23 August 2013

Upfront Mini Bytes – Avoiding Burnout, Sinister History, National Atlas, 101 Best Websites, IL Rev War Ancestors, War Crimes, and more

Welcome to our newest edition of our bi-weekly feature Upfront Mini Bytes.  In Upfront Mini Bytes we provide eight tasty bits of genealogy news that will help give you a deeper byte into your family history research. Each item is short and sweet.  We encourage you to check out the links to articles, blog posts, resources, and anything genealogical!

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Maps. There are never too many maps!  Recently, Randy Seaver, blogger at Genea-Musings, did a piece on The "Rivers of America" Map, which was fascinating and introduced me to a new resource – the National Atlas Website.  This image shows those identified water-bodies that flow into the Neuse River before it flows into the ocean. As Randy mentions, understanding water and how/where it flowed is important to our understanding of how (and where) our ancestors traveled.

Genealogy and family history research can be fun, exhilarating, and also frustrating!  When we are frustrated, we are often not having fun and if we are not having fun, should we stop?  Before you reach that point, do read Genealogy Today: Ten tips to overcome ‘genealogy burnout’.  Hopefully these might keep your genealogical journey as fun and fruitful as the day you started.

Are you researching Revolutionary War Ancestors in Illinois?  If so, you might want to check out the newly expanded and revised publication, Soldiers of the American Revolution In Illinois (Illinois State Genealogical Society). The book has been expanded to include new entries, children of the entry, (other family members), and history found in and referencing to pension records relating people, places and events, location of graves, etc.

So much trivia, so little time!  Even before my daughter became a linguist, I have enjoyed learning about language, including the origin of words and phrases we commonly use.  If you share this same interest, you might enjoy reading Surprisingly sinister history of most commonly used phrases.
It’s that time of year again for Family Tree Magazine’s 101 Best Websites list.  Access the 2013 list here.

Canadians can celebrate -- Library and Archives Canada announced that the Census of 1861 is now available online. Information was collected for people living in Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

For the first time ever we can now readily access more than 2,200 documents from a largely unknown archive housed at the United Nations that documents thousands of cases against accused World War II criminals in Europe and Asia. The unrestricted records of the United Nations War Crimes Commission were put online in early July by the International Criminal Court. The finding aid for the records is found here. You can search the database here.  Select “United Nations War Crimes Commission” from dropdown menu.

As summer is still with us, I’ll end with some trivia –The History of CTRL + ALT + DELETE. If you have ever used a computer, and that covers just about every genealogist I know, then you at one time or another have used this function – either on purpose or out of desperation!

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