From the Blogs, September 14

14 Sep 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.

A few weeks ago, Lorine McGinnis Schulze wrote a post about the different kings of people who are interested in genealogy. In What Type of Genealogist Are You? she described everything from the Junkyard Collector (who verifies nothing and adds internet trees like there is no tomorrow) to the Analyzer (who studies and reviews information before moving on to the next step).

Randy Seaver read this and spent some time figuring out what kind of genealogist he really is. His decision is that he is a Genealogy Butterfly (as opposed to a Genealogy Caterpillar). In A Genealogy Butterfly Type of Day, he describes a typical day for him.

Dwight Radford is a well-known genealogist specializing in Irish research. He writes The Journey Home Genealogy Blog. This week he writes about the Royal Irish Constabulary (1816–1921). The RIC, formed from Irish-born men, was Ireland’s armed police force. More than 85,000 men passed through it’s ranks over the years.

I’ve written previously about the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections. Diane Boumenot writes the One Rhode Island Family blog, about her experiences researching her family. In How To Use NUCMC to Perform a Miracle, she discusses the success she had in using the NUCMC, and the surprise she found there. Letters from a third-great grandmother, who died at the age of 33 in 1839. And the letters? They are in the Boulder Public Library in Colorado.

Jean Powers is associate editor of The Daily Genealogist, the news blog of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. This week she posted about an amazing historical find that was discussed in the blog Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience. In How Could You Go Ahead of Me?, Shaun Usher discusses a how, during a 1998 dig, archaeologists found a letter from 16th-century widow to her deceased 30-year-old husband, folded and placed on his body. It is amazing how little sentiments have changed through the centuries.