Blogs for Genealogists, February 8

08 Feb 2013

Following are some posts from genealogical and historical blogs that I found interesting and informative. I wanted to share them with you.

The Citizen Archivist has an important reminder to genealogists. When Ordering copies of military records from the National Archives, researchers will not necessarily obtain all of the information they are looking for. Materials can be located in multiple record groups, and one must search all of them to ensure a thorough search. Read more in The Revolutionary War Pension(er) Nexus and It Ain’t All in the Pension Nexus: Step One.

Speaking of the Revolutionary War, J.L. Bell has an interesting piece on the Boston 1775 blog. In The Revolution Will Be Televised, Bell offers links to some top-notch online resources to learn about the American Revolution. A TedxEureka talk is a great place to start, with a nine-minute presentation. Another option is Joanne Freeman’s free online course from Yale University, American Revolution.

I recently posted five reasons why you might not be able to find your ancestors online. Dick Eastman this week addressed another side of the same coin. Why is it that sometimes you can find records online, and then they are removed so you can’t find them again? In Why was the Information Removed from Online?, Dick goes into the story behind how records get online in places like FamilySearch., which helps to understand why they sometimes disappear.

Paula Stuart-Warren is a well-known Minnesota genealogist. She writes a blog called Paula’s Genealogical Eclectica. She recently wrote about the danger of relying on transcriptions/abstractions (be they print or online). In Is that genealogy record abstract correct?, she discusses a recent experiences in Salt Lake City. It wasn’t that the abstract was incorrect as much as it was incomplete. There was a treasure trove of information that didn’t make it into the abstraction, because it didn’t fit the template of the abstractors.

Noted genealogy Paul Milner, a specialist in researching Scotland and England, has started a new blog. Last week he posted about “the blogger trail.” The blogger trail occurs when one blogger picks up a post that another blogger made, and discusses it. As it spreads from blog to blog, it leaves a trail of links behind. Recently he followed a blogger trail that ended in an online map of Irish Civil Registration districts.