My primary excuse was to attend a high school reunion in Maine. When visiting my home town, I also spent a bit of time photographing tombstones in a cemetery where I am related to probably half of the "residents." I knew most of the other people buried there as well. In fact, I already own a cemetery plot in the same cemetery and plan to spend eternity there, high on a hill looking at the northern end of the Appalachian mountains off in the distance.
I photographed many tombstones and have uploaded them to BillionGraves.com, using that company's iPhone app. It is really neat to stand in the cemetery, snap a tombstone photo, immediately transcribe the text on the tombstone on the iPhone's screen, and upload the photo and data immediately via the iPhone's high speed wireless data connection, even before leaving the cemetery. Well, it is a high-speed connection in metropolitan areas but in rural, central Maine I couldn't even achieve 3G speeds.
I'll write about my experiences with BillionGraves.com's app in a few days.
During most of my trip I had (1.) little available time and (2.) very limited wireless Internet connectivity. Therefore, I didn't write any new articles for this newsletter. Luckily, the cemetery sits on on a hilltop and wireless signals were strong. Down in the valley, a mile or so away, there was no cell phone signal at all. My iPhone showed zero bars.
On the way home, I stopped at the annual conference of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, being held this week in Boston. This six-day conference is huge! With 250 programs in seven tracks and about 1,000 attendees, this is a major event. Archivists, historians, and genealogists from all over the United States, Canada, and Europe were in attendance. I also met two people from Israel and suspect there were more countries represented as well.
The IAJGS conference will continue all this week. You can learn more at http://www.iajgs2013.org/.
After a good night's sleep, I should be back to writing articles tomorrow.
A note to Plus Edition subscribers: the Plus Edition is usually sent Sunday evening. This week it will be delayed until some time Monday, after I get a good night's sleep.