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Are Digital Libraries Going to Replace Traditional Books?

Wed, 2013-05-22 20:55
Is it time to stop the presses? It seems that every week I report in this newsletter about more and more genealogy books that are being converted to electronic format. Sure, old books have been digitized for several years now. However, even new books are now appearing as electronic publications. The Kindle, Nook, and other e-book readers are hot items these days. Now the world's first completely paperless public library is scheduled to open this summer in San Antonio, Texas. The so-called BiblioTech is a low-cost project with big ambitions. It will have 100 e-readers on loan, and dozens of... Dick Eastman

New DVD from Genealogical.com: GENERATIONS: The WPA Ex-Slave Narrative Genealogical Resource Database

Wed, 2013-05-22 20:30
The following announcement was written by Genealogical.com: BALTIMORE, May 22, 2013 -- Between 1937 and 1938, the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Project Administration (WPA) conducted thousands of interviews with former African-American slaves. While historians have known about these oral histories for some time, few researchers have exploited the genealogical potential of these sources--until now! For the first time, the DVD series Generations, by Dr. James M. Rose, presents these ex-slave narratives with critical genealogical evidence pertaining to each interviewee. While varying from one ex-slave to another, Generations' genealogical content includes census record extracts, death certificates, probate records, plantation... Dick Eastman

FamilySearch Adds More Than 1.1 Million Records and Images to Illinois County Marriages

Wed, 2013-05-22 10:31
The following announcement was written by FamilySearch: May 22, 2013 FamilySearch has added more than 2.25 million index records and images this week from Argentina, Austria, Italy, Paraguay, Portugal, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,152,830 index records and images from the U.S., Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934 collection, and the 244,523 images from the Spain, Province of Valencia, Municipal Records, 1611-1935, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org. Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through... Dick Eastman

Slave Records of Edgefield County, South Carolina

Tue, 2013-05-21 14:32
Black families with ancestors in Edgefield County, South Carolina, can now follow the lