As most of you know, the Indiana State Library’s genealogical department was in danger of being lost forever. The Indiana Genealogical Society sent up a plea for people to write to the Ways and Means Committee to change this idea, which was then spread throughout the genealogy community. Well, our voices were heard! It looks like (I saw this with caution) the genealogy department will stay for the moment. I’m so glad we were able to make a difference!
Articles/Blogs of Interest
- This has been spreading around Facebook quite a bit – How to Leave All Your Accounts to Someone Else When You Die – It’s really odd to think that it’s something we now need to do!
- Going to the National Genealogical Society Conference this May? If you are a regular blogger and part of Geneabloggers, you can get some of the geneabloggers beads in order to identify each other. I love this idea and wish I could go this year!
- Would you rather attend a genealogy conference on a cruise or at a convention center? Dick Eastman covers some of the pros and cons of these two options.
- The Columbus Jewish Historical Society has a large collection of oral histories on it’s website. You can read an article about this neat project here and check out the website for more information. This reminds of me of NPR’s StoryCorps!
- MyHeritage Blog had a great article on death records. It gives a wonderful overview of what is available and where it would be. Check out here.
- MyHeritage also added the 1930 Denmark census to it’s records. Learn more here from Geneabloggers.
- The Ancestor Hunt has a large link of FREE access to historical newspapers. This is a great resource!
- The Israel State Archives are going to be putting records online! This is always good to hear!. Read more about it here.
- Wikipedia is a great reference site but sometimes we need a bit more. This article has many alternatives to Wikipedia that I had no idea existed!
- Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter had a recent book review on the book: The Ultimate Search Book: Worldwide Adoption, Genealogy, and Other Search Secrets by Bobbi King.
- FamilySearch.org announces new changes, updates, and records to their collections.
- The Ontario Genealogical Society has some live streaming of their meetings and presentations. Check out more information here.
- Have Irish ancestors? Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians by Chris Paton is currently 70% off! Take advantage before the deal ends!
- The Genealogy Roadshow finished up their second season this past week. Check out the episode here!
- Free Legacy Family Tree Webinar: New and Must-Have Google Tips for Genealogy by Lisa Louise Cooke – This is free until March 4th so watch it quickly! I watched this last night and have already started exploring new options on using Google for my family history search.
- Speaking of using Google, here are some tips for genealogy searches on Google.
- NARA is hosting a presentation called A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life by Allyson Hobbs (who wrote the book). It will also be streamed live on YouTube today at noon.
- Geneabloggers Thomas MacEntee is hosting a contest for the book Kindred Voices by Geoff Rasmussen. Click here to join in! The contest ends today so enter quickly!