From the Blogs, August 10
Following is a summary of recent posts from genealogy blogs that I have found interesting and informative and wanted to share them with you.
Marian Pierre-Louis, in What is Networking, and Is It Work It?, has an interesting discussion this week about networking. She asks questions such as “What does networking mean to you?” and “What form does it take (in person, online, society meetings, etc)?” While the conversation is more about professional networking, the same thoughts could apply to those researching their own family.
Randy Seaver made a great discovery recently through newspapers. Many of us wonder how our ancestors met. While a cousin told Randy how his parents met, nobody knew the story about his maternal grandparents. Searching newly-added newspapers n GenealogyBank.com, he soon discovered a serious clue. Read the whole story in “How Did They Meet? A Clue.”
Ryan Owen talks about 19th Century New England in Forgotten New England. A recent post discussed a church scandal in Billerica involving the minister and the daughter of a deacon. While specific to this town, it is illustrative of the social dangers in the era of Victorian morality no matter where you lived. You can read more in A (True) Story about Victorian Billerica, a Church, and Its Scandal.
Ben Sayer of GenealogyTools.com posted a few weeks back about Gedcom files. He tested to see what would happen to the source citations attached to his data as it moved through Gedcom format. The results may surprise you, and definitely concern you. Read more in Your Source and Citation Information is in Danger.
And finally, Dick Eastman brought sad news this week. Noted British genealogist Christopher Watts has passed away. Chris was a former chair of the Society of Genealogists, and had been awarded the honor of becoming a fellow of SOG. He also worked for a time at The National Archives. He had published several how-to guides to research. Chris helped me personally this past March when I was in London with a particularly puzzling mystery in England and Wales. His friendly advice and counsel were invaluable. His presence will be missed. You can read more on EOGN.