It is the first day of the month. It’s time to back up your genealogy files. Then test your backups!
Actually, you can make backups at any time. However, it is easier and safer if you have a specific schedule. The first day of the month is easy to remember, so I would suggest you back up your genealogy files at least on the first day of every month, if not more often.
If you are a Plus Edition subscriber, you probably already know I normally send the weekly Plus Edition newsletter to you by email on Sunday evenings. However, this week I will be a bit busy. On Sunday, I will fly from Glasgow, Scotland, to London, England, sit on the ground for a few hours, then take another flight from London to the United States. That, along with a five-hour time zone change, should result in one tired traveler by the time I arrive home. I suspect that once my head hits my own pillow, I will soon be asleep.
The Plus Edition newsletter will be sent on Monday or Tuesday. Thank you for your patience.
Today was the second and final day of the family history and heritage expo held in Glasgow, Scotland. In short, it was a lot like the first day, only busier. I guess that makes sense; more people can attend a family history expo on a weekend than can make it on a weekday. The crowd today certainly was larger than yesterday (Friday).
As the Who Do You Think You Are? Live! expo in Glasgow was winding down, the professional genealogists and a number of other interested persons and organizations were invited to attend a presentation and discussion concerning the potential need for a framework for genealogical education, licensing, and/or regulation in the British Isles. While I certainly am not a professional genealogist, I was lucky enough to be invited as well. I think that was because I was able to be the “genealogy journalist” who would report on the proceedings.
Many of the issues discussed in the symposium are similar to issues in other countries but a number of the issues, especially in dealing with governmental bodies, appear to be unique to the U.K. Here are my notes from the Symposium:
The following announcement was written by the Association of Professional Genealogists:
SAN ANTONIO, Tex., and WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 30 August, 2014− The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) honored six of its members for their achievements and service to the field of genealogy today at the 2014 Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference in San Antonio. APG President Kimberly T. Powell presented the awards at today’s APG luncheon.
Award recipients included:
Laura Prescott received the Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr., Award of Merit, which honors personal commitment and outstanding service to the APG. Prescott has served APG in several capacities. She served as President and has served on the APG Board of Directors for six years. Currently, she chairs the APG Nominations Committee. Prescott is Director of Ancestry Academy, for Ancestry.com. She lectures and writes for local, national, and international audiences on a variety of genealogical topics, including the use of personal documents and manuscripts in genealogical research, genealogy on the Internet, and computerized genealogy for Mac users. Her articles have appeared in Ancestry, New England Ancestors, Genealogical Computing, NGS News Magazine, and Digital Genealogist.
The following announcement was written by the Association of Professional Genealogists:
APG to Honor Student and/or Young Professional with Strong Interest in Developing a Career in Genealogy
SAN ANTONIO, Tex. and WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 30 August 2014—Today at the 2014 Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference in San Antonio, the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) announced the winner of the APG Young Professional Scholarship: Eva Goodwin, of Oakland, California.
The APG Young Professional Scholarship, goes to a student and/or young professional between the ages of 18-29 who aspires to a professional career in genealogy. The scholarship includes a registration for the APG Professional Management Conference (PMC) and a stipend of up to $1,000 to defray costs of travel and lodging at the conference. APG PMC 2015, which will take place in Salt Lake City on 8–9 January 2015.
The following announcement was written by the folks at Ancestry.com:
We just re-launched the Ancestry App on version 6.0 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. This isn’t just a re-launch on a new system, we’ve worked hard to add some solid new features that we think you’ll enjoy.
Prioritized Hints View
We’ve added a new section to the application which allows you to view all the hints for a given tree from a single place. We’ve added a prioritized sort order to the hints in this section so that your very best hints automatically bubble up into view. In addition to a priority sort, we’ve made it possible to view hints based on recency, with the newest hints at the top of the list. Near the top of the new hints view you will find sort order controls titled “best” and “latest” which allow you to toggle between these two sort orders to meet your needs. We’ve also included some filtering capabilities for the hints in this section which will allow you to filter hints by the last name of the person the hint is for, or to filter hints by type (photo, story or record). When you see a hint that you’d like to learn more about, simply tap; the details of the hint will come into view and you will be able to accept or ignore the hint from right there.
FamilySearch Adds More Than 7.2 Million Indexed Records and Images to Argentina, Germany, Jamaica, Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States
The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:
FamilySearch has added more than 7.2 million indexed records and images to collections from Argentina, Germany, Jamaica, Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,703,079 indexed records from the Jamaica, Civil Registration, 1880–1999, collection; the 2,522,767 indexed records and images from the United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980–2014, collection; and the 852,481 indexed records from U.S., New York, Passenger Lists, 1820–1891, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.
Today was the first day of a two day family history and heritage expo held in Glasgow, Scotland. I had the good fortune of being able to attend and must say that I enjoyed the event immensely.
Who Do You Think You Are? Live has been a very successful annual expo held in London for the past several years. Today’s event in Glasgow marks the first time the event has been held outside of London and I was interested to see how the new event compares to the well-established events held in London. In short, today’s first day of the Expo was about what I expected: significantly smaller than the past London events but with a crowd that was just as enthusiastic as the London crowds.
