Best Bytes for the Week of 10 April 2015


Best Bytes is an eclectic collection, in no particular order, of things I thought were interesting during the past week. I hope you find something to enjoy here!


What’s Hot

 AMC’s TURN returns for season 2 on Monday night!

Enter to Win! Guess My Family Heritage Blogathon Contest

NGS Releases Mobile Conference App for 2015 Family History Conference

I Have a Complaint Concerning Many Genealogists

Illinois Ancestors: Genealogist offers grants for worthy projects


Cool Stuffs

Dropbox and Microsoft just made it easier to edit files in the cloud

Why Did People Wear Powdered Wigs?

33 Photos Of Parents And Their Kids That Prove Genetics Is Awesome

Twitter Officially Launches Its “Retweet With Comment” Feature


In the News

Yes, really. VH1 reality series ‘Swab Stories’ unlocks family secrets with mobile DNA truck

There’s still hope for my kid: Tess (9) uncovers her family history

Genealogy website restores access to records

Video: University of Missouri Library Still Recovering From 2013 Mold Outbreak

Hillary Clinton Family Tree a Wake-Up Call for Genealogy

Good news — sort of — for adoptees researching genealogy (in New Jersey)


Help Wanted

Caspar Graf’s Immigration Record-Where is His Wife, Mary?

Is This My Long-Sought James G. Woodward?

Call for MGP3 Study Group Panelists


From the Blogs

7 Places to Find Photographs of Your Ancestors

When Richmond fell

THOMAS TUCK AND THE STOLEN BELL – In 3 parts, start with Part 1

When it is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and you discover that your ancestors’ unit served at Gettysburg

Testing Ancestry’s Amazing “New Ancestor” DNA Claim

Guest Post: When Genealogy Becomes an Issue in Presidential Politics

Was Great-Grandpa Don Draper?

Resurrecting a Genealogy Forum


Fave Photo of the Week

This week was a tough one, as there were lots of great photos published. But these little guys really caught my attention. Don’t you just want to pinch their little cheeks? Vintage Cabinet Photo Morris Minnesota Babies Meet The Thomson Boys


Just for Fun

For you GoT fans out there: Game of Thrones’ Family Tree: Keeping Up with the Targaryens. And of course, don’t miss the season 5 premiere this Sunday evening!


The Last Byte

I’ll be on the road (or plane) again next week, so Best Bytes will not be published. Have a wonderful week!



Tech Tuesday: Irish Genealogy Toolkit

Since today is Saint Patrick’s Day, and I come from a long line of Irish immigrants, I thought I would spend some time noodling around the interwebs to see if I could find something new about my Irish ancestry. I’ll tell you right now that their secrets – whatever they might be – are still safe. From me, at least.


Save the Prado Dam Mural


Historic American Engineering Record, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.


When I was growing up, my family made many trips down the 91 Freeway from our home in Orange County to visit my grandparents in Riverside. I remember it as a long, boring drive, usually with too much traffic and not much to look at. Of course, this was in the days before smartphones, iPads, and DVD players, so there wasn’t much for a kid to do except look out the window or sleep. I always enjoyed seeing the Prado Dam Mural, as it was a patriotic symbol of civic pride, and a celebration of a once-in-a-lifetime event.


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