Archaeologists, historians, genealogists, community groups, and cemetery enthusiasts all over the world have recognized the historical value of gravestones for studying identity, social relationships, tradition, practice and choice, grief and emotion, self-representation, symbolism, trade and craft production – the possibilities are endless.
Created by Katherine Cook at the University of York in England, a new mapping project is being created on an open-access website with a database of monumental records, a curated collection of research projects (connecting data to methods and interpretations), and an interactive means of contributing data and commenting on research. Quoting from the Monumental Archive Project web site at http://goo.gl/wtqSdY:
The New York Daily News has an interesting story by Ginger Adams Otis about Donald Trump’s grandfather, Fred Trump. His will and probate documents may be seen in Ancestry’s new collection of wills and probate records in the United States, announced earlier today. (See http://goo.gl/uBuQL2 for the announcement.)
Born Friedrich Drumpf, in Kallstadt, Germany, in 1869, Fred Trump left an estate worth $500,000 in today’s dollars when he died in Queens, NY on May 30, 1918, at age 49.
You can read the New York Daily News article at http://goo.gl/A5eLe0.
Generally speaking, people take and share far more photos today than at any other point in history. It’s only natural to want to capture as many precious memories as possible. Digital content is fragile. Every computer user has experienced the sting of losing photographs due to changing phones, accidental deletion or a computer failure.
FamilySearch Makes 2.7 Million Historic Records from the 1915 New Jersey State Census Freely Searchable Online
The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (September 1, 2015)—FamilySearch International has added more than 2.7 million searchable historical records from the 1915 New Jersey State Census to its free online collections. New Jersey records are highly sought after by family historians because the state was a popular settling point for millions of immigrants during the heyday of US immigration from 1892 to 1924. The 1885 and 1905 New Jersey State Censuses are also available, making these three online collections invaluable for researchers. You can search the 1915 New Jersey Census collection and more than 5.8 billion other free historical records at FamilySearch.org.
State censuses were typically taken mid-point between federal censuses. The 1915 New Jersey Census is halfway between the 1910 and 1920 federal censuses—a peak period of US immigration where millions of immigrants settled in the northeastern states to create their new homes and pursue their hopes and dreams in America. New Jersey took state censuses every 10 years from 1855 to 1915 to allocate the number of state legislators. The 1915 New Jersey State Census includes the names of each member of the household, location, gender, birth date (month and year) and birthplace. These state censuses can help researchers discover additional family members, migration patterns, and other important information.
The following announcement was written by the folks at Ancestry.com. Please note that the new collection will be available FREE of charge for the next few days:
More than 170 million documents from 1668-2005 now available exclusively on Ancestry;
New collection provides a wealth of deeper stories about ancestors’ lives
(PROVO, Utah) – September 2, 2015 – More than 170 million pages from the largest collection of wills and probate records in the United States is now available online exclusively on Ancestry. With searchable records included from all 50 states spread over 337 years (1668-2005), this unprecedented collection launches a new category of records for family history research never before available online at this scale the United States.
Until now, these records have only been available offline. Ancestry spent more than two years bringing this collection online, working with hundreds of different archives from individual state and local courts across the country and making a $10M investment to license and digitize the records. The documents cover well over 100 million people, including the deceased as well as their family, friends and others involved in the probate process. Ancestry expects to continue to grow the collection, with additional records available over the next several years.
The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.
I have owned a Samsung Chromebook for several years and use it often. It has become my traveling companion on many trips. I appreciate its security, its fast boot-up time, and the fact that it never gets viruses. Of course, the low price of Chromebooks is probably the most attractive feature of all.
NOTE: A Chromebook is a laptop running Chrome OS as its operating system. It doesn’t run Windows or Macintosh OS or Android or Apple’s iOS. Instead, it has its own operating system: Chrome OS. Chromebooks are generally low-priced laptop computers that are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and data residing “in the cloud.” A Chromebook is an example of a “thin client.”
My aging Chromebook has been used to write many of the articles in this newsletter. However, an advertisement for the new ASUS Flip 10.1-Inch Convertible 2-in-1 Touchscreen Chromebook recently caught my eye. It has a faster processor, more memory, a touch-screen, and (best of all) a flip-around keyboard that allows it to be used either as a traditional laptop computer or as a tablet. The pictures in this article show how the flip keyboard works.
The following announcement was written by the folks at the New England Historic Genealogical Society:
American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Announce Annual Family History Day: a Day of Discovery and Learning about Family History on Saturday, October 3, in Boston, Massachusetts
“Share the Story of a Lifetime” is a One-Day Seminar Which Will Orient Beginners and Intermediates Alike to the Fundamentals of Researching Family History
September 1, 2015 – Boston, Massachusetts – American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) are hosting a day of discovery and learning about family history on Saturday, October 3. From their headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts, the NEHGS staff of expert genealogists, historians, writers, and researchers will bring their knowledge and expertise to the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts—where they invite the public to spend time learning about family history.
