There’s a lot of good family history information available on the Internet. Here are five places we’ve enjoyed visiting this week:
Rosalie Miltak Sims and Obituary Clichés. Alana Baranick is a professional obituary writer who’s seen just about every obit cliché imaginable. Yet, when her own sister died, she found that many of them applied. Resisting the temptation to be trite, Baranick shows why she is a pro and why her sister truly will be missed. Bonus: Look for the link to a list of obituary clichés at the end of the post.
No Family Reunions in my family. Randy Seaver, a mainstay in the first tier of genealogy bloggers, comes clean with this post: he’s never attended a reunion of his own family. This is akin to Bill Clinton saying he never dated in high school. Truly shocking.
Buddy Holly Glasses Fad Please Stay! There’s a reason so many of those nerdy kids from the 1950s and 1960s turned out so hot: They were under-the-radar hot even then, back in the day. For many, it was the glasses. So comfortable, so cool. And they’re back.
Genealogy Gifts Blog. Have a genealogist friend or relative that’s impossible to shop for? Check out this site for some nifty genealogy-themed gifts. In addition to “Night of the Zombie Genealogists” items you can also find some “Dating Tips for Genealogists.”
Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness. Need someone to look up some courthouse records? Want a picture of that distant relative’s tombstone? Don’t have the money to pay for either? Not to worry. RAOGK is a global volunteer organization with over 4000 volunteers in every U.S. state and many international locations. They help researchers for free. All they ask in return is reimbursement for their expenses (never their time) and a thank you.
Larry Lehmer is a professional personal historian who helps people preserve their family histories. To learn more, visit his web site, send him an e-mail or follow him on Twitter.
Flickr photo courtesy of nugunslinger.