Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Internet Genealogy: Dec 2014/Jan2015

The opening sentence of Joe Grandinetti's lead article Passing Ancestral Judgment: Irish Petty Session Court Registers struck a chord with me as I've struggled against my better judgement to help a friend with Irish ancestry.
"Irish ancestor hunting is not for the timid; especially when searching for 19th century forebears who weren't part of the Island's land-owning class"
The article describes researching in the Irish Petty Court Registers on Findmypast covering the counties now in the Republic from the mid-19th century to the early 20th. Lots of examples are given. I tried it but with a common name to search, and only a guess at a county I still have 380 records to examine!

Tony Bandy writes on Seven Low-Cost or Free Mobile Scanning Applications for your smartphone. He looks at apps for various smartphones reporting on his experience, his bottom line being to take your time, examine each app, particularly the features, and see how well it works in the context of your requirements.

Naturally I had to read Liza Alzo's article Confessions of a Geneablogger, her thoughts on the process of creating, building, and maintaining a better genealogy blog. She details five reasons why creating and maintaining a blog can be a very positive experience. Many family historians find writing a family blog a great way to gradually document your family history, and perhaps connect with relatives along the way. Liza lists five things that stop her from blogging, most of which in my experience prove to be less of an obstacle that they may appear.

Other contents in this issue of Internet Genealogy are:

Discover Online Libraries!
Ed Storey examines several sources, and offers examples to illustrate what you can expect in your searches

Fishin’ Holes, Fairways, and Footballs: Your Ancestors’ Sports
David A. Norris looks at sports databases and records for family history

What's App?
A selection of apps, news and reviews for the mobile environment

Probing Online Indexes at FamilySearch
Smiljka Kitanovic looks at why it's important to search indexes and registers to be certain you have found who you are looking for

In Memory: Fold3’s Honor Wall for US Veterans
Carol Richey looks at a great way to leave a lasting tribute to veterans who have served their country

Genealogy Jumpstarts
Are you suffering from “Genealogist’s Block”? David A. Norris suggests six ways to help you get back in the game

Getting Along With GRAMPS: Can a Free and Open-Source Program Replace Your Commercial Software?
Tony Bandy reviews the lastest version of this popular software

Staying Focused in Six Steps
Carol Richey offers tips to help us avoid distractions and find focus in our online research

Look Before Your Leap!
Dave Obee suggests we take a long, hard look at the integrity of the sources, or lack thereof, in some online family trees

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