DIANE’S GENEALOGY (AND OTHER THINGS) NEWSLETTER, September 2021
BC Historical Newspapers.
OK, I know we are into October. More news about this month later, I promise.
September was a busy month! Some highlights were:
The Scottish Indexes conference and, after so long, a chance to see many members of my family.
Coming Up! Scottish Indexes Conference - the next is Sat., 23 October 2021 - virtual.
Don’t miss it if you are at all interested in Scottish genealogy. In the meantime, check out the Learning Zone on the site - full of helpful information and tips - and, of course, their indexes: https://www.scottishindexes.com/
Mary Risseeuw's presentation to the Virtual Genealogical Society (VGA)
“Nellie was a Rebel: Unusual Sources to Find her Child’s Father.” was excellent. This was for VGA members' only but I believe if you join now, you can see it. And many more. https://virtualgenealogy.org /
And a must - Elizabeth Shown-Mills presentation on “Context: A Powerful Tool for Problem Solving”
One of the 2021 Joy Reisinger Memorial Series Lectures, from the BCG, available free but only till 31 October, 2021. Don’t wait till Halloween to watch this. It may/should change the way you think about researching. https://familytreewebinars.com/webinar/context-a-powerful-tool-for-problem-solving/
Since I've been working on the Scottish Lewises for the Lewis One-Name Study, I've found myself thinking much more about Scotland and about names - given and surnames - even nicknames. Any Lewis families or lost individuals in your family tree? https://lewis.one-name.net/
Featuring talks on medieval Scotland right now. Dr. Matthew Hammond's talk on "Exploring the Origins of Scottish Surnames and Personal Names" was enlightening, (as was the October talk -"Women of Medieval Scotland" ). More lectures coming up: https://www.historyscotland.com/virtual-events/online-lectures/
Genealogy Related News
Obituaries often seem to involve points of contention - one way or another. Here’s a recent Ontario, Canada story to think about as these situations could arise anywhere- “Family blindsided after marketing company, funeral home cash in on father's obituary” by Rosa Marchitelli, CBC ‘GoPublic, posted Oct 11, 2021: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/obituary-memorial-trees-funeral-frontrunner-1.6119639
For the Readers in the Crowd
A nice article by Emily Temple at Literary Hub - “The 25 Most Iconic Book Covers in History” - she says “ You Probably Already Have One On a T-Shirt”, October 7, 2021. I don’t have any literary T-shirts. (Socks, yes, and most of the books but no T-shirts here): https://lithub.com/the-25-most-iconic-book-covers-in-history/
And speaking of reading, the last few years, I’ve been using My Book Pledge for keeping track of the books I read but the website is closing at the end of the year. I've joined The StoryGraph now and so far I do like it. Not yet quite enough to subscribe but it is growing on me. I always like book suggestions and have mile-long TBR lists. Any other ideas there for keeping reading track? (OK, pen & paper...I know.) https://app.thestorygraph.com/
Looking forward to October’s Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon.
Any excuse to read more works for me! October 23, 2021 (starts at 8pm EST). Readathon Registration here, free: https://deweysreadathon.wordpress.com/
Interested in more genealogy tools?
The Guild of One-Name Studies often has free webinars coming up online for all - and now available - on ORA, the Online Repository Assistant (“automated assistant for use with online repositories”), and on Zotero, “a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite and share research. Autumn & Fall 2021 - Technology Tools
Any Journalers out there? Do you journal every day, or ?
I journal only occasionally, except for some challenges I join or set myself periodically. I am thinking I'll do this in 2022 though I feel I'll more likely keep it up if I'm able to use my phone.
I did watch a quick Journal video with Mitch at FamilySearch - he's using the Day One app, but also mentioned Journey & Momento. I've an Android, but Day One looks like it would be fine for me, although the Android version isn't as full featured. If you are using a journaling app, do let me know which one(s) you like.
Looking for hopeful prompts?
I recommend Buddha Doodles: https://buddhadoodles.com/
And just for fun, another old genealogy joke -
“ ‘Bragson talks a great deal about his family tree.’
‘Yes, a family tree is much like other trees. The smallest twigs do the most rustling.' ”
From the Marpole-Richmond Review, Eburne, BC, Canada, Wednesday, 25 December 1940, page 8.