Fab Finds in Genealogy for the Week of 22 January 2012

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Here we are with another week of Fab Finds! It’s hard to believe how quickly the weeks go by once school is back in session. This week there are so many great finds I’ll have to limit the list to a reasonable number. I hope you find something helpful, inspiring, or interesting.


GenealogyBank announced the addition of Irish vital records to the Historical Newspaper Archive, and this blog details sample findings.

Genealogy Today has a great article responding to the question “Why can’t I find a naturalization record for my immigrant grandmother?” This article also on Genealogy Today adds more insight into the process of naturalization.

Ancestry.com blog gives us “Five Steps to Doing Genealogy Research Like a Pro” by Crista Cowan.

Why on earth I hated history when I was a child and love it now, I will never understand. Here’s a history book that’s not new, but was highlighted this week on genealogyblog.com: “American Place Names of Long Ago.” The book contains over 100,000 place names from the U.S. as they existed during the time of the 1890 census.


A post in the APG Members List alerted me to this touching article that you will want to take the time to read (and it’s quite short!).  Many thanks to the member who provided the original link.

The Family Tree app made the list of the 20 top growing Facebook apps this week. Interestingly, Pinterest was also on the list, which reminded me of Dear Myrtle’s post “Will Pinterest replace Blogs.” If you’re seeking an alternative addiction to the usual genealogy one, Pinterest will take you there, and Dear Myrtle’s post includes links to helpful info on getting started.

On a more serious note, of course I cannot leave out the news this week surrounding the SOPA and PIPA protests, which DearMyrtle summarizes here. (Myrt, you’ve been busy this week!)

Former nuclear physicist Colleen Fitzpatrick, known for her book “Forensic Genealogy”, managed to link a killer’s DNA to a Robert Fuller who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630. Robert Fuller is a relative of the Mayflower Fullers. Cool stuff.


The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy announced the Forensic Genealogy Institute to be held October 25 through October 27, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.

This announcement has been all over the web already, but just in case you missed it, registration is open for the 43rd Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.

Registration opened for the 2012 Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR) to be held from June 10-15 in Alabama. As of this writing all courses are full but you can request to be added to a waiting list.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies announced that registration is now open for the FGS 2012 Conference, “Indians, Squatters, Settlers and Soldiers in the “Old Southwest” A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists.” FGS also released this week a call for proposals for the 2013 FGS National Conference.


Ancestry.com was busy this week, adding videos to youtube. “How to Research Like a Professional,” “Finding Your Ancestors in Hometown Histories,” and “Using Tree Hints,” all with The Barefoot Genealogist, Crista Cowan. The list of videos in their Desktop Education Series can be found here.




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  1. Annie

    Thanks for the GenealogyBank link! I have some Irish heritage myself, so I’m gonna dig in and see what I can find!

  2. Kayla King

    Great List. This is great. Love te video series from Ancestry.com on u tube. Oh did you by chance get to see the Santa Claus ads fro Ancestry it was so funny. Might be able to see them on U-tube still.


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