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The fourth annual RootsTech conference, hosted by FamilySearch, will be held February 6-8, 2014, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. RootsTech brings together the best in family history tools and technology to help attendees discover and share their family's connections and stories. RootsTech 2014 will reach thousands of attendees both on-site in Salt Lake City and at remote locations around the world.
Elizabeth Lapointe posted the following in her Genealogy Canada blog:
"A reliable source from the LAC has just phoned me to ask that I inform my readers, genealogists, and others interested in their Canadian families, that the 1921 Canadian Census has already been digitized, and has been ready for release since last Wednesday, 12 June, but it is being held back by the federal government before it is released.
The De Vere Village Urban Resort hotel in Elstree in is where, on 7th July 2013, you’ll find the JGSGB First Family History Fair, supported by Gold Sponsors MyHeritage and Forces War Records together with Media Partner Jewish News. Also together under one roof, handpicked vendors will be offering everything you need to store and preserve your genealogical paper and card records – certificates, wills, photographs, newspaper clippings – even fabrics – plus your medals, coins, and so on. The stands you need to visit include CAB Search, My History, and S&N. Tickets for the Fair start at £5 and are available at the door or, in advance, at http://familyhistoryfair.eventbrite.co.uk/#.
Preserving paper means keeping it acid-free as far as possible. Paper can become contaminated with acids from the atmosphere, from contact with everyday materials, and from your skin. So you need to invest in some protective acid-free storage.
The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.
Flash drives (also called jump drives or memory sticks) are a great invention. I use several of them to store and transport various data files. In fact, you can probably find dozens of uses for a flash drive. Today's flash drives are becoming cheap, and they are rugged—almost impervious to damage, other than driving over one with an automobile. I once accidentally sent a flash drive through the washer, and it continued to work perfectly afterwards. (That is not guaranteed by the manufacturer, however!) Today’s flash drives are generally cheaper, more rugged, and have higher storage capacity than CD-ROM disks.
One of the best uses I know of is to take a flash drive in your pocket or purse when visiting a library or archive. Many libraries and a few archives have scanners and microfilm viewers that will save an image of a book or an old microfilm image to flash drives. Instead of feeding quarters into a photocopy machine, many genealogists prefer to save to a flash drive. Flash drives make it easier to transport the images home, copy them to a computer at your leisure, examine them, manipulate the images to improve readability, and easily insert their contents into genealogy programs, email messages, or that book you are writing.
Matthew Ritter hopes to release a computer game called “Boon Hill” by the end of August. The idea is to present the player with a high number of sparse, moving (and sometimes humorous) stories.
Ritter says it won't be a game in the traditional sense. "You’re not working toward anything; it’s just a vehicle to hopefully experience some kind of emotional interaction with this world that’s created.”
At lunchtime Michelle Obama and her two daughters, Malia Ann and Sasha, took part in a private genealogy event about the President’s Irish ancestors at a special exhibit at the Long Room in the Old Library in Trinity College Dublin.
This very personal event was co-ordinated and presented by Fiona Fitzsimons with Helen Moss of Eneclann. Fiona, Research Director at Eneclann, gave an overview of the history of their family, which is better documented than that of other Irish-American presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton or even JFK. The Obamas’ story includes wig and shoemakers, merchants, farmers and (no surprise) politicians. While their deep ancestry (Kearneys, Donovans, etc.) are of Irish origin, an important line, the Benns (or Behn) were continental religious refugees who settled in Limerick before 1700.
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(+) Is Your CD-ROM Data Disappearing?
(+) Price Reduction on the (Almost) Unlimited Cell Phone Minutes for only $19 per Month
Handheld Magic Wand Scanner for $23.99
Update: Handheld Magic Wand Scanner for $23.99
Book Review: On Your Own: How to Design and Construct a Family History Book to Inform and Captivate Readers
The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.Genealogists are generally concerned with long-term data preservation. A lot of genealogists believe that the only method of preserving data is to print the information on paper. Yet, many of us have handled old pieces of paper that are decaying, crumbling, or fading to the point that the information is not readable. In fact, most paper manufactured in the past 75 years or so contains acids that will hasten the deterioration of the information you wish to preserve.
