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(+) Put Away Your Wallet and Hold Meetings Online for Free

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

Remote meetings have become very popular in recent years and with good reason: holding online meetings with attendees in multiple locations saves a lot of time and money. Instead of having participants travel to one location, everyone can remain at home or in their offices and still attend, even if they are in different parts of the country or even in different parts of the world.

There are two facts about meetings that are difficult to ignore:

1. Meetings are costly to both planners and attendees.
2. Often, they’re wasteful and unnecessary.

Remote meetings and webinars have become very popular in the business world and now are spreading amongst personal interest groups, including genealogy society meetings and conferences. With today’s travel expenses, online remote meetings have become very attractive. Why spend money on travel, hotels, and restaurants? Instead, it often makes sense for attendees to each sit in front of a computer or a tablet or even a smartphone while still at home. Not only can small meetings be held this way; it is possible to hold an entire multi-day genealogy conference with hundreds of attendees, all of whom are scattered around the globe.

Goodby, hotels. Goodby, airline charges. Goodbye, expensive convention centers. Just let me use my iPad.

Files of the Old Darlington District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society, Moved to the Historical Commission in Darlington

The Old Darlington District Chapter (ODDC) recently lost its home. However, it has reached an agreement with the Historical Commission in Darlington to take most of their collection as a permanent loan.

Their collection includes thousands of family surname files including an extensive collection of African-American funeral programs from the Hartsville community, a series of Civil War letters from Alexander F. Byrd (Co. E, 6th SC Volunteers) to his wife, an estimated 2,500 books covering South Carolina history and genealogy as well as history and genealogy from across the Southeastern United States, an extensive collection of microfilm and microfiche, maps, Carson Steen’s Hartsville Oral History Collection, the Skinner family collection of thousands of genealogical files from all areas of South Carolina, Jeannine W. Talwar Genealogical Collection, Carrie Lee Kalber, Beaufort County family history of the Erwin, Lawton and Allied families and the Jill King Lyles – Welsh Neck Baptist Association records from 1730s to 1990s, and many others.

Polk County (Missouri) Genealogical Society Library Suffers Vandalism

According to a press release from the Bolivar (Missouri) Police Department, windows were broken on the east side of Polk County Genealogical Society Library at 120 E. Jackson St. The press release said nothing was reported stolen. It noted there was no evidence of entry into the genealogical society building.

Details and a picture may be found at http://goo.gl/PqMzvt.

New Records Available to Search This Findmypast Friday

Findmypast has released a bunch of records this morning. Here is the latest announcement from the company:

findmypast_logoOver 7.5 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including;

United States Marriages

Over 4 million new records have just been added to our collection of United States Marriage records including substantial new additions from New York, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Arkansas. Released in partnership with FamilySearch international, these latest additions mark the second phase of efforts to create the single largest online collection of U.S. marriage records in history. Covering 360 years of marriages from 1650-2010, when complete this landmark collection will contain at least 100 million records and more than 450 million names from 2,800 counties across America. The records include transcripts and images of the original documents that list marriage date, the names of the bride and groom, birthplace, birth date, age, residence as well as fathers’ and mothers’ names.

Victoria Coastal Passenger Lists 1852-1924

Findmypast Releases ‘Britain, Enemy Aliens and Internees, First and Second World Wars’ Collection

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Findmypast_logoOver 139,000 records of “enemy aliens” who were investigated or interned by the authorities during both world wars available to search online

Collection reveals the stories of thousands of WW2 refugees who were interned in camps across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth

26 August 2016

Today, 26th August 2016, over 139,000 records of foreign born men and women who were suspected of being enemy sympathisers or spies have been published online for the first time at Findmypast.

Findmypast Grant Free Access to Entire Australian Collection to Celebrate the Release of New Passenger Lists

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

Victoria Coastal Passenger Lists provide a fascinating snapshot of life during the Australian Gold rushes and beyond

logo-findmypast-AU-500Findmypast has today announced its largest release of Australian records to date, giving first-time online access to records from one of Australian history’s most exciting periods, the Gold Rush. Released in partnership with FamilySearch and Public Record Office Victoria (PROV), the 3.3 million records consist of Victoria Coastal Passenger Lists spanning 1852 to 1924 and can only be found on findmypast.com.au.

Curt Witcher Honored with a Hoosier Hospitality Award

curt-witcherCurt Witcher, manager of the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library, was honored Friday with a Hoosier Hospitality Award from the office of Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb.

The Genealogy Center generally draws more than 100,000 visitors a year.

Witcher was honored for taking exceptional steps to make Fort Wayne’s genealogy tourists feel welcome. A press release announcing the award recounted this example: “On one occasion, a group of visitors was planning to be in Fort Wayne for only a short period of time. Witcher’s nominator said he took their information before they arrived and began doing the background research for them. When the visitors arrived and found that several pieces of their family history had been assembled, they were moved by Witcher’s generosity.”

Kalamazoo’s Riverside Cemetery Suffers Vandalism

Approximately 80 stones were tipped, cracked, chipped or broken in a vandalism spree discovered Monday, Aug. 22. The city is offering a $500 reward for information about the vandalism; some of the toppled stones weighing as much as 1,000 pounds.

The city does not yet have a list of surnames on all of the tombstones damaged in Riverside Cemetery on Gull Road recently, the trail of toppled stones goes from about the south edge of Section Q up through Section J, L and into K.

“At this point, we have not been able to identify and list all the individual stones that have been toppled by name,” said Suzanne Rowland of the city’s cemetery office. “Unfortunately many stones are face down and will require more than a ‘walk by’ to find the name.”

Records of Methodist Episcopal Church Congregations in Louisiana and East Texas during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries are now Online

The following is an announcement from the Centenary College of Louisiana:

The Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections recently completed a collaborative digitization project with Perkins School of Theology’s Bridwell Library at Southern Methodist University. As a result, researchers now have online access to publications documenting Methodist Episcopal Church congregations along Louisiana’s Gulf Coast and in East Texas during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

“This project successfully fills gaps in the collections of each archives and makes the volumes more accessible to the public,” says Chris Brown, Centenary archivist. Each archives handled scanning while Centenary staff and student workers edited the nearly 3,400 scans to create electronic reproductions of the forty-seven volumes.

Follow-up: What is Wi-Fi Calling and Why Would I Want It?

This is an update to the information given in my earlier article, What is Wi-Fi Calling and Why Would I Want It?, at http://goo.gl/RvQkHt.

In the article, I described Google’s Project Fi and how it could make cell phone calls over several different cell phone networks as well as over wi-fi networks, even switching connections in the middle of a call, if necessary. I stated “Phones for Google Project Fi are all expensive (check the latest prices as they vary often), but they are all high-end phones with the latest technology. I am using a Nexus 6P phone with Google Project Fi and love it.” In fact, Project Fi only worked on Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P phones.

Today, Google announced that the feature is coming to all Nexus cell phone users. It will no longer be limited to only the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P phones.

A Chromebook that will Soon Run Android Apps for $159

UPDATE: The sale on this Chromebook appears to have ended and it now has reverted to the normal price of  $205.99.

I have written often about the advantages of Chromebooks, the low-cost laptops that perform all the more common tasks that most computer users want. In fact, I just spent about two hours using my Chromebook to write an article for this newsletter. You can find my past articles about Chromebooks by starting at http://goo.gl/1qwGzO.

ASUS C201 Chromebook

Now Amazon is selling one of the more popular Chromebooks, the the 11.6-inch ASUS C201 Chromebook, for just $159, a savings of $40. Best of all, the ASUS C201 Chromebook features 4 gigabytes of RAM memory, not 2 gigabytes as found in most other low-cost Chromebooks. The extra memory will make a significant difference when running Android apps when Google releases the update later this year. Strangely, this pricing is only available on the blue model, though you can get the others at a lesser discount as well.

A Burial Ground for Black Mississippians is at Risk of Becoming a Tire Factory

An article by Alan Huffman describes the talks between Mississippi officials and a German tire manufacturer over the sale of public land for a $1.45 billion industrial site. The land contains a mostly unmarked cemetery containing the remains of Black Mississippians. The story may be found at http://goo.gl/DCT2om.

My thanks to newsletter reader Kayne Rogers for telling me about this story.

(+) Yes, You Can Run Windows Programs on a Mac

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

Windows-and-Mac-OS-XIf you have moved from a Windows computer to a Macintosh or are contemplating such a move, you do not have to abandon all your old programs. In fact, there are several methods of running Windows software on a Mac. The solutions I will describe are suitable for running Windows applications you simply can’t live without. It works on genealogy programs, word processors, games, and many other Windows applications you want to run on your Mac. While this newsletter focuses mostly on genealogy software, these three different options will work on non-genealogy applications as well.

Method 1:

How to Quickly Scan Documents Using Android and Google Drive or an iPhone and Dropbox

Ben Stegner has written an article and created a video that will interest many genealogists. How to Quickly Scan Documents Using Android and Google Drive describes how to go paperless without the need any hardware other than your smartphone. You can actually scan documents with nothing more than your Android phone. You can read Ben Stegner’s article and watch the video at http://goo.gl/6v5KGD.

You can also perform the same functions with an Android phone and Evernote. See http://goo.gl/ekDILO for details.

You can also use the same techniques with an iPhone and with Dropbox. Assuming you have the Dropbox app installed on your iPhone, open the Dropbox app on your iPhone, tap the + (plus sign) button, and choose Scan Document. The iPhone takes a picture of the document being :”scanned.” After scanning the document, the next screen is the Edit view. The icons on the bottom of this view represent the actions you can take to edit your scan. Finish your editing and then tap Next to enter the Settings view. Name your file and decide on a file type and then decide where to save your document. Finally, touch SAVE.

A Genealogist’s Guide To Springfield, Illinois Released

The following announcement was written by Terri O’Connell, known as “The In-depth Genealogist”:

The third in a series of guides to popular research destinations

The In-Depth Genealogist is pleased to present their newest book in the research series by writer, Jane Gwynn Haldeman entitled A Genealogist’s Guide to Springfield, Illinois. The guide describes little known, and well known, research facilities in Springfield, Illinois in addition to leisure and family activities.

These guides are designed as a resource for genealogists when traveling away from home. Included are maps, dining options near research facilities, places to see or visit, in addition to information on archives, libraries, and research facilities. It is a convenient pocket sized, 5” x 8”, so it will easily fit in your bag or jacket.

Board for Certification of Genealogists Welcomes Five Trustees – Three New and Two Re-Elected

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

bcg-logoReturning for another three-year term as trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists are:

  • Laurel T. Baty, CG, of Columbia, Maryland. She has been certified since 2012, specializes in Southern research, serves as the BCG’s ACTION list administrator, and is currently a mentor for ProGen 27.
  • Michael Grant Hait Jr., CG, of Harrington, Delaware. He has been certified since 2011, is a full-time genealogy researcher, author, and lecturer, and is Co-Founder of the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research.

Joining them are three newly elected trustees:

Texas Genealogical College is Seeking Nominations for 2016 Texas Genealogical Hall of Fame

TGC_LOGO-3The Texas Genealogical College is seeking nominations of outstanding genealogists. The categories of genealogists include those who have been certified for a specific type of genealogy, those who have served as both a leader of lineage societies on a state and national level, librarians who work exclusively in the genealogy department, authors of family history and genealogy books and those who speak at genealogy seminars.

The college will honor up to six recipients with this award. The deadline to submit nominations is Sept. 15. Winners will be announced at a banquet on Friday, Oct. 21 at the El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio.

Visit www.texasgenealogicalcollege.com for nomination forms.

National Genealogical Society Releases Research in Pennsylvania, 3rd Edition

The following announcement was written by the folks at the (US) National Genealogical Society:

ARLINGTON, VA, 23 August 2016—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the publication of the newly revised and updated Research in Pennsylvania. This essential guide book introduces family historians to a wealth of historic documentation that can aid their genealogical research. Written by Kay Haviland Freilich, CGSM, CGLSM, FNGS, Research in Pennsylvania, 3rd edition, is part of the NGS Research in the States series and is available for purchase in the NGS online store in both PDF and print versions.

Remains of Civil War Veteran Returned Home

A Civil War soldier from Maine whose cremains were stored haphazardly at the Oregon State Hospital for nearly 100 years has finally come home. Private Jewett Williams was part of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment. He saw a number of battles of combat and was present at Appomattox when his commanding officer, Joshua Chamberlain, accepted the formal surrender of the Confederate army.

Jewett Williams

(Photo of  Jewett Williams from the Oregon State Hospital records)

In 1922, Jewett Williams passed away at the age of 78. His remains had been stored at the Oregon State Hospital ever since. His family never claimed his body and he had no known relatives. Thanks to the Patriot Guard Riders, Jewett Williams’ final journey began August 1 and ended on Sunday after crossing 19 states to get to Maine.

Scorned Bride Sells Wedding Dress on eBay to Fund Divorce

What uses can you find for a used wedding dress? One woman in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, United Kingdom is selling hers in order to pay for the divorce. The eBay ad states, “Great condition but needs dry cleaning before wearing to get rid of the stench of betrayal.”

EndedThe ad also states, “If you want a dress that is full of bad memories and shattered hopes and dreams then this is the one for you! Hope this dress brings you a lot more happiness than it brought me in the end and if not…well you can always sell it on here!”

The auction has now ended. The dress obviously turned out to be a better investment than most everything else in the marriage. The dress originally cost around £2,000 brand new in 2014. The winning bid was for £65,900.00 ($86,555 US dollars). You can read the full text of the now-completed auction at http://goo.gl/hpthgD (scroll down a bit for the description).

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