From the Blogs, November 30

30 Nov 2012

Following are some history and genealogy blog posts that I found interesting and informative. I would like to share them with you.

UpFront with NGS, the blog of the National Genealogical Society, announced a new video in their ongoing series on the Voices of Genealogy. This one features Robert Charles Anderson, FASG. Bob has made numerous contributions to the field over his decades of work, most notably as director of the Great Migration Study Project, an analysis of immigrants during the seventeenth-century period known as the Great Migration. In this video, Bob discusses Building Bridges Between Genealogy and History.

Ancestry.com released a new website dedicated to newspapers this week. Today Judy posted an interesting discussion of the three big websites genealogists use for accessing newspapers: GenealogyBank.com, NewspaperArchive.com, and Ancestry’s Newspapers.com. Among her points in Looking at the News Sites, of course, is a discussion of each site’s terms of use.

William Dollarhide was a guest blogger for Leland Meitzler at GenealogyBlog this week. Bill created a list of different types of resources genealogists should consult. He lists 150 different sources in categories such as personal/home sources; vital records; church records; newspapers; school records; and directories/censuses. Check them out in A Checklist of 150 Genealogical Sources.

Marian's Roots and Rambles

Marian Pierre-Louis writes several blogs. She recently posted an interesting story on her Roots and Rambles blog. She writes that “I know it might seem a little strange to write about headsets but interestingly enough headsets demonstrate the progress (at least technologically) that we’ve made in genealogy.” Read the entire story in Headsets and Genealogy.

John L. Bell’s Boston 1775 Blog is always interesting. This week he wrote three posts dealing with three important works about Thomas Jefferson. The three coalesce around a new book by Henry Wiencek entitled Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves. The book is the subject of fierce criticism. There appears to be a difference of opinion between scholars and a popular researcher. Read Bell’s posts in this order to get the most of the discussion: Debate Over Master of the Mountain; Academic History, Popular History, and Jefferson’s Slaveholding; and “Instead, he cites Annette Gordon-Reed?”The upshot is the importance of reading multiple histories of events, as everyone brings their own priorities and prejudices.