Donna’s Picks: Week of January 20, 2008

Here are some posts from genealogy blogs that I really enjoyed this week.  If you missed any, be sure to visit these sites!

At CreativeGene, there are a series of three posts responding to Lisa’s challenge to write about your ancestors in 1908.  Jasia took the challenge a bit further than the rest of us by providing a great summary of the historical and cultural settings of the areas that were her ancestors’ homes in 1908.  Travel back in time and see a snapshot of Detroit, the Galician Partition of Poland, and the Russian Partition of Poland.  Each post has some great photos – and even videos – that help you imagine life in those areas one hundred years ago. [1/25/08, 1/26/08, 1/27/08]

Craig at GeneaBlogie reviews a genealogy-related book, One Drop by Bliss Broyard.  The book recounts the author’s search for her father’s black roots, which were kept hidden from the family.  Craig writes “One Drop is everything a genealogical narrative ought to be–historical, cultural and personal … In short, every genealogist will find something of interest here.”  Thanks, Craig, for another good book to add to my lengthy reading list! [1/26/08] 

DearMYRTLE writes about “giving it your all” with regard to your genealogical research.  She tells us how to “get real” about our research and offers some pointers on how to do just that. [1/26/08]

FamHist makes my list for the second week in a row with a post entitled “Genealogy – Get Them Interested Young”.  Lee has some great suggestions on getting children interested in their own genealogy based on a genealogy “Merit Badge” offered by the Boy Scouts.  I hope to try a few of these out on my nieces and nephews.  [1/24/08] 

Chris started a new “irregular” feature at the Genealogue this week called “Genealogy Hack” which offers tips to solve specific problems.  His tip on saving Ellis Island images of passenger lists will be handy now that the “function is disabled” on the site!  [1/22/08]

4 thoughts on “Donna’s Picks: Week of January 20, 2008

  1. Bliss Broyard is a white woman (as opposed to the myth of just looking like one). Her father, Anatole Broyard, was a white man, although “tarbrushed.”

    Everyone wants to be part Indian precisely because Indians do not try to claim everyone who has “Indian blood.” Hypodescent yields contempt. Unfortunately, elite American blacks like Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (the one who first denounced Anatole Broyard as a lighter kind of “black” too inferior for the honor of calling himself white) actively mislead people of good will by promoting and demanding obedience to the lie that whites “tainted” with Negro blood have no right to be “white.” If that were true, Hispanics and Arabs would be “black” since nearly all of them have some “black blood.”

  2. lloyd1927,

    I don’t particularly care if Broyard is white, black, pink, or green. You see, I’m a science fiction fan, so I tend to believe in only one “race”. We’re called human. As for the book, it’s the story of a person’s search for their ancestors. As a genealogist, I find that interesting. If your Ethiopian, Swedish, or Korean and you’re writing about searching for your roots, I’ll be interested even though your ancestry is vastly different than mine.

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