This week we have a mix of blog posts from genealogists. Dick Eastman warns us about a potential records access problem, Randy Seaver writes about a new free genealogy database search engine, Diane Boumenot shows how to break down brick walls, Lisa Louise Cooke discusses “Family Tree Etiquette,” the Legal Genealogist finds a new branch on the family tree a bit close to home, and Valerie Hughes makes a plea for others not to write her obituary. I hope you enjoy them.
Connecticut has often been a problem for genealogists. Dick Eastman reported yesterday about another access proposal going before the state legislature. The bill, if it becomes law, would allow city and town clerks to require advance appointments for genealogists to research. This could have a devastating impact on records access. Read more in Genealogists Shouldn’t Need Town Hall Appointments.
Brick walls are one of the biggest curses in family history. We can spend years trying to tear them down and move past them. Diane Boumenot gives us a great lesson in how to move past your brick wall. Using the example of how she ultimately identified her third-great grandmother, and tracking her from Rhode Island to Connectict to Alabama to Missouri and back to Rhode Island. Learn some necessary techniques in How I Solved the Hannah Andrews Brick Wall.
Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems podcast is very popular. And her website provides even more information. This week she had a great post about the etiquette surrounding the use of private versus public family trees. She debates the merits of each, and provides an answer as to which is best in Family Tree Etiquette: Online Private vs. Public Trees.
Judy G. Russell, the Legal Genealogist, writes many valuable pieces for genealogists. This week, however, brought us a very special piece, and a very special reminder for all of us. When she was young, she discovered a half-brother she didn’t know she had. She eventually was able to track him down, met him, and form a relationship with him. But she came within a hair’s breadth of missing that opportunity. The takeaway is: don’t wait. You never know when you might be too late. Read the full story in Finding Evan.
Finally this week we have a story from professional genealogist Valerie Hughes. She writes this week about obituaries. More specifically, she writes about how often there is such little information in an obituary. She has come up with a perfect solution. She is writing her own life story. And she is challenging each of us to do the same. Find out more in Please Don’t Write My Obituary!