How Do You Pronounce “Ye”?

Many of us have encountered “ye” in old documents. Of course, we have all seen tourist shops labeled as “ye olde” something-or-other. How many of us know how to pronounce that?

For years, I assumed it was pronounced as it was written. I would pronounce it as “Yee Old.” Perhaps a more correct way to write it is with a long e: . I was a bit surprised later to learn that I had been wrong.

National Archives Records Stored in Anchorage bound for Juneau and Seattle

About a quarter of the records stored in the National Archives office in Anchorage are being transferred to the state archives in Juneau, the head of the National Archives told Sen. Lisa Murkowski Friday. The transfer includes court records from territorial days and documents concerning the history of the Alaska Railroad, archivist David Ferriero wrote to Murkowski. The documents include birth and marriage records, mining paperwork and other legal paperwork.

The balance of the federal and territorial records stored in Anchorage by the National Archives and Records Administration would be moved to Seattle this summer as part of a plan to close the Anchorage facility.

You can read more in an article by Dermot Cole in the Anchorage Daily News at

How Genealogy Became Almost as Popular as Porn

Genealogy is the second most popular hobby in the U.S. after gardening, according to ABC News, and the second most visited category of websites, after pornography. It’s a billion-dollar industry that has spawned profitable websites, television shows, scores of books and — with the advent of over-the-counter genetic test kits — a cottage industry in DNA ancestry testing.

Writing in Time Magazine, Gregory Rodriguez describes the changes and growth in genealogy. As he writes, “Now I understand why so many millions of Americans love it. Genealogy is fun.”

You can read the article at:

Deceased Online Adds All Records for Another Historic Old London Burial Ground

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Records for another of London’s most historic nonconformist burial grounds are now available on Deceased Online. The Spa Fields records range from 1778 to 1849 and feature all the registers from The National Archives (TNA) RG4 collection. Although a tiny area, the old Spa Fields site includes nearly 114,000 records. Located in Clerkenwell, the site no longer exists as a burial ground but is a park managed by the London Borough of Islington.

Free Genealogy Advisory Service in the National Library of Ireland, Summer 2014.

The following announcement was written by the folks at Eneclann Ltd.:

Eneclann & Ancestor Network make it a hat trick!

The joint consortium of Eneclann and Ancestor Network are delighted to announce that they have been selected by the National Library of Ireland to enhance its provision of Summer genealogy services, following a competitive tendering process.

New England Holocaust Institute and Museum is Closing

A man who opened a small Holocaust museum in western Massachusetts a year and a half ago says he’s shutting down because there just isn’t enough interest. Rare photographs of life in the concentration camps are there, as are records Nazis kept on Jews and prisoners. Owner Darrell English says the New England Holocaust Institute and Museum in North Adams will close June 30.

Details and a video may be found in an article by Scott Stafford published in the Berkshire Eagle at

More than 4 Million Devon Parish Records Dating 1538 – 1915 Now Available at

The following announcement was written by the folks at

Poets, Crime Writers, Soldiers, Sailors and Explorers – the lives and deaths of historic Devonians revealed online


Leading UK family history website has today, 30 May 2014, published online for the first time parish records in partnership with Devon Heritage Services, as the latest instalment of their 100in100 promise to launch 100 record sets in 100 days.

Spanning 1538 to 1915, the Devon Collection is a rich source comprising over 4 million fully searchable transcripts and scanned colour images of the handwritten parish registers held by the record offices in Barnstaple and Exeter. With Plymouth and West Devon Record Office’s records already available on findmypast, these new additions mean that findmypast’s Devon Collection is the best possible place to find Devonshire ancestors.

The Death of Microfilm

Genealogists love microfilm. Visit any genealogy library anywhere, and you will see genealogists in darkened rooms, hunched over microfilm viewers, trying to solve the puzzles of their family trees. I have taken several pictures of genealogists sitting at rows of microfilm readers. However, I suspect that within ten years those pictures will become collectors’ items, recalling an era that exists only as distant memories in the minds of “the old-timers.” You see, microfilm and microfiche are about to disappear.

Many of the manufacturers of microfilm and microfiche equipment have already disappeared or else have switched their production lines to other products.

Email Your Documents Directly to Evernote

Evernote is a great—and free—tool for genealogists and almost everyone else. Installed on Windows, Macintosh, Android, or Apple iOS systems, it is primarily a system for recording, storing, and retrieving notes about any topic. It shares your notes amongst all your systems—desktop, laptop, and handheld alike. I say it is PRIMARILY a system for storing notes, but it has many other uses as well. A smartphone user can even take pictures or videos with the phone and then store them directly in Evernote. Even Google Glass can store pictures and videos into Evernote. In fact, Evernote will store text notes, email messages, pictures, videos, audio, web pages, and more. I suspect every user of Evernote has different needs and methods of organizing things. I consider this to be the beauty of the program; you can configure it to work the way that YOU want. to Add “Hints”

FamilySearch will soon release a feature called “hinting.” With this tool, the site will automatically search for records that match people in your family tree. When you go to an ancestor’s page, the web site will show you what it has found just for that person amongst the vast collections of records. FamilySearch does the searching, and finding, for you.

Of course, as always, it is up to the user to confirm whether or not the individual found is really the correct one.

