Fab Finds in Genealogy for the Week of 19 February 2012



Aaron Day, co-editor of the book “The Heritage of African Americans in Long Beach” and author of “DNA to Africa: The Search Continues” is interviewed by Rich Archbold in this article in the Contra Costa Times.

James Tanner wrote a good article on Smartphone Apps for Genealogy.

Art students at Zayed University create a graduation exhibition from their family history, which will also be published.

While on the topic of art: How about some “Free Family History Subway Art?”

Well what do you know? Two grandsons of the 10th president of the U.S., John Tyler (1790- 1862), are still living. John Tyler had 15 children, and was 63 years old when his son, Lyon Gardiner Tyler, was born.

DA Kentner interviews “Genealogy Detective Megan Smolenyak” in this article with the Sturgis Journal.


Frank A. Cassell, professor emeritus of history at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg wrote “Josie and Salem: An Indian Love Story.” The book chronicles the a couple’s love affair through hundreds of original letters written between 1879 and 1882.

Merri Lou Schaumann offers a self-published book “George Hendel of Carlisle, Pennsylvania Silversmith” chronicling the silversmith’s career.


Import historical maps to overlay in Google Earth, courtesy of genealogy.about.com


The 33rd Annual Lancaster Family History Conference, sponsored by Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society is scheduled for April 21st, with a host of activities planned for the two days prior. More info is available from James M. Beidler’s Roots & Branches article with the Lebanon Daily News.

NEHGS and Ancestry.com announced New York Family History Day, “a day to discover and celebrate your family history,” Saturday March 17th in Tarrytown, New York.


BYU’s Computer Science department is working on creating a technology that can do indexing, by reading handwriting, among other interesting developments. How about their wall chart that can “trace your family tree back to Adam”? Hmmm…

Historian Nick Barratt chats with Lisa Louise Cooke about Genealogy and the Titanic Anniversary at RootsTech 2012.

Lisa Louise Cooke talks with MyHeritage CEO Gilad Japhet at RootsTech 2012, providing a look at the new One-Click family history calendars.

Ancestry.com LIVE new videos this week include “Connecting Internet Finds to Your Ancestry Tree” and “Love and Marriage: Your Ancestor’s Nuptials and Your Family History.”


In case you don’t already follow these, here are a few blogs capturing regular summaries of their own finds:

Check out Deb Ruth’s “Follow Friday Gems

Monday Morning Mentions” by the Armchair Genealogist

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

There are 13 newly discovered genealogy and family history blogs this week, by geneabloggers.com.

For the latest genealogy community announcements, see geneapress.com.

Diane Haddad and the Family Tree Magazine staff write the weekly Genealogy News Corral on the genealogy insider blog.

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