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December 2009 Blog Posts (89)

What's New on The Genealogy Network?

I posted on Genealogy Wise the inability of late to search ALL NINGs for genealogy related groups. There was a feature that allowed for this early in NING's development that has since passed on so to speak. I've Googled a few sites that were cached and here are the groups that I found, "NINGS genealogy files". If you know of another… Continue

Added by The Genealogy Box on December 31, 2009 at 11:14am — No Comments

Finding out almost anything and everything

When I last checked most of the genealogists I know were also people who had to live and do other things besides genealogy once and a while. But it is still interesting how many things I do every day relate to genealogy in some way or another. One of the notable events of this past year has been the phenomenal increase in my ability to find out things. It started with maps. Google Maps revolutionized the way I find places, not just for genealogy, but going to stores or other locations. Part of… Continue

Added by James Tanner on December 31, 2009 at 9:29am — No Comments

Genealogy Group News Feeds

You may find that genealogy group news feeds now appear on The Genealogy Network Group Ning. One more way the Genealogy Network attempts to make your genealogy reading a breeze! The migration to from NING is complete!

Added by The Genealogy Box on December 31, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Technology in genealogical research has its place

If I am scanning old photographs, newer technology is better. It is faster with higher resolution than just a few years ago. If I am searching census records, the new technology that allows me to view images of the census pages online from my home computer is nearly a miracle compared to searching through miles of microfilm. But technology has its place. Unfortunately, not all researchers realize the limitations of the current technology. For example, I now find people who have searched for… Continue

Added by James Tanner on December 30, 2009 at 10:52pm — No Comments

Getting back into the swing of things...

Grad school began in September and my life has been a blur since then. The school year also began in September for my kids and since I homeschool meant more work for me as well. I also worked on developing two courses for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies ( Both should be complete in the next couple of months, I hope. So, with all of this and the normal day to day responsibilities (housework, playing… Continue

Added by Jennifer Eklund, PLCGS on December 28, 2009 at 4:13pm — 5 Comments

Updates to Early St. Louis Website

Updates from EARLY ST. LOUIS

WHAT'S NEW: December 28, 2009

1. Brief Biographical Sketch of Joseph V. Garnier

2. Obituary of John Hogan - NY Times 06 Feb 1892

3. Brief Biographical Sketch of John Hogan (Postmaster, Congressman & Author)

4. Photo of Bank of St. Louis; Custom House & Post Office

The recent additions are relative to the families of Garnier, Sanguinet, Hogan.

Link to the new additions:… Continue

Added by P. Davidson-Peters on December 28, 2009 at 4:04pm — No Comments

Privacy, Identity Theft and Genealogy -- How real is this concern?


In this series of posts, I have been exploring common concerns among genealogists about both the privacy of the information they gather and the risk of being a victim to identity theft. Although there are real concerns in both areas, the media has hyped these topics to the point of gross exaggeration. What we do in our homes and with our family, are for the most part "private" in the classical sense. But anything we do in the public, buying, selling, traveling, working, etc.… Continue

Added by James Tanner on December 28, 2009 at 8:28am — No Comments

Privacy, Identity Theft and Genealogy -- More on Identity Theft


In the past few posts I have been commenting on the fact that privacy and identity theft are both real concerns, albeit not nearly so important as the media would have you believe. Given the reality of the criminal activities included in the umbrella term "identity theft," it turns out that the danger of having your identity stolen, posed by sharing genealogical information, even online, is vanishingly small despite the reportedly large number of instances. Also, in the… Continue

Added by James Tanner on December 27, 2009 at 8:47pm — No Comments

Newest updates on FamilySearch's Record Search

In the December 24, 2009 update, Record Search added a number of new collections; Washington State County Marriages from 1858 to 1950, England Cheshire Parish records from 1538 to 2000, Cheshire Bishops' Transcripts fro 1598 to 1900 and Germany, Baden, Boondorf Church Book Duplicates from 1810 to 1869. The following collections were also updated; Brazil, Catholic Church Records, Florida State Census for 1935 and 1945, England, Cheshire Non-conformist records from 1671 to 1900 and the 1920… Continue

Added by James Tanner on December 27, 2009 at 6:22pm — No Comments

Que ha sido la Genealogia Para Mi

Que ha sido la Genealogia Para Mi

Para espesar no se escribir, espero hacerme entender, si supiera, estaría escribiendo sobre la genealogía de mis ancestros, ya que estos últimos 10 años he estado estudiando, y a sido mi vida , donde encontré cera de 600 ancestros, y además muchos de sus descendientes cerca de 1500 hasta el año de 1880, que es hasta donde se puede estudiara en Internet, en para mi fue un trabajo porque me la… Continue

Added by Salvador Cabral Valdes on December 27, 2009 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Yes,Virgina There IS A Santa Clause

This was my Milwaukee Journal Sentinal on Christmas Eve and I thought I'd post it and remind everyone of their childhood beleifs.


Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other… Continue

Added by Leeann Boone on December 26, 2009 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Other Collections for Finding Family Stories Online

The holidays really have me thinking about family stories. With relatives packing the house, there are bound to be a few memories stirred and shared, and these always leave me wanting more. So of course, I turn to the internet, and a few more websites that are making an effort to collect personal memories, and other family history treasures.


The… Continue

Added by tami osmer glatz on December 25, 2009 at 11:31am — No Comments

Internet Archives - audio, video, texts & more!

It’s Christmas eve day, and its snowing here in Dallas, so everyone is just huddled indoors trying to stay warm, and enjoying being in the company of family... which always sets me to thinking about my ancestors and genealogy, of course.

Since the presents are all wrapped, and its just a countdown to Santa, I’ll go ahead and write about another site for finding family stories online, and we’ll call it my Christmas present to you :)

Internet… Continue

Added by tami osmer glatz on December 24, 2009 at 5:01pm — No Comments

WorldCat and Online Special Collections

Every third Thursday I give a presentation in SecondLife. December’s discussion was part two of Finding Your Family Stories Online, with an emphasis on using Special Collections that are available online. While last month’s topic focused on digitized texts, part two focused on finding all sorts of other treasures – photographs, letters, oral histories, sound recordings, videos... the kinds of things that can add color… Continue

Added by tami osmer glatz on December 24, 2009 at 1:47pm — No Comments

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!

I hope everyone enjoys this Christmas season, and has a healthy and happy New Year's day! Don't watch too much football, it's not good for you! LOL.

Added by Spivey on December 24, 2009 at 11:09am — No Comments

Privacy, Identity Theft and Genealogy -- Privacy worries


In the last two posts I have discussed identity theft and privacy, two concerns of genealogists working with today's interconnected technology. Privacy is a difficult topic because there are so many aspects to the issue, from personal privacy in daily life, to whether or not banks and other financial institutions can see your personal financial records. Genealogists research families and therefore often encounter personal, private, sensitive topics and information. The main… Continue

Added by James Tanner on December 24, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Privacy, Identity Theft and Genealogy -- Privacy, an issue?


The purpose of this series is to highlight the real privacy and identity theft concerns associated with genealogy. In my first post in this series, I explained that the danger from identity theft has been dramatically overblown in the media. For example, it is twice as likely that you will have your wallet stolen, than to have a problem with identity theft via the Internet. This post continues with a discussion of privacy.

Privacy... What is really private and what… Continue

Added by James Tanner on December 23, 2009 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Looking for Jackson Co. Alabama Bryant's

I'm searching for my ancestors who came to Jackson Co. Alabama in the 1840's from Tennessee. The came from North Carolina in the early 1820's to Tennessee.. Lewis Bryant(1798-1859?)b. North Carolina..d.Jackson Co. Alabama..son Jasper Callaway Bryant(1824-1895)b.Tennessee..d.Jackson Co. Alabama..son Robert Callaway Bryant(1857-1920) born and died in Jackson Co. Alabama(Stevenson) I'm looking for any help on finding Lewis's Father's name. Ty Bryant

Added by DeRoy Ty Bryant on December 23, 2009 at 10:17am — No Comments


Seeking any information, artifacts or photographs about TIMES BEACH.

Added by Jo Beck on December 22, 2009 at 4:55pm — No Comments

Holiday Ideas for Creating Family History Projects

This is the time of year when we gather with our families and close friends and community to celebrate the holidays. It’s a special time of year often accompanied by many traditions, some of them passed down many generations, some of them new as we blend families or add new family members who may have come from other cultures. The cool thing about traditions is that we’re the ones that get to pick how we’re going to celebrate; what foods we’ll eat,… Continue

Added by Stefani Twyford on December 22, 2009 at 2:15pm — No Comments

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