Baby Books Are More Than Just Memories

Recently the JSTOR Daily blog featured a post based about an academic study of baby books. The Long-Lost Ritual of Baby Books was a summary of an article by Janet Golden and Lynn Weiner titled Reading Baby Books: Medicine, Marketing, Money And The Lives Of American Infants which is a look at the history of baby books. The authors discuss reading baby books as history and that baby books not only record historical information but they include observations. Golder and Weiner write:

Situated between biographies - with their accounts of lives lived within particular historical contexts - and scrapbooks - with their displays of accumulated materials deliberately arrayed for presentation - baby books can be said to be like birder's notebooks. They record information, but also include personal observations. For historians they serve as records of individual experiences seen at close range and as field guides to nursery experiences as the entry pages change. Mothers (the writers of all the baby books we viewed) were clearly conscious of writing for themselves and for the children who would inherit the books.[1]

The authors remind the reader that “babies had a history” and that baby books are an often “neglected source” that should be examined.[2]

Home Sources

Reading the blog post and the article got me thinking of ignored home sources. Although baby books are a more recent source,they are not a common source. While I did find thousands of results from an ArchiveGrid search on “baby book” they are largely a home source. Not everyone's family kept a baby book and while you may not have access to a more recent ancestor's baby book, you may at least have you own.

Baby Book
From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

Genealogical Mentions

Family history isn’t just about researching the dead. It’s also about documenting the living. A baby book can provide us some information and clues as we document our own lives. They also provide what genealogical sources often give us, they situate people in time and place.

Photo of a baby from a baby book
From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

 

What can baby books hold for the family historian? A quick look at my baby book revealed:

  • Greeting cards from family and friends with notes
  • The newspaper from the day I was born
  • Newspaper notice of my birth
  • Names of visitors
  • Gifts and the names of those who gave them
  • Family tree with photos
  • Photographs from birth to 7 years.
  • Photographs of friends
  • Doctor visits and progress
  • Holiday and birthday celebrations

Besides learning that at 4 months old I drank soda and enjoyed traveling, I found signatures for my grandparents and great-grandparents, read my birth announcement, and learned a little more about my first years.

Detail from Baby Book
From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

So what’s this got to do with genealogy? Our family history should include ourselves. We should not only “interview” ourselves but gather records, both official and the unofficial. Home sources whether they be photographs, scrapbooks, correspondence or baby books, help us to tell our story. They provide the chance to illustrate our story with images and to write about events that we don’t remember but are part of our lives.

Have you used a baby book for your genealogy? Do you have baby books for your parents or grandparents? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

 

[1] The article is available at https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/41305376.pdf?refreqid=excelsior%3Ad766d3bfc306c0c9b8897e7d74f2ab98

[2] “The Long-Lost Ritual of Baby Books,” JSTOR Daily (https://daily.jstor.org/the-long-lost-ritual-of-baby-books/: accessed 5 November 2020).

 

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, instructor, and researcher. She blogs at Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. You can find her presentations on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.

 


Sunset Notice for the Backup Service (Legacy Cloud)

Legacy Cloud is a free offsite backup service for users of Legacy Family Tree 9 software. We are now announcing that this backup service will be retired on January 1, 2021.

Due to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements, we need to discontinue the backup service. The Legacy Cloud backup tool will continue to function until midnight of December 31, 2020, and will then be turned off and all backup files will be permanently deleted to ensure privacy. Any user of the backup service who would like a copy of their backup from Legacy Cloud is encouraged to download their backup from the service before January 1, 2021. To do so, we recommend first creating a new family file, then go to File > Restore File > Restore from Legacy Cloud. This will prevent an old backup from overriding a newer version of the tree.

Legacy Backup tool will still be available
Backing up your Legacy family file will continue to be available. It allows the user to backup their family file to any desired location (like to a USB drive, to an external hard drive and elsewhere). Backups are a best practice and are strongly recommended.

Other backup services
Services such as Backblaze, Carbonite, IDrive, or even Dropbox offer automated, offsite backup tools. The advantage of using a service like this compared to the Legacy Cloud service, is that any time you make a change to your Legacy family file, the service can be set to automatically back it up to its remote servers. With Legacy Cloud, you had to manually initiate the backup process. Another advantage of one of these other services is that they can back up more than just your Legacy family file – they can backup any file on your computer such as photos, documents, emails and much more.

