- A new Pew Report released yesterday about library users and engagement with libraries suggests technology is not a substitute for offline information-gathering activities but, rather, one that enhances them. Further, it suggests those who are gathering information do so at specific times in their lives and also rely on social networks to make decisions as a part of the information-gathering process. [The report is ambiguous about which type of social networks, but I'm going to guess those are both offline and online social networks. ("Hey Dad, do you like that new computer you bought last month? Why?") Very good read. And? I'd like to insert here you can't do family history research completely online. You need to get to a library, among other places, to get it done. Family history is an information-gathering process which can be enhanced by technology. And if "I wonder where I come from?" is not a life stage, I don't know what is.]
- On The Root, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Kristin Britanik thoroughly answer the question, "Why Did My Ancestor Change the Family Name?" [This was one of my life stage questions near the beginning of my family history information-gathering journey thanks to my Big Paw Paw.]
- On TGL Genes, Travis shows how he used the crowd source power of social online networks and a library to get further along in his information-gathering family history journey. [Heh. Travis wins the Pew Report Trifecta.]
- The National Archives (UK) gives a great overview to the second batch of their First World War unit diaries collection which was put online yesterday.
- Origins is offering free access to its Index of Irish Wills in honor of St. Patrick's Day according to Claire on Irish Genealogy News. Claire gives a helpful explanation of what can be found in the index as well.
- MyHeritage is also offering free access to their Irish record collection in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Esther gives a helpful explanation of what their collection is and what can be found in it so please do click through for more information.
- Mocavo is offering free access to their Premium Gold Service through Sunday.
- On Lifehacker, Eric gives Six Downloads and Extensions to Make Facebook Even Better. [I like number 1 the most.]
- Google Drive has lowered the price of their monthly storage plans. [Very nice.]
- Have Ohio roots? [Yes, I do.] Ancestry.com has released their free Ohio Research Guide.
- The Indiana Genealogical Society added the 1870 Mortality Schedule Index for Morgan County to their members-only portion of their website.
- Yesterday and today, FamilySearch.org added record images to 3 databases yesterday for England, New England, and Switzerland. They also updated the SSDI database.
- Ancestry.com had some database updates yesterday: 3 databases for Massachusetts as well as added 2 new-to-Ancestry databases for Argentina and Guatemala. [Note: None of these are new to being online but are new to Ancestry. The Massachusetts databases can be found in AmericanAncestors.org's databases and the Argentina and Guatemala ones are from FamilySearch.org. So these are good for new researchers, but if you've been researching for a while in these locations, you've probably looked in these before. Maybe.]
- USGenWeb volunteer contributors uploaded various types of records yesterday for various counties in the following US states: Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
Other things that might interest you. Maybe. Maybe not. But maybe.
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