From the Blogs, August 31

31 Aug 2012

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

This week Tampa, Florida, was the site of the Republican National Convention. These political events have changed drastically. Originally the place where candidates were selected by the party, today the candidates are known well in advance and are more of a public relations opportunity for the parties. The Detour Through History blog posted an article this week about the 1888 Republican Convention, where Benjamin Harrison was nominated.

Benjamin Harrison

President Benjamin Harrison

Last week I talked about Dick Eastman’s post concerning the long-term future of genealogical societies. Ruby Coleman of Nebraska takes on the same topic. Ruby is a professional genealogist who writes the Genealogy Lines blog. In Genealogy Societies are Meant to Survive, Ruby discusses all of the good things that societies do. She also offers some suggestions of her own for society management.

And speaking of Dick Eastman, EOGN had another interesting post this week. In today’s economic climate, it is a sad state that public libraries, who provide valuable social support to economically disadvantaged people as well as researchers and historians, are being heavily penalized. In Nine Reasons to Save Public Libraries, Dick talks about journalist Emily Bristol and her reasons to help these institutions.

Forefathers is a genealogy and family history research services group in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. Peter Clifford from Forefathers wrote an interesting opinion piece on genealogy software recently. I was roped into  when I saw his first words  “Is it me, or does genealogy software need a rethink? Don’t get me wrong. I’m no Luddite. I worked in IT for 30 years and have developed my fair share of software in that time.” He then goes on to point out some glaring deficiencies and major opportunities for improvement.

Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist, has given us another valuable entry in her series on website terms of use. This week she discusses GenealogyBank’s TOU. For those unfamiliar with it, GenealogyBank is a website with the Social Security Death Index and more than 6,100 historical newspapers.