Friday finds: Week 1 – 2017

Here are some websites I have looked at the last week

I have been using Gmail for many years. I have never taken the time to truly learn how to take advantage of it’s many features. In the Young & Savvy Genealogists blog I found a really interesting article called Gmail for genealogists. I will certainly spend more time with this and hopefully use my Gmail more efficiently.

Online genealogy databases has its strenghts, but also some weaknesses that can lead us astray if we don’t put some critical thinking into the process. Amy Johnson Crow has written about this in her article The Truth About Ancestry’s Hints. We should take the views presented to hearth as it is very easy to accept wrong connections.

January is the time for new beginnings. At the Ancestral findings blog I found the article 10 “Must-Do” Genealogy Projects for January

Bullet journaling seems to be the lastest trend in organizing work. Myrtle in Dear Myrtle’s Genealogy Blog writes about this in  a series of articles starting with Setting up my Bullet Journal part 1

The Minnesota Historical Society needs your input! They are testing a new search engine for Minnesota births (1900-1934), deaths (1904-2001), state census records (1849-1905), and veterans graves registrations (1857-1975). Please try out the new search at http://www.mnhs.org/search/people and let them know how it worked for you! (This text was copied an pasted from a posting in a genealogy group. Why try to fix the perfect? 🙂  )

I enjoy looking at old photos. From A Family Tapestry by Jacqi Stevens I  found A Family Photo Rosetta Stone where she, based on one photo, makes educated guesses about other photos in an album containing unidentified pictures.

A “portal” is a website that creates a doorway to a collection of other websites.  In the blog Genealogy’s Star by James Tanner he looks at portals in the article Growing Portals are Genealogical Super-Source Finders

In the Family search blog I found this very interesting article where the challenge is “All of us are “in the dash.” But, you may be thinking, “I’ve got plenty of time to record my life story for my posterity. Why start now? Why this year?” Read what they mean by “being in the dash” at Define Your Dash: Start Writing Your Personal History with the #52Stories Project

If you have favourite blogs you follow or find an interesting article you think would be useful for your fellow genealogists, go to the contact page, send me a word and I’ll be happy to include your suggestions in my Friday finds.

 

6 thoughts on “Friday finds: Week 1 – 2017

  • January 6, 2017 at 5:09 pm
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    This gives me a lot to look at! Sounds very interesting! Thanks for the links and information!!!

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    • January 7, 2017 at 12:56 pm
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      That is my pleasure Jacqi. Tthe “Rosetta Stone” article appealed to me as I did something similar some years ago with a bunch of photos send from the USA family of my G-Grandmother’s sister. I was able to make contact with living relatives in the US.

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  • January 7, 2017 at 12:28 pm
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    Some very interesting finds this week. I especially liked the “Rosetta Stone” photo post and the Ancestry hints post from the blogs you highlighted. Thank you!

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    • January 7, 2017 at 12:54 pm
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      Thanks for your visit Marian. Yes, the “Rosetta Stone” article appealed to me as I did something similar some years ago with a bunch of photos send from the USA family of my G-Grandmother’s sister. I was able to make contact with living relatives in the US.

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