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“Finding Your Roots” to Air on PBS Beginning September 23

In three weeks, the latest genealogy-related television series will be broadcast on most PBS stations. “Finding Your Roots” is a series that focuses on race, identity and heritage, hosted by Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.

In the first episode we meet 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.

On This Day in History: Japan Surrenders on September 2, 1945

Click on the above image to view a much larger version. Photograph from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives.

The surrender of the Empire of Japan on September 2, 1945, brought the hostilities of World War II to a close. The surrender marked the end of one of the biggest hostilities in history, one that altered the lives of millions of people.

You can find details about the surrender on dozens of web sites, including on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surrender_of_Japan.

Plus Edition Newsletter Has Been Sent

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

(+) The True Expense of Genealogy Research

(+) Archival Quality Ink and Paper

Price of Online Storage Drops Even More: Dropbox Slashes Its Dropbox Pro Price by 90%!

Is Genetic Genealogy the Next Facebook of Science?

Report from Day #1 of the Who Do You Think You Are? Live Scotland Expo

Report from Day #2 of the Who Do You Think You Are? Live Scotland Expo

Symposium in Glasgow – The Future of Professional Genealogy

Update: Create Your Own Who Do You Think You Are? Story with FindMyPast

(+) The True Expense of Genealogy Research

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

Image copyright by CartoonStock.com. All rights reserved.

Today’s story about the closing of the Hiram Whittington Arkansas Local History and Genealogy Room in the Garland County Library in Hot Springs, Arkansas, is sad news. (See http://wp.me/p5Z3-Ji for details.) However, in this case, I have to agree with Library Director John Wells, who is quoted in the article. If a valuable resource at a taxpayer-supported public library is being used less and less, managers of that library need to re-evaluate where the funds are being spent. Libraries are under constant financial pressure. They obviously need to spend their meager budgets in ways to obtain the “most bang for the buck.”

In fact, John Wells is correct. Anyone with a computer can now obtain more genealogy information online that what any public library in a town or a small city can provide. The online information is available quickly and conveniently, is usually faster to search, and (in many cases) is available for less money. In fact, it is often cheaper to search online than it is to travel to a repository to search.

Perhaps the phrase “less money” requires some clarification.

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

The following pages have recently been updated in the Calendar of Genealogy Events:

United Kingdom, Alabama, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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.

First International Genealogy Conference Held in Limerick, Ireland, Attracting Both Irish and Overseas Visitors

Over the past weekend, attendees at an international genealogy conference listened to a number of different speakers discussing a wide range of family history and genealogical topics. There was representation from across Ireland, America and Canada. The event, which was opened by Mayor Michael Sheahan, featured professional genealogists from the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland. Amongst the exhibitors were the Irish Ancestry Research Centre, Limerick Genealogy, Eneclann, Blueleafredtree and the Limerick branch of LDS.

Garland County (Arkansas) Library Closes Its Genealogy and History Room

The Garland County Library in Hot Springs, Arkansas has closed its Hiram Whittington Arkansas Local History and Genealogy Room, citing competition from the Internet. According to an Associated Press article by David Showers at http://goo.gl/30CVIo, “patrons who had previously relied on its genealogical and historical troves to trace their origins can now do it remotely through online databases.”

The article quotes Library Director John Wells: “We’ve noticed a dramatic decrease in the use of that room. You’d walk by, and no one was in there. A lot of what was used in genealogical research is now available online. They’re not using that stuff here when they can sit at home and do it all day long.”

You can read the full story at http://goo.gl/30CVIo.

It is the First Day of the Month: Back Up Your Genealogy Files

BackUpYourGenealogyFilesIt 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.

A Quick Note for Plus Edition Subscribers

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.

 

Report from Day #2 of the Who Do You Think You Are? Live Scotland Expo

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).

Symposium in Glasgow – The Future of Professional Genealogy

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:

APG Honors Members for Contributions to the Organization and to the Genealogy Profession

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.

APG Announces Winner of 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

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.

Ancestry App Launches With New Features

The following announcement was written by the folks at Ancestry.com:

Click on the above image to view a larger version

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.

Report from Day #1 of the Who Do You Think You Are? Live Scotland Expo

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.

Arizona Woman Works to Identify Those Buried in a Navajo and Hopi Cemetery

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.

2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree Call for Proposals

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.

Help Wanted: Two Positions at NGS: Executive Director and Editor of NGS Magazine

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.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live Scotland Expo to Open in Glasgow on Friday

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.

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