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New TechZone Video - Customize Your Browsing with Chrome Extensionsby Cheri Hudson Passey

New TechZone Video - Customize Your Browsing with Chrome Extensionsby Cheri Hudson Passey

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar members a new short ten minute or less TechZone video just for them! This Friday enjoy "Customize Your Browsing with Chrome Extensions" by Cheri Hudson Passey.

Customize Your Browsing with Chrome Extensions

You may be using Chrome as your browser but did you know there are many add-ons you can add to Chrome to get more out of it? These add-ons are called Chrome extensions. In this video we'll discuss what they are, how they work and where to find them.

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About the Presenter

Cheri Hudson PasseyCheri Hudson Passey is a Professional Genealogist, Instructor, Writer, and Speaker and the owner of Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC. Cheri is the host of the genealogy chat show GenFriends and is a genealogical researcher, subcontracted by Eagle Investigative Services, Inc., for the US Army Past Conflict Repatriations Branch. 

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How to Connect with Your Pilgrim Ancestors to Join the Mayflower Society - free webinar by Kate Eakman now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Kate Eakman, "How to Connect with Your Pilgrim Ancestors to Join the Mayflower Society" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

If you know or suspect you are descended from one of the original Pilgrims who arrived in Massachusetts on 9 November 1620 there is still time to join the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (more commonly known as the Mayflower Society) before the November 2020 celebration of the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower. Proving your connection to a Mayflower passenger can be challenging. Tracing your ancestry back four hundred years means researching 20 or more generations to provide the necessary documentation to verify the birth, marriage, and death of each generation. This presentation will provide steps to assist you in your quest to become a member of the Mayflower Society. In addition, we will discuss how you can use DNA to become a member of the Mayflower Society.

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 9 minute recording of "How to Connect with Your Pilgrim Ancestors to Join the Mayflower Society" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

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Australian Census Substitutes - free webinar by Helen V. Smith now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Helen V. Smith, "Australian Census Substitutes" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Sadly, in Australia while censuses were taken, once the statistical data was extracted, most were destroyed. Apart from some early musters, researchers have to use other resources to try and fill in the gaps. These include electoral rolls, directories, gazettes, council rates, land records, civil registration and more. While not a perfect substitute these resources do help us put people in time and place.

View the Recording at FamilyTreeWebinars.com

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 9 minute recording of "Australian Census Substitutes" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time. If you have a webinar membership, it is available anytime.

Webinar Memberships/Subscriptions

Webinar Members get:

  • On-demand access to the entire webinar archives (now 1,385 classes of genealogy education)
  • On-demand access to the instructor handouts (now 5,374 pages)
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  • 5% off all products at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com (must be logged in at checkout)
  • Access to all future recordings for the duration of their membership
  • Chance for a members-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Access to register for bonus members-only webinars
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Register for Webinar Wednesday: How to Connect with Your Pilgrim Ancestors to Join the Mayflower Society by Kate Eakman

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If you know or suspect you are descended from one of the original Pilgrims who arrived in Massachusetts on 9 November 1620 there is still time to join the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (more commonly known as the Mayflower Society) before the November 2020 celebration of the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower. Proving your connection to a Mayflower passenger can be challenging. Tracing your ancestry back four hundred years means researching 20 or more generations to provide the necessary documentation to verify the birth, marriage, and death of each generation. This presentation will provide steps to assist you in your quest to become a member of the Mayflower Society. In addition, we will discuss how you can use DNA to become a member of the Mayflower Society.

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About the presenter

KateEakman-144x144Kate Eakman holds an M.A in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has more than 20 years of genealogical experience as well as traditional historical research and writing. Today, Kate is a Senior Researcher and General Research Team Lead for Legacy Tree Genealogists. Her genealogical specialties include Civil War era, African-American, Native American, and general U.S. genealogy as well as Irish, Scottish, English, Canadian, and Italian genealogy. Kate loves the challenge of brick walls and excels at outside-the-box thinking for breaking them down. Kate lives with her husband and his horse in Portland, Oregon.

