Sunday, September 30, 2012

GHLL Weekly Updates

Genealogy and History Data Updates October 1 - October 7, 2012.

What do we have in the way of updates for this week? We have something for everyone.

  • Surnames...updated!
  • Broken Links...updated!
  • Domestic Resources...updated!
  • International Resources...updated!
  • Miscellaneous Pages...updated!
  • Seeking Surnames...updated!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Family Coat of Arms...Or Not

You think you purchased your Family Coat of Arms at your local Irish Festival this year? Maybe not. Dick Eastman posted a very comprehensive overview of exactly what constitutes a Coat of Arms.

Another Instance of Bogus "Family Coats of Arms"

"I had to laugh. This morning I received an email message from a company asking me to review their new iPhone app for "Irish Family History." Normally, I would be glad to do so; but, as I read the remainder of the email message, I changed my mind. It appears this app displays so-called family information that contains fairy tales." Read more...

I know how tempting it is to purchase these types of items. Just be sure you understand what it is and is not that you are buying.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Saturday, September 15, 2012

GHLL's September Blogger of The Month

The Genealogy and History Links Library's September Blogger of the Month is Leslie Ann.

Be sure to check out her blog Ancestors Live Here as well as her guest post on the GHLL newsletter Branching Out.

Thank you for your support, Leslie!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Ancestor Finder and The Genealogy Student

Randy Seaver at Gena-Musings posted a Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge in response to a post by Lorine McGinnis, "What Type of Genealogist Are You?"

Lorine did a good job of laying out the categories that a majority of genealogists fall into. I belong in The Ancestor Finder category. I am in this for myself. I do research my husband's family and I will help a cousin out from time to time, but my genealogy world mostly revolves around me.

If I were to set goals on the type of genealogist I would aspire to be, I would want to work towards being The Planner and The Analyzer. Genealogy is a hobby that can consume all of your free time.  If I worked on my research planning more I know I would be able to use my research time more efficiently. If I was a better Analyzer, I would realize I already have that information on another document, I just failed to capture it.

"What Type of Genealogist Are You?" is also a great segue into something I've been thinking about over the last few weeks. The category that has most completely describes my genealogy life isn't listed, so I will add it here...The Student. If I were to track the time I spend reading, watching or listening about how to do genealogy, it would be more than the actual "doing" time.

Is that good or bad? In my case its neither good or bad because I find that I am enjoying the learning as much as the doing. And there is not a thing wrong with learning! So that is me, I am an Ancestor Finder and a Genealogy Student.