Monday, 1 July 2019

Your Genealogy Today: July - August 2019

Ghost Town Genealogy
David A. Norris looks at how to find records for ancestors who may have lived in towns or villages that no longer exist.

Compiling a Cemetery Guide
Karen Dustman details how small groups can leave a legacy for their communities by creating guidebooks for local cemeteries.

Taking a Vacation? Discover Your Ancestors
Gail Clifford finds a rainbow and discovers an ancestor on a trip to Dublin, Ireland. The Guinness Storehouse in Dublin inspires learning about a grandfather's job as a cooper. 

Passive vs. Active Genealogy
John M. Hoenig advocates using both of these basic strategies and gives examples from his own research which include a contact made because he published an article in a magazine.

The Lady Nurses of Armory Square Hospital
Constance R. Cherba looks at sources that can be used to trace the lives of a dedicated team of Civil War nurses with examples Amanda Akin Stearns  – 1827-1911; Emma Dexter Southwick Brinton – 1834-1922; Anna Lawrence Platt  – 1820-1898; Helen M. Griggs  – 1830-1913; Dr. Nancy Maria Hill  – 1833-1919; Susan Ellen Marsh  – 1838-after 1911; Harriet Hayden Ripley  – 1822-1917; Mary Sullivan Felton  – 1839-1896; Sarah Low  – 1830-1913; Anna Lowell Woodbury  – 1833-1906; Abby Bradford Francis  – 1827-1886.

Hassle Free Heritage Travel
Lisa A. Alzo shares tips on how to plan the ultimate ancestral journey — the emphasis is on planning. Don't overlook the time it takes to get a passport and a visa if required.

Everyday Rural Life Saved with a Kodak
Lynn Cassity looks back at the success of the Kodak Brownie camera and how it helped to record history - and family history.

Preserving Old Family Letters
Melissa Barker offers tips on how to organize and store those treasured family letters. Before doing so ask if it's worthwhile. Will they be viewed as treasures by the next generation? Would it be better to give them to a museum or archive, perhaps retaining a digital copy?

Book Review: From the Emerald Isle to the Cream City
Joe Grandinetti tells us why we should read Carl Baehr's history of the Irish in Milwaukee.

Family History Writing: The Power of Pianissimo
Sue Lisk offers a few suggestions as to how you might approach writing about your ancestors; select details that are meaningful to you — poignant, funny or sad they become meaningful as part of a human story of relationships; avoid using a slew of adjectives; appeal to the senses and the imagination.

Measuring Your Success as a Genealogy Speaker
Lisa A. Alzo discusses how to assess your speaking "Return on Investment"

The Back Page
Dave Obee looks at genealogy, music, and movies and how it all ties together.

Your Genealogy Today


Barbara May Di Mambro said...

As someone who is writing family stories for my grandchildren there is always the dilemma of how much truth to tell. Not everyone was a nice person. I want to be truthful but not hurtful. Sometimes just sticking with the facts is a good thing. Or is it?

Toni said...

I do the facts. Let whoever reads it draw their own conclusions. Doing anything other than that will color their life through your glasses.