Fab Finds in Genealogy for the Week of 25 December 2011

Hawaiian Sisters

This week’s “Fab Finds in Genealogy,” is a few days early since I will be busy celebrating the holiday with family the rest of this weekend. Here’s wishing everyone happy holidays!! May all your genealogical wishes come true!


In last week’s Fab Finds I mentioned the blog post by Michael Hait titled “The Genealogy Paradigm Shift: Are bloggers the new experts?”  in which Michael asks if geneabloggers are considered the new “experts” because of their online presence given the proliferation of social media. I suspected at the time that his question would generate responses from the geneablogger community, both for and against his opinion.

Are Bloggers Really the New Experts? is a response to Michael’s question by Marian Pierre-Louis of Marian’s Roots and Rambles. Marian is refreshingly opinionated and presents a case for both sides of the argument. As she mentions in her post, it’s best to read through Michael’s post before diving into Marian’s, but this is a must read. Part 2 of Marian’s post can be found at this link. Don’t forget to check out the comments – there is terrific discussion about this topic within the comments on both of Marian’s posts.

As I write this, Thomas MacEntee has just released an Open Thread Thursday related to this topic and has asked geneabloggers to share their thoughts

“…on not just the role bloggers should or shouldn’t play in the genealogy community, but also what exactly constitutes this “thing” we call community?”

This is an excellent question,  Thomas, and you have started another thread that I’m sure will be interesting to watch unfold.

I was touched by this post by Laura of The Last Leaf on this Branch in which she gives thanks for the genealogy community. It seems it is not in response to Thomas’ thread, but it definitely struck me as being related. I like Laura’s optimism.

Unrelated: Here’s a new course from family tree University (not affiliated) on “How to Make Money From Your Genealogy Blog” with presenter Kerry Scott. Hurry over now, there is an early bird special for $39.99 (then let me know if you make it back on your blog – hehehe.)


The California State Genealogical Alliance announced two new blogs: The first, the CSGA Blog is an designed to keep the California genealogical community informed of legislative issues, projects, events, and more. The second blog, CSGA Copyright, is an effort to inform the genealogical community of copyright issues. Here’s a timely and entertaining post about the copyright complexities of Great Grandma’s Cherry Pie Recipe.


I love reunions. Two sisters who hadn’t seen each other in 69 years were reunited through the efforts of Ross McCurdy, a genealogy buff in Massachusetts. The women are his third cousins once removed.

What could be more fun than politics? Why, genealogy and politics, that’s what! Ancestry.com is at it again finding ties to former presidents for Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman, and Rick Perry. Ok folks – that’s about as much political news as I can handle for a week.

My Heritage announced Family Tree Builder 6.0, the latest version of the popular free genealogy software.

A genealogists dream: A mother’s Dear Santa letter was reunited with her son 100 years after she wrote it.

In Genealogy Today: Vintage Christmas music still inspiring today, author Betty Lou Malesky of the Green Valley News (AZ) takes a historical look at Christmas music.


Here is a presentation of Ray Stevens’ “I Am My Own Grandpaw” using a family tree diagram to help explain the relationships. If you haven’t seen this one before it is good for a smile or two.


Have you seen this site before? It’s not new, but it is a first for me: The Remembering Site. The site offers to help you create a legacy by sharing family stories with your loved ones with the ability to add it as life unfolds. You can get printed copies of your memoirs through the site as well.

Another interesting concept: YesterYear is a website that was recently announced by Dr. Steve Sidders (who manages the site) on the Association for Professional Genealogists group on Linked In. The site is described as “a community of people who share an interest in history.”

Here is a great list of genealogy case studies posted by Kimberly Powell of About.com. As Kimberly writes:

“For me, there is no better way to learn (aside from your own hands-on practice) than through the successes, mistakes and techniques of other genealogists.”

New links on Cyndi’s List this week include New York City Genealogy: Reformed Church Records, Ancestral lines, a new pedigree numbering system, Get Ready for the 1940 Census and The 1940 United States Census Indexing Project (Mac compatible!), among many, many others.

Photo courtesy of Through Hawaiian Eyes, flickr.

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  1. Michael Sheaffer

    Hi Lisa,

    Through Twitter I found your blog and want to say I really enjoyed it and all it’s content and will greatly anticipate future blogs. I have put it into my favorites tab and hope too see more Fab Finds in 2012.

    Thank You,
    Michael Sheaffer

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