Historical preservationist Gail Sadler was both heartbroken and appalled at the condition of a cemetery when she first laid eyes on it in 2008, soon after she had been appointed to the Winslow, Arizona, Historic Preservation Commission. She soon made it her mission to unearth the identities of the roughly 600 people buried there and help their descendants reconnect with their history.
Her mission quickly became an obsession. On nights after work and on weekends, Sadler would go online and scour death certificates – some 8,800 from 1932 to 1962 – looking for the Indian Cemetery as the final resting place.
The following announcement was written by the folks at the Southern California Genealogical Society:
Call For Presentations
2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and the SCGS Extension Series Of Webinars
The Southern California Genealogical Society announces its Call for Presentations for the 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held Friday through Sunday, June 5 through 7, 2015, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California. The Pre-Conference Day, Thursday, June 4, 2015, will include a full day of DNA presentations and in-depth Workshops.
Would you like a job working in genealogy? This may be your chance. The (U.S.) National Genealogical Society is seeking to fill two positions. You can find full details for each position on the NGS web site at http://upfront.ngsgenealogy.org/2014/08/ngs-is-hiring-executive-director-and.html. The deadline to apply for both positions is 25 September 2014.
Genealogists will flock to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) on Friday and Saturday for the first-ever Who Do You Think You Are? Live Scotland event. Supported by Homecoming Scotland, it will help family historians to unravel their roots and build a picture of their ancestors’ lives. It will be home to experts, workshops, archives and museums, online subscription sites and one of the largest gatherings of family history organisations.
It is also a landmark event for Who Do You Think You Are? Live as its arrival in Scotland marks the first time the show has been held outside of London. The next Who Do You Think You Are? Live Expo is scheduled to be held in Birmingham, England, in February. Details may be found at http://www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com/news/new-venue-2015.
A vast archive of photographs of pre-Holocaust Eastern European Jewish life is being made available to the public and researchers. The International Center of Photography in New York and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., announced the joint creation of a digital database to facilitate access to photographer Roman Vishniac’s archive.
Vishniac was a Russian-born Jew who moved to Berlin in 1920. He documented the rise of Nazi power and its effect on Jewish life in Central and Eastern Europe. The International Center of Photography said it believes the project “represents a new model for digital archives” and it’s excited to bring Vishniac’s collection to a wider audience.
The following announcement was written by the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE):
The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Excellence-in-Writing Competition. The winners are:
Category 1 – Columns
1st Place – Shelley K. Bishop “The Legacy of Mary Comfort Eberhard”
2nd Place – Nancy Ann Calhoun “People can ‘flesh out’ genealogy at library”
3rd Place – Maureen K. Wlodarczyk “Precious Paper in the Digital World”
Honorable Mention – Shannon Combs-Bennett “Getting You Pointed in the Right Direction”
Honorable Mention – Michelle Roos Goodrum “Using Social Media to Enrich Stories of the Family Home”
Honorable Mention – Carolyn Schotts “Fading Family Roots”
Category 2 – Articles
The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.
I often hear genealogists make states similar to this: “I don’t trust digital media for long-term storage so I am going to use paper and ink to make sure my data lasts for a long, long time.”
Indeed, there is a lot of truth to that sentiment. I can point out a few problems, such as storing audio or video recordings, but the idea of storing information on paper certainly has a lot of appeal to genealogists, historians, and others who are concerned with long-term preservation. Paper documents are simple, easy to produce, and last a long time. Or do they?
I was pleasantly surprised today to receive an email message from Dropbox announcing a major price DECREASE. I am a Dropbox Pro subscriber and have been paying $9.99 per month to store up to 100 gigabytes of data. Now, for that same price, any Dropbox Pro subscriber can store one terabyte. That’s ten times the storage at no increase in price. I am surprised.
The Franklin Parish Library welcomed patrons to the library’s new Genealogy/Local History Room on Thursday, Aug. 21, when ribbon cutting ceremonies and an open house event were held. The library recently acquired what is known as the Landis building on Prairie Street. The site for the new center is located adjacent to the library’s main building and was purchased from Betty M. McLemore, whose grandfather H.B. Landis ran a mercantile store from the site and served as mayor of the Town of Winnsboro.
You can read more in an article by Marcy Thompson in The Franklin Sun at http://goo.gl/jW2SHV.
A bit more than two weeks ago, I wrote about a new service entitled, Create Your Own Who Do You Think You Are? Story with FindMyPast.co.uk.” Note the letters “.co.uk” on the end of the address. Near the end of the article, I wrote, “The historical information added by FindMyPast seems to feature mostly U.K. events. That isn’t surprising as the service is being offered on FindMyPast’s U.K. web site at FindMyPast.co.uk. If this new beta test becomes successful, I might guess it will later be offered in versions for the U.S. as well as for other countries.”
It looks like my guess was correct. The service is now available with U.S. historical events included in the timelines. For an example of a family story using U.S. history and timelines, look at Josh Taylor’s family story at http://goo.gl/jUze3o.
The following announcement was written by the Federation of Genealogical Societies:
Connect.Explore.Refresh — A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists
August 27, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) opened registration today for their 2015 conference scheduled for February 11–14 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This highly anticipated genealogy event puts the FGS and RootsTech conferences under one roof at the Salt Palace Convention Center (SPCC).