Fab Finds in Genealogy for the Week of 15 January 2012

coffee break-eh

Grab a cup of coffee (I certainly will be) and join me for this week’s fab finds.


23andMe responded to the hullabaloo in the genealogy community after their program change announcements in December. Here is the latest response from their blog. What do you think – would you still recommend 23andMe to those doing genetic genealogy research, or do some of the other providers seem to be in a better light?

Forensic Genealogist Colleen Fitzpatrick has used her genealogy expertise to provide another lead the Seattle-area sheriff’s office in a 20-year-old murder investigation.  In 1991 Sarah Yarborough was killed in Washington and the murder is as of yet unsolved. Colleen was able to link DNA obtained at the scene to a sample in a popular genealogy DNA database to find the Colonial-era family to which the suspect is descended. Two stories this week on this were published on the CNN and the Seattle Pi websites.

A picture of a Canadian First World War soldier is rescued from a trash heap remains unreturned to his descendants despite searches by two individuals. Read about this interesting story here.

Spoiler alert: An article on a celebrity website reveals that Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon learn they are distant cousins through the Finding Your Roots television special which I wrote about here.

Blogs (etc.)

New to social networking or need a few tips? James Tanner describes some social networking sites for genealogists where you can get started, and Caroline Pointer gives some great tips on starting out with Twitter.

About.com summarizes a host of new online learning opportunities – many of which are free. We like free.

Diane Haddad of the Genealogy Insider blog writes about a free African-American newspaper resource of over 5,000 digitized issues.

Are you going to RootsTech 2012, or are you interested in the official bloggers this year? This familysearch.org article is part 1 in getting to know the official RootsTech bloggers.

Not to be missed: Randy Seaver does a great job of rounding up the “Best of the Genea-Blogs” each week in his Genea-Musings blog.


Family Tree University announced its 2012 Spring Virtual Conference. If you did not have the opportunity to attend last year’s, I highly recommend it. The educational and networking opportunities are priceless, and even better, there is an early bird rate available right now.


Do you have ancestors from North Carolina? Then don’t miss out on the North Carolina Digital Collections.


Looking for a position as a Genealogy Research Assistant in the Atlanta area? They might just be waiting for your resume!


Got Irish ancestry? About.com has a new video on How to Uncover Irish Heritage With Surnames.

If you’re interested in how to use a fan genealogy chart, you can find a video about it here.


The following announcement was written by the Association of Professional Genealogists Administration in an email to its members today:

The Association of Professional Genealogists Makes Past Issues of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ) Available to Members

2004–2011 APGQ Now Available in Members Only Area of APG Website

15 January 2012 – Westminster, Colo.—In an effort to provide its members with greater access to educational and informational resources, the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) today announced the availability of eight years of past issues of its quarterly publication. Members can read all issues of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ) from 2004–2011, now posted in the members only section of the APG website.

“Our members like to refer to past articles in the APGQ, which has published so many articles that are helpful to professionals, both new and experienced,” said Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG, executive director, APG. “We thank APGQ managing editor Matt J. Wright and APG webmaster Carla Cegielski for their hard work in making this project happen.”

The APGQ, published since 1979, covers topics of interest to professional genealogists and to genealogy enthusiasts interested in professionalism in the field. The publication is distributed to APG members. For more information on the publication, see www.apgen.org/publications/index.html . Go to www.apgen.org/publications/quarterly/archives/index.html for an index of articles from 1979–2010.

About the Association of Professional Genealogists

APG (www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents more than 2,400 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers, and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring, and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada, and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter (www.twitter.com/apggenealogy), and Facebook (www.facebook.com/AssociationofProfessionalGenealogists).

APG is a registered trademark of the Association of Professional Genealogists. All other trade and service marks are property of their respective owners.



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