Saturday, October 23, 2010

Saturday Picks: October 9th - 23rd

(copyright 2010, I'm making my "Friday Finds" a Saturday thing and bi-weekly, hopefully I'll be able to stick to it if I do that... we'll see.  Anyway, these are finds and reads that I've discovered recently and enjoyed:
Blog posts:
  • I'm a huge Francophile so everything over at The French Genealogy Blog is a must read for me.  I especially liked the post Anonymous Parents - Accouchement sous X.  Not only was it informative, it was a touching read - like every good blog post should be.
  • I enjoy all of Barbara's posts, especially when it involves her photography - like her Wordless Wednesday posts.  Her Top Tens are also excellent and I was really inspired by the one she did on her brick wall ancestors.
  • I'm sad John and Greta are stopping their respective weekly round-up series, but can understand their reasons. 
  • This post isn't a new one, but it is one I keep coming back to and have found hugely helpful.  Anyone with Kentucky roots would be wise to read it also.  
Online Books:
  • A Century of Wayne County, Kentucky 1800-1900 by Augusta Phillips Johnson.  It can be read in "snippet view" on Google Books and in its entirety at Ancestry through subscription.  I wish every county history was as well done and interesting as this one.  Even if you aren't interested in Wayne Co. itself, it provides an excellent introduction to early Kentucky, southeastern Kentucky especially.  
  • Other Kentucky books I've found useful are Lincoln County, Kentucky (can be partially read at Google Books) and A History of Kentucky Baptists (can be read in full at Google Books). 
  • History of Rochester and Monroe County, New York (available in full at Google Books).  Not great, but helpful nonetheless.
Closing Tip :
  • This was one of the most useful things I learned at the Expo: study the water ways (creeks, rivers, streams, etc.) near where your ancestor lived.  This was stressed by Arlene Eakle at one of the sessions I attended and she also mentioned the fact that a water way could be named one thing in one county and another in a different county.  For instance, a creek runs through two different counties.  In one county it is called Red Creek but across the county line it is called Blue Creek.  I've found this very helpful in trying to track where my rural ancestor's might have lived.  


  1. Thanks for the tips - the Kentucky and Vermont ones are especially helpful for me. Thanks also for the mention - I may include a few "Follow" type items here and there, just can't manage a full listing each week in addition to research.

  2. Leah, Thank you so much for your very kind words. I am concerned about the tip about spinsters, and have made a notation at my blog. However, I am glad you like other things and not just that fact. I will be posting my WW with you in mind! Hope you like it. Again, thanks.


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