I recently signed up for a Pinterest account thanks to Caroline Pointer, yet I still haven’t truly figured out the purpose, or what I could be doing with it other than looking for cool things around the web to pin to my profile. I have pathetically only pinned one item so far, and it is actually a “re-pin” (pinning something that a person I follow had already pinned). I guess just as with Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and all of the other utilities I now know so well, I will eventually catch on to the thrill of Pinterest as well.
In the meantime, as I search for pin-worthy images, I happened upon some interesting finds in the genealogy world over the past week.
A recently published video by Lori Amato of About.com offers tips for tracing the origin of a surname; a great way to learn more about your ancestry, or maybe surprise someone on your gift list this holiday season.
Ancestry.com’s Barefoot Genealogist offers a new video on youtube in which she answers the question “How do I find the maiden names of women in my family tree?”
Would you like to be inspired by one genealogist’s documentation of his family history? Check out this moving video “How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey.”
For some more genea-education view the National Archives lecture on Census Records as part of the Know Your Records Program.
An interesting news article describes a set of Massachusetts genealogy records that were discovered when a woman purchased the contents of an abandoned storage unit in Florida. The records trace the families back to the 1500s, and include photos and family Bibles. Could it be your family? The owner is now trying to find a family member or historical society to take the items.
Of course there is the ongoing chatter about the move by RootsTech 2012 not to include books as part of the vendor hall. Lynn at The Armchair Genealogist mentions a few of the many blog posts that cropped up over the weekend on this topic. The powers that be have since reversed this decision, but it seems that the writing may be on the wall. I expect to see a lot more discussion of this topic in the genealogy world in the near future.
If you don’t already read Randy’s roundup of the Best of the Genea-Blogs, you should. Hurry on over to review his picks of the best geneablogs for the week of 4 to 10 December 2011.