Links, 11.22.10

The holiday homestretch looms. Your author has been in severe denial. She keeps looking at that huge turkey in the fridge and pretending it’s just a really, really big chicken on hold for Sunday dinner. No feast to cook here, no sirree!

We are thankful there are links to distract us.

Search me: I’d heard about this somewhere a couple of weeks ago — I think the link was shared on one of my email lists — but anyway, here’s a press release with a good summary of the new Genealogy in Time search engine. I’ve tried it a couple of times. It’s one of those meta-search type things a la My Cinnamon Toast or Dogpile (Dogpile! Yes! Does anyone remember Dogpile?). I did not personally experience much joy from it, but others have and I haven’t given up on it yet. I just need more time to play around with it, and let’s face it, Thanksgiving is not that sort of time.

Adventures in Aperture: A New Zealand columnist, Mark Webster, recently got curious about old family photos after a death in his family. He set about untangling their mysteries using his Mac and an array of Apple software applications like Aperture and iPhoto. An interesting journey through a problem so many of us face — organizing and identifying heirloom images.

APG results: Wanna know the results of the Association of Professional Genealogists board elections? Here they are.

DNA discovery: We’re at the point where if you want a seasonal DNA story, well, no problem. Here’s one for Thanksgiving: A woman whose DNA testing revealed she is descended both from a Pilgrim and a member of the Wampanoag tribe who attended the first Thanksgiving feast. Lindsy Stewart Cieslewicz says there was a longstanding family rumor that they were descended from both sides of the first Thanksgiving, although her grandfather, a historian, never thought there was much to it. Then the DNA came along …

Why do we do it? That, in a nutshell, is the question posed about family history research by Guardian (UK) writer Adam O’Riordan. I found his musings on the subject sensitive, truthful and only occasionally depressing. See what you think.

Small towns, big ideas: Julie Ardery muses about the ways in which genealogy and rural communities are entwined, and the ways in which they draw strength from one another. h/t The Rural Blog.

Revolutionary: At Dear Myrtle, there is a great overview of lineage applications to the Daughters of the American Revolution and what the information in them can tell you, even if you have no intention of joining the DAR yourself (and don’t think you know anyone who ever did). Includes a walk through the DAR’s Genealogical Research System.

Written up: I would like this article by Michael Hait about writing up your research if only for its answer to the question: What software program is recommended for writing up genealogy research? (Answer, via Thomas Jones of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly: “A word processor.”) But it also has sound reasons for why writing your findings is a good thing to do. Check it out.

Listen up: Finally, don’t forget that November 26 is the National Day of Listening. If you can, take the opportunity afforded by a family gathering to hear a relative’s story, and maybe share one of your own.

And for those celebrating in the U.S. this week (I know the Canadians already had theirs): Happy Thanksgiving!


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