February Favorite Finds: Your Weekend Dose of Genealogy Fun

By RachelF

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You’ve already seen the latest episode of “Finding Your Roots” and you’re all caught up on your genealogy podcasts? Not to worry! We’ve brought together some of our favorite finds from across the internet to add a little historical fun to your weekend. Happy surfing!

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Here’s what we’re loving:


1. Royal family trees explained on YouTube

Our editor Andrew, who has an affinity for fun family trees, discovered a nifty YouTube channel by the name of UsefulCharts. Host Matt Baker explains historical family trees in great detail; including royal lines of succession, dynasties, histories and more.

Read: The Cousins Who Started World War I: The Victorian Family Tree


2. Historic video footage lets you take a walk through 1890 Paris

Similar to the footage of New York we highlighted in our last favorites post, this video featured on My Modern Met gives us a glimpse into Paris’ Golden Age. The footage has been slowed down and coupled with ambient sound to make it match our modern video standards. The Met’s website also features a similar video made from footage of 20th century Tokyo!

Read: Looking for Ancestors in the Library of Congress Video Collection


3. Historic maps brought to life

This find from art blog Colossal is for all the map lovers! These vintage maps have been fused with modern topographic data to create beautiful visualizations of the places they represent.

Read: 7 Most Useful Historic Maps


4. Obituaries written for remarkable individuals overlooked in their time

In a new project titled “Overlooked,” the New York Times is adding the obituaries of remarkable figures in history who were not memorialized in the Times for one reason or another at the time of their death. To coincide with Black History Month, The Times has also added a collection specifically honoring African-American individuals.

Read: 6 Keys to Success for African-American Genealogy


That’s all for now! For more of our favorite internet finds, check out our last post.