The Genealogue has published the 2005 Genealogue Awards. Definitely a must-read for genealogists.
I’ll be out for a few days, traipsing through cemeteries and going over pedigree charts with relatives.
In the meantime, you might check out The Genealogue for the kinds of genealogy gifts that keep on giving.
First off, happy holidays to everybody. If you’re like me, you’re doing a lot of genealogy research over the next week or so, including interviews with family members, etc.
If you want something to get the children interested, Gilles Maurice has put together a genealogy site about Disney characters (Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, etc.).
Mouse Family Tree
They also bring up an interested paradox in regards to researching the genealogy of Disney characters:
Building a family tree of a Disney character is not an easy job : first, you have to include all the concerned characters, which is somehow difficult, because you have to lead huge researches, then you have to face contradictions which exist from a story to another, from an “universe” to another,… But the most delicate issue is the big lack of normal family relations in the Disney universe (we can find as many uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces as possible, but direct parents or children are very rare). About this relevant topic, Don Rosa told “I don’t really know the reason for there never being fathers and mothers, only aunts and uncles, in Disney comics. Maybe it makes the kids possible but doesn’t limit the actions of the “parents”… Unca Donald can act slightly less responsible than a real father, with no mother to watch him. With the uncle/aunt deal you have all story possibilities still open with no limitations.”
An Outlandish Holiday Wish List has been posted over at Ancestry.com.
One of those that struck home, unlabeled family photos:
Bless my ancestors and family members who were so thoughtful as to have labeled the photographs with names, dates, and locations. And curse the lazy so-and-so’s who did not! One thing I’d like to wake up on Christmas morning and find is that my boxes (plural!) of unlabeled photos have now been correctly labeled. That would clear up so many mysteries and help me put faces with names in my family database.
The list is good and is the work of George G. Morgan, President of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors.
In the Denver Post, Sheba Wheeler writes about the historical gold mine for genealogists that has turned up as a result of the research by the Black Genealogy Search Group of Denver, concerning The Riverside Cemetery (Rootsweb website). They researched 86,000 burial cards that go back to the 1870s. You read that right – 86,000 cards.
Excerpts from the article:
Denver’s oldest cemetery has yielded a historical gold mine for genealogists who now have access to important information about the early history of African-Americans in Colorado.
More than 5,000 previously unresearched burial records of blacks who lived and died in the area in the late 1800s have been cataloged by a local genealogy group. Researchers hope the data will paint a more complete picture of the black community at the time, as well as provide clues of lineage for blacks nationwide. …..
It took a year for a half-dozen members of the Black Genealogy Search Group of Denver to review more than 86,000 burial cards dating from 1876 and kept in file cabinets in the cemetery’s administrative office in Denver.
Information from index cards identifying individuals as “Colored, Negro, Black or African-American” – including name, age, residence, employment and next of kin – was converted to a single database.
A printed version is available for research in the Denver Public Library’s genealogy department. The group also is working with the Fairmount Heritage Foundation to make the information available online.
Burial Cards/Records are some of the most important records in genealogy research for those who are missing records in other areas – hopefully this will insprire more groups to do similar projects in other states.