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Genealogy Apps for Android and Chromebooks

Android_tabletA newsletter reader read yesterday’s article of “Another Reason Why a Genealogist Might Want to Buy a Chromebook” and asked if Chromebooks can run Windows or Macintosh genealogy programs. I thought I would post the answer here in case other people have the same question.

The quick answer is “No.” Chromebooks do not run programs written for Windows or Macintosh or Linux or UNIX or other operating systems. Chromebooks today only run programs written for the Chrome operating system. As mentioned in yesterday’s article, a future release of the Chrome operating system will also allow most Chromebooks to run programs written for the Android operating system.

There are very few genealogy programs written for Chromebooks but many genealogy programs (or “apps”) are available today for Android, including apps from MyHeritage, FamilySearch, Ancestry.com, RootsMagic, BillionGraves, Find A Grave, and others. You can find a list of all the genealogy apps available for Android at https://goo.gl/EHvKPw. I assume that most of these apps will also run on Chromebooks once the new version of the Chrome operating system is released.

Another Reason Why a Genealogist Might Want to Buy a Chromebook

Acer_ChromebookI have written a number of times (see https://goo.gl/TsSWQ5 to find my earlier articles) about Chromebooks, the low-cost laptop computers that boot up quickly, are simple to use, never get viruses, and perform the computer tasks that many computer owners want.

Chromebooks also have a long-life battery life. A Chromebook does not slow down over time and there are no long boot times — just flip it open and get busy doing anything other than waiting.

Because Chromebooks safely and securely store almost all data in the cloud, nothing is lost if you break or lose a Chromebook. It’s all in the cloud, no matter what. As a result, a thief can steal your Chromebook but will not gain access to any of your personal information or documents. And because the technical requirements for running Chrome apps are so low, you still get reasonable performance, even from a sub-$200 laptop.

One of the weaknesses of Chromebooks has been the lack of good genealogy apps. That is now changing.

U.K. National Maritime Museum and the Crew List Index Project Announced

The National Archives of the United Kingdom has a new crowdsourcing project beginning in June:

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“Building on the success of the Merchant 1915 Crew List Index project, we have once again joined forces with the National Maritime Museum (NMM) and the Crew List Index Project team (CLIP) to create a new free-to-search database resource relating to all the Royal Navy officers and ratings that served in the First World War – Royal Navy First World War Lives at Sea – based principally on service records held by The National Archives.

MyHeritage Adds 11 Million Australian Newspaper Pages

MyHeritage_virusMyHeritage (the sponsor of this newsletter) has recently added 11.4 million pages of Australian newspaper records to the company’s online collections. The records are now available for free at MyHeritage SuperSearch.

Including over 700 Australian newspapers, this phenomenal collection, digitized by the Trove (The National Library of Australia), covers newspapers from 1803 to the mid-20th century. Each Australian state and territory are represented, although the bulk of the collection consists of newspapers from New South Wales and Victoria.

Plus Edition Newsletter Has Been Sent

To all Plus Edition subscribers:

The notice of the latest EOGN Plus Edition newsletter was sent to you a few hours ago. Here are the articles in this week’s Plus Edition newsletter:

Your CD Collection is Dying

A Cartoon about Long-term Storage of Digital Data

(+) How to Copy an Entire CD-ROM or DVD-ROM Disk

US Virgin Islands Transfer-Era Documents Have Now Been Digitized

FamilySearch.org releases new Civil War records for Memorial Day

Battle of Jutland service records available to search this Findmypast Friday

Recent Updates to the Calendar of Genealogy Events

The following pages have recently been updated in the Calendar of Genealogy Events:

Australia, California, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, South Carolina, and Texas

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.

FamilySearch.org releases new Civil War records for Memorial Day

As millions of Americans pay respects to their ancestors on Memorial Day weekend, FamilySearch.org is making it easier to find information on Civil War veterans, including those who “gave the last full measure of devotion.”

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FamilySearch added to the millions of records it provides free in its major Civil War collection, from Civil War service records of Union and Confederate soldiers kept by each state to census records that can help families track their war veteran ancestors beyond 1865.

