Seventy-six years ago today, on October 30, 1938, the CBS radio network broadcast a radio play of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. the broadcast caused widespread panic, with citizens taking to the streets and scores of injuries resulting. Many listeners apparently thought it was a factual news broadcast.
In fact, the story wasn’t new. The War of the World was first published as a serialized novel n Pearson’s Magazine in the UK and Cosmopolitan magazine in the US. in 1897 and told the story of an alien invasion of England. The Mercury Theatre’s on air production changed the location to New Jersey and employed a series of news bulletins to heighten the realism of the story.
The following announcement was written by the folks at the DAR Library:
The DAR Library, one of the country’s premier genealogical research facilities, is now FREE to all researchers. In October, the entrance fee for use of the Washington, D.C. family history library was eliminated as part of ongoing efforts to make the extensive DAR genealogical resources more accessible to the public.
“We are so pleased to be able to now offer the DAR Library resources free of charge,” says Eric Grundset, Director of the DAR Library. “We invite and encourage anyone who may have been deterred in the past by the usage fee to come visit and explore our vast holdings. You never know what you may be able to discover about your family at the DAR Library.”
Federation of Genealogical Societies and Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Announce FGS 2017 National Conference
The following announcement was written by the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society:
FGS 2017 To Be Held Aug 30—Sep 2 in Pittsburgh, PA with Local Co-host Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
October 28, 2014 – Austin, TX. and Pittsburgh, PA. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and local co-host Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society (WPGS) announce the FGS 2017 National Conference will be held August 30—September 2 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
“We couldn’t be happier to be visiting Pittsburgh for the 2017 FGS Conference,” says FGS President D. Joshua Taylor. “The city’s unique history and rich genealogical resources promise to deliver a memorable and enjoyable experience to the FGS Community.”
The Texas State Historical Association is making a valuable reference book available free of charge to everyone. It is a useful guide for anyone researching Texas ancestry as well as for many other purposes as well. It has long been considered “the go-to guide for all things Texas.”
The Texas Almanac is a 752-page guide to everything you ever wanted to know about the Lone Star State. It is packed with hundreds of articles, color photographs, maps, and data tables, making it the premier reference guide for everything Texan. This digital version is optimized for your iPad, Kindle, or eReader device.
The following announcement was written by Cocolsoft Computer Solutions,:
October 28, 2014.
Melbourne, Australia. The genealogy program GENP continues to support the import of data from The Master Genealogist TMG.
On the 24th July 2014 Wholly Genes Software announced that they would be discontinuing The Master Genealogist (TMG). Last month sales of the product ceased. Support of the product will finish in December. The most recent release of TMG is version 9.04 released on the 24th September.
“GENP continues to support the import of data from The Master Genealogist in its most recent version 9.04″ said founder Peter Evans.
GENP is an event linked genealogy program. It has sources, citations, witnesses and flags. Unlike TMG it is Unicode enabled and languages can be mixed. One of our demonstration databases is in Japanese.
The following announcement was written by the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors:
The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is reminding writers IN ALL MEDIA (magazines, newspapers, journals, websites, blogs) that the 2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is now open for entries through 15 June 2015.
The competition is open to both MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS of ISFHWE; both published and non-published authors may enter (see category list below). Members of ISFHWE receive a discount on the entry fee (after logging in to the ISFHWE members’ corner; new members allow up to ten days to receive login information). The categories are:
I never felt that is a problem but apparently some people do. I simply moved all my files from the Documents folder to Dropbox. My Documents folder remains empty and all my files in the Dropbox folder get copied to the cloud within minutes after being saved. Whenever I create new files, I save them in the appropriate subfolder under the Dropbox folder. However, if you do not like that solution, Boxifier may provide the functionality you want.
Want to have professional genealogists prepare a complete family history profile for you, showing your ancestry back at least four generations? The report will include a dossier of pictures and historical documents, from naturalization papers to passenger lists. The reports are available at no extra charge.
Well, there is one hitch: the private bankers at Abbot Downing, Wells Fargo’s advisory for clients, will do this only for customers who have $50 million in assets or more.
FamilySearch Adds More Than 462,000 Thousand Indexed Records and Images to Australia and the United States
The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:
October 24, 2014
FamilySearch has added more than 462,000 thousand Indexed Records and Images to Australia and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 161,880 images from the Australia, New South Wales, Cemetery, Military, and Church Record Transcripts, 1816-1982, collection; the 195,602 images from the Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906-1991, collection; and the 57,359 indexed records from the Oregon, County Marriages, 1851-1975, 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.
In the October 8, 2014, newsletter I wrote, “Here is a Chance to Own a Piece of Computer History: an Original Apple 1 Computer.” I wrote about a History of Science auction at Bonhams New York here an original Apple 1 computer was to be sold. Auction officials expected to attract bids between US$300,000 and $500,000. They were wrong.
The computer sold for US$905,000, becoming the most expensive Apple computer ever sold.
Details may be found at http://www.gizmag.com/apple-1-computer-sold/34422.
Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) Now Accepting Applications for APG Young Professional Scholarship
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
WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 27 October 2014—The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) is now accepting applications for the APG Young Professional Scholarship. Requirements have been revised to reflect current economic and educational trends and to be more inclusive of young parents, military personnel, home school candidates, students, and those currently employed between the ages of 18-29. The scholarship goes to a student and/or young professional 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. The winner will be announced in January 2015 for attendance at the APG PMC 2016, date and place to be announced at a later date.