On Your Own:
How to Design and Construct a Family History Book to Inform and Captivate Readers
By Elayne and Stephen Denker. 2013. 85 pages.
When you finally sit down to write your family history, you inevitably encounter writer’s block. You recall all the authors who have published such great looking family history books, which they said they wrote using MS Word (it’s the same program you’re using!) and you instantly think, “Wow, this is great, my book’s going to look just like that!”
Michael Savoca, a college student from Toms River, New Jersey was awarded the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant Award at the Scholarship Breakfast on 9 June 2013 at the annual Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank, California.
The Freeman Student Grant was established by family and friends in 2010 in memory of Suzanne Winsor Freeman, family historian and life-long volunteer, and an enthusiastic annual attendee at the SCGS Jamboree. Each year, Jamboree has included a complimentary full-registration package for the recipient.
I have written several times about the Magic Wand Handheld Scanner. You can find my earlier articles by starting at http://goo.gl/Y0pKR. I must admit that I love this little scanner that slides into an overcoat pocket or a lady's purse. It scans up to 600 dots per inch and supports pages up to 8½"x14". Being self contained and battery powered, it operates independently, without the need for PC. I have used mine to scan dozens of documents found at archives and many pages from books found in libraries. (Always ask permission first before scanning anything.) I find it to be much more convenient than feeding quarters into a photocopy machine. Best of all, instead of a paper photocopy, the scanner provides a high-resolution scanned image that can be saved, printed, or imported into almost any genealogy program or word processor, uploaded to a web page, or sent by email to friends and relatives.
When the Magic Wand Handheld Scanner first appeared in the marketplace, I paid full retail price: $99.95. The price has dropped since then, however, with different merchants offering different discounts. However, the lowest price I have seen is now on the NewEgg.com web site: $23.99, Best of all, unlike my earlier purchase, that price even includes a rechargeable battery, a memory card, and free shipping.
Findmypast.com.au secures government contract to display NSW will books online
12 June 2013 – Leading family history site, findmypast.com.au, has secured the rights to publish all of the registered wills from New South Wales from 1800 to 1952. As the only genealogy site displaying this information, the tender win is a major coup for findmypast.com.au as it consolidates its strong presence in the Australian market.
The collection of will books will be available later this year and will include handwritten copies of the original wills, from about 1800 to 1924, and typed copies of wills from 1924 to 1952.
In the January 6, 2013 edition of this newsletter, I wrote about a cheap cell phone service that costs $19 a month for (almost) unlimited use. In addition, the customer also had to pay $249 for the cell phone. The company has now reduced the cell phone's price to $199.
I made some changes to the original article to reflect the new pricing. Plus Edition subscribers can read the article at http://eogn.com/wp/?p=23432. A Plus Edition user name and password will be required.
At first, I didn't think this device had much use for genealogy purposes. Then, after a bit of thought, I realized it could be one of the most powerful tools available today for leaving a legacy for my descendants, telling them what my life was like. In fact, I wish that my ancestors had something like this available during their lives!
ParaShoot is a proposed (not yet available) HD video camera that you wear around your neck like a necklace or as a pin attached to your clothing. It is tiny, 1.9 inches by 1.2 inches by less than a half inch thick (48x30x11mm) and weighs only a few ounces. It records your life in full motion video with accompanying audio. You can see a ParaShoot camera in the photo of the producer's CEO at the right.
Several hours of video can be stored in the camera and later copied to your computer. Even better, encrypted video can also be uploaded to the cloud as it is being recorded without attaching it to anything else. The encrypted video is safe from prying eyes and is saved in a private, online account where you can retrieve it at any time, then watch it on most any computer, smartphone, or (with additional electronics) a television set. If you wish, the video can also be shared via email and social media platforms.
The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.
"ISBN" stands for "International Standard Book Number." An ISBN number is an ISO standard and normally is found in all books published in the United States since 1970 and on many books published in other countries as well. Technically, an ISBN number is not a requirement for any book; you may publish books without such a number. However, experience has shown that an ISBN number is required if you want the book to be listed in the many indexing and cataloging systems available. Also, an ISBN number is required for all books that are to be sold by Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Border Books, and most any other major bookseller. These booksellers use the ISBN numbers to order, inventory, and track books.
Only the smallest self-published and self-marketed books can survive without ISBN numbers.
“Journey through Generations – A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists
June 10, 2013 – Austin, TX. Discounted early-bird registration for the 2013 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference will continue only until July 1. Early registrants receive a $50 discount for the full four days, or a $20 discount for any single day. Details at http://www.fgsconference.org.
The conference will be held 21-24 August 2013 in Fort Wayne, Indiana at the Grand Wayne Convention Center. This year’s conference theme is “Journey through Generations, and the local hosts are the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) and the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana (ACGSI). Platinum sponsors are FamilySearch, FindMyPast.com and Ancestry.com.
Person #1: "I won't put my genealogy information online because I am afraid someone might steal it."OK, now let me add my own comments and questions: All of those records are always available to everyone else. What is person #1 trying to hide?
Person #2: "Where did you obtain all that information?"
Person #1: "From freely available public records, including census records, birth and death records, newspapers, and such."
If you wondered how we produced free locational tools for the opening of the 1940 census on the Morse One-Step site, wonder no more and be part of the team to do the same thing for 1950. We have opened up "Project 1950" to prepare searchable ED definitions and street indexes for the opening of the 1950 Census in 2022. With the help of about 125 volunteers we produced our 1940 tools, and now are looking for about 200+ volunteers to help with Phase I (transcription of Enumeration District definitions) and Phase II (creating urban area street indexes) for 1950. An explanation of the two Phases and what needs to be done can be found at: http://www.stevemorse.org/census/project1950intro.html. It may seem too early to be doing this, but it took us over 7 years to produce the 1940 tools that were used by the National Archives, the NY Public Library, Ancestry.com, and millions of researchers.
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An antique teddy bear was found more than a year ago in the departure lounge of the Bristol Airport in the west of England. The bear was accompanied by a photograph dated 1918. Airport authorities believe someone accidentally left the items behind and would like to return them to the loving family where they belong.
The picture, produced as a postcard from the studio of Dura Ltd., shows a teddy with two small children in light dresses. The older one, her hair tied in ribbons, has her arm around the bear. On the back is written: "With dearest love and kisses to our darling Daddie from your loving little daughter & Sonnie. Dora & Glyn." Also written is: "Taken on baby's birthday March 4 1918, one year and 5 months old."
June 7, 2013 - Treelines, the winner of the 2013 RootsTech Developer Challenge, will announce tomorrow at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree its first family storytelling contest on the theme of “Getting Started Stories.” Everyone with a fascination for their family’s history, regardless of their level of experience, is invited to share the story about they first got interested.
All entries must be composed and published using the Treelines storybuilder, currently available for free to all registered users of the site. “Treelines’ unique site brings storytelling to a new level of expression by combining words with photos and family history,” said Maureen Taylor, the internationally recognized photo identification and family history expert. “It’s a perfect way to present and share your family history a picture at a time.”
Date: 8 June 2013
Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Drew Smith as the first Chair of FHISO, effective 1 July 2013. Drew is currently the Organisational Member Representative to FHISO from the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS).
ARLINGTON, VA, 8 June 2013: Don’t miss out on the Early Bird pricing for the NGS guided research trip to the world renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City from 15–22 September 2013. NGS offers a substantial discount with early bird pricing if you register by 15 June 2013. The hosts for the trip are Sandra MacLean Clunies, cgsm, and Shirley Langdon Wilcox, cgsm, fngs.
The Southern California Genealogical Society's annual Jamboree is always one of the largest regional events of the year. In fact, with 1,600 attendees (plus or minus a bit) most years, this three-day event often is larger than some of the national conferences. This year's event was stretched: a fourth day was added. I had an opportunity to attend the new, fourth day yesterday. I wasn't alone: more than 300 people from all over the world, including Australia, New Zealand, and China were registered amongst the attendees.
The "Family History and DNA" addition was labeled as a "pre-event." Indeed, it seemed to me to be a totally separate conference. While it was held at the same facility in Burbank, California and certainly was a part of the Jamboree, the one-day "Family History and DNA" event was very different from past Genealogy Jamboree conferences I have attended.
The "Family History and DNA" event was jointly produced by the Southern California Genealogical Society and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG). As the title suggests, the one-day event focused on the use of DNA within genealogy with presentations offered for newcomers, intermediate researchers, and experts alike. I attended a couple of lectures for intermediate DNA DNA-using genealogists and one for beginners. I will say they certainly were worth the trip.
The two best-known speakers of the "Family History and DNA" Day were opening speaker Dr. Spencer Wells and luncheon speaker Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
You can now search indexes for Queensland histrical birth, death and marriage records from your computer. If you find an entry in the index that you wish to view, you can download (for a fee) an image of the original register (if available). You also can order printed copies to be sent to you by post.
You can learn more at: https://www.bdm.qld.gov.au/IndexSearch/BirIndexQry.m
You also can find tips on how to use the search at https://www.bdm.qld.gov.au/IndexSearch/mainMenuSubmit.m?main_menu=Tips
It's travel time again. So what else is new? If you have been reading this newsletter for a while, you already know that I travel often.
I am presently in Burbank, California, attending the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. I have been to the Jamboree before and have always found it to be a great event. I suspect this year's edition will be the same. You can read more about this year's Southern California Genealogy Jamboree at http://genealogyjamboree.com.
The International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) and the Southern California Genealogical Society have announced that four sessions of the “Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013” conference will be live streamed on a pay-for-view basis and available for viewing by genetic genealogists around the world.
On May 26, I announced a new feature on this newsletter's web site: The Calendar of Genealogy Events at http://www.eogn.com/calendar. The purpose of the calendar is to provide information about future genealogy conferences, seminars, conventions, cruises, trips, and even online "webinars." All information is to be provided by you and other readers of this newsletter.
In the first week of operation, I see that genealogy events have been listed in: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado (several events), Connecticut (multiple events), District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois (multiple events), Indiana (multiple events), Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky (multiple events), Massachusetts (multiple events), Nevada (multiple events), New Jersey, New York, North Carolina (multiple events), Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania (multiple events), South Carolina (multiple events), Tennessee, Texas (multiple events), Utah (multiple events), Washington (multiple events), Manitoba, United Kingdom (multiple events), Australia (multiple events), and New Zealand. I also see one online webinar listed.
Not bad for the first week!
The state of New York has an unusual item for sale: a morgue refrigerator. The fridge looks like it is a prop on the set of “CSI.”
The ad lists the huge silver appliance, equipped with four doors for body storage, as having “signs of cosmetic wear” but being “fully operational.” It is 8 feet tall, 6 feet wide, and has four drawers for its contents. It previously held corpses for the Office of Mental Health at the Manhattan Psychiatric Center, New York City. Somehow, this has to have a genealogy or family connection but I am not sure how. Perhaps great-uncle Marvin "slept" here.
Several newsletter readers asked about the picture of a tombstone that I used a few days ago in another newsletter article. It is a picture of me standing beside the elaborate tombstone of Elia Corti in the Hope Cemetery in Barre, Vermont. Pam Cerutti, editor of this newsletter, was the photographer. I am reproducing the photo again here, and you can click on it to view a larger image.
I didn't know anything about Elia Corti before I saw his tombstone. I immediately became interested in this man. I wondered why a man who was obviously a laborer had such a large and elaborate tombstone. It is an outstanding piece of memorial art. I decided to learn more about Elia and soon found that he was a murder victim. I also found that the lives of immigrants in the early 1900s were difficult, sometimes harsh, and even occasionally violent.
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August 17, 2013 - DuPage County Genealogical Society, - Wheaton, Illinois
Sept. 28, 2013 - American-Canadian Genealogical Society, Manchester, New Hampshire
October 19, 2013 - Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia
February 6-8, 2014 - RootsTech - Salt Lake City, Utah
February 16, 2014 - Jewish Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County, Florida
February 20 to 22, 2014 - Who Do You Think You Are? Live!, London, England
March 22, 2014 - Bay County Genealogical Society, Panama City, Florida
June 14, 2014 - Middlesex Society of Genealogists, Middlesex County, Massachusetts