From the Blogs, December 7

07 Dec 2012

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

Today is the seventy-first anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, “a date that will live in infamy.” Angela Walton-Raji writes the My Ancestor’s Name blog, talking about her genealogical research. Today she wrote about Dorie Miller, the first African-American to be awarded the Navy Cross. His bravery at Pearl Harbor was justly recognized, although he did not survive the war. He was killed in a torpedo attack on another shire in 1942. Read more about Dorie’s story, and watch a brief video tribute, in Remembering Dorie Miller, an American Hero.

Michael John Neill writes multiple blogs, including RootsDig. Spelling variations can be a major issue in genealogical research. Inexperienced researchers believe that there is only a single way to “properly” spell a name or other word, and are quickly disillusioned. He came across an interesting example of this in a nineteenth century genealogy of the Sargent family. Take a look at Handing Me a List of Spelling Variants.

The Probably Arboreal blog follows a British genealogist’s research. This week’s post On Chasing Wild Geese concerns a project to trace the descendants of fourth-great grandfather Joseph Bryan Geoghegan, who married twice and had at least 20 children. Recently a valuable lesson was learned about checking multiple sources.


The Dead Bell


Jennifer Darling writes The Dead Bell blog, focusing on cemetery history, architecture, art, and gravestone epitaphs. This week she posted a nice discussion about Grave Markers. She provides descriptions of different types of markers, from boulders to ledgers to table tombs. And the descriptions are illustrated with examples from her collection.

Genealogists are always looking for new tools of all types to assist them in their research. Dick Eastman frequently writes about new software products that might be helpful. This week he writes about a free alternative to the expensive Adobe Photoshop software. Read his review for a potentially valuable new resource.