Auto Racing Was Wildly Dangerous in the ’30s—And a Lot More Fun

If you are a motor racing enthusiast, as I am, you might enjoy looking at the photographs available at the Motoring Picture Library. It is primarily a stock photography service. Print photographs may be purchased for a fee. However, anyone and everyone is invited to look at the available old and new photographs at no charge.

An Austin 747 cc takes a gnarly turn at the Donington Park Race Meeting, May 13, 1933. Click on the above image to view a larger version.

The White Stone Project Seeks $50,000 to Create a New & Powerful Genealogy Search Engine, App, and a Family Heritage Social Network Site

I am not familiar with this project but the press release certainly looks interesting:

The White Stone Project comprises of a new & powerful Genealogy search engine, app, and a family heritage social network site.

Los Angeles, CA — 07/11/2014 — The White Stone Project is all about putting the power to find one’s true family heritage into the hands of millions of people who until now rely mostly upon the current inadequate genealogy software and technology available, combined with stories passed down, from generation to generation about their own family histories. It’s also about bridging the more difficult aspects of finding one’s true heritage, like those who may have fled from Europe to escape poverty and famine; it’s about slaves, and the plight of Native Americans.

The White Stone Project is much more than a project – it’s a personal way to bring people closer together by helping to open the gates of knowledge to their family histories; knowledge about who they really are, where they came from, and who they are connected to, based upon their family heritage.

Canaan, Connecticut, History Center to Open July 13

The Canaan History Center will open its doors for the first time to the public on July 13, providing an opportunity for researchers to delve into the history of the area. The center is located in a white clapboard building at 115 Main St. that once served as the law offices of civil rights attorney Catherine G. Roraback.

Details are available in an article by Alice Tessier in the Litchfield County Times at

Tennessee State Library & Archives Puts Family Bible Records Online

Visitors to the website of the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) can now access family Bible records previously available only to patrons visiting TSLA’s building. Over the past few years, TSLA volunteer Cinamon Collins scanned more than 1,500 family Bible records held at TSLA.

Most of the records were photocopied from privately-held family Bibles and preserved at TSLA by archivists and librarians. A new database on the TSLA website allows researchers to browse these records in their entirety, and a search function will ultimately include all of the thousands of names written in these unique documents.

Local Draft Board Wants “Old Timers”

Uncle Sam wants you – dead or alive?

An error by PennDOT resulted in the Selective Service sending more than 14,000 military draft registration notices to men born between 1893 and 1897.

Ilene Landis, of Manheim, got one recently for her uncle, Ivan Keller. He’s been dead at least a quarter century, she figures.

It seems that a clerk working with the state’s database failed to select the century while transferring nearly 400,000 records to Selective Service. The records were supposed to be of all males born between 1993 and 1997. However, the records sent also included males born between 1893 and 1897.

U.S. Version of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Receives Primetime Emmy Nomination

The following announcement was written by the TLC Network:

TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? was honored with its second Emmy nomination for Outstanding Structured Reality Program for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. The series takes some of the most well-known names in America on a journey into their personal family histories, mining their surprising pasts to reveal unknown details about themselves and their families. The featured celebrity contributors share how the eye-opening revelations they uncover about their backgrounds impact their lives today.

(+) 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:

Napoleon and Josephine’s Marriage Certificate For Sale

Here is a chance to own a piece of history. It will “only” cost $135,000 or so.

The marriage certificate of Napoleon and his first wife Josephine is to be sold at auction in September. The document dated March 8, 1796, was signed by the future Napoleon I and his fiancee Marie Josephe Rose Tascher de La Pagerie, or Josephine, the Viscomtesse de Beauharnais.

The marriage certificate states that the pair will “in no way be responsible for the debts and mortgages of the other” and that there will be “no common property” between them.

Search World War I Military Records for Free on MyHeritage

2014 marks a century since the outbreak of World War I. On July 28 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Empire invaded Serbia, beginning a world war that would last four years and result in millions of casualties. Were your ancestors among the brave men who fought? How did they serve their country?

MyHeritage can help you learn more about your ancestors by searching hundreds of thousands of WWI military records. You can enjoy FREE access to a number of military record collections from now through the end of July. Details may be found in the MyHeritageBlog at:

Onward to Our Past® Announces ‘Czech, Please!’ a New Genealogy Crowdsoucing Effort to Document America’s First Czech/Bohemian Immigrants

The following was written by the folks at Onward To Our Past® Genealogy Services:

Crowdsourcing to be used to identify, research, document, and preserve the first Czech/Bohemian immigrants to cities and towns across America.

Onward To Our Past® Genealogy Services Company is pleased to announce the first-ever initiative to identify, research, document, record, and preserve the names of the first Czech/Bohemian immigrants to cities and towns all across America. From the largest to the smallest, “Czech, Please!” will be a unique project in the history of Czech and American history.

Paperless for Windows and Macintosh

Remember when everyone talked about how we would someday become a paperless society? Now it seems like we use paper more than ever. Let’s face it – everyone still uses paper. Getting rid of paper in your life is one of the greatest joys imaginable. Digitizing everything makes life easier as everything can be found quickly by every-word searches. Going digital saves space, cuts clutter, and also reduces frustration. It’s also easier to make backup copies of digital files than it is to make backup copies of paper.