The following two announcements were written by the folks at the Board for Certification of Genealogists:
Announcement – Kathy Gunter Sullivan, CG, retires from BCG Education Fund
After eight years of volunteer service, Kathy Gunter Sullivan, CG, of Charlotte, North Carolina, has retired from the BCG Education Fund Board of Trustees. From 2007 through 2014, Kathy was the Education Fund Secretary and streamlined its administrative procedures. She led the Trustees in planning and executing its programs, which are the annual Putting Skills To Work, the biannual Helen F. M. Leary Distinguished Lecture Series, and the Mosher Award for Colonial Virginia Research. She secured exclusive one-year rights for the Education Fund to outstanding lectures by Thomas W. Jones and Elizabeth Shown Mills. She promoted incorporating additional topics into the Education Fund’s offerings, such as law, proof arguments, and genetics. In 2015, Kathy stepped forward to serve as Treasurer pro tem. Her forward thinking and organizational skills contributed to the Education Fund’s substantial presence in genealogical education.
It is the first day of the month. It’s time to back up your genealogy files. Then test your backups!
Actually, you can make backups at any time. However, it is easier and safer if you have a specific schedule. The first day of the month is easy to remember, so I would suggest you back up your genealogy files at least on the first day of every month, if not more often.
Phil Bradley has created a customized Google search engine that will search the major newspapers in England as well as 384 major and local papers. Alternatively, you can search for regional newspapers as arranged by place/county/region.
The searches are divided into national and regional newspapers. You can search all of the major newspapers in England in one simple search engine. These include The Times, Guardian, Daily Express, Mail, Independent, Observer, Sun, Morning Star, Financial Times, and more.
The following announcement was written by the folks at Deceased Online:
60+ cemeteries and 5 million Lancashire records available with the addition of Wyre Council
Records for the four cemeteries managed by Wyre Council in North Lancashire are now available on www.deceasedonline.com.
The Allen County Public Library’s board of trustees has approved a $138,541 contract to reconfigure about 2,000 square feet of the downtown library’s second-floor Genealogy Center.
Staff members say that the space, as originally designed, no longer meets the needs of the way family history researchers do their work today. New technology means that more family history research is being done online with digitized records resulting in less need to access the same records on microfilm.
You can easily and cheaply add a second monitor to your Windows or Macintosh computer… if you already own an iPad or iPhone. Several ex-Apple engineers have created Duet Display, a $15.99 app that adds a second display for your Mac or Windows computer. It works well for any task that you might want to leave running all the time while dedicating the bigger screen for other tasks. For instance, you might want to keep a window open on the iPad or iPhone to monitor incoming email messages while using the main screen of the computer for word processing, surfing the web, or playing games. In fact, you can do all of those things simultaneously: run several programs on the big screen but still keep one program, such as email, displayed on the iPad or iPhone’s screen. The second display can be added to desktop and laptop computers alike.
The following pages have recently been updated in the Calendar of Genealogy Events:
California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, and Washington
Some of the above changes may have been deletions of past events.
All information in the Calendar of Events is contributed by YOU and by other genealogists. You can directly add information to the Calendar about your local genealogy event.
The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.
Genealogists and millions of others have saved hundreds of millions of digital photographs on their hard drives, in the cloud, and on CD-ROM disks. Perhaps the most popular file format for digital photographs is JPG (or JPEG), a commonly used method of compression for photographic images. The degree of compression can be adjusted, allowing a selectable tradeoff between storage size and image quality. JPEG typically achieves 10 to 1 compression with little perceivable loss in image quality.
JPEG is the most common image format used by digital cameras and other photographic image capture devices, such as scanners. It is also the most common format for storing and transmitting photographic images on the World Wide Web.
This Sunday, August 30 at 9/8c TLC will air TV host’s Tom Bergeron’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?
In the episode, Tom Bergeron sets out to unravel the murky history of his paternal roots. Tracing back over 400 years, he uncovers the dramatic story of his 10x great-grandparents, who endured brutal warfare and starvation in France. Then Tom follows their daughter, who was orphaned as a teenager and bravely set off across the Atlantic, playing a significant role in establishing the New World.
Catch a sneak peek of the episode at: http://goo.gl/9RlxBT
Google Keep is a syncing notepad that connects to Google Drive. It also supports photo notes, voice notes, and checklists. It is available for Chrome browsers on Windows and Macintosh, for Android devices, and for Chromebooks. It can be an excellent tool for taking notes in the field or for transcribing information found in books and old documents. It also saves audio notes meaning you can dictate any notes or old documents into the app to save and play them back later. (It doesn’t convert your spoken words to text, however.)
It also creates excellent to-do lists. Set a location-based reminder to pull up your grocery list right when you get to the store. The next time you go to the store, share your shopping list with your spouse or significant other on Keep and watch as items get checked off in real time. There is no need for text messages back and forth.
I wrote about this a few weeks ago (at http://goo.gl/y5IXXr) but further details are available now so I’ll write about it again. Developers and entrepreneurs will be interested to know of a one-of-a-kind event and opportunity to win $100,000 in total prizes in the RootsTech Innovator Showdown 2016.
I watched the announcements at the 2015 event and must say I was impressed with the products announced. They all were first-class. I suspect the same will be true of the 2016 event. Quoting from the Rootstech web site at http://rootstech.org/showdown:
FamilySearch International is inviting innovators from around the globe and from all industries to develop the next generation of mobile and social applications to impact discovering, preserving, and sharing family connections across generations.