Follow Friday – The In-Depth Genealogist

DiggingforAncestorsDid you know the In-Depth Genealogist (IDG) just published their first book? Digging For Ancestors: An In-Depth Guide to Land Records by Michelle Roos Goodrum.

First, where can you purchase this book? Visit the In-Depth Genealogist’s Products page and you have the choice of paperback book or E-book. IDG made sure they catered to those of us that still love holding books and those that like their E-Readers.

Navigating land records has never been one of my favorite things. There are a few books available on the subject and I’ve done some online searching to find answers but they still frustrate me. This book however holds your hand and provides friendly “here’s how you do it and what to look for and what this means” conversation. Sometimes THAT is exactly what we need as researchers. There are so many facets to genealogy that some are easy to understand and others not so much. Why is this? Because we all have strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes. I personally prefer military research over land records.

What can you find in this book? There is a section on Tips for Using Land Records, explanations of various land records, property descriptions, using Google Earth for research, and many resources to help you navigate land records.

Now, Harold Henderson wrote a very in-depth review of what is and is not contained in this book. You can read his blog post and comments here. He has a lot of constructive feedback and I suspect IDG may consider a 2nd edition of this book in the near future. Contact them through their website if you have a suggestion.

One thing all readers should keep in mind is that when each of us reads and reviews books, we come at them from different levels of experience and expectations about what the book should include. This book was meant to help beginners navigate the large sea of land records. It was not meant to be the end all be all resource for land records. Michelle really holds your hand through the book and guides you so you have the foundation laid to proceed with your research. To me, that is very important and again, just what some of us need at times in our research.

I encourage you to check out this new book on land records and let IDG and us know what you think. How does the friendly conversation and guidance in this book help YOU research?

© 2013, Sort Your Story, Sonoma, CA


Sort Your Story Backup Day

When was the last time you backed up your computer files? These could be music files, work files, photographs, or genealogy files. Have you done it recently? If not, consider backing your files up today and then join the Geneabloggers community the first day of every month which is Data Backup Day! If you subscribe to the Geneabloggers blog, you will be reminded the first of every month to do this important task.

Backing up your files ensures that in the event of a computer crash or virus, fire or flood, that you have another copy of your files. Creating two copies and keeping one off-site, meaning at someone else’s home or your safety deposit box, is also a good idea.

Not only can backing up your files create a safety net in case of an emergency, but it also allows you to go to a previous version of a file in the event you change something and did not intend to save the file that way. It is also a safety net in case you delete a file from your computer and cannot retrieve it because you already emptied your trash.

So remember to schedule a time daily, weekly, or monthly to backup your data. Once you begin to create all the Sort Your Story Profiles, you will not want to lose them.

© 2013 Lorel Kapke, 19201 Sonoma Hwy. #341, Sonoma, CA 95476-5413