Ruth’s Recommendations

Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

Free Genealogy Resources had a very good post this past week entitled “Tuesday’s Tip: Act Like You’re Moving.” When you move you usually go through everything and sort it and during this process you may discover a few surprises you had forgotten about. They suggest doing this with your genealogy files to see what treasures you have that may have been forgotten.

Family Search’s Tech Tips had three posts that were of interest this past week.

James Tanner wrote “Online Geographic Resources for Genealogists” where he describes using the Family History Library Catalog to search for records relating to a place. Other websites are examined to see how they can help you with the geography side of genealogy.

He also wrote “A Further Look at Restoring Damaged Photographs” where he takes you through the process of restoring an old photograph.

Denise Barrett Olson wrote “Digital Publishing: The Living Book of the Dead” where she looks at family histories that have already been written and incorporating them into the updated family history that you want to write. She looks at the importance of respecting the work that has previously been done while working with modern research methods and today’s technology. You do not have to write a book there are many other ways to document your family’s story.

This week the Ancestry Insider looked at the Family History Library Catalog with a post called “The FHLC is No More.” The Family History Library Catalog has been renamed “the FamilySearch Catalog.” They have brought the new catalog up to date with the old one. They will eventually be updating the new catalog nightly. There are problems with how the search returns are viewed in the new catalog. Read this post to find out more.

Kerry Scott of Clue Wagon wrote a piece called “In Which I Say “Geni” and “Crap,” But Not In The Way You Think” which gives an important perspective into the recent changes at She looks at the real issues which are that not everything needs to go on the internet, you need to be very careful about what you put the internet and most importantly you need to be careful about using what you find on the internet. No Kerry, you are not the only one who gets hives at the thought of a Great Big World Tree.

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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