From the Blogs, October 26

26 Oct 2012

Horatio Gates

Portrait of Horatio Gates by Gilbert Stuart.

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

Judy G. Russell, the Legal Genealogist, is one of my favorite bloggers. She takes writes about legal topics in plain English, making topics that my be difficult to grasp very easy to understand. This week she tackled a topic of importance to any genealogist. Do you have a right to take photographs in cemeteries?

Organizing paper has always been a challenge for genealogists. Nowadays the challenge is doubled as we have to create systems for not only our paper materials, but our digital files as well. Randy Seaver explains the process he uses for his digital files in My Ancestor Family File Folders and File Naming Convention.

Genealogists scan photographs by the thousands. But what about the challenges of negatives? Especially old black and white negatives of varying sizes? James Tanner provides some sound advice on the FamilySearch blog in Scanning Old Film Negatives.

Those researching their ancestors in England know that one of the challenges is that there is no way to access microfilm copies of old civil registers of births, marriages, and deaths. Certificates must be ordered from the government. Audrey Collins reviews the official website for ordering the certificates, which has just been updated, in Welcome to Gov.UK. . . simpler, clearer, faster, allegedly.

The Battle of Saratoga, which took place in September and October 1777, was a defining moment in the American Revolution. Thanks to Washingon’s victory here, France allied itself with the colonists, providing them with much-needed supplies and forcing Britain to fight the war on multiple fronts. Horatio Gates was the general in charge of American forces against Burgoyne’s British troops. Unfortunately, the size of his ego led him into obscurity and he died in Manhattan in 1806. The exact location of his burial in Trinity Cemetery, as well as the grave marker, are lost to time. But thanks to a diligent tour guide, a new memorial has been placed in the cemetery to remember General Gates. The History Blog reports on this in Revolutionary War General Gets a Grave Marker.