Friday, June 3, 2011

Follow Friday Newsletter: 3 June 2011

This Week in Genea-Blogging

I’ve been off my game....

A major omission of last week’s “Follow Friday Newsletter” consisted of two wonderful posts at Shades of the Departed: “Shades and the Overstuffed Baby Make a Connection” and “The Overstuffed Baby Comes Full Circle!”

A pensive post for the Memorial Day weekend....

and one of my favorite posts this week is Susan Clark’s “Our Places - Those Places Thursday” at Nolichucky Roots.

The debate is on!

New Search vs. Old Search! Bill West at West in New England has cast down the gauntlet in “Confessions of a Genealogical Fuddyduddy.” Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings takes up the challenge in “Navigating Old and New Search on - Post 1: New Search, Advanced Form.” Sorry, Randy. I’m with Bill on this one.

Watch the little progress bar

Check out JLog’s post on New Family Search and Legacy integration: “New Family Search: Combining Duplicates.” A good explanation of how the process works.

The title says it all

“Genea-Blogging Works!” at Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings. Amen on that one, Randy. For some examples of this, just for instance, check out “Alfred and the Experts” at Carol’s Reflections from the Fence (which, of course, was inspired by Bill West’s Civil War Challenge at West in New England). And a second (!) post this week from Randy on this subject: “Geneablogging Works: Bloodgood Family Information.”

Courthousely Etiquette

At Staats Place, Chris Staats posts some thoughts on models for proper researcher behavior in courthouses and the like in “Beep, beep! Researcher Coming Through!!”

What is an RAOVGGK?

Find out at 2338 W. Washington Blvd., where Margel explains it for you in, what else, “RAOVGGK.” Fantastic story!

Some stories, some history, some mysteries

In “Using Cemeteries to Learn Local History,” Kathleen Brandt answers some questions and raises others at a3 Genealogy.

More excellent suggestions on using Findagrave

From Beth at Beth’s Genealogy Blog: “Ways I Use One of My Favorite Sites, Findagrave.”

A quandary

At A Patient Genealogist, D Lee’s Tech Tuesday post asks the question: “How do I protect my family?” When you have the opportunity to meet up with a research cousin and share information - but have to provide some of your own personal information to do so - what do you do?

Interviews, Sanborn Maps, and iTunes

See how Daniel Hubbard uses these together in “Interview with Dad” at Personal Past Meditations.

I’ve always wondered ...

... where you go to find old family Bibles if you are not aware of any that your family has. Jack Butler of Genealogy Jack has some suggestions for how to go about this in “Tuesday’s Tip: Finding All Our Grandmothers - Family Bibles.”

Why the more, the merrier and the better...

... is summed up very nicely by Ian Hadden in “Facebook Genealogy” at Ian Hadden’s Family History.

How to get the young-uns interested:

One very promising approach is described by Lorine McGinnis Schulze at Olive Tree Genealogy Blog in “I Spy With My Genealogy Eye.”

“Who got you started in genealogy?”

Jennifer Geraghty-Gorman at On a flesh and bone foundation gives one of the most beautiful answers to this question that I have ever read in “Thankful Thursday: My start in Family History? Two Conversations.”

Get a life ... whoever: More educational/enjoyable/funny/etc. posts on source citations:

“Inflaming Source Citation Passions” at Genea-Musings

Planting the Seeds: “Source Citations: Getting it ‘Right,’ part one” and “Source Citations: Getting it ‘Right,’ part two”

“The Perfect Citation Storm” at Genealogy’s Star

Some reviews of

Amy’s Genealogy, etc. Blog: “Review of” and “Review of - Part 2.”

Blood and Frogs: “For Memorial Day, BillionGraves App/Site Launches”

Are My Roots Showing?: “ - Competition for Find-A-Grave?”

Find My Ancestor Blog: “Mobile Monday - BillionGraves” and “Billion Graves - Taking High Quality Photos”

Taneya’s Genealogy Blog: “A Glimpse at”

Nutfield Genealogy: “ Review”

And a number of posts at Midge Frazel’s Granite in my Blood.

For more suggested blog reading ...

Check out “Best of the Genea-Blogs” at Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings, “Follow Friday” at Deb Ruth’s Adventures in Genealogy, “Best Bytes of the Week” at Elizabeth O’Neal’s Little Bytes of Life, “Follow Friday” at Jen’s Climbing My Family Tree, and “Monday Morning Mentions” at Lynn Palermo’s The Armchair Genealogist.

This Week I Started Following These Blogs:

Kith and Kin Research

Indiana Dillmans

McManigle Family

My Research Week

Must not assume all digital documents on Ancestry/FamilySearch are single pages - Apple figured out that the reference to Lora Mae Scott on the death certificate for her son Roy Duckworth was on the second page. Thank you, Apple!

Researching the Brinlee family - at least the known branches - should be easy. There is a lot of material out there, particularly some early articles published in county histories, journals, and so forth. But it turns out a lot of this information is incomplete and has mistakes. The Richard Mason Brinlee family is turning out to be a real “bog”! I believe that his first child is incorrectly attributed to his first wife. The Brinlees are sort of halfway in between some of my well-researched, well-documented family lines and the lines for which I am largely breaking new ground - and harder than both, because I am having to prove and disprove so much of what has been written about this family.

More enjoyable interaction and trading information with cousins this week - will write more about this later!

Still catching up with post-conference “busyness.” Last task still to be completed - send digital images of a couple of Brinlee Confederate Pension applications to the gentlemen who publishes Civil War unit histories so that he can link them up to the Fifth Texas Partisan Rangers.

Most aggravating experience of the week: Not being able to get into my blog to make posts, etc. Tried several times, jumped through several hoops. Posted problem on Facebook. Thought "What the heck, let's try Safari instead of Firefox." That worked. Friends on Facebook also suggested Chrome. I'm gonna have all of these browsers with all sorts of different bookmarks - one of a number of reasons why having a Research Toolbox is a good idea.


  1. Greta:

    What a lovely thing to do, to go back and mention the "Overstuffed Baby."

    T H A N K Y O U!

    It's why I always read you, you're good.


  2. Thank you, Greta, for the mention. It's been a whirlwind year,sweeping lots of places away.

  3. Thanks for the mention, Greta!

  4. Discovering that someone liked my post enough to mention it is like an unexpected gift - thank you. What a lovely end to a stressful week.

  5. Thanks for the mention Greta! Always appreciated!

  6. Greta,

    Thanks for mentioning my blog post. It's much appreciated!


  7. Now if you would only get such good results from FB friends about why Bogger (oops, I mean Blogger) arbitrarily removes photos from our posts ... *~*
    - Brenda

  8. fM - Always a pleasure to read your blogs and to read your comments. You are our stand and our measuring stick, and we are always looking up to you. And you are very welcome.

    Susan - You are welcome. I keep hoping to read that all the water has gone down everywhere, but keep reading about farms and such under water. Still hoping and praying for the people out there.

    Bill - Always glad to feature your posts - I identify with them so much!

    Margel - Happy to return the favor - I SO enjoyed reading that post!

    Carol and Ian - You are very welcome, and thanks for posts that always provide food for thought.

    Brenda - B(l)ogger hasn't had a very good record lately, has it?

  9. Thanks for the mention, Greta! What an honor!


  10. Dear Greta,

    Thank you so very much for your lovely mention of my post. I appreciate it so very much.

    Cheers to you,