Friday, November 27, 2009

GenWeekly, Vol. VI, No. 48

It's Genealogy. It's Weekly. It's GenWeekly.

November 27, 2009
Elisabeth Lindsay, Editor

All articles are copyright (c) 2009 Genealogy Today, LLC.

This Week's Articles

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National Family History Day: Do a Different Genealogy Search This Thanksgiving
by Rita Marshall. This holiday season may be the best time to gather your family health history.

Songs of Yesterday: How Our Ancestors Sang in the Holiday, Part 1
by Jean Hibben. Delight in learning more about the origin of your favorite holiday songs.

Recent News
The Genealogy Guide

In the interest of helping readers gain better insight into genealogical terms, Genealogy Today has created a Genealogy Guide. Each week, GenWeekly features a new term from the continually expanding Genealogy Guide.

Baby Boomers

Baby Boomer is the term applied to the generation of children born in the postwar years, generally considered the decade between 1945 to 1955 (although some suggest it extends to 1965), when the country experienced a higher than normal birth rate. For many years the "Boomers," as they are known, by their sheer numbers influenced marketing. Today, as the Boomers retire, much topic of discussion is their affect on the economy and how their retirement has been affected by the economy.

Although the naming of eras has been around for a long time, i.e. the Industrial Age and the Roaring Twenties, Baby Boomers may have been the first generation to have been named in its own age, but the trend continues. After the Boomers came the Beat or Beatnick generation, and Generation X, although generations may overlap, with their official titles and time periods debated. Today's generation has been referred to as the Entitlement Generation, although that name may not stick with current economic downturns creating a reality for generations young and old. A greater understanding of the naming of time periods and generations may help researchers better understand the social conditions of the age in which their ancestors lived, and in some cases appreciate their ancestor's role in defining their own generation.

Archive Articles

For additional reading on the topics covered in this week's newsletter, you may wish to read the following articles from the GenWeekly archive:

Native American Ancestry?

Looking for Social History

The “New” Social History and its Connections to Genealogy

Military Records - 1900s including WWI and WWII

Salvation Army Records

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