Thursday, November 29, 2012

GENEALOGY HABIT


There really ought to be a support group for genealogy nuts.  My doorbell just rang and it was the delivery man dropping off one of my new acquisitions: The Genealogist’s Guide to Researching Tax Records by Carol Cooke Darrow and Susan Winchester. I will add that to my numerous other genealogy books. And yesterday I signed up for a subscription to Worldvitalrecords (http://www.worldvitalrecords.com) even though I have Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com) and FindmyPast (http://www.findmypast.com) and Fold3 (http://www.fold3.com) accounts.



What’s a person to do? Research is entertaining. I get high on the thrill of the hunt, the awe of the discovery. I can’t help myself.

And then there are the conferences. I read the brochures as if I were salivating in a fine restaurant. Shall I go to Vegas and attend the NGS conference (http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/galleries/new-gallery/2013_Conference_Registration_Brochure_20_November.pdf), or should I go to Salt Lake City and attend RootsTech (http://www.rootstech.org/about)? Or should I drive to Ft. Wayne’s Allen County Library (http://www.genealogycenter.org/Home.aspx)? Or fly back to Boston to visit the New England Historic Genealogical Society (http://www.americanancestors.org/home.html)? The choices are many.


I check my local Barnes & Noble regularly so I don’t miss any new editions of my favorite genealogy magazines:

I have subscriptions to:

And then there are the historical society memberships:

Plus many more smaller societies.



Let’s not forget the numerous family surname books:
  • A Cutler Memorial and Genealogical History: Containing the Names of a Large Proportion of the Cutlers in the United States and Canada, and a Record of Other Families Allied to the Cutlers by Anonymous
  • Royal Families: Americans of Royal and Noble Ancestry,Volume Two, Reverend Francis Marbury and Five Generations of the Descendants Through Anne (Marbury) Hutchinson and Katherine (Marbury) Scott by Marston Watson
  • Thomas Boyden and His Descendants by Wallace Clarke Boyden
  • Yearbook of the American Clan Gregor Society by Caleb Clarke Magruder, Jr.



Oh! There are also the wonderful Images of America books by Arcadia Publishing (http://www.arcadiapublishing.com/series/Images-of-America):
  • Canastota and Chittenango: Two Historic Canal Towns
  • Chelmsford, Massachusetts
  • Clinton and the Town of Kirkland
  • Coventry, Connecticut
  • Erie Canal
  • Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • Henrico County, Virginia
  • Niagara Falls, New York
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland
  • Westerly, Rhode Island


And then there are Lisa Louise Cooke’s many excellent publications: (http://lisalouisecooke.com/lisa-louise-cookes-store):
  • Google Earth For Genealogy
  • How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers
  • Turn Your iPad Into a Genealogy Powerhouse

I’m an eBay regular—ordering items such as old yearbooks, postcards, town histories and vintage maps

See what I mean?  I will be working forever just to pay for this habit.  Nonetheless, if you have been bitten by this bug, you will agree it is worth every penny!



ILLUSTRATIONS BY:

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, 1100 Pictorial Symbols, 2007.

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, Full-Color Old-Time Vignettes, 2002.

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, Advertising Cuts of the 20s and 30s, 2003.

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