Friday finds – Week 2 – 2017

Here are some blogs I have been reading this week


In the Family Locket blog I find an interesting article; Original or Derivative Sources: What’s the Big Deal? An original source is just what it says, original, a derivative record is created from the original. This is important to keep in mind. Scanned record pages is the closest many if us gets to original sources in Norway. Bygdebøker and the transcribed information in Digitalarkivet are examples of derivative sources that should be checked with the original.

Gail Dever shares  Alberta Archives seek for ‘records of everyday life’ in her blog Genealogy à la Carte. It is a fact that there is a lot of valuable information lying around in drawers and closets. Some of this information might be the little piece of information that is needed to tear down someones brickwall. Consider sharing your information with local museums, historical societies etc.

It’s is always interesting to see what Randy Sever at Genea-Musings is up to. This week I looked at his article Comparing My Living DNA Results With Other Autosomal DNA Tests. I readily admit that I do not know much about DNA in relation the genealogy. I am not likely to take a DNA test any time soon. Still, it is interesting to see what’s going on going on with this research

I strongly believe that one has to have the ability to laugh at oneself and one’s kind. Catherine Bennets article Modern tribes: the amateur genealogist in The Guardian made me do just that.

Devon Noel Lee talks about her frustration when she inherited a large photocollection where most of the pictures were unlabelled. I can easily relate to her feelings as I am in the same position. Be sure to read her article Be Organized in 2017 – Photo Collection Tips and see Devon’s video where she gives simple, but important advices on how to organise your family photos. Btw, did you read Judy Segerdell Langston’s article Old photos and documents

While we are talking about photos, let me share  Wesley & Emma Teague‘s at “savefamilyphotos” story HOW DISCOVERING A DUSTY BOX OF FAMILY PHOTOS CHANGED THE COURSE OF MY CAREER AND TAUGHT ME THE VALUE OF FAMILY HISTORY

If you are new to genealogy, Family Three Magazine’s “52-week Genealogy plan” is a great place to start. Even for those of us who have been into genealogy for a while, this article may give ideas to sources we haven’t considered.

While Lynn Serafino’s article WHAT OUR ANCESTORS’ DEATHS CAN TEACH US ABOUT THEIR LIVES does has a distinct Italian flavour, she also thoughes on topics that are relevant to genealogy in general. Especially I find her references to Celia Heritage’s book Tracing your Ancestors through death records very interesting. Celia Heritage’s point is this: “while birth and marriage information is certainly fundamental to our genealogical research, until we know something about our ancestors’ deaths, we cannot get a truly accurate picture of their lives”.

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This is a great day to stay inside and read. Outside my window in the attic of our house in Skjevik there is a snowstorm. Then again; in a little while we may have rain and then 20 minutes of sun. You just never know with the weather here on the north-west coast of Norway. Have a great weekend!


6 thoughts on “Friday finds – Week 2 – 2017

  • January 13, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    These were very good links! The one about original vs derivative sources is so important! I was going to write a blog post for you about remembering that our photos will one day be a part of history so label them but Devon Noel Lee does an excellent job.

    • January 18, 2017 at 10:46 pm

      Judith. Thanks so much for the compliment about our my coverage of preserving photos. Glad I could help.

  • January 14, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Great blog, Martin! I would love to start finding death records, but I am still trying to make sure I understand everything I have so far! It is overwhelming, especially because I am working on four Norwegian sides at once! Probably not the best idea on my part! I work on one side and then when I get stuck, or bored, go to another side! Have a great weekend!!!!

    • January 20, 2017 at 8:12 am

      Thanks for your kind words Amy! I can understand the feeling of being overwhelmed. I am too at times. Many genealogists recommend to only work with one part of the family at one time. Sometimes new sources or information comes along that make it natural to change focus. It happends to me. The most important to keep in mind is that it is your genealogy and you can do whatever suits you 🙂

  • January 18, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Martin, thanks for mentioning my post. I appreciate the support .I also love how you do this Friday Finds. If I had the time I would want to write teasers and specific reasons why I like other content creator’s work rather than share random links. I really feel like you’ve read each post and picked the best. I’m flattered to have made your list.

    • January 20, 2017 at 8:05 am

      That is my pleasure Devon. Thanks for your kind words about my blog. I am glad you liked it. I chose this format as I want to be certain about the links I share. Aa I have limited time to read I have to keep the number of links down to the ones I think is realy good.


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