heritage” which is about the Historic Graves Roadshow providing educational workshops to local communities to help preserve the grave markers in local cemeteries. I think something like that would be a wonderful resource to any community in the world.

They also looked at “Ireland Inspires campaign launched” which is a project of the Federation of Irish Societies in the UK. It is “an umbrella organization for Irish groups in the UK.” This campaign is being launched in conjunction with the Olympics and it is promoting Irish culture.

The Irish Genealogy News blog has another post called “How to kill off goodwill, in one easy lesson.” This refers to the changes at RootsIreland regarding their fee structure and the new charges for search results. Chris Paton of British GENES also has a post regarding this issued called “Adding to the RootsIreland chorus.”

The ActiveHistory.ca blog has a post entitled “Illusionary Order: Cautionary Notes for Online Newspapers” which provides very important information regarding index searches in online newspaper databases. I would recommend reading this post before you do your next online newspaper database search.

The last blog post is a wonderful reminder from Library and Archives Canada called “1921 Census countdown!” The 1921 Canadian census will be given to LAC on 1 June 2013 and it is their intention to put it online as they have other census records. This will probably take a couple of years but at least it is closer. This was the first census taken after the First World War.

What were your favourite blog posts this past week?

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Other bloggers that write their own lists are:

Genea-Musings – Best of the Genea-Blogs

British & Irish Genealogy

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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?

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Other bloggers that write their own lists are:

Genea-Musings – Best of the Genea-Blogs

British & Irish Genealogy

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Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

Claire Santry of Irish Genealogy News had the best news this week with a post called “1926 Census gets green light.” This is an important census as it is the first one done under home rule and the first census since 1911 as the 1921 census was cancelled.

She had a post called “New social and historical topics on AskAboutIreland.” Askaboutireland has added new information regarding Irish cooking, farming and arts and literature.

The ACPL blog had a great post called “10 Tips for Researching at ACPL” which is a good resource for anyone going to the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Centre in Fort Wayne Indiana.

The NLI blog had a post called “Newspaper Descriptors Project” which describes the latest project of the National Library of Ireland and Newspaper & Periodical History Forum of Ireland. They are providing short descriptors for the newspaper titles in the National Library’s newspaper database. This information will be invaluable to anyone using the newspaper database.

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings has a post called “Individual RootsTech 2012 Videos Available Now” where he provides a list of the talks that are now available.

Chris Paton of British GENES (British Genealogy News and Events) has a post called “First WDYTYA Live talk goes online.” The Society of Genealogists is putting recordings of talks given at their workshops online.

The ActiveHistory.ca blog had an interesting post called “History vs. Geography and Sourcemap.com” which looks at the importance of geography to history. He looks at blending geography and history using sourcemap.com.

What were your favourite blog posts this past week?

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Other bloggers that write their own lists are:

Genea-Musings – Best of the Genea-Blogs

British & Irish Genealogy

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Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week. They are all from archives and libraries.

The National Archives of England blog had a really fun post this week called “Now this is one for the record…biodiversity!” It makes you think about the different things archives can do.

The Library and Archives Canada blog has a post called “How to Find Digitized Publications.” This is the first in a series of posts on the subject.

The Allen County Public Library Genealogy Centre blog has a post called “10 Tips for Researching at ACPL.” This is a very useful post. They provide suggestions for “At Home,” “At ACPL,” and “Notes” with some good information.

What were your favourite blog posts this past week?

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Other bloggers that write their own lists are:

Genea-Musings – Best of the Genea-Blogs

British & Irish Genealogy

TransylvanianDutch – Week in Review

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Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

Geneabloggers is celebrating the first blogiversary of GeneaWebinars. You don’t know what a webinar is? Then check out this post and learn more. You will learn about upcoming webinars if you subscribe to the GeneaWebinars blog.

The National Archives of England blog has a post called “Hack off, Hack on.” It’s not what you might think so go and read the post to find out more. I wish I could be in Kew next month.

Create Your Life Story blog has a post called “Episode 67: Audio Snapshots of Your Life Story.” They look at recording your own life story in small segments which may make it easier to handle. They look at the different ways there are to record, save and share your story.

The Library and Archives Canada blog had a post called “How to Order Newspapers on Microfilm via Interlibrary Loan.” I think the title is self explanatory.

Marian’s Roots & Rambles had a post this past week called “Digging a Little Deeper – Digital Vs. Paper.” I agree with her on this one.

Irish Genealogy News had a post called “WDYTYA? No place for Smoothies!” Claire was one of the lucky ones who were able to attend the Who Do You Think You Are? Live show in London last weekend. Here she shares some Irish genealogy news from the event.

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

TransylvanianDutch – Week in Review

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Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

On the Mocavo Genealogy Blog Michael Leclerc wrote a post called “Getting the Most from Scholarly Journals” where he reminds us what we are missing if we don’t read the genealogical journals that come across our doorstep.

Claire Santry of the Irish Genealogy News blog had a post called “Some snippets of interest” where she tells us about a discount that is available for GenesReunited. This ends on February 26th.

The Enniskerry Local History blog has a post called “Taylor and Skinner Map of Ireland 1777” where they look at this wonderful resource.

The Family Recorder has a post this week called “Those Places Thursday – what do you mean by ‘London’?” This post looks at the growth of London, its changing boundaries and what this means to the researcher when someone says they are from London.

The ActiveHistory blog had a post called “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Visualizing the Past.” They look at historical visualization and the different forms it can take. This type of information can be very useful to the genealogist.

Yesterday was Family Day in Ontario but Manitoba recognized it as Louis Riel Day. The Library and Archives Canada blog had a post called “Louis Riel Images Now On Flickr” so you can go in and view images relating to Louis Riel and the Northwest Rebellion.

James Tanner of the FamilySearch Tech Tips blog had a post called “Change Your Work Habits With Evernote, Dropbox and Mozy” where he looks at these programs and how they can help you with your research.

Fiona Fitzsimons wrote a post for the findmypast blog called “Search Tip – Class Systems” which reminds us to look at the society in which our ancestors lived and not the society in which we currently live. Fiona refers to it as “The “Downton Abbey” effect.”

Other bloggers that write their own lists are:

Genea-Musings – Best of the Genea-Blogs

TransylvanianDutch – Week in Review

British & Irish Genealogy

What were your favourite blog posts this past week?

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