Old Bones Genealogy’s Top 5 Blog Posts for 2018 and All-Time

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

2019 has already begun, but before moving forward, I wanted to look back at this blog’s most popular new posts of 2018.

5. 52 Ancestors: Mickey Furlani Breaks All-Events Record!
(Pub. 8 October 2018) Mom had just won both her class and all-events in the Chester City WIBC Tournament in 1957. I think the article I spotlighted in this post is from her first year of bowling. I have memories of her telling us that she won the Chester City tournament in her first year and scored even higher than the highest class. In fact, according to this article, her all-events score broke a record for the tournament.

4. 52 Ancestors: Emigration – Bearding the Unknown
(Pub. 8 November 2018) As we genealogy researchers know, our immigrant ancestors all braved the unknown when they made their decision to emigrate to a new country. In the case of my Bianchi grandparents, I believe they bearded the unknown with some added burdens on their voyage to the United States.

3. 52 Ancestors: Do You Use Tax Records in Your Research?
(Pub. 13 April 2018) I had never used tax records in my research until the late John Humphrey showed me how powerful they could be. To quote John from my report:

“In the absence of records that make statements of fact about relationships in families like probate and birth and baptismal records, the most effective way to establish relationships between generations within a family is to locate young men and women in records when they achieve their majority because young men and women generally come of age in the area where their parents were living.

Tax records are one of the most effective sets of records that help to achieve that end because among other things all segments of society were taxed. Thus, information can be found in these records on people who were relatively poor as well as those who were wealthy.”

2. Genealogy Mysteries 2018 – What’s New? Part 2
(Pub. 24 July 2018) From acclaimed author Steve Robinson comes a thrilling new Jefferson Tayte mystery, Letters from the Dead. Released August 14, 2018, it is the seventh book in the Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery series. Genealogy Mysteries is my comprehensive list of all genealogy mysteries that I have discovered to date and contains any new books I have discovered since my last post in February 2018.

1. Genealogy Mysteries 2018 – What’s New?
(Pub. 3 February 2018) Nathan Dylan Goodwin released his latest Morton Farrier mystery, The Wicked Trade, on February 5, 2018. For those of you who also enjoy genealogy and reading mysteries, this is my comprehensive list of all genealogy mysteries that I have discovered to date and contains any new books I have discovered since my last post in March 2017.

I have been blogging now for six years, so I decided to include the all-time top 5 blog posts published over the last six years. What surprised me most on this list is that the following posts 1, 2, 3 and 5 all appeared as 4 of the top 5 performers in 2018. They were not included in that list since they were not new to 2018. The ranking is based solely upon the number of readers.

5. DNA and Me
(Pub. 22 August 2013) I was spinning in circles with this topic, so I decided to put my DNA experiences down in writing, which sometimes helps me clarify my thinking. In this blog post, I cover some of my early experiences with testing at Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) and AncestryDNA. The data in this post reflects what I knew at the time and was prior to additional updates by these sites to improved algorithms. I suspect there will be more coming on this topic as I have since tested at 23andMe, MyHeritage and Living DNA.

4. Genealogy Mysteries – Expanded and Updated
(Pub. 25 March 2015) In 2012, I published my first post titled Genealogy Mysteries. It provided a summary of the genealogy mysteries I discovered at that time. In 2014, I published my expanded update. Since then, I have updated the list to add new books, authors, and series in this sub-genre.

3. Early Land Grants in Maryland
(Pub. 2 July 2012) I was recently asked to transcribe some land grants from Prince George’s county. The records covered a period from 1739 to the early 1800s and were related to properties in what was originally called Tom’s Creek One Hundred and later became the Emmitsburg area of Frederick County, Maryland.

2. Genealogy Mysteries
(Pub. 29 July 2012) Genealogy is not something that can be done from start to finish in a weekend or even a year of weekends. It is, however, an enjoyable activity that is done by millions of people. While you enjoy doing your family research, I am sure you would like your family tree to be as accurate as possible. Here are ten (10) ways to avoid genealogy’s most common mistakes.

1. CONNACHT IRISH?
(Pub. 9 May 2017) AncestryDNA released a new feature called a Genetic Community™. I saw that I had one community to view and it is Connacht Irish. The provided map seemed to imply that this area is partly in County Mayo. My interest picked up. Next thing to consider is how valid is this new Genetic Community feature. Is the algorithm that placed me in this community science or speculation? The Genetic Community feature is now a region within the Ethnicity Estimate.

Thank you for visiting my blog and making this a great year. I hope you continue to read my posts in 2019. I wish a healthy, prosperous and happy New Year to you and yours!

Best wishes for the coming year and may we all realize our goals.

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