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Register for Down Under webinar: Australian Census Substitutes by Helen V. Smith

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Sadly, in Australia while censuses were taken, once the statistical data was extracted, most were destroyed. Apart from some early musters, researchers have to use other resources to try and fill in the gaps. These include electoral rolls, directories, gazettes, council rates, land records, civil registration and more. While not a perfect substitute these resources do help us put people in time and place.

Registerbut 

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No worries. Its recording will be available for a limited time. Webinar Subscribers have unlimited access to all webinar recordings for the duration of their membership.

About the presenter

HelenSmith-144x144Helen has been researching her family since 1986 with research in Australia, England, Wales and Ireland. She is the author of Death Certificates and Archaic Medical Terms and Google the Genealogist’s Friend and has written for a number of family history as well as scientific publications. Helen has a One Name Study on Quested. Helen has spoken to a wide variety of audiences nationally and internationally. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild. Professionally, she is a Molecular Epidemiologist specializing in Public Health Microbiology and has a strong interest in infectious diseases and Public Health through the ages.

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We look forward to seeing you all there!


Top 10 genealogy webinars - October 2020

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We've tallied the numbers and made a list of the Top 10 FamilyTreeWebinars.com classes for October 2020! Are your favorite topics or instructors among the list? Need something new to learn? Use the list to get inspired!

Each month thousands of Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers head for the library to learn new skills and techniques to help improve their genealogy research. Among the now-1,384 genealogy classes in the members-only library, these were the most frequently played during the month of October 2020.  They aren't necessarily the newest classes but rather the topics that were sought out by our members.

Have you seen any of these classes? Are these among your favorites too? Some of these classes (and topics) might be new to you! Get inspired to learn more and make your genealogy journey more fun!

The Top 10 for October 2020

1. Advanced DNA Techniques: Deductive Chromosome Mapping by Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

2. Wringing Every Drop out of Y DNA by Roberta Estes

3. Using DNA Test Results to Confirm a Pedigree by Angela Packer McGhie, CG

4. Comparing the Genealogy Giants 2020: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast, and MyHeritage by Sunny Morton

5. Dealing with Endogamy by Paul Woodbury

6. Use MyHeritage Records to Quickly Discover and Write the Story of Your Ancestors by Devin Noel Lee

7. From Generation to Generation: An Updated Look at Kinship Determination by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

8. How Old Did He Have To Be…? by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

9. Johdonmukainen sukupuu (Finnish) by Juha Vuorela

10. Five Windows 10 Productivity Tips (TechZone) by Marian Pierre-Louis

The Runner-Ups

11. Geo-Genealogy as a Problem-Solving Tool: The Case of a 19th-Century Female Teenage Immigrant by J. H. (Jay) Fonkert, CG

12. 5 Ways to find your Family in Southern Manuscript Collections by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

13. Spanning 150 Years of Record Loss: A Methodological Approach to Identifying Parents in Sweden by Jill Morelli, CG

14. Web Surfing? Turn on Incognito Mode for Privacy (TechZone) by Marian Pierre-Louis

15. In Black and White: Finding Historical Newspapers From Around the World by Gena Philibert-Ortega

16. 'What are the Odds?' An online tool that can help solve DNA puzzles by Jonny Perl

17. Finding New Cousins and Building Your Family Tree with DNA by Anne Young

18. Discover the new Legacy Family Tree 9 by Geoff Rasmussen

19. Searching and Deleting Your Internet Browser History (TechZone) by Cheri Hudson Passey

20. 7 Easy Ideas for Better PowerPoint Design (TechZone) by Diane Boumenot

The 2nd Runner-Ups

21. Introduction to VPNs by Thomas MacEntee

22. Using Chromosome Browsers, Segment Data and Triangulation by Michelle Leonard

23. Jumpstart Your MyHeritage Family Tree with Instant Discoveries by James Tanner

24. Seven Steps to Manage Digital Files by Denise May Levenick

25. How to Convert % to cMs on 23andMe (TechZone) by Michelle Leonard

26. Reconstructing the Murphy Family Using DNA & Documentary Evidence by Melissa Johnson, CG

27. Cyndi's List in Practice by Cyndi Ingle

28. Organizing Your DNA Results (updated!) by Diahan Southard

29. Sources and Citations Made Simple, Standard, and Powerful by Geoff Rasmussen

30. Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage 2019 edition by Sunny Morton

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Using Finding Aids to Discover Newspapers Around the World

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You’re ready to do some newspaper research. Maybe you’re hoping to find mentions of an ancestor or you just need to add some historical context to their story. How do you find a historical digitized newspaper for a country you aren’t as familiar with? A finding aid might be the answer. 

