“Donna’s Picks” was my occasional weekly feature of noteworthy articles that has now become a monthly roundup. Here are February’s goodies!
Nun Maintains Polish Ties Through 100 Year Family Correspondence, an article by Susan Klemond in National Catholic Register, is a great story about two families keeping in touch across the miles – and across generations! [February 12]
Twenty-Five Ways to Come Up With Great Ideas for Your Writing by Ali on Aliventures may spark your creativity whether you are writing your family history, trying to come up with blog posts – or if you’re writing some fiction on the side. [February 1]
What’s with the SSDI and the petition? by Pat Richley-Erickson, otherwise known as DearMyrtle, sums up the recently “controversy” over the Social Security Death Index. [February 12]
The 50 Questions in the 1940 Census – Tuesday’s Tip by Nancy at My Ancestors and Me gives us a glimpse of the types of information we’ll get when the 1940 Census is made available this April. [February 7]
More Than Meets The Eye (Again): A Tuesday’s Tip Follow Up! by Cynthia Shenette at Heritage Zen offers some great advice on reviewing the photos in our collections. Cynthia says, “if you have a group of photos or materials that seem to be related in some way make sure you view them together and consider the group as a whole” – see her post on the discovery she made doing just that. [January 31]
Set in Stone? by Bill West at West in New England reminds us not to believe everything we read…even if it’s written in stone! [January 29]
The Birdwatcher’s Guide to Genealogists by Randall Dickerson from Free-Range Organic Genealogy (formerly known as Alabama Genealogy and Ramblings) humorously ponders the question of what species of genealogist we all belong to. As Randall points out, take note that “Any resemblance between these descriptions and any genealogist, alive or dead, is unintended, a coincidence, and a darn shame.” [January 29]
What’s Past at What’s Past is Prologue ~ What You May Have Missed
One Year Ago:
The WDYTYA Drinking Game - see how the infamous “drinking game” began before the next episode of genealogists’ favorite show, Who Do You Think You Are?
5 Ways to Make Your Blog Reader Friendly - how to win friends with a more friendly blog
Two Years Ago:
Grandparents Can Be Valentines Too - since this is the “Valentine” edition, see a cute photo of my paternal grandparents and the story of how they met
Three Years Ago:
When You Can’t Find Grampa’s Marriage Record - some tips on alternate search strategies when Grampa’s marriage record isn’t where you think it should be
Four Years Ago:
Family By Choice, Not Genes – my “adopted grandfather” was a priest
Photo Mystery: Is This the Same Bergmeister? – I never did figure it out…what do you think?
What’s Prologue at What’s Past is Prologue ~ Coming Up
I had quite a few posts planned for February…but here it is and the month is half over and I haven’t quite gotten to my ideas yet. I hope to post in the next month about some finds in a new collection at Ancestry.com, the preponderance of February dates in one of my ancestral families, and my preparations for the 1940 Census.
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