I have written often about Chromebooks, the low-cost competitor to Windows and Macintosh laptop computers. (My earlier Chromebook articles can be found by starting at http://goo.gl/LoScjt.) I purchased one of the first Chromebooks and still use it often. As Mark Spoonaur writes in Laptop Magazine:
Whether it’s because of their very affordable prices or an aversion to Windows 8′s complexity, more and more shoppers are buying Chromebooks. There are some valid reasons to choose a Chromebook over a Windows machine, including a very intuitive interface (it’s largely browser based), a lack of upgrade headaches, and less worrying about malware. And while Chromebooks have limited offline capability, there’s a growing number of apps that work without a Wi-Fi connection.
In fact, sales of desktop and laptop computers have been declining in the past few years; but ABI Research found that, in the most recent quarter, Chromebook shipments increased by 67 percent, quarter over quarter. The research company expects that, year over year, Chromebooks shipments will double. (Details may be found at http://goo.gl/dT2nBb.) ABI Research Analyst Stephanie Van Vactor made a statement that “Consumers are hungry for a product that is cost effective but also provides the versatility and functionality of a laptop. The growth of the Chromebook market demonstrates a niche that is gaining traction among consumers.”
Consider this list:
Charles Darwin married his first cousin.
Albert Einstein’s parents were first cousins. Then Albert married his own first cousin. Elsa Lowenthal, Einstein’s second wife, was his first cousin on his mother’s side. In fact, they were also “double cousins.” Lowenthal also happened to be Einstein’s second cousin on his father’s side.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt were fifth cousins, once removed (a chart showing their relationship is available at http://www.gwu.edu/~erpapers/teachinger/q-and-a/q6.cfm).
John Adams married his third cousin, Abigail Smith.
John F. Fitzgerald, former mayor of Boston and grandfather of John F. Kennedy, married his second cousin, Mary Josephine Hannon.
Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York, married his second cousin once removed, Regina Peruggi
The following pages have recently been updated in the Calendar of Genealogy Events:
United Kingdom, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ontario, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin, and Online Webinars.
All information in the Calendar of Events is contributed by YOU and by other genealogists. You can directly add information to the Calendar about your local genealogy event.
Ed McCarthy grew up in Boston and is now a history geek. McCarthy wondered why it should be so difficult to get a geographic understanding of where Boston’s many historic sites once stood. There had to be a way to combine a literary and visual vehicle to the past. McCarthy needed a map. More specifically, he needed to create a map.
The result is a series of maps that depict different sections of Boston, over a time span of nearly 400 years. When viewed on an individual basis, any one of McCarthy’s maps delivers a block-by-block recreation of a given section of the city in a specific era—where, for example, the British burial ground was located in American Revolution-era Boston. But when viewed as a comprehensive work, as McCarthy intends them to be upon completion, his maps effectively chart the development of Boston over nearly four centuries. It’s an incredibly informative collection, the work of someone who clearly cares very deeply about his city.
The project is even more impressive when you learn that Ed McCarthy is not a professional cartographer. He also is not a programmer. In fact, he is a veteran EMT and ambulance driver in Boston. Yet his maps are impressive.
The folks at MyHeritage (the sponsor of this newsletter) have added millions of new records to the service. According to the MyHeritage Blog:
We’re happy to announce that we’ve just added millions of new records to SuperSearch.
The new collections include birth and death records, church records, electoral rolls and more from around the globe to help families everywhere explore their past. The new records come from the United Kingdom, the United States, South Africa, Germany, Russia and other countries to help discover more about your ancestors from around the globe.
The collections include:
A $500,000 bequest from Otilia Ferreira will be used to create a fund for scholarships and Luso-American research at UMass Dartmouth. Ferreira announced the gift at the five-year anniversary of the Ferreira Mendes Portuguese-American Archives on October 9, according to a university news release.
In 2005, Ferreira made the lead gift to help create the archives which is now the largest collection of historical material documenting the experience of Portuguese immigrants in the United States. The holdings include genealogical records, newspapers, books, recordings, family photographs, scrapbooks and correspondence that document social history.
Attorney Alan Dershowitz, singer Carole King and playwright Tony Kushner episode of PBS’s “Finding Your Roots”
The following announcement was written by the folks involved in the Jewish Records Indexing – Poland:
5 million Polish-Jewish records database is key resource for Attorney Alan Dershowitz, singer Carole King and playwright Tony Kushner episode of PBS’s “Finding Your Roots.”
The ancestral search in the forthcoming November 4th episode of PBS’s documentary series “Finding Your Roots,” might not have happened if not for Jewish Records Indexing – Poland (www.jri-poland.org).
This episode features three notable Americans, renowned attorney Alan Dershowitz, Grammy Award winning singer / songwriter Carole King and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and screen writer Tony Kushner. All three have deep roots in Poland
The Dershowitz/King/Kushner story is part of the current 10-part series of Finding Your Roots with host Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. In it, Professor Gates continues the quest he began in African American Lives 1 and 2 and Faces of America delving into the genealogy and genetics of a group of famous Americans. The series combines history and science in a fascinating exploration of race, family, and identity in today’s America. Each hour features celebrity guests, who are bound together by an intimate, sometimes hidden link, whether it be as old friends, through long-lost relatives, or even through a common ancestral past.
The Indiana Commission on Public Records has approved a contract with Ancestry.com to digitize more than 13 million birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage records, Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday. The birth and death certificates date back to the early 1900s, according to a news release, and the state’s marriage records are from 1958 through 2005.
The digitized versions of those records older than 75 years will start becoming available to Hoosiers in 2015, the release said, with completion expected by 2016.