What is a finding aid? In this case, it’s a resource to help you find websites and repositories with the newspapers you need. It’s an important first step in research especially when you are unfamiliar with the research in a particular place. Instead of going straight to a newspaper website, consider searching a finding aid first to learn more about what is available.

Here are a few resources to help you find historical newspapers worldwide. Remember the following websites don’t have the actual newspapers, they merely provide links to direct you to the website that does.

Cyndi's List

First things first. Cyndi’s List is most likely a familiar website no matter what your genealogical interest. Since 1996, Cyndi has indexed links to websites and today her website boasts over 300,000 genealogical related links. To find newspaper links on Cyndi's List, search for the country and then the category “newspapers.” Some examples include: 

FS Research Wiki

The FamilySearch Research Wiki is another must-see for trying to locate newspapers. Conduct a search for the place of interest and then you may find the category “newspapers” in the Records Type box. You can also conduct a search for the topic of newspapers (without a specific location) and find pages like Digital Historical Newspapers.

While FamilySearch does not have digitized newspapers they do have newspaper content that includes indexes and abstracts as well as some newspaper titles on microfilm.

Online Historical Newspapers

In the genealogy world there are so many people who work hard to uncover and share resources. Many times this is a volunteer effort and three such examples are:

On the Online Historical Newspapers website, you will find links to newspaper content for Australia, Ireland, Mexico, United Kingdom, and the United States. The Ancestor Hunt includes links for Australia, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, and the US. CanGenealogy includes historical Canadian newspaper links by Province as well as other Candian genealogy links.

Wikipedia newspaper archives

Wikipedia is where you expect to find articles on a variety of topics. But it’s also a great resource find finding websites including newspaper archives. Wikipedia – List of Online Newspaper Archives is a list of online newspaper archives by country.

Newspapers are such an essential source for telling the story of your ancestor. Make sure to take some time to peruse newspaper finding aids to find the newspaper that will help you learn more about your family history.

You can watch my recent webinar "In Black and White: Finding Historical Newspapers From Around the World" on the Legacy website for FREE through Wednesday, November 4, 2020.

 

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, instructor, and researcher. She blogs at Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. You can find her presentations on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.

 


New TechZone Video - An Easy Trick to Split PDF Pages by Thomas MacEntee

New TechZone Video - An Easy Trick to Split PDF Pages by Thomas MacEntee

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar members a new, short ten minute or less TechZone video just for them! This Friday enjoy "An Easy Trick to Split PDF Pages" by Thomas MacEntee.

An Easy Trick to Split PDF Pages

What do you do with a large, multi-page PDF when you only need one or two pages? If you use Windows 10, you won’t believe this easy solution that’s been sitting right under your nose all this time.

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About the Presenter

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional based in the United Thomas MacEnteeStates who is also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas has over 42 years of experience researching family history.

Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. Currently Thomas shares many of his articles and videos for free at the popular Genealogy Bargains website!

Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

See all the webinars and videos by Thomas MacEntee in the Legacy library.
 
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Legacy Family Tree Webinars provides genealogy education where-you-are through live and recorded online webinars and videos. Learn from the best instructors in genealogy including Thomas MacEntee, Judy Russell, J. Mark Lowe, Lisa Louise Cooke, Tom Jones, and many more. Learn at your convenience. On-demand classes are available 24 hours a day! All you need is a computer or mobile device with an Internet connection.

Subscribe today and get access to this BONUS members-only webinar AND all of this:

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  • 5,364 pages of instructors' handouts
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  • Additional members-only webinars

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