Following is a summary of recent posts from genealogy blogs that I have found interesting and informative and wanted to share them with you.
Leland Meitzler wrote about an interesting legal case this week. The Hawaiian homeland program gives native Hawaiians with a 99-year lease for property at a cost of $1 per year. To qualify, one must be able to prove at least 50% native ancestry to qualify. An adopted man on Molokai is now suing the state to use DNA evidence as his proof. Read more, with a link to the original story on GenealogyBlog.
Randy Seaver wrote on interesting review on Monday. FamilySearch provides an opportunity for users to build their own family tree online. You can use this space to collaborate with others on common lines of research. This week, Randy discusses some of the issues surrounding using the tree, and provides useful feedback to the developers, in The Problem with FamilySearch Family Tree.
Dick Eastman found an interesting article by Roy Stockdill. Roy is a noted English genealogist and regular columnist for FindMyPast. Roy recently discussed problems with using transcribed records in genealogical research. Dick weighs in, and provides a link to the original article, in A Case Study: Don’t Believe Transcribed Records.
Patti Browning of Texas writes about her family history research on Consanguity. . . Kin-necting the Dots. A few weeks ago she wrote a compelling post about her grandmother, Minna Anna Louise (Papstein) Depperman. She uses great pictures to illustrate the story of “Grandma Minnie” from her birth in Germany in 1888 to her death in 1985. One of the family stories concerns the real parentage of one of the children. It is an excellent example of treating the facts as facts, without being judgemental. Read the full story in Grandma Minnie in Stories and Pictures.
Claudia Breland is a librarian, writer, and a professional genealogist from Seattle. She has started the process of becoming a certified genealogist. She recently shared some of her thoughts about this process on her blog, saying “When I decided in January that I was ready to take the plunge and send in my preliminary application for certification as a genealogist, I had no idea of the benefits I would receive from making a concentrated effort to improve my skills in research and reporting. One of the very real benefits I’ve gained is just the necessity (and luxury) of getting back to researching my own family again.” You can read the full post in Journey Toward Certification — Getting Back to My Own Family.