Friday, October 22, 2010

Best Bytes for the Week of October 22, 2010

Happy 4th Anniversary to our friends at GenealogyBank! I seriously love this site. Nothing like a story about how your great-great grandfather got drunk and nearly froze to death in the snow to really bring your ancestors to life!

Here are a few posts that I enjoyed this week:


A Letter to Linda from FamilyStories. I'll be scheduling my mammogram first thing on Monday morning.

Madame Blavatsky and the East River Ghost from The Virtual Dime Museum. Who doesn't like a good ghost story, especially at Halloween?

If you missed any of the extremely cool articles from The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian, you can catch up with a little Link Love.

Mary Mettler, member of the California Genealogical Society, would like some help with her Uncooperative Ancestor (who wouldn't?). Anyone out there have some clues about Oren PARKER?

Barbara Poole's Top Ten -- Hints from Life From The Roots. I did not know that about spinsters.

Two posts I enjoyed from Randy Seaver included Ancestry Labs and Person View - a first look! and Source Citation Mangling through GEDCOMs - Post 1. I can mangle sources all by myself, thank you very much; I don't need help from a GEDCOM.

Social Media and Technology

A World of Tweets from The Twitter Blog - It's fascinating (to me, anyway) to see how Twitter is used - and has become important - in other parts of the world. Why, the President of Chile himself tweeted about the miners' rescue last week, as well as his lunch with Gov. Schwarzenegger back in September.

Some good points about privacy issues were made by Lori E. at Family Trees May Contain Nuts in Privacy Issues Here and at Facebook. Don't be an oversharer!

I've seen several articles in the past couple of weeks about getting kids into blogging. While it's too early for my kid, yours might be interested. Check out's How to Get a Classroom of Kids Blogging in Under 5 Minutes! Safe environments in which kids can share are featured.

Did you know that you can "clip" portions of public domain Google Books to share in your genealogy on the Internet? I did, but the Ancestry Insider says it so well in Clip Feature of Google Books. Another great article from AI this week is We Want Tech and We Want It Now. I hope someone will let me know when that facial recognition software that identifies unlabeled photos becomes available.

The Last Byte

If you have time for nothing else this week, you won't want to miss these must-reads:

In Which I Piss Off Pretty Much The Entire Genealogy Establishment by Kerry Scott of Clue Wagon. Have your favorite beverage handy, and don't forget your sense of humor (it's a joke, folks).

If your ears were burning (like mine) during the FamilySearch Bloggers Day, you'll want to check out Geneabloggers' Latest News from the Family Search Bloggers Day. Posts from the various bloggers in attendance are added as they are posted. You'll feel just like you were there. Except you weren't.

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John Newmark of TransylvanianDutch mentioned today that he is taking a break from posting his weekly "best of" picks, as is Greta Koehl of Greta's Genealogy Blog. While we'll miss their great weekly recommendations, John pointed out that several genealogy bloggers share their favorites daily via Google Reader and Google Buzz. I'm also a Google Reader sharer (say that 3 times fast!), so if you'd like to see my picks - which include some of the above favs for this week - please visit my Google Profile. Do you share? Please let me know, if you do.

Be sure to check out the weekly picks of others, such as Randy Seaver, Diane Haddad, and Megan Smolenyak. So much to read out there, and so little time!

Copyright © Elizabeth O'Neal

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Kerry Scott said...

Hey, that's me! Thank you for the mention!

Barbara said...

Thank you Elizabeth, how kind. It was such a short piece, but I'm glad you liked it.

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Brevity's not a bad thing, Barbara. Nothing wrong with getting your point across in the fewest words necessary!

And Kerry... well, you know how I feel about your post. ;-)

Amy Coffin, MLIS said...

I love these "best of" posts. No two are the same and they always point out something I've missed. Thank you for sharing your "best of" this week.