You can read the details in an article by David Green in the FamilySearch Blog at

America’s Sources Of Immigrants Through The Years

With more than 40 million immigrants, the United States is the top destination in the world for those moving from one country to another. Mexico, which shares a nearly 2,000-mile border with the U.S., is the source of the largest wave of immigration in history from a single country to the United States. But today’s volume of immigrants, in some ways, is a return to America’s past.

You can read the rest of this article and look at some very interesting maps showing where are ancestors came from in an article by Jens Manuel Krogstad and Michael Keegan in the Pew research Center’s web site at

Moniteau County (Missouri) Historical Society Genealogy Library Grand Opening Saturday

The Moniteau County Historical Society Genealogy Library committee is pleased to announce the new addition is finished and open to the public. A grand opening will be held Saturday, May 31, at 1 p.m. Details may be found at

Going Back to Work after a Few Years Absence and a Change in Technology

This is perhaps the shortest video you’ve ever seen, so pay attention… A woman goes back to work after thirty years.

Watch carefully, the video is only 5 seconds long, but you’ll get it. If you’re younger than 40 years old, you probably won’t understand it.

Hands On: HP’s new 7 Plus, an Excellent $99 or $119 Android Tablet

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Hewlett-Packard has a new tablet computer that I think is a bargain. The HP 7 Plus retails for only $119, but HP has been selling them at an “introductory price” of $99. This low-priced tablet has most all the features of tablet computers that cost much more. The $99 price even includes free shipping. I purchased a 7 Plus a few days ago and now am impressed with this tablet computer. It runs all the available Android tablet applications, including genealogy programs. It also is an excellent ebook reader, capable of storing hundreds of ebooks, including Kindle books, ePub books, PDF ebooks, and more. It stores and displays thousands of digital photographs and MP3 music files, and it can even store and play several full-length Hollywood movies when riding on airplanes or on the commuter train. Not bad for $99!

Announcing the 8th Unlock the Past Genealogy Baltic Cruise

Unlock Your Past is an Australian organization that sponsors genealogy cruises in many areas around the world. The latest announcement concerns a 14-day Baltic cruise in the Baltic. The cuise will leave Southampton, England on 11 July 2015 and make stops in Bruges (Zeebrugge), Belgium; Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; St Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden; Copenhagen, Denmark; and then return to Southampton, England on 25 July 2015. This sounds like a great event!

Plans are still evolving but presenters already confirmed for this cruise include leading international presenters from 3 continents : Cyndi Ingle (of Cyndi’s list fame), Carol Baxter, Paul Milner, and Chris Paton. The genealogists on board can select from more than 100 topics offered in 50 sessions. Other offerings include Research Help Zone times (one on one or small groups with experts), special interest groups and help from experts as well as networking with others with the same interest.

Of course, the Celebrity Eclipse cruise ship will also offer a lot of entertainment. Then there’s the food…

Forget Linux – A Chromebook is the Perfect Replacement for Windows XP

Here is one more article about Chromebooks. This one was written by Daniel Price and is available on the MakeUseOf web site at

You can read my earlier articles about Chromebooks by starting at and at

Personalized Family Tree Vinyl Decals for your Wall

Off The Wall Expressions offers large vinyl decals that can be used to display a family tree, a photo, a number of photos, or a monogram name. These can be up to six feet high. Each made-to-order self adhesive decal ships with appliques and stickers. This should righten the entrance to your home! Perhaps it should be in the den or in the room in your home, called “the office,” that is dedicated to storing your research materials.

Thee Personalized Family Tree Vinyl Decals may be found on at

Kids Genealogy Workshop

This certainly sounds like a great idea! The Archuleta County (Colorado) Genealogical Society will be hosting a Kids Geneological Workshop for those 5th grade and above on Saturday June 14.

What a great way to get youngsters involved in family heritage. Oh yes, parents are also encouraged to attend.

Details may be found in the PagosaDailyPost web site at

Cluster Provides Private Online Space for You, Your Family, and Friends

Cluster is a new web site that makes it possible to create private group spaces where you share photos and memories with the people you care about. Create a space with family, a group of friends, co-workers, people from your hometown, or anyone else. It’s great for new moms, sharing photos of a new baby with close friends and family, sharing old family photographs with distant cousins, and for sharing memories with friends that you don’t wish to share publicly.

Cluster is primarily a photo sharing site for Android and iOS (iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch) mobile devices. It also includes video and notes, along with feedback from your invited members. It focuses on privacy and security.

Historical Wills of Scottish Soldiers Go Online

The following announcement was written by the folks who run the ScotlandsPeople website:

The last wishes of Scottish soldiers at the Front: The National Records of Scotland release Soldiers’ Wills from WW1, WW2, the Boer War, Korean War and other conflicts between 1857 and 1964

The wills of 31,000 Scottish soldiers are being made available online by the National Records of Scotland as part of commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. The poignant documents include the last wishes of 26,000 ordinary Scottish soldiers who died in the Great War.

The new records contain the wills for ancestors of some famous Scots. For instance, John Feeley, the great-great-grandfather of the Paisley musician, Paolo Nutini, is included. Private Feeley served in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and died of wounds sustained during the Battle of Arras on 23 April 1917. Feeley left all of his property and effects to his wife, Annie, who lived until 1964.