Findmypast’s Start Your Family Tree Week 2014/15 Begins Today

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

London, UK. 26th December, 2014. Today marks the beginning of Findmypast’s Start Your Family Tree Week and the release of over 7.6 million records.

This seven-day event will continue until 1st January 2015. Over the course of the week, Findmypast users can access a wide range of materials to help them build their family trees such as getting started guides, expert insights, useful print-outs, and a wealth of family history prizes.

Findmypast will also be launching its first ever Findmypast Tree Awards – a contest for the best family tree built or uploaded to Findmypast. Four winners across four categories will be selected by an expert panel of judges and will be awarded a selection of prizes.

Never Underestimate the Power of Small Good Deeds

Here is a photograph of a short letter to a UK newspaper is one of the most shared images in the world today. It’s on the front page of viral photo hosting service Imgur, where it has been viewed thousands of times in the last three days. It’s not clear when the letter was originally published.

Rabbi Abraham S. Goldberg, R.I.P.

The recent attack by Palestinian terrorists in Jerusalem took several lives. One of the murder victims was Rabbi Abraham S. Goldberg who was very active on JewishGen and a person who helped many people research their lineage.

You can read more in an article in the JewishGen Blog at http://jewishgen.blogspot.com/2014/11/abraham-s-goldberg-hyd.html.

UK Opens Access to 91 Million Orphan Works

This sounds like a great solution! In the U.S., creative works published from 1923 through 1963 may or may not be protected by copyright laws. A dizzying array of regulations and the inability to find possible copyright holders makes it nearly impossible to determine if a specific work can be legally reproduced by others or not. Unable to determine what is or is not protected, books, magazines, pictures, music and other works created during that period are often called “orphaned works.”

The dates may be different but somewhat similar problems exist in many other countries as well. Now the Intellectual Property Office of the government of the United Kingdom has opened access to millions of orphaned works created in the UK.

Genealogy Jamboree Call for Presentations Extended

The following announcement was written by the folks at the Southern California Genealogical Society:

Have you submitted for the Southern California Genealogical Society 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held Friday through Sunday, June 5 – 7, 2015 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California? The Genetic Genealogy: DNA Plus! on Thursday, June 4, 2015 will include a full day of DNA presentations and In-Depth Workshops.

This Call for Presentations also includes the 2015 Jamboree Extension Series webinar program. This webinar program offers two sessions per month (the first Saturday and the third Wednesday) to an international audience.

The 2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree theme is Genealogy FANfare! celebrating the use of the friends, associates and neighbors (FANs) of our elusive ancestors in order to aid in our research.

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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15 Million Pages of Centuries-Old Medical Books Move to the Web

I am not sure how useful these books will be to genealogists. Then again, these are the treatments that your ancestors enjoyed or suffered with for many years.

Millions of old books are being digitized and made available on the web. The latest group of books to join the online library includes 15 million yellowed pages of text and images from arcane 19th-century medical books. Nine British universities and research institutions are sending their collections of important texts from the history of medicine and science to the London-based Wellcome Library so that their rare books and pamphlets can be made freely available online.

Over the next two years, a team from the Internet Archive will scan texts on medicine, consumer health, sport and fitness, and even outdated medical practices like phrenology, a pseudoscience based on the idea that a person’s character was reflected in the shape of his or her skull. Texts on food and nutrition will include about 1,400 cookbooks from the University of Leeds, according to the Wellcome Trust, which announced plans for the project in partnership with the digital tech charity Jisc last month.

You can learn more in an announcement from the Wellcome Library at http://goo.gl/8z2PYv.

700+ Hours of Moving Film Footage from the Great War Now Online

More than 700 hours of moving film footage from the great war has been newly released online for the first time, in a joint European project involving the UK’s Imperial War Museum. The footage, available on the Imperial War Museum website, has been released online for the first time. You can learn more at http://www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-london/first-world-war-galleries and in a video at http://bcove.me/hfedsjvf.

New FamilySearch Mobile Apps for iOS and Android

Viewing Family Tree and adding digital files has recently gone mobile! Two new apps, FamilySearch Tree and FamilySearch Memories, now make it easy to connect with your ancestors wherever you are. You can swipe, pinch, and tap to view your ancestors who are in Family Tree and to add photos, stories, documents, and something new—audio files. Best of all, these apps for handheld devices are available free of charge.

Details may be found in an article by Jesh Barlow in the FamilySearch Blog at https://familysearch.org/blog/en/familysearch-mobile-apps-ios-android.

(+) How To Store Data in the Cloud

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

I received a message from a newsletter reader, asking how to store a genealogy society’s huge collection of digital images on a safe and secure online service. The following is an excerpt from a longer message:

I noted your recent writing about cloud computing… Our genealogical society is struggling to determine the best back-up/storage solution for our growing files of electronic data. We are seriously into digitizing local county records. The archival images, as you know, are relatively large files. We already have close to 3 terabytes of data with a projected growth to circa 10 terabytes in the next 3 to 5 years if our digitizing and other electronic projects take off.

Having stable, secure storage is increasingly important to our society. We simply cannot leave this digital data at risk. And shipping 1 terabyte or 1.5 terabyte hard drives around among society digitizers and in-house e-publishers doesn’t seem like a very good solution. We are concerned about possible data loss from lost or damaged shipments and similar hazards. We also know that having a single copy is not sufficient; we need multiple copies for backup purposes. We have invested a lot of time and money in creating these images of records and cannot afford the risk of having single copies.

What is the best way to store such a significant and growing amount of data where we can add to it, have it securely backed-up, etc. Engage the services of a server farm? Do you have one to recommend? Use Mozy? Use Carbonite? Other?

Excellent questions! In fact, there are several possible answers. First, let me re-state the goals in my own words:


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