Ruth’s Recommendations

Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

Abigail Rieley wrote a post on the NLI blog entitled “Dancing Angels and Devilish Microfilm” where she describes with great feeling her memories of time spent in the National Library of Ireland. She looks at how it has changed over the years but in many ways still remains the same.

The Professional Descendant blog had a useful posting called “Using LibraryThing for Genealogy” where she goes through the process of putting her large library of genealogy books in the LibraryThing database.

Cassmob of Family History Across the Seas has a post called “The Irish population haemorrhage: mapping 160 years of data” where she describes using the new National Centre for Geocompuation’s Online Atlas Portal which contains 160 years of data on the population of Ireland. One section pertains to the famine comparing census years 1841 and 1851.

She also posted “JSTOR @ NLA: finding the historical context for family history.” This post describes the resource JSTOR and things she has found in JSTOR. The only problem is you need a library card from the National Library of Australia and to get that you need to live in Australia. Check out a major library in your area to see if they provide access to this wonderful resource.

Carole Riley of Genealogy in New South Wales had an interesting post called “How to search for probate files at the State Records NSW.” She describes how to research probate records and where to find the information.

Julie Cahill Tarr of the Genwriter blog has a post called “Find your Research Mojo” which provides motivators to help you rediscover your passion for genealogy.

Chris Paton of Scottish GENES had a post called “Overseas ScotlandsPeople promotion – free credits.” If you live overseas and are not already registered with the site then you are eligible for 30 free credits.

Are there any postings in the last week that you think need to be on this list? Let me know in the comments below.

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