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2018 is flying by. We just turned the clocks back and the weather in the Midwest is certainly showing signs that winter is on its way. Heck, many of us have already experienced our first snowfall of the season. It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner for those of us in the US.
With the impending holidays it’s a good time to pull out blank family group sheets. Visiting with family during the holidays is the perfect time to have your family fill them out. Now’s the time to get all those births, marriage and death dates to update your genealogy database. Doing this yearly during the holidays will keep your tree up to date. Let’s face it, we can all use a bit of help at staying current with our living family members.
Don’t forget that when families gather it’s also a good time to share recipes, traditions, and memories of loved ones that have passed on.
This issue of IDG magazine focuses on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Have you documented the stories of your World War I era ancestors? Articles in this issue are sure to give you ideas about researching and writing your family’s story. Check out articles by Melissa Barker who writes about a World War I quilt and Janet Few shares information about the Women’s Land Army. A few writers share stories of World War I soldiers including Shannon Combs Bennett and Jenny Cowen. Other articles in this issue cover social media (Cheryl Hudson Passey), Australian (Shauna Hicks) and German research (Ute Brandenburg).
Wishing everyone a happy holiday season.
Jen & Terri
In This Issue:
- FROM THE STACKS: “A World War I Quilt” By Melissa Barker, The Archive Lady
Not all genealogical information is printed in books. Sometimes you find history in unexpected places.
- UNEXCEPTIONAL ANCESTORS: “Walter Samuel Solomon” By Jenny Cowen
Walter Samuel Solomon holds a unique and dedicated military service record.
- HEIMATBOTE: “Jumpstart your Search for a German Home Town; Part III: Researching in Databases Specific to a German State or Region” By Ute Brandenburg
Struggling to find the place in Germany where your immigrant ancestor was born? Here are some advanced research strategies that might just help you break through the brick wall.
- LADIES FIRST: “Women in Wartime: the Land Army” By Janet Few
This column focuses on the often-neglected role of our female ancestors. In this issue, we consider the work of the British Women’s Land Army during the two world wars.
- MODUS OPERANDI: “Social Media: The Power of Community” By Cheri Hudson Passey
Are you using the power of Social Media to help you with your research? From identifying photos, connecting with family members to bonding with other genealogists and more, it’s a valuable part of your genealogy toolbox.
- “Benjamin Kent: A World War I Soldier’s Family History” By Shannon Combs-Bennett
The tale of Benjamin Kent’s family centered in Calvert County, Maryland, during the late 1800s is an exercise in digging deep into a myriad of records. Benjamin went on to serve in World War I and Shannon shares some details of what he may have experienced during his service.
- GENEALOGY DOWNUNDER: “Australia and New Zealand in World War I” By Shauna Hicks
This month is a theme issue, so we will be look at some websites that help with Australian and New Zealand military history and tracing Australasian soldiers. In addition, we will examine two of my own family stories about World War One and the impact on my personal family history.