Many of us are fortunate enough to inherit heirlooms or other items from our ancestors. However, women in the Miao minority of China often have mementoes from many generations of their maternal ancestors: hair.
St. George became patron saint of England in 1415 AD, over a thousand years after his death. His cross forms the national flag of England, and is featured within the Union Flag of the United Kingdom, and other national flags containing the Union Flag, such as those of Australia and New Zealand. Actually, St. George never set foot in England.
Google Street Views has to be one of the coolest applications on the Internet. With just a few mouseclicks and keystrokes, you can visit most any address. You can look at your house, at a street in London, or one in Mumbai. I used Google Street Views a lot when looking for a new home. I “investigated” properties and neighborhoods online before traveling to each house. I crossed several properties off my list after virtually checking out the neighborhoods. That saved a lot of time and gasoline. You probably can find dozens of other uses for Google Street Views.
Google’s virtual maps have always been limited to the most recent images transmitted by its camera-equipped vehicles. If the Google vehicle captured a new image of a location, it always replaced the older version that previously had been online. However, that is now changing. All the Street View images taken over the last seven years will soon be viewable as part of a new feature that allows users to see how places have changed since Google began photographing the globe.
Be careful when you write love letters! You never know who will find them. Then again, who writes letters these days?
A woman from Murrells Inlet, S.C., purchased a pile of paperbacks at a used bookstore and found a letter inside one of the books. The envelope was postmarked November 1951. With the help of a genealogist, the woman was able to locate the soldier, now a 83-year-old veteran in a suburb of Detroit. A phone call was made and now the letter has been returned to the ex-soldier.
You can read the full story by Lindsey Bever in the Washington Post at http://goo.gl/eFCL3i.
Fifty gigabytes of cloud storage space for less than one dollar per year? That is an unheard of price. Rick Broida describes the bargain in his Cheapskate Blog. However, you must sign up from either an Android device or from an Apple iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch). Once signed up, you can access the stored files from Windows, Macintosh, Chromebook, Android, iOS, and probably from other computers as well.
As Rick states, “Cloud storage is no longer an oddity — it’s a necessity. You need it not only to back up your most prized data (while at the same time keeping local backups, natch), but also to sync your files, photos, and whatnot between your various devices: phones, tablets, PCs, etc.”
Family Tree DNA has sent project administrators a pre-announcement of a limited DNA Day sale, in effect only April 25-29. The 20%-off sale applies only to Y-DNA SNP tests and Y-DNA37, not to the company’s other services. The sale officially begins at 12:01AM on April 25 and will end at 11:59pm on April 29.
The sale has not yet been officially announced. However, keep an eye on the company’s web site at http://www.familytreedna.com for details that should appear soon.
Ancestry.com has released a significant update for it popular Find A Grave App for iOS (Apple handheld devices). The new additions include: Profile Pages, view your memorials and photos, and the ability to save your favorite memorials to your virtual cemeteries. Improvements were made to Cemetery Search, rotation of photos, GPS Locations are now displayed, Memorial Manager, and more.
You can read the details in an article by Michael Lawless in the Ancestry.com Blog at http://goo.gl/ZQf3TX.
The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.
Looking for a city directory from the 1800s or early 1900s? You may be able to purchase the city directory you wish for modest prices. I have seen reprinted city directories sell for as little as $2.00 while digital copies on CD-ROM frequently sell for about $5.00 or so. Even the original city directories printed in the 1800s sometimes sell for as little as $4.95 although $10 or $15 seems to be a more common price.
Best of all, if you don’t see what you want today, you can create an “automated search robot” that will check for you every day. If the robot finds an item that matches the search terms you specify, it will send you an email message to notify you of the latest addition. It will search for you even while you are sleeping, even if your computer is turned off.
Myko Clelland at findmypast has created a video guide to the new findmypast site. The video introduces some of the new features and explains some of the techniques which will help you discover even more about your family’s history. You can learn more in the findmypast blog at http://blog.findmypast.co.uk/2014/a-handy-video-guide-to-findmypasts-new-features/.
Indiana State Library Announces a New Online Platform to Provide Access to Thousands of Historic Indiana Newspapers
The following announcement was written by the folks at Indiana State Library:
INDIANAPOLIS – Three weeks after unveiling the new Indiana Memory, the Indiana State Library has now introduced the website’s new Indiana Newspapers platform. Clicking on the “Indiana Newspapers” icon on Indiana Memory will take you to all of the newspapers digitized as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program.
This collection contains 14,214 issues comprising 95,455 pages and is continually growing. Many of these titles are also available at the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America website. IDHNP provides free, online access to high quality digital images of Indiana’s historic newspapers, links to online resources and assistance to other organizations in making their collections accessible. This online resource is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. This grant enabled the Indiana State Library, in partnership with the Indiana Historical Society, to digitize Indiana newspapers for the National Digital Newspaper Program.
Longaccess promises to be a cold storage of sorts for your digital life. It’s a cloud-based service that will store your files, both for your immediate access and also for access by your heirs. It is sort of like Dropbox in a Swiss vault. However, compared to Dropbox, Longaccess claims files stored on its service will be less accessible, but more dependable. Longaccess reportedfly is good for both personal and business files.
Longaccess is your safe on the Internet. It’s a place where you can store valuable files, fully encrypted and secured, available for decades. The files you store in Longaccess can be of any size, from a couple kilobytes to many gigabytes.
The Vatican Library was founded in 1451 and has around 82,000 manuscripts, some of which date back about 1,800 years. The library is now working to to convert the first batch of 3,000 manuscripts, with more manuscripts to be digitized later.
An article in Mashable.com describes how the process will work. Workers wear gloves and have to remove all jewelry so as to avoid scratching the paper. After each page is digitized, they will be configured for long-term storage as well as be uploaded onto the Vatican Library’s website, where viewers will be able to look at them for free from a variety of angles.
A Cajun film, seven years in the making, will premier in Louisiana this month in New Orleans and throughout Acadiana. It is also available on a DVD disk.
In The Story Of The Cajuns – Part I, film makers Brenda Jepson and Dr. Francoise Paradis interview Cajuns from all walks of life – from a shrimp fisherman to a college professor and from a cowboy to an Acadian artist. The film tells the story of how Acadians expelled during the Deportation made the arduous journey, some of them via France, to their new home in Louisiana. It explores the hardships they faced and reveals how they survived and thrived in a climate so different from their ancestral Acadie. The documentary was filmed in France, Canada and Maine.
The RootsTech Content Committee is calling for dynamic presentations for RootsTech 2015 that inform and educate both those seeking to begin and those continuing to discovering their family story through technology.
Presentation submissions will be accepted June 2 to June 27, 2014, through the Call for Presentations portal on RootsTech.org.
You can read more at https://familysearch.org/blog/en/rootstech-2015-call-presentations/.
Many people own and love their tablet computers. I have an Pad Mini and it has become my primary traveling computer. I hear similar statements from owners of various Android tablets as well. As useful as these tiny powerhouses may be, they are still seriously hampered by the lack of a keyboard. The solution? Add a keyboard!
That suggestion is obvious. Adding an external high quality keyboard converts a tablet computer into a reasonably-priced laptop computer. Perhaps it should be called a netbook.
The FamilySearch method of creating indexes of old records has been described many times in this newsletter and many other genealogy publications. FamilySearch is now planning to introduce a new process to maintain indexing quality. In this new model, a single volunteer will index and submit a batch, and a second volunteer will review the completed work. The person reviewing the batch will have the ability to add corrections to the values entered by the first indexer, and both values can be included in the searchable index on FamilySearch.org.