Links, 3.21.11

Some first day of spring! It is snowing outside my window as I type. We should have been craftier here in the Northeast and said that today was actually National We Love Winter, We Really Do Day. Yeah, right.

Cousins, classmates: Two strangers go to a genealogy program at a local library and start filling out family tree sheets for a class exercise. They realize their fathers were cousins. Are you jealous yet? I am.

Perfect world: At ThinkGenealogy, Mark Tucker discusses what genealogy software would look like in a perfect world. Read about his vision of ‘GenPerfect’. It’s intriguing to think of a genealogy program that can handle the perspective of open genealogy questions, in addition to puzzles already solved.

NY listing: My love of Rootsweb mailing lists is well documented. Of potential interest to those with New York State research interests is a new list, NYSCOGO, which takes its name from its sponsor, the New York State Council of Genealogical Organizations, formed in 1991 “to facilitate communication between genealogical and historical groups.” H/T to SBurch at the NY-IRISH list.

RootsTech, again: Still can’t get RootsTech out of your mind? Or still wishing you’d been there? View videos of selected presentations online for free at H/T to Kimberly Powell.

Start your engines: Check out, a new genealogy search engine launched by Mocavo, Inc., backed by TechStars founder David Cohen. It pulls in the usual suspects (genealogy message boards, online family trees, historical societies), along with the Library of Congress, Ellis, Find A Grave, etc. More on this from Dick Eastman.

Marker migration: How does a wooden grave marker migrate from an Outer Banks cemetery to Sandwich, Mass.? Nobody knows for sure, but at least the 1891 marker is back where it belongs. As reported by the Virginian-Pilot, the journey home began when a sharp-eyed museum curator in Sandwich realized the marker just didn’t look local, and got the ball rolling with a query to the online newsletter of the Association for Gravestone Studies.

Enjoy the week. I’m off to offer hot chocolate to the crocuses.


Events: Irish Family History at Drew University

I’m looking forward to April 16. You’re probably saying, “Who isn’t?” But not only is April 16 the day after Tax Day, it’s also the day for this:

Emigrants and Exiles, An Irish Family History Symposium

It’s taking place practically in my own backyard, at Drew University in Madison, N.J. Check out the speakers and topics. Excellent stuff!

* Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, “Right Annie, Wrong Annie”

* Professor Christine Kinealy, “The Famine is only part of the Story. Why your ancestors came to America”

* Dr Anne Rodda, CG, “Immigrant Imprints: American and Irish records that tell the story”

* Claire Keenan Agthe, “Offbeat records for New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia”

* Judy Campbell, “Family History Search Catches a Tammany Tiger”

* Alan Delozier, “Family History from a Religious Perspective”

* Julie Sakellariadis, “Imagining the Past: Using Historical Resources to Find Stories from the Past”

* Dr Thomas Callahan Jr., “Looking For Katie: The McCormack Family in America”

The link takes you to the website of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey, which is co-sponsoring the event with Drew’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. You can download a .pdf file of the conference brochure and registration form, if you are in the area and might like to attend.