Ruth’s Recommendations

Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

Carole Riley of the Social Media and Genealogy blog had a post called “Can Google+ replace Facebook and Twitter?” It was a very good comparison of the social media giants.

Paul Stuart-Warren’s blog Paula’s Genealogical Eclectica had a very good post called “Vacation on a budget” where she provides a different view point on a family history vacation.

Deborah Large Fox writes “Help! The Faerie Folk Hid My Ancestor’s” her post called “Genealogical Soil” was a heartfelt memory of visiting her family’s farm in Ireland.

Geniaus aka Jill Ball had a humourous post called “Dear Santa” which was a Christmas list of what she would like to see in the new Google+

The NLI (National Library of Ireland) Blog had a post called “A lesson on the limits of the internet” which was a great reminder that you will not find it all on the internet.

Kerry Farmer of the Family History Research blog posted “Check multiple names and also multiple indexes” which shows us the differences found in the indexes of subscription websites and the importance of searching for variant spellings of names.

Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter had a good post called “PortableApps.com: Portable Windows Software on a USB Flash Drive” You can travel with the contents of your computer on a portable device and use it on any Windows computer. He also cautions people about the possibility of loosing the tiny flash drives.

Chris Paton of Scottish GENES (GEnealogy News and EventS) told us about the “The Family History Show on YouTube.” This is put together by the editorial team of “Your Family History” magazine in England. The first installment is an interview with Titanic survivor Millvina Dean.

Brenda Dougall Merriman’s blog post “(Almost) Silent Sunday” tells us of the joys and some pitfalls of the genealogy road trip.

The Enniskerry Local History blog has a post called “Summer Reading/Viewing” which provides many different suggestions for reading, surfing the net and visiting. Unfortunately you have to be in Ireland to visit the places he suggests. Enniskerry is a town in County Wicklow. My cousins were married in the local church just down the road from the Powerscourt Estate. I will have to keep an eye out for the book “The Irish Country House: It’s Past, Present and Future.”

Pue’s Occurrences the Irish History Blog had a post called “Irish history and historians on Wikipedia” where Juliana Adelman talks about the inaccuracies that can be found in Wikipedia. She has set a challenge to everyone to try and make the pages on Irish history more accurate. Links are provided to pages that relate to Irish history. Remember to back up your information with sources and to research several sources to make sure it is accurate before you put it online.

Happy Reading!

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Ruth’s Recommendations

On a regular basis I am going to share with you some of my favourite blog posts from other bloggers. They may not all be genealogy related but have some connection to the process of researching your family history.

Amy Coffin of “The We Tree Genealogy Blog” has a post called “If Genealogists Ran Hollywood.” It is a humourous look at the premise of what would happen if the theme of family history had an influence on the movie industry. I would really like to see “Genealogy Conference: The Movie.”

Marian Pierre-Louis of “Marian’s Roots and Rambles” takes a look at “The Top 3 Changes in Genealogy.” It is a thought provoking post that covers Awareness and Visibility, Education and Outreach, and Technology which includes Blogging, Facebook and Digitization.

George Angus of “Tumblemoose,” a blog about the writing process, has a post called “50 Books That Will Make You A Better Writer – Repost.” This is a good reference for those family historians who want to write, are getting ready to write or are in the process of writing their family history. He breaks the list down into Classics, Composition and Rhetoric, Genre and Medium, Literary Criticism, Reading, and Analysis and Notable Writers.

The National Library of Ireland have launched a new blog aptly name “NLI Blog.” Fiona Ross, Director of the NLI wrote the first posting. She weaves the past history of the library into the present and beyond into the future. The doors of the library opened for the first time in August 1877. They are celebrating 121 years of continuous service next month. There is a quote, at the end of the post, from a speech given by Dr. Edward Dowden on the opening day which is very poignant.

The blog “Planting the Seeds Genealogy as a Profession” by Michael Hait had an interesting post about the top five books on his bookshelf. He links to “Marian’s Roots and Rambles” and “Greta’s Genealogy Blog” who posted their own lists.

Chris Paton’s blog “Walking in Eternity” has a very heartfelt tribute entitled “Missionary man – David Macdonald Paton” telling the story of his experiences in China as a missionary for the Church Missionary Society.

“The Family Recorder” blog by Audrey Collins has an interesting post entitled “Work in the workhouse” where she looks at an advertisement she recently found for a firewood bundling machine.

Happy Reading!

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