From the Blogs, August 24

24 Aug 2012

Following is a summary of recent posts from genealogy blogs that I have found interesting and informative and wanted to share them with you.

Dick Eastman’s blog includes articles that are free to everyone and PlusEdition articles for subscribers only. One PlusEdition article was so popular that he recently updated it and made it free for everyone. In Facing UP to the Long-term Future of Your Genealogical Society, Dick does an incredible job of iterating the problems facing genealogical societies today. He points out that there is nothing new under the sun, and compares the societies’ issues today with similar issues facing other industries in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Audrey Collins had an interesting discussion this week about online databases. In Online Records – Never Mind the Description, Look at the Source, she makes some interesting observations about understanding online databases. Major websites, such as Ancestry, FamilySearch, and FindMyPast, tend to group data together by localities or subject. This data can often come from multiple sources, making it difficult to determine the exact origin of the information you are looking at.

The National Genealogical Society is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the NGS Quarterly a series entitled Voices of Genealogy. In the Upfront with NGS blog, they announce the latest video in this series. Noted genealogist Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASG, FGBS, tells his story of Becoming a Genealogist.The video is quite interesting and includes stories of some of the great names in genealogy that Henry had the opportunity to work with.

Mel Wolfgang is always interesting and informative. Recently on his Mnemosyne’s Magic Mirror blog, he discussed Back From being on the Road: Glad I Had the Digital Voice Recorder. Mel and his wife have been on a research trip to West Virginia. During the many visits to courthouses and other repositories, they ran into conflicting policies about copying documents, sometimes several times within the same building. He used a digital voice recorder to help him save time.

Lynn Palermo is a freelance writer and family historian in Simcoe, Ontario. In her Armchair Genealogist blog, she recently wrote that Little Libraries Have a Big Impact. These libraries are small places, some like an oversize postal box, where people leave books for others to borrow and return. It is an interesting concept, and one that is growing in many communities.