Links, 1.31.11

No more snow witticisms here, my friends. There is only so much to say, after all. I mean, it’s white, it’s cold, it’s not going anywhere. Instead, I am dreaming of other places, some of which actually have roads where you can see the blacktop.

Europe (Eastern Division): Lisa Alzo (The Accidental Genealogist) is teaching two online courses: Eastern European Ancestors (Part I)  and Discovering your Czech and Slovak Roots. More information at her blog.

History in the wall: Students at San Francisco’s Cleveland Elementary School had the excitement of opening a message from the past — a 1910 time capsule hidden in a wall during the school’s construction. You have to like history lessons like that.

Tour de force: Via DearMYRTLE’s blog, check out the 2011 Genealogy Tour courtesy of Daniel Horowitz of — an extensive list of dates and interesting topics.

The French Connection: Anne Morddel writes about Commercial Genealogy vs. Privacy — The French Perspective at her excellent French Genealogy Blog. If you work with French sources check it out — Anne is an American based in France who tackles her topics with engaging thoroughness. She has another good one on what Napoleon’s spies can tell genealogists.

Simply Irish: A huge thank you to Deborah Large Fox at Help! The Faerie Folk Hid My Ancestors! for spotlighting Claire Santry’s addictive Irish Genealogy Toolkit site. Construction of this post stopped dead while I rummaged happily through Claire’s amazing collection of links and resources. But do NOT forget to read  Deborah’s great interview with Claire before you go to the site to rummage.

Procedure and progress: I really liked this Surname Saturday post from Sassy Jane: a Part One of her search for her great-grandfather’s birth date and place. A great armchair-genealogy read that gives a good idea of how long and convoluted these searches can get.

Comfort genealogy: And thank you to Cheri Hopkins for responding to the “Favorite Food” edition of 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History by sharing her mom’s noodle recipe. Four-foot high piles of snow outside combined with Cheri’s informative step-by-step photos are convincing noodle-phobic me to give this comfort food a try.

Off to check the salt supply and make sure the roof can hold the next batch of snow. Enjoy the week, especially if you’re near a palm tree.