Friday, April 22, 2011

Best Bytes for the Week of April 22, 2011

How did you celebrate Earth Day today (or this week)? Sadly, I spent most of the day with a cold, adding to the landfill by using almost an entire box of tissues. I'll try to make up for it by putting them all in the recycling bin tomorrow (can I recycle used tissues?).

Up Front

In honor of Earth Day: Color Your Family Tree Green.

Planning to attend the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree? There's an app for that.

Winners of the 2010 GENEii Family History Contest have been announced (and again I say, "Maybe next year.").

Canadians, Become part of history on May 2, and don't be erased for future generations of genealogists (via John Reid at Anglo-Celtic Connections).


In honor of Royal Wedding fever, is offering free access to their U.K. and Canada Marriage Collection through midnight EST on April 30, 2011. Start searching here.

Gale Digital Collections is offering free access to their 19th century newspaper collection through April 24, 2011. You still have 2 days to try it out! (via Taneya of Taneya's Genealogy Blog).

Lost Cousins is offering free access to their site until May 2, 2011 (via Scottish GENES - and don't miss the funny comment by Judy W.).

Not free, but every little bit helps: Sale -- 20% off Purchase Through 26 April 2011 -- Genealogy Research Resources You May Not Have Known About! (via UpFront with NGS).

In the News

It's about time: Bill would create memorial to Revolution, War of 1812 patriots.

Fresh Evidence Adds Weight to Human Ancestor's Identity

I'd hate to meet this guy in a dark cave: Biggest Spider Fossil Ever Found.

The genetic genealogy world just got a little bit smaller: DNA Heritage ceases operations and transfers databases to FTDNA by Your Genetic Genealogist.

TV mogul Norman Lear to bring original copy of Declaration of Independence to Eisenhower Library

Close, but not quite: DNA links bones to martyred saints.

How would you enter THIS in your genealogy database: Three-parent babies a step closer after watchdog gives research go-ahead despite 'life meddling' fears.

For your warm fuzzy fix: Waukesha girl's sweet gesture returned by grateful troops. Awesome!

Help Wanted

Photo Detective Maureen Taylor would like to hear your stories of how you found photos of your Civil War ancestors in unlikely places. Share your story and Help a Fellow Genealogist (Civil War-Style).

Kate T. of ArchivesNext asks What would you want out of a History & the Web conference? Stop by and share your thoughts.

Valerie at Begin with 'Craft' posted My Most Wished For Genealogical Records. If you have suggestions on where she might find similar records, please let her know.

Jen at Climbing My Family Tree is Having a Slight Panic Attack. She's getting ready to move (again), and wants to know how you deal with your genealogical data during a move?

Family History Day at the California State Archives wants your resources. What resources would you suggest for the beginning genealogist?

David at Family History Tracing Needs help with Slovak Record.

Ginger Smith of Genealogy by Ginger's Blog needs help with James Godwin of Sampson Co NC.

John at TransylvanianDutch has begun delving into his fiancee's Norwegian ancestry, and needs help Deciphering a name.

Pugbug at Gravestoned wants to know What do you see? (Not a clue. A petrified surfboard?)

The Utah Genealogical Association has Openings Available for several volunteer opportunities.

No law gainst destroying the bronze markers on veterans graves? Seriously? last2cu says I Need Your Help For A Friend!

From the Blogs

I was so sorry to hear that Cheryl Palmer's Great Swedish Adventure has come to an end. Read the final installment at Heritage Happens.

Taneya of Taneya's Genealogy Blog has set up a new research tool for genealogists: The Genealogy Digital Bookshelf. Give it a try, and let her know if you find it useful.

Frustrated with's search feature? Julie of GenBlog has some great Search Strategies. Check out part 2 here.

Need a distraction? Family History Game Launches on Facebook.

Debbie Parker Wayne (who recently received her CG - congratulations, Debbie!) at Deb's Delvings in Genealogy offers perspective on Educational Sources for Historical Context.

John Speed's atlas, The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine has been digitized and put online (via The Map Room).

I hate scrapbooking (I know, what kind of MOTHER am I?). But Denise Barrett Olson makes it look a little bit more fun in Keynote Scrapbooking – Playing with Papers at Moultrie Creek Gazette.

Lovely story by Barbara Poole at Life From the Roots: A Blog, An Obituary, and A Little 1892 Dress.

So that's how they did it: Photo buttons by Photo-Sleuth Brett Payne.

And we think earthquakes are scary: Auntie Em! Auntie Em! Again? by footnoteMaven.

If you're like me and can't keep your great-greats and twice-removeds straight, you'll want to check out Vickie's lovely Tech Tuesday :: Kinship Chart at BeNotForgot. Thanks for the PDF, Vickie!

The Last Byte(s)

Yes, I've read the "posts-that-everyone-is-talking-about," and yes, I have an opinion. But after wading through more than 1,000 blog posts this afternoon, I don't think I have much to add that hasn't already been said, and I'd just rather not go there right now. For those of you who do want to go there, Greta Koehl did a nice summary in her Follow Friday Newsletter today on Greta's Genealogy Blog, so I encourage you to check out the posts there.

I will, however, say that I'm disappointed. There's room for everyone in the genealogy sandbox, folks, and there's no reason not to play nice. In the words of the infamous Rodney King, "People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along?"

If you've ever been blasted by the "Anonymous" nasty commenter, visit WHY I OUGHTA!!! by Lori E. at Family Trees May Contain Nuts. You go, girl!

Finally... in honor of Easter, you won't want to miss Genea-Rabbits Rock! by none other than The Educated Genealogist Sheri Fenley.

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Lori said...

Isn't it amazing the impace that spicder fossil has made? I see that little bugger everyplace! :)
Thanks for the info about the UK marriage records. Somehow, I had missed that.
Happy Easter, Elizabeth!

Barbara Poole said...

Elizabeth, thank you for enjoying my post and mentioning it, because it was the hardest one I've written!

Moultrie Creek said...

Thanks for shining the Bytes on the Gazette. I'm glad you enjoyed the article and hope you'll try your own "scrap-enhanced" book one day soon.

Jennifer said...

Thanks for the mention. :)