Thursday, January 30, 2014

Those Places Thursday:

 Has your research moved into a new town? offers you a way to play catch up. Their town pages offer a short history of the town, a list of sources to learn more about the town's history, places to visit in town, and links to documents concerning the town.
  I  took a quick look at Middletown's page. While it was missing a few places (Wesleyan University, anyone?), it provided a good introduction to town.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tech Tuesday: Genealogy sites...

  Not to name a specific site but as anyone noticed a proliferation of questionable genealogy sites lately? I just did a quick search on Connecticut "how to" sites. The results - a lot of not-so great sites. Many Connecticut how-to sites contain basically okay information but have spelling errors or miss huge details.
   What's my test for a good genealogy site? If it lists historical societies, does it include Middlefield's? Middlefield has a small and largely inaccessible historical society - but the resources are fantastic. If it's mentioned, the person has done their research. Are library names actually right? Madison's library name is not Madison Public Library. Check and make sure someone has done their homework. Otherwise, they're just trying to sell ad space.
   The laziness is frustrating.