Blog Posts for Genealogists, April 5, 2013

05 Apr 2013

Following are some interesting stories and blog posts that I thought would be interesting to genealogists.

This week starts off with an interesting post by Randy Seaver in Genea-Musings. It was one year ago this week that the 1940 census was released to the public. Randy looks back on this event and what it meant to the genealogical community. You can read it in The 1940 Census — One Year Ago!

Fox News in the District of Columbia had an interesting story this week about John Blue. His dad taught him how to use a metal detector. In 2005 he found an identification ring that belonged to a Union soldier in the Civil War. Researchers were unable to identify the soldier at first, but recently there was a turn of events that allowed Blue to get in touch with collateral descendants of the ring’s owner. You can watch the story at Man To Return Civil War Identification Ring to Soldier’s Family After Found with Metal Detector.


Levi Schlegel’s identification ring.


Judy Russell’s subtitles can be quite informative. I particularly enjoy “The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing.” This week she explained a term that I myself have never seen before: coparceners. One of her readers cam across the term in a deed, and Judy, of course, was prepared with the answer for him. Find out the definition of the word and see a sample of its use in The Coparceners.

Denise Barrett wrote an interesting piece for the Moultrie Creek Gazette. She was inspired by her trip to the RootsTech 2013 conference, where she heard a great deal about large databases sites. She was surprised at the lack of discussion around personal archives. She discusses all of this in The Future of Family History.

John Newmark’s Transylvania Dutch blog encompasses quite a bit more than just Transylvania and Dutch ancestors. Last week he posted a short discussion about Politics, Religion, and Genealogy. John says “There are some who think discussions of politics and religion don’t belong on a genealogy blog, but I disagree. Politics and religion are hopelessly intertwined with family history research.” It is an interesting conversation, with links to similar posts he has made.