“The Forensic Genealogist” – I’m a Fan...

I’ve never been one to follow the latest trend. Instead I tend to come to the party late … if at all. So it is with the latest additions to my book collection. I do love a good read. A good novel to tune out with, and I have a number of authors that I have read all their books cover to cover. And now I have a new name to that list, and that is Nathan Dylan Goodwin. I know many of you have heard of him already, and are longtime dedicated fans … like I said, I don’t follow the crowd, but I usually get there eventually. Anyway for the benefit of of the odd person who doesn’t know of him, Nathan writes fiction books with Morton Farrier as the lead character who is a forensic genealogist – yes, truly! Cool, eh? He’s written 8 books in “The Forensic Genealogist” series to date, and I’m currently partway through them, but with some long plane flights coming up, I expect to get through another one or two. I’m not going to tell you anything about the books, except that if you love a good read, lots of suspense, along with action, and genealogy – you’ll get it all (at least in those I’ve read so far). And you’ll get taken into Morton’s world of life as a researcher and see how he susses out his cases, visiting many archives and other places along the way. The titles in this series (to date are): Hiding the Past The Lost Ancestor The Orange Lilies The America Ground The Spyglass File The Missing Man The Wicked Trade & The Suffragette’s Secret The Sterling Affair Nathan even has a prequel to the...

The Topic is … “Books”...

If you were given the topic of “books” to talk about, what would you choose? I’m sure that most of us here seriously LOVE our books, but when given such a broad topic, it’s really hard to narrow it down … or maybe that was just me? I was fortunate enough to take part in GeniAUS’s (aka Jill Ball) second Hangout on Air earlier this week, which was a whole new leaning experience for me, and I was rather nervous, but I’d tried to do all my preparations for it beforehand so there was no last minute issues … anyway I’m not going to discuss the Hangout on Air here in details – tha’tll be a post for another day. But rather I’m wanting to discuss the topic of Books. This was the topic that Jill chose as the topic for her HoA. And it really got me thinking, and puzzled. Do I talk about some genealogy guidebook type thing? Or a book that has influenced me in some way (that is history or genealogy related of course), or something that I think others would find useful? Or simply me fav book? I did ask Jill what the criteria was, and she simply said she left it broad on purpose. Anyway during the course of the one hour Hangout on Air, I got to show viewers three books that I’d chosen, and I wanted to list them here as well. ——————————————————————————- 1. SMOKEY: The Bear from Gumeracha by Rocky Marshall, Illustrations by Melody Hampton, 1983, published by Artlook Books, Western Australia, ISBN 0864450257 I chose to add this book into to my ‘mentioned books’ as I was reminded of it from a post that Jill Ball did on her...

Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge: R is for … Reference Books and Rainbows...

Behind every researcher there is a great big, huge, pile of reference books that they constantly use to help them along the way. This pile of reference books can start right from the beginning when you are an amateur researcher, and continues right through to the professionals. And just to be clear, I’m not confining this habit of collecting reference books just to family history researchers … but shall go as far as saying that it encompasses ALL researchers, in ALL fields. So for R my post in the Family History Through the Alphabet challenge R is for REFERENCE BOOKS Now to bring this topic back to genealogy … well, I for one know that I would be lost without my reference books. These aren’t books that you read from cover to cover, but they are there waiting to be grabbed off the shelf every so often to answer that question that has just arisen. What parish is that place in? Were they in Australia that early? What on earth is that occupation? Was that place under German rule at that time?  Who were the kings of Scotland? Where is that place? How did that town get its name? You know the norm for a genealogist … Anyway I do find reference books (and CDs for that matter) invaluable, but rather than ramble on about how useful they are, as I’m pretty sure I’d be preaching to the converted, I’ve decided to list my top 6 reference books (yep, for this post, I’m excluding the reference CDs, and it’d be just WAAAY too hard to choose), so books only it is. These are the ones that I grab off my shelf the most (in alphabetical order): 1. Australian Biographical...

Great Genealogy Books – in my opinion!...

2012 is the National Year of Reading here in Australia, so I thought I’d share with you some of my great genealogy books. Yes it’s is true that I work for a genealogy store, and I am one of their best customers (*giggle*) but in this case I’ve opted to go with titles that I’ve bought elsewhere that we don’t sell at Gould Genealogy & History. So here’s snippets of five titles that I believe are great genealogy books. 1. THE ZEN OF GENEALOGY: The Lighter Side of Genealogy – Beth Maltbie Uyehara This has to be one of my all-time fave genealogy books. It is not a how-to book, or even a book choc full of websites saying where to look. But rather as the subtitle suggests it is a look at the ‘Lighter Side of Genealogy’, and is totally hilarious from start to finish, but it really does have useful, practical advice throughout. From genealogy yoga, to seeing how fast your relis run when you mention the word ‘fascinating’, to the genealogy Olympics, and a confession from a geneaholic, and how a non-g (ie. non genealogy spouse) puts up with us, and our insatiable need to find more … and so much more. Here’s some snippets. … Plow Pose. Posture: Position a tall stack of index books on a library table. Crouch in front of the stack. Action: Make a fist of your left hand, with the index finger pointed. Slowly run the extended finger down page after page of the first book. Close book, set aside and repeat with next book. Plow through the whole stack, the drag the stack in front of you again and repeat. Continue until the library closes. Mantra: (Repeat silently) Where?...