Friday Link Roundup (3/28)

Wow, I certainly didn’t intend to go 2 months without updating this blog! Unfortunately a recurring health issue, an unexpected change in a grant project proposal, and several conferences and workshops to attend have put this at the bottom of my list of priorities for a while. Things are (slightly) calmer now so I hope I will be able to get back in the swing of things.

The Friday Link Roundup is a feature I had been planning to do since I first started this blog (before life happened and I didn’t have time). I hope to have a post each week linking to some of the cool genealogy news items as well as any new (to me, at least) genealogy resources I find throughout the week. Here are some links to things I’ve found recently:

  • Now through Saturday, March 29th the registration cost for Midwestern Roots is only $99! After that it is $125 for Indiana Historical Society members and $150 for non-members, so registering now could save you up to $50. Remember that this price is only good through tomorrow, Saturday, March 29th, so if you’ve been on the fence about registering, you should do it now! The conference itself is August 1st and 2nd at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. I hope to see y’all there!
  • Thanks to Judy Russell’s blog post  I discovered that today through April 1st, Family Tree DNA is having a sale on their mtDNA tests for $139 instead of the normal $199, so it’s a savings of $60.1  CeCe Moore recommends this company if you’re considering getting an mtDNA test done2 so now would be a good time to get started. I’ve been looking to get started on my own genetic genealogy so I intend to take advantage of this sale either for myself or my mother. Judy’s blog post and this post CeCe wrote for’s blog are both good resources for learning more about mtDNA testing.3
  • Cathrine Apelseth-Aanensen wrote a great English-to-Norwegian Genealogy Glossary last month over at her blog on GenealogyWise.4  I haven’t done much digging into my Norwegian roots yet but I foresee this being very useful!
  • Over at The Signal, which is the digital preservation blog by the Library of Congress, there was an excellent post on the basics of scanning.5 This is something that I know a lot of us genealogists either do or have plans to do so this post is a great way to learn about how to get started.


  1. Russell, Judy G. “March Madness with mtDNA.” Judy G. Russell. The Legal Genealogist, 28 March 2014. : 2014. 

  2. Moore, CeCe. “I Recommend.” Your Genetic Genealogist. : 2014. 

  3. Moore, CeCe. “DNA Testing for Genealogy – Getting Started, Part Two.” Geni Blog, 25 July 2012. : 2014. 

  4. Apelseth-Aanensen, Cathrine. “Genealogy Glossary ENGLISH – NORWEGIAN.” Cathrine Apelseth-Aanensen’s Blog, 28 February 2014. : 2014. 

  5. Ashenfelder, Mike. “Personal Digital Archiving: The Basics of Scanning.” The Signal, 27 March 2014. : 2014. 

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