(+) How to Copy an Entire CD-ROM or DVD-ROM Disk

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

Three days ago, I published an article entitled Your CD Collection is Dying. I described various causes if the deterioration of CD, CD-ROM, DVD, and DVD-ROM disks. I suggested copying the disks every few years to new media in order to preserve the information for decades, if not for centuries. That article is still available at https://goo.gl/QMi8us.

But how do you copy a CD-ROM or a DVD-ROM? Copying normal files is simple enough but many data CDs and DVDs include hidden files and possibly boot records that do not get copied when using normal file copy methods. How do you copy ALL the files?

Battle of Jutland service records available to search this Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Over 38,000 records of Royal Marine and Royal Navy service men who fought at the Battle of Jutland are available to search this Findmypast Friday.

The publication marks the 100th anniversary of the largest naval engagement of the First World War and has been specially put together using various service records held by The National Archives and Naval and Military Press. British Royal Navy & Royal Marines, Battle Of Jutland 1916 Servicemen gathers together the names of those who served with the British Grand Fleet between 31 May and 1 June 1916 to form a single, easily searchable index of Jutland servicemen.

The records contain the names, ranks, service numbers, enrolment dates, dates of birth and birth places of Royal Marines and Royal Navy personnel. Scanned images of original documents also reveal if they were promoted, the names of the ships on which they served and their dates of service. Many will also include a home address, occupation prior to joining the service and a full physical description. Each record consists of a transcript and a scanned image of the original document.

Announcing the Australian History & Genealogy Expo 2016

A major event for all history, genealogy and heritage enthusiasts will be held later this year in Adelaide, SA, Australia. This national expo promises to be a low cost major exhibition (70 exhibitors) and program of 80+ talks from 30 speakers – and more.

The following announcement was written by the folks at Unlock the Past:

Adelaide, South Australia, 25 May 2016 – History and genealogy company, Unlock the Past, invites all history, heritage and genealogy enthusiasts to attend its 8th history & genealogy expo. It will be held in Adelaide over two days, Friday and Saturday 7–8 Oct 2016, at Immanuel College, Novar Gardens SA.

The 2016 expo is the first ever national expo in Australia. It will appeal to anyone interested in family, local and social history and heritage in South Australia especially, but to all Australians.

It is a unique opportunity to see many societies, libraries and commercial product and service suppliers in one place and to learn from the presentations offered. The exhibition will feature about 70 exhibitors from several states covering a wide range of history, heritage and genealogy interests. Hear 30 expert presenters from five states and New Zealand. The expo is also an opportunity to mingle and network with other like- minded attendees and people who have been working in the industry for many years.

The Apple iPhone is 350 Years Old (?)

Apparently the iPhone was invented nearly 350 years ago, according to Apple boss Tim Cook’s interpretation of a painting. I must admit I don’t think my ancestors ever used one

Former European Commissioner Neelie Kroes recently took Cook to Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum. “Do you happen to know Tim, where and when the iPhone was invented?” Kroes asked Cook.

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What do you think?

Brazil, The Home For Southerners: Or, A Practical Account Of What The Author, And Others, Who Visited That Country, For The Same Objects, Saw And Did While In That Empire

Published in 1866, this book details the author’s trip to Brazil and somewhat of a report to the people of the Southern states after the War Between the States to show that their is another place that they could start a new life and not live in the current conditions of reconstruction or the United States’ despotic style of government.

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Many southerners went to Brazil after reading books similar to this one. A few remained in Brazil while others eventually returned to the United States. See my earlier article at https://goo.gl/XNXUXf for details.

US Virgin Islands Transfer-Era Documents Have Now Been Digitized

In May 2015, the Caribbean Genealogy Library (CGL) digitized 45 gigabytes of document data from the U.S. National Archives in Washington, D.C., and Maryland. CGL now offers samples of these documents on its Web site. Those documents can be found at http://cgl.vi/pages/indexNARA.html.

The effort was organized by a crowdfunding effort led by the Caribbean Genealogy Library. Volunteers from CGL traveled to the U.S. National Archives in College Park, Maryland during May 2015 to digitize the documents. The documents held at the U.S. National Archives include official correspondence, minutes, petitions, proclamations, registers, indexes, photographs, and maps. These documents are invaluable resources in preparation for 2017 Transfer Centennial events, ceremonies, and production of educational materials.

