Ruth’s Recommendations

Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

John Reid of the Anglo-Celtic Connections blog had two posts of interest this week. The first is called “Meeting Challenges of the Future: From Reflection to Action.” This post is about a document of the same name posted on Library and Archives Canada’s website.

The other post at Anglo-Celtic Connections is “James Turk on the future of archives and archivists in Canada.” John attended a panel discussion at the Eastern Ontario Chapter Archives Association of Ontario and the topic was “What We Have Lost: What We Stand to Lose The Future of Archives and Archivists in Canada.” This post is John’s synopsis of the discussion.

Dear Myrtle’s Genealogy Blog had a post called “The pinball approach to genealogical research.” This post is an examination of what Dear Myrtle learned during the recent Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy study week. She attended the “Advanced Genealogical Methods” course with Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG. Her experiences and revelations are something that we all need to think about and incorporate into our own research.

The National Archives blog had a post called “It’s not the document, it’s the information” by Audrey Collins. This post relates well to Dear Myrtle’s post. Audrey examines several record groups that are available at TNA and has links to research guides to help you understand the records.

The last post for this week is from the NLI Blog where Ciara Kerrigan of Research Services at the National Library of Ireland has written a post called “Family History Research.” She talks about the people from around the world who visit the library to find out more about their Irish ancestors and introduces us to a new user guide that is available online. The guide is called “Family History Research: Sources at the National Library of Ireland.” This is available to download and I would suggest everyone add it to their digital library for Irish research.

What were your favourite blog posts this past week?

Let me know in the comments below.

Other bloggers that write their own lists are:

Genea-Musings – Best of the Genea-Blogs

British & Irish Genealogy

Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog

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Ruth’s Recommendations

Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

Chris Paton of British GENES has a post called “Scotsman Digital Archive relaunched” which is really good news. This is a wonderful resource for Scottish researchers and their subscription rates are reasonable.

FamilySearch blog had three posts this week. The first was “New Research Lessons Added to FamilySearch.org – January 2013.” FamilySearch has a fantastic selection of online classes that you can watch on a cold or wet afternoon.

The next post was called “Moving County Boundaries” which looks at the changing landscape of the county borders and how important it is to know about these changes when you are doing your research.

The last post was part three of James Tanner’s series on photograph restoration. The post is called “What do I Need to Restore Damaged Photos? Part Three.”

The Irish Genealogy News blog had lots of news to share with Irish researchers this past week. The first post is called “TNA beginners: Start Here” which looks at the new section on the National Archives of England website. It explains what information is available at the archives and how to navigate the new website.

Then there was “Monaghan parish records: hope springs eternal” which looks at the new rumblings about the release of these parish registers on the Irish Genealogy database.

The next post is called “Irish Civil Registration records live on FindMyPast.ie” FindMyPast has digitized the Irish Civil Registration indexes. You can find out the names of the other people on the page to see if you can figure out the name of the spouse. This is wonderful news.

The last post is “Handy map of Irish Civil Registration boundaries.” This map is a great tool for Irish researchers.

There was some sad news from the Genealogy Canada blog. It seems that because of the addition of higher rental fees, changes in policy and new fee charges at Library and Archives Canada that Gene-O-Rama is cancelled for this year.

Last and certainly not least The Ancestry Insider and their post called “FamilySearch.org Incremental Improvements.” This posts looks at the improvements to the search criteria at FamilySearch and some other developments.

What were your favourite blog posts this past week?

Let me know in the comments below.

Other bloggers that write their own lists are:

Genea-Musings – Best of the Genea-Blogs

British & Irish Genealogy

Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog

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Ruth’s Recommendations

Here are my favourite blog posts from this past week.

Paula’s Genealogical Eclectica has a post called “Copyright applies to genealogy, too.” This is something we all have to think about every day.

Kerry Scott of the Clue Wagon blog is always entertaining and thought provoking. She started off the new year with a post entitled “In Which I Assign You A New Year’s Resolution.” The message is one everyone has to hear.

Randy Seaver has a press release from GenSoftReviews.com in his post called “GenSoftReviews Announces the Top Genealogy Software Awards for 2012.” If you are looking for a new genealogy program this is something to read.

Dick Eastman’s blog had a post called “Irish Newspapers Will Now Be Ignored” which looks at the new policy of the National Newspapers of Ireland to charge for sharing links from their newspapers. Further reports from the Irish Times suggest they will not charge people for sharing links to their online articles.

Michael Seery of the Enniskerry Local History blog has a post called “10 Irish History Blogs for 2013.” This is a great list of blogs or other sites to follow if you have an interest in Irish history. I already follow several of these blogs and will now be following some new ones.

What were your favourite blog posts this past week? Let me know in the comments below.

Other bloggers that write their own lists are:

Genea-Musings – Best of the Genea-Blogs

British & Irish Genealogy

Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog

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Ruth’s Recommendations

Here are my favourite blog posts this past week.

Dick Eastman had a post called “Tourtière Genealogy” which looks at the different way the people of Quebec make tourtières and how that can help you figure out what area of Quebec they were from originally.

FamilySearch Blog has a post called “What do I Need to Restore Damaged Photographs? Part Two.” This is the second in a series by James Tanner on restoring digital photographs.

John Reid of Anglo-Celtic Connections blog has a post called “LAC as lender of last resort” which tells us about LAC’s intention of making inter-library loans only if they are “lender of last resort.”

What were your favourite blog posts this past week?

Let me know in the comments below.

Other bloggers that write their own lists are:

Genea-Musings – Best of the Genea-Blogs

British & Irish Genealogy

Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog

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Ruth’s Recommendations

Here are my favourite blog posts from the past few weeks.

Dear Myrtle responded to the genealogy column entitled “Drive-by genealogists should learn a few rules” by Sharon Tate Moody. Dear Myrtle’s post was entitled “The Proof is in the Pudding.” Since I enjoy cooking, and baking in particular, this post resonated with me.

The Family Curator had a post called “Chasing Descendants and Finding Family History” where she describes her trip to England and France and the family history discoveries she found. Not all of them were from the past.

The Family Recorder had a post called “Goodbye Desperate Dan, happy birthday British Newspaper Archive” which looks at the first anniversary of the British Newspaper Archive and the sad demise of a long loved children’s comic called “Dandy.” My Grandmother used to mail this comic to me on a regular basis so it is part of my childhood despite the fact that I didn’t live in the United Kingdom or Ireland. Read the post to find out how Dandy and the British Newspaper Archive are connected.

The FamilySearch blog had a post called “What do I Need to Restore Damaged Photographs? Part One” where James Tanner begins a series of posts to help us with the equipment and software needed to digitize our photographs. Then he will look at a very important aspect of digitizing a collection which is how to manage the collection.

What were your favourite blog posts from the past few weeks?

Let me know in the comments below.

Other bloggers that write their own lists are:

Genea-Musings – Best of the Genea-Blogs

British & Irish Genealogy


Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog

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