Dropbox Has Deleted a Bunch of User Files From the Cloud

If you are a Dropbox user, check your files. If you have been using an older version of Dropbox’s software, you need to know that the desktop app has deleted some user files from the cloud.

There is both good news and bad news. If you have regularly updated the Dropbox software every time the message appeared stating that a new version is available, you should have no problems. The problem exists only in older versions of the Dropbox software. In more good news, Dropbox says that it’s restoring files where it can and is updating the bug.

However, there is bad news for some Dropbox users: the company says it can’t restore all the lost files. The problem seems to have affected only those users who turned on Selective Sync, which limits cloud syncs to specified folders.

Mocavo Offers an Open Access Weekend

Mocavo recently introduced a new interactive census viewer that adds a lot of new functionality. You can now try that out, along with many other things, in a free access weekend. Like most other web sites that offer free access for a limited time, you will have to create an account but this weekend’s access is free. The following was written by the folks at Mocavo:

Celebrate Family History Month with an Open Access Weekend

Book Review: A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your African-American Ancestors

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your African-American Ancestors.
By Franklin Carter Smith and Emily Anne Croom.
Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 2008 reprint, (original Betterway Books, Cincinnati, 2003). 250 pages.

Emily Croom has several well-written genealogy guides under her belt. For this publication, she co-authored with Franklin Carter Smith, graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, who has researched his slave ancestry back to 1760. Their combined work has produced a well-written guide for African-American genealogy.

The authors emphasize the importance and relevance of the post-Civil War records. The 1870 census for the first time recorded names of African-Americans, and the great majority of African-Americans served in the military and naval forces after 1861.

MacFamilyTree and MobileFamilyTree Receive Updates

Synium Software has announced updates to both MacFamilyTree for Macintosh and MobileFamilyTree for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch systems.

MacFamilyTree version 7.3 is optimized for Apple’s new operating system and adapts Yosemite’s sleek styling. MacFamilyTree 7.3 matches OS X Yosemite’s new look and will speak to you with a clear visual language and enhanced navigability, making your genealogical research yet more convenient and fun.

MobileFamilyTree 7.3 has been updated to match the capabilities within MacFamilyTree version 7.3. According to Synium Software’s announcement, “If you wish to use your iPhone to continue a project you started on your Mac or vice versa, go right ahead! Edit any one person in MobileFamilyTree on your iPhone or iPad, and the same view will open in MacFamilyTree. MacFamilyTree and MobileFamilyTree are in perfect sync! Handoff requires a recent iPhone or iPad with iOS 8 installed, and a recent Mac running OS X Yosemite.”

Ancestry.com CEO to Headline at 2015 Professional Management Conference

The following was written by the Association of Professional Genealogists:

Tim Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer at Ancestrycom, will be the keynote speaker at APG’s Professional Management Conference on Thursday, 8 January 2015.

In keeping with this year’s theme of “Professional-Grade Genealogy,” Sullivan will speak about professional genealogists’ vital role in the genealogy industry. As CEO of Ancestry.com, Sullivan offers a unique and valuable perspective on the intersection of business and genealogy, which we are excited for him to share with PMC attendees. Ancestry ProGenealogists is a Diamond-Level PMC sponsor.

How to register

Irish Family History Society adds Online Access to Their Historic Journals for Members

The following announcement was written by the Irish Family History Society:

The Irish Family History Society Journal has been published annually since 1985, shortly after the Society was established. Many are now out print, particularly those from the early years. The back issues of the Journal have now been digitised by Eneclann in memory of the late John Heueston, past Chairman and Treasurer. The first tranche of 10 issues from 1985 to 1994 is now available in the Members’ area on www.ifhs.ie. More will be added in early 2015.

Mary Beglan, Irish Family History Society’s Chairman said “ I am delighted that these Journals are now available in digitised form for the benefit of our members, and I thank Fiona Fitzsimons of Eneclann for her kind gift of digitising the Journals in memory of the late John Heueston. The broad range of articles dating from 1985 will be of great interest to our members”

New Genealogy Television Program from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

A new genealogy television show is airing on Catholic Life Television in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, area. Hosted by genealogy experts Renee Richard, Judy Riffel and Leonard Smith III, this show explores our ancestral origins to help know more about who we are today.

BCG Welcomes New Officers and Reconfigures a Requirement

The following was written by the Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists:

BOARD FOR CERTIFICATION OF GENEALOGISTS DISCUSSES CERTIFICATION, WELCOMES JEANNE LARZALERE BLOOM, CG, AS NEW PRESIDENT

Genealogists seeking board certification will have a clearer idea of portfolio requirements following the October 12 meeting of the trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists in Salt Lake City. The Board also welcomed a new executive committee and two new members. Several trustees volunteered for a newly enlarged marketing committee. Trustee Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL, made a generous donation to fund a full year of BCG’s new free public instructional webinars.

To emphasize the fact that not all who apply for certification take clients, the fifth required item in an application portfolio will now be called “Research Report Prepared for Another” rather than “Research Report Prepared for a Client.” The item’s requirements remain the same: research and report on a genealogical problem authorized by someone else that does not involve the applicant’s family, showing “analysis of the problem, in-depth and skillful use of a range of sources, and recommendations for further work based on your findings.”

FamilySearch Adds More Than 9.2 Million Indexed Records and Images to Belgium, India, Slovakia, and the United States

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

FamilySearch Adds More Than 9.2 Million Indexed Records and Images to Belgium, India, Slovakia, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 2,694,665 images from the Slovakia, Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1910, collection; the 2,785,409 images from the US, New Jersey, State Census, 1915, collection; and the 2,155,570 indexed records from the US, Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001, 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.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the worldís historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

Register Now for Both SLIG 2015 and APG’s PMC

The following was written by the organizers of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and the Association of Professional Genealogists’ Professional Management Conference (PMC):

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) will be held January 12-16, 2015. All courses and events will be held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center Hotel. Labs, if applicable, and research facilities will be available at the Family History Library.

Registration: http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=12

Early-bird registration ends on October 31, 2014. If you log in as a member first your information will be populated and you will be automatically charged the reduced rate. If you are a non-UGA member you may purchase a membership, register as a non-member, and be refunded the difference. If you have questions please call the main UGA phone number at (801) 259-4172 or email sligdirector@ugagenealogy.org. You will be given the option to pay by credit card using PayPal (you do not have to have a PayPal account) or by sending a check.

Turn Your Cell Phone into a Portable Scanner

One of the most useful, low-cost gadgets is an affordable, foldable, quick setup, photography lightbox. The StandScan Snap can digitize business receipts, documents of all sorts, photographs, jewelry, coins, or even items you wish to sell online. By using a large-screen television of a computer projector, it can even be used to project live demonstrations using small objects with an iPhone’s Airplay or similar software on an Android phone.

The Standscan Snap is a foldable lightbox made from a high-quality recycled laminated card stock. It is easy to put together as the various tabs snap into place. There is no software to download, no drivers to install, and no cables to connect. You can begin using StandScan Snap within seconds of opening the box. Simply snap the frame into place, switch the lights on and start shooting.

The Standscan Snap folds up at any time and easily fits into a laptop carrying bag, making it great for traveling. Best of all is the price: $34.95.

County Employee Charged with Theft from Cape May County (New Jersey) Historical and Genealogical Society

A Lindenwold woman has been charged theft in excess of $500 from the Cape May County Historical and Genealogical Society, according to a statement from Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor.

Judith Davis, 52, a Cape May County employee was arrested and charged with third degree theft and second degree official misconduct criminal charges, the prosecutor said. The prosecutor’s office conducted an investigation recently into the finances of the Society.

Taylor said that people convicted of a second degree crime are subject to a term of imprisonment of 5 to 10 years in prison; and people convicted of a third degree crime are subject to a term of imprisonment of 3 to 5 years.

Hebridean Connections now Online

A website which brings Hebrideans, and their descendants, together has been launched to share the Isles’ culture, history and genealogy. Hebridean Connections combines local and family tradition, clan histories, church records and legends, that are matched to provide the real stories behind a family tree.

At the core of the database is the genealogy of the area, sometimes reaching back to the mid-15th century. Add to this a huge array of photographs, documents, stories, songs, recordings, maps, ephemera and background history, and the result is a collection that brings the history of these island communities to life.

(+) Update: Free or Nearly Free Cell Phone and Wi-Fi Telephone Calls

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

This is an update to a Plus Edition article I wrote in June. This article has nothing to do with genealogy. However, one of my personal interests has always been saving money. Last year I found a cell phone bargain that was almost too good to be true, so I decided to try it. I wrote about my experiences at the time.

The company that supplied the cell phone later changed their offerings a couple of times. Now I have switched to a new service from the same company at roughly one-fourth the price of what I was paying earlier. I also found it to be a great tool for placing free calls back home when traveling internationally, instead of paying the normal, outrageous international roaming charges often associated with using cell phones when traveling in foreign countries.

A Prediction That Didn’t Work Out

Predicting the future is always a questionable idea. Even the experts can get it wrong.

Television at the 1939 World’s Fair

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the world’s first television broadcast. RCA televised the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. Few people could afford TV sets at the time and many predicted that the new-fangled invention would never catch on.

The New York Times wrote, “The problem with television is that the people must sit and keep their eyes glued to a screen… the average American family hasn’t time for it.”

It strikes me that television indeed has become a success, despite the predictions from “experts.”

Multispectral Imaging Decodes a Burnt Magna Carta for First Time in 283 Years

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More than 280 years after it was damaged in a fire, one of the original copies of the Magna Carta is legible again. There were four copies of the document created at the time. One, held by the British Library, was badly damaged in a fire in 1731. That copy can now be read on a computer screen after scientists used multispectral imaging to decipher the text of the “Burnt Magna Carta” without touching or further damaging the delicate parchment.

Multispectral imaging is a process that photographed the burnt parchment, using a variety of LED lights, spanning the spectrum from ultraviolet to infrared, outside the range of human vision. The various images each produces a few clues to the original ink. By combining the multiple images, text that is invisible to the naked eye is suddenly visible.

CNN’s Upcoming “Roots: Our Journeys Home”

Anderson Cooper of CNN News was recently featured on the PBS Series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates. CNN apparently is taking advantage of the publicity generated to create the network’s own series of “family tree television.”

“Roots: Our Journeys Home” is a new series featuring Anthony Bourdain, Anderson Cooper and other familiar CNN faces. It kicks off Sunday, October 12, with a two-hour primetime special airing Monday, October 20 at 9 p.m. Eastern Time.

You can learn more on CNN at http://edition.cnn.com/2014/10/10/travel/family-tree-travel.

My thanks to newsletter reader Joseph Martin for telling me about the new series.

(+) How to Make Money With Genealogy

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

You can make a career out of genealogy! How?

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people have turned their avocation into a vocation, either part-time or full-time. Indeed, there is a need for many people with skills and knowledge of family history research. Not only can you become a professional genealogist who researches family trees for other people, but there are many related positions available as well. In fact, for a few of these positions, you don’t even have to be a skilled genealogist.

I thought I would describe a number of the job positions that you can find that are related to family history research.

Hawaii State Archives Go Digital

Hawaii’s state archives are going digital. Soon, from the comfort of your home you can check records that include your genealogy and marriage licenses.

Paper state government records have been preserved at the archives for decades. However, for years now the government has gone paperless for many documents and that became a problem. A team is now working on how to store the digital data properly to make it available for everyone online.

35th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy

The following announcement was written by the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies:

Registration is now open at www.iajgs2015.org for the IAJGS 35th International Conference on Jewish Genealogy taking place at the Jerusalem Ramada 6-10 July 2015. The Conference is being held in cooperation with MyHeritage and with the support of individual, organizational and corporate sponsors presently including Harvey Krueger of New York and Yad Vashem. We will be updating our sponsors listing to include longstanding friends of Jewish Genealogy and a host of new friends.

The Ramada Hotel near the entrance to Jerusalem was chosen as our conference venue as it is the only Jerusalem Hotel able to host a conference of our size, has easy access to city and interurban transportation and is close to many Archives, Museums and cultural attractions. The Ramada has two wings – the Royal Hotel (3 stars) and the Ramada (4 stars) and reservations in the Conference block are available following your registration to the Conference. To get the Hotel Conference rate and special perks such as in-room free wi-fi you must register and reserve through www.iajgs2015.org.

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