Edmond (Oklahoma) Historical Society Research Library and Genealogical Center Opens at a New Location

The Edmond Historical Society Research Library and Genealogical Center has reopened at the Edmond Historical Society and Museum. The research library is now housed in the northwest corner of the museum gallery. The library’s glass walls highlight the architectural details of the 1936 Works Progress Administration Armory building while showcasing library resources.

The noncirculating collection includes books, periodicals and manuscripts available for use by students, historians, researchers and genealogists.

You can read more in an article in the NewsOK web site at http://newsok.com/article/5500078.

GIC, Silver Lake Close Strategic Investment in Ancestry, Valued at $2.6 Billion

This business transaction has been in progress for some time. See https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aeogn.com+%22Silver+Lake%22&ia=web for my earlier articles about this. Now the transition is complete, according to published reports. Silver Lake Partners and GIC have completed their transaction to acquire substantial equity stakes in Ancestry.com LLC at an enterprise value of approximately $2.6 billion.

The announcement states:

“Claiming to be the largest for-profit genealogy company worldwide, Ancestry LLC operates a network of historical record websites focused on the US and nine foreign countries, with Canada and Australia being major markets, alongside a presence in several European states.

Your CD Collection is Dying

If you’ve tried listening to any of your old music CDs lately—if you even own them anymore—you may have noticed they often won’t play. The same is probably true of data stored on CD-ROM disks; the older ones are deteriorating and are becoming more and more difficult to use. The data CD-ROM disks are producing more read errors than they used to.

Luckily, there are easy solutions available if you take steps NOW.

Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research Announces New Courses

The following announcement was written by the folks at the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research:

Virtual Institute announces summer and fall 2016 courses.

RALEIGH, North Carolina, 22 May 2016. The Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research would like to announce several exciting new courses that will be offered during the summer and fall 2016. The schedule sees new courses from several of our popular past instructors as well as a few new instructors with their first Virtual Institute courses. We would also like to announce the beginning of a whole new endeavor to bring even more educational opportunities to the genealogical community.

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Registration for all of the following courses are now open:

A Cartoon about Long-term Storage of Digital Data

Genealogists, archivists, and historians are always concerned about preserving information, pictures, videos, and more. Unlike paper or microfilm, storing data digitally can preserve information for centuries if the data is properly preserved and is copied to new, more modern media and file formats every few years.

The geek cartoon, xkcd, has an interesting viewpoint on long-term digital storage at http://xkcd.com/1683.

My thanks to newsletter reader Russell Houlton for telling me about the cartoon.

(+) A Different Online Backup Service

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

It’s important to make backups, but there aren’t many free services that offer unlimited space for them. I have now found a method of making free, secure, off-site backups of essentially unlimited size.

I have written a number of times about making regular backups. In fact, I recommend that everyone always have at least two current backups: one stored locally for convenience and another stored “off site” that will be protected in case of theft, fire, flood, hurricane, a burst water pipe, tornado, accidents, or any other disaster that will destroy both your computer and all backups stored nearby. Having two current backups stored in different locations is critical, but having three, four, or even more current backups provides even more insurance.

Typically, you don’t need to back up everything. Most computer users, however, do need to back up their Documents folder (sometimes called “My Documents”) and any subfolders under Documents, as well as any other files that contain important information that could not be recreated by other means.

Many of the comments posted at the end of my earlier articles have asked about security and expenses. This week, I thought I would describe a service that has excellent security, and can be free of charge, depending upon what you have available.

Eneclann and Ancestor Network have been Awarded the Tender to Partner with the National Library of Ireland

The following announcement was written by Eneclann Ltd. and the Ancestor Network Ltd.:

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Eneclann and Ancestor Network have been awarded the tender to partner with the National Library of Ireland in providing their genealogy service 2016.

This is the 5th year they are partnering with the NLI to provide the popular genealogy service.

Visiting researchers to the NLI can avail of the advice of professional genealogists from Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 5:00pm. The professional genealogists advise and assist on sources available at the NLI and other repositories as well as online resources. They are also available to respond to enquiries via email, telephone or by letter.

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