17 July 2015

Follow Friday: Finds and Resources

Several articles caught my attention this week but these stood out:

Newspapers are a great source of information about our families as well as what their daily life may have been like. Cynthia Shenette’s article “Extra! Extra! Finding Info in Unindexed  Newspapers” this week was a great reminder post. 

I was doing some back reading this week as well and came upon (again) Cathy Meder-Dempsey’s post concerning her schedule for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks posts. I love the organization Cathy shows here. What a great idea too instead of bouncing around here and there. I think perhaps I will try to work this idea into my 2016 post planning.  

“Finding Your Roots” will be returning to PBS in January, according to Megan Smolenyak. She wrote a piece for Huffington Post stating the show will return in January 2016. The show, hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., was originally scheduled to air again in September 2015. 

Resource Finds:
I thought I would also pass along some resources I tracked down this week through various sources. 

The first resource is a list of occupations. The list is provided through Random Acts of genealogical Kindness. It simply lists old occupations and defines them. For example, one of my ancestors was a sawyer. That is someone who saws timber to boards. Today a hacker is someone who wreaks havoc on computer systems. This list shows a hacker used to be defined as a “maker of hoes.” 

Due to a family obligation, I missed Crista Cowan’s weekly Ancestry webinar. Did you know that you can watch it anytime on Ancestry.com’s You Tube channel? Her weekly topics are generally helpful tips about searching on Ancestry.com and using its many resources. Her tips though are great regardless of if you subscribe to Ancestry or not. 

Final Note:
Do you tweet? Join #genchat tonight at 10 p.m. ET. Tonight’s subject will be “Making the most of your public library.” Remember to use the #genchat hashtag! A tip – I find TweetDeck so much easier when following several hashtags at once.  

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Follow Friday is a genealogical prompt of GeneaBloggers. 
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
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