Thursday, May 17, 2018

YouTube Goodies

YouTube, are you watching it?!! It is invaluable for genealogists.  Here are some that caught my eye for their nonsensical approach.  (We need reminders!)

  • https://youtu.be/iNAXGgtlLBY

    8 Reasons You Can't Find Squat About Your Ancestors Online 

    What are some youtube things that you have watched that you found interesting, edifying, helpful---in your genealogy?  Send those links!

    Where can you find recommendations for youtube videos for genealogy?  Read a blog!  In this case: Geneal-Musings 

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Family History Center in Fort Walton Beach

The Family History Center is located at 339 Lake Drive, just off Memorial Pkwy.

It is open to the public on Thursdays and Saturdays.  

Here are the hours: Thursdays 10a.m.-4p.m.; Saturdays 10a.m.-1p.m.

Contact: George Legge, Director at 850-678-8430  
OR Margaret Harris (Staff) at 850-533-6710.

There are other Family History Centers in the Panhandle (Florida).  Niceville, Sandestin area, DeFuniak Springs, Pensacola, etc.  Look for them on the Location Map.

Introduction and Information on Family History Centers

Friday, April 27, 2018

Squeezing an Obituary of all Pertinent Information

Finding a relative's obituary in the newspaper can be a bitter-sweet experience. 

Even if you never knew this person, personally, you can feel empathy for the deceased and his or her survivors.  As genealogists, we know, though, that reading the obituary can often bring understanding as to how the family tree fits together.  

What are the major points we should look for?  Everyone's story is worth telling; what clues in the obituary can help us to know this person better?  What indicators will help us to unravel family history mysteries?  

I have tried in the past to create a template of questions or facts that will help us to lift from the obituary the relevant information.  You may want to create your own template.  

You may want to remember that the obituary was most likely prepared by family members who were in mourning or composed quickly on account of time constraints.  Any information that is presented should be verified by a second or third source.



Friday, April 20, 2018

Help from Genealogy's Star Blog

I've touted, before, the interesting and advancing articles at this website.  To get the full benefit, one must follow the topic from blog post to blog post, as James Tanner unrolls and expands his point.  In this case, his point is that there is a wealth of online information about, not just our family tree folks, but also the folks who were related to the lineal ancestors.

I look forward to following this series of articles.  "In Depth" genealogy is indeed an exploration of the familial relationships as well as the family tree structure.  The information we gain will only serve to strengthen our roots!


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Experimenting at Internet Archive.  I was only two years old in 1948, but Eglin Field is a part of my history: I was born there!!

So whether it is relevant, earthshaking, or whatever...History is under the umbrella we call "Family History".




Monday, April 09, 2018

Without it, we wouldn't have such pretty flowers in May! Mid-month (almost) and April Showers (goodies)