Genealogists are especially susceptible to clutter and filing problems. We often collect photocopies of birth certificates, marriage certificates, deeds, census records, and much, much more. We soon encounter issues about how to file all this information and, even more important, how to retrieve what we want at the moment we need it.

Most of us can benefit from better organization of paper documents. However, the problem is not limited to genealogy purposes. Almost all of us end up with piles of paper – bills, receipts, financial and insurance statements, medical prescriptions, and more.

Do You Remember the Slide Rule?

It wasn’t all that long ago that engineers, astronauts, mathematicians, and students proudly carried the original pocket calculator. I had one and thought I was proficient at it. Sadly, I misplaced it years ago.

The slide rule was a simple device with one sliding part that could do complex mathematical calculations in moments. Multiplication, division, roots, logarithms, and even trigonometry could be performed with ease. But as technology marched forward with sophisticated computers and graphing pocket calculators, the lowly slide rule was forgotten. LLC to Announce Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results

The following was written by the folks at

PROVO, Utah, July 9, 2014 — LLC, the world’s largest online family history resource, will release financial results for its second quarter 2014 on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, after the market closes. Following the release, the Company will host a conference call at 3:00 p.m. MT (5:00 p.m. ET).

Man Dead for 200 Years Gets American Citizenship

Sometimes it takes a while to get things done. Bernardo de Gálvez y Madrid, the Viscount of Gálvez, was recently granted honorary American citizenship. Gálvez was a hero of the American Revolution, having led battles against the British at Pensacola and along the Gulf Coast. Galveston, Texas is named for Gálvez.

Unlock the Past Cruises Publishes a Catalogue of Genealogy Cruises for 2014-2016

If you have never taken a genealogy cruise, I strongly recommend you try one. It is educational for the genealogist and any family members you bring along will also find plenty of entertainment as well. Unlock the Past Cruises has now published a new catalog of its forthcoming cruises schedule from mid 2014 to mid 2016. Some of the cruises visit European ports of call, one is a river cruise along the Rhine River, some are in and around Australia and New Zealand, and one is trans-Atlantic, departing from England, visiting Boston, New York, Bermuda, Port Canaveral (Florida) and ending in Miami. Cruises range from 2 nights to 15 nights.

You could also win a free cruise.

Cruising genealogists get to enjoy “how to” presentations and courses, software demonstrations, presentations describing the latest genealogy techniques, good food, gorgeous scenery, and adventurous shore excursions. What could be better?

Finding Genealogy Records and Books on eBay

I purchased two genealogy books this morning. The books are both about my family name, although not about my direct ancestors. I have seen both books previously in libraries and am quite familiar with the contents. Today, I purchased my own copies on CD-ROM disks to keep on my computer as well as in my own private area “in the cloud.” Both books provide background information which interests me as well as may provide answers when other people contact me about their Eastman ancestry. Since I will copy both disks to my own password-protected area in the cloud, I will have them with me at all times. I can access them from home, from a laptop at the gate at an airport, from the iPad from most anyplace, and even from my “smartphone” when at the grocery store. Admittedly, reading books on a tiny cell phone screen does offer a few challenges but reading them on a laptop, tablet, or other ebook reader is often more convenient than reading similar content on paper.

Best of all: I am delighted with the price: $10.95 for one and $7.95 for the other. Those prices are much, much cheaper than purchasing reprinted books on paper (typically $35 to $200 and occasionally even more).

These books also will be easier to store, easier to access, and much more convenient to read wherever I am.

The Brutally Honest, and Somewhat Witty, Obituary for George Ferguson

Genealogists typically read lots of obituaries but very few of them match the recent one for George Ferguson of Oak Bay, British Columbia. Quoting from George’s obituary:

“What to say about George? Certainly, no one could accuse him of having been a loving son, brother, or father. He’d gladly have stolen the shirt off your back and he was generous to a fault with other people’s money. Was he a small-time con-man with grandiose schemes? Probably. But another view of him is that he was the most exciting member of his family and of the families he married into. He was a poor man’s rhetorician who beguiled certain woman into buying into his promises and dreams.”

Mystery Haunts Woman Left on Doorstep as Baby

Here is a challenge for genealogists: Can you help this woman identify her parents? Admittedly, it will be quite a challenge.

Julie Himebaugh was approximately 6 months old when she was left on a doorstep in the city of Ludington in western Michigan on May 7, 1946. The blue-eyed girl was in a bundle of clothes, baby formula and had a note pinned to her blanket.

Archives From Prisons in New York Are Being Digitized

1931 Mugshot of Lucky Luciano

New York State Department of Corrections inmate records previously have been available only at the state archives in Albany. The same records are now being digitized and placed online. Records already available in digital format include: Newgate in Greenwich Village (1797-1810), the first New York State penitentiary and the inspiration for the phrase “up the river”; Clinton (1851-1866, 1926-1939); and Sing Sing (1865-1939), will be available free to New York residents from later this month.

(+) What is the Cloud and Why Should I Care? – Part 3

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

The first part of this article, available at, explained what the cloud is. The second part, available at, described using genealogy applications in the cloud. In this third segment, I thought I would address frequently-asked questions about cloud computing. Namely, is it secure? How do I access the cloud? What does it cost to use the cloud?


Is the cloud really secure? The quick answer is: nothing is ever perfect. However, data that you store privately in the cloud is probably is more secure than data stored on the hard drive in your computer at home or on your laptop computer. Let’s look at several examples.


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