Follow Friday: Kevin Berdan’s genealogynews on Twitter

There are so many interesting genealogy tweeters on Twitter (say that 10 times fast).  One of the ones I follow and read regularly is Kevin Berdan who tweets under the moniker genealogynews.

Kevin posts all sorts of interesting links to articles, blog posts, and websites.  The cover a wide range of genealogy, history, and heritage topics.  His latests are Child Apprentices in America from Christ’s Hospital, London, 1617-1778, Dear Myrtle’s Reader Feedback Docu Challenge #1, Genealogist to Hold Free Conference Saturday, Hunt Begins Today for that Perfect Christmas Tree…and more!

If you’re on Twitter, check out Kevin’s profile and give him a follow.  You are sure to find some interesting things to read.

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Follow Friday: The French Genealogy Blog

I’ve dabbled here and there with my French genealogy.  There don’t seem to be many resources on the web for French genealogists.  So, I was pleased as punch when I came acros The French Genealogy Blog on Facebook.com.

The French Genealogy Blog came online in April of 2009.  The blogger is Anne, who states that she began working on her family tree at the age of 14.  Lucky her!  I wish I had started that young.

This blog is incredibly informative.  Posts cover French history, the archives, records availability, the French language, current issues of interest to those researching their French roots.

A couple of posts that I found useful are:

Learning Enough French for Genealogy

The Republican or Revolutionary Calendar

The Etats Civils – the Acts de Mariage

There is much more to explore on this blog.  If you are researching French ancestry, be sure to check out this blog and read it every day!

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Follow Friday: Was Your Ancestor A Witch?

Just in time for Halloween, Sherry at the Family Tree Writer blog, has written this post: Was Your Ancestor a Witch?  In her post she tells of any elderly woman who is hard of hearing.  Because of the way she acts, due to hearing loss, she is accused of being a witch.  Though she had many people on her side, she was convicted and hung.  It turns out that some of her accusers were involved with her in a land dispute.

You may that in the Portuguese tradition, a witch is a “feiteceira”.  Though they were traditionally healers, feiteceras delved into the superstitious.  They provided remedies for such things as removing “the evil eye.”  Some of their practices involve lighting candles, chants, and special prayers.  I don’t know much about it but it seems that it blends some of the Catholic religious traditions with traditional healing.

The Salem Witch Hunt Trials were a particularly sad time in human history.  The people who were accused of the crime of witchcraft were merely misunderstood.  Many suffered medical conditions which lead people to see them as strange or odd.

Read the post and learn a little bit about the Salem Witch Hunts and one of the victims.

Happy Halloween!

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