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Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies Now Online

Fold3.com has added a new title: the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies. Like its name suggests, this collection contains the two navies’ official reports, orders, and correspondence from the Civil War. If you’re interested in the Civil War, this is the go-to title for contemporary, first-hand information about the Northern and Southern navies.

Originally compiled by the Navy Department, the Official Records of the Navies are organized into two series: Series I, with 27 individual volumes, and Series II, with 3 volumes and an index. Series I documents all wartime operations of the two navies, while Series II deals with statistical data of Union and Confederate ships, letters of marque and reprisal, Confederate departmental investigations, Navy and State department correspondence, proclamations and appointments of President Davis, and more.

You can read more in an article by Trevor Hammond in the Fold3 Blog at http://blog.fold3.com/official-records-of-the-union-and-confederate-navies.

(+) Forget Smart Watches. Introducing the SmartRing!

The following is a Plus Edition article, written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

Five days ago, I published a Plus Edition article entitled, (+) Carry Your Genealogy Database in Your Wristwatch at http://eogn.com/wp/?p=32323. I described the miniaturization of computing devices, from mainframe computers of the 1960s that filled one or more rooms, to desktop personal computers, to laptops, to handheld tablets, and to today’s “smartphones” that are really powerful computers with built-in cell phones included. I described the use of a new high-tech wristwatch that is more powerful than the first iPhone. Now, only five days later, I found an article that proves the electronic devices are shrinking even further.

(+) One Laptop, Two Computer Screens

The following is a Plus Edition article, written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

I must admit I have become accustomed to having two computer screens attached to my one computer at home. I have long used two 27-inch monitors connected to my one desktop computer. However, there is a problem when traveling: the tiny, single 11-inch screen on my laptop computer seems very constraining after using two side-by-side 27-inch monitors at home!

With both monitors on my desk at home, side by side, I can operate them as separate monitors or even create the illusion of one giant screen. I can open a website on one screen and a word processor on the other, then copy and paste from one screen to another. I can even open a spreadsheet and stretch it across the full width of both screens if I want. Why can’t I do that when in a hotel room? After watching my friend Kevin Grooms do exactly that, I was hooked. I started looking at portable external monitors.

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More often than not, I have my favorite word processing program displayed on one screen while the second screen displays incoming email messages, a chat window, perhaps the local weather report, and whatever else I wish to monitor while seated at the computer. One of my friends displays the latest stock market quotes all day long on a second screen while he works at his office. You probably can find multiple uses of your own for two or even three monitors.

Reminder: “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” Returns to PBS on Tuesday

The latest genealogy-related television series will be broadcast this week on most PBS stations.

In the first episode of “Finding Your Roots,” to be broadcast this Tuesday, September 23, the subjects of the program will be horror novelist Stephen King, actor Courtney B. Vance and Canadian actress-singer Gloria Reuben.

King’s father walked out on his family when Stephen was two and never returned. Courtney Vance’s father committed suicide and Courtney was brought up in a foster home. Gloria Reuben’s father was 78 years old when she was born. When he died he took the secret of his ancestry with him, but not for good. Using genealogy and in some cases DNA, Gates helps each of them to discover family history they never knew. The program airs on PBS at 8 PM Eastern time. Check your local listings for the time and channel near you.

That Synthetic Food of the Future

Be cautious when predicting the future. Not all predictions are accurate. The following is from the Ogden Standard-Examiner of Ogden City, Utah, on September 19, 1926:

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Flyleaf Press Acquired By Ancestor Network

The following announcement was written by the folks at Ancestor Network:

Flyleaf Press Acquired By Ancestor Network: A New Chapter in Irish Genealogy Publishing Begins
Announcements

19 September 2014

Dublin, Ireland, 19 September 2014. Ancestor Network Ltd., the leading Irish family history services company, announced today that it has acquired Flyleaf Press, the specialist Irish genealogy publisher.

Ancestor Network, the leading probate and genealogy services provider, has been at the forefront of the Irish family history market for over five years. It has provided genealogy advisory services for public visitors to the National Archives of Ireland, the National Library of Ireland, and the Kerry Genealogy Roadshow. It was the primary genealogy researcher for RTE’s ‘The Genealogy Roadshow’ and has successfully managed popular genealogy educational courses and events across Ireland such as the Brian Ború Millennium Festival in Clare, Tipperary, Galway and Dublin, and the Monaghan Genealogy ‘Home to the Little Hills’ Training courses.

Department of Veterans Affairs Proposes to Build a Genealogy Database of 10 Million NEW Individual Genealogies Per Year

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has issued a a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial corporations to bid on building a huge genealogy database, starting first with persons with roots in Washington and Oregon. The goal is to create a Genealogy Medical Phenotype Resource Database.

The request is to create 10 million NEW individual genealogies per year in electronic format for persons with roots in Washington and Oregon. If successful, the project will be continued a second year to add 10 million more individual genealogies. The VA proposed the ultimate creation of a U.S. genealogy of 100-200 million individuals, linked to the entire VA system (25 million individuals). This service contract will last for three years, through the duration of the MERIT review grant.

Create a Custom Email Newsletter from Any Blog

Do you like to read a particular genealogy blog or perhaps any other sort of online blog? Do you sometimes forget to check that blog frequently to read new articles? Would you prefer to receive frequent email message when new articles are posted rather than having to take time to check the blog manually? Perhaps you write a blog but would like to send it to readers via email in addition to the online web site? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, there is a simple and easy solution for you.

Blogtrottr converts your favorite blog sites’ RSS newsfeeds into a scheduled email newsletter that you receive as often as you want, so you can stay on top of all the news.

Almost all blogs offer RSS newsfeeds, as do many news services, stock market reports, weather forecasting services, sports sites, and hundreds of other web sites. If an online site you wish to monitor offers an RSS newsfeed, you can use Blogtrottr to convert those RSS newsfeeds into email messages that are sent to you at the times you specify, ranging from every 2 hours to once a day. If there are no new articles posted in the timeframe you specify, Blogtrottr doesn’t send an email.

Book Review: The Parrett Migration

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

The Parrett Migration.
by Dawn Parrett Thurston. Published by the author. 2014. 315 pages.

Ms. Thurston recites the story of her ancestor Joseph Frederick Parrett of Ohio, whose origins were in the Rhineland of Europe. His river journey took him out of the Old Country of the Switzerland region and across the sea to the port of Philadelphia. He and his families settled in the eastern states, moved into Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, on to eastern Tennessee, Fayette County Ohio, Locust Grove Iowa, and finally to California.

Ms. Thurston proceeds to chronicle their lives. She enhances the stories with detailed period cultural and geographic descriptions. She writes her stories with the authority of meticulous, scrupulous, and extensive research, shifting the storyline beyond genealogy into historical reporting of keen interest to us.

The Disadvantage of a Scottish Brogue

The Scots are a proud people. The are also fiercely proud of their accents. However, that accent can occasionally be a disadvantage, as shown in this YouTube video of two Scotsmen who are frustrated by an elevator that uses voice recognition. (Warning, some profanity is in the video.)

You can watch the video at http://youtu.be/PJj_nO46gq8 or in the video player below.

​Bloggers and Others are Invited to Become An FGS Ambassador

The following announcement was written by the Federation of Genealogical Societies:

FGS Invites You to Participate

September 18, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is pleased to announce an invitation for FGS Ambassadors. If you are a blogger, social media enthusiast, writer, editor, or in any way interested in spreading the word about the FGS 2015 Conference, FGS is looking for you.

The 2015 FGS Conference scheduled for February 11–14 in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be a one-time special event with RootsTech. FGS Ambassadors will blog, share, like, +1, and tweet to spread the news about this unique FGS conference to their friends, colleagues, and everyone interested in genealogy.

Benefits to FGS Ambassadors include:

Irish Archives Resource Goes Online

Irish Archives Resource, abbreviated as “IAR,” is a portal that recently has been greatly expanded. It links together hundreds of unique archival collections and 34 archive services in Ireland north and south. Ireland’s first archive web portal, Irish Archives Resource (IAR), includes contribution from Trinity College Dublin’s Manuscripts and Archives Research Department, RTÉ Stills Library, National Museum of Ireland Archives, University College Cork Archives, Derry City Council Heritage and Museum Service, and the archives of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. It does not hold any images of archives or records. Instead, it provides a means to search archival descriptions from various contributing institutions.

The archive is not specifically a genealogy resource. Instead, it contains all sorts of archival descriptions, many of which will prove to be useful resources to genealogists, historians, social scientists, film historians, Irish citizens, Irish emigrants and their descendants, and to many others. It should appeal to anyone interested in accessing Ireland’s archival heritage.

Library that Provides San Antonio’s Mexican American and Working Class Historical Resources to Cut Services

Writing in the mySanAntonio web site, Sarah Gould writs about the planned cutback of services at one of the San Antonio Public Library’s greatest assets”

“The Westside Preservation Alliance, a community-based historic preservation organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of San Antonio’s Mexican American and working class communities, supports keeping the Texana Room open to the public for a minimum of 40 hours per week.

Zuta, the Tiny Printer that Fits in a Briefcase or in Your Pocket

I travel a lot. Of course, I always take along a laptop computer. …and a tablet computer … and a cell phone. I use them often while traveling and occasionally have a need to print something. Of course, packing a printer in the suitcase is close to impossible these days. To be sure, there are a few compact printers that are advertised as “portable” but I have always found them lacking. They are either a bit too big and bulky or else they print slowly or only on special paper that feels “waxy” and rubs off on your fingers. In short, I have never found a portable printer that I wanted to carry with me… until now.

Zuta is a tiny printer that is entering production now. It is expected to ship in January or soon after and will have a price tag of about $240. To be sure, it will be a slow printer at 1.2 pages per minute but it is compact, not much bigger than a softball. You won’t use the Zuta to print a book but it should work great whenever you need to print two or three pages. It will print on normal paper as used in almost all other inkjet printers.

National Genealogical Society Seeks Nominations for the 2015 Genealogy Hall Of Fame

The following announcement was written by the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society”

Would your society like to honor a genealogist whose exemplary work lives on today? Perhaps there was a notable genealogist in your state or county whose name should be memorialized in the National Genealogy Hall of Fame.

If so, the National Genealogical Society would like to hear from you. NGS is seeking nominations from the entire genealogical community for persons whose achievements or contributions have made an impact on the field. This educational program increases appreciation of the high standards advocated and achieved by committed genealogists whose work paved the way for researchers today.

Convert an Address to Latitude and Longitude

You can pinpoint any place on Earth using a single set of coordinates: latitude and longitude. These coordinates look like a string of numbers. Once you have those numbers, you’ll be able to plug them into a web map, GPS, or other mapping device and find what you’re looking for in an instant — no matter where on the planet it is.

Using latitude and longitude information makes it easy to find your ancestors’ homestead, your own house, the county courthouse in a distant city, or any other location of genealogical interest.

The coordinates are similar to the Xs and Ys you used to plot in algebra class. Imagine if the surface of the Earth could be stretched flat. Then suppose you place a grid on top of the flattened world. You could pinpoint any location by finding the spot where the horizontal and vertical grid lines intersect. The horizontal x-axis is the equator, while the vertical y-axis is the Prime Meridian, which runs through the Greenwich Observatory in England.

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Chromebooks vs. Windows Laptops: What Should You Buy?

I have written often about the advantages of Chromebooks when compared to Windows systems. (See my past Chromebook articles by starting at http://goo.gl/nz9UMN.) Now Laptop Magazine has published a side-by-side comparison by Anna Attkisson of Chromebooks versus Windows. If you are considering the purchase of either a Windows or Chromebook laptop, you will want to read the article.

Attkisson compares the following:

Funeral Home Offers Drive-Thru Viewing

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The Paradise Funeral Chapel of Saginaw, Michigan, isn’t the first funeral home to offer a drive-though viewing window. However, the funeral home’s services do sound a bit more high-tech than most of the others.

The funeral home has installed a window that displays a body set up in a special area inside the building with a raised and tilted platform for the casket. Curtains over the window automatically open when a car pulls up, and mourners get three minutes to view a body as music plays overhead.

(+) Carry Your Genealogy Database in Your Wristwatch

The following is a Plus Edition article, written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

A recent article by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, published in the ZDnet web site (at http://goo.gl/kbp7Vi), got me thinking about genealogy data. Kingsley-Hughes described Samsung’s new Galaxy Gear S smartwatch, and he compared it to the first iPhone that was released only seven years ago. He points out that many of the smartphone apps that a lot of us now use should work well if converted by programmers to operate on the new smartwatch. Can’t we say the same about genealogy apps? Maybe. Obviously, programmers would have to port the software over to the new watches, but the technology already exists to run and display mobile apps that many of us already use.

Eight years ago, before the invention of smartphones and before the popularity of tablet computers, genealogists were limited to keeping their databases in desktop and laptop computers. A few tablet computers existed in those days but never became popular until Apple released the first iPad. Taking your data with you seven years ago meant carrying a 5- or 6-pound computer although lighter laptop computers have since become popular.

Plus Edition Newsletter Has Been Sent

To all Plus Edition subscribers:

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Here are the articles in this week’s Plus Edition newsletter:

(+) What is a Genogram and Why Should I Create One?

Was Jack the Ripper REALLY Identified through DNA? I Doubt It.

Your Picture in an Automobile

What Is the Cloud?

With Genetic Testing, I Gave My Parents the Gift of Divorce

MacBridge for RootsMagic 6: Run RootsMagic on Your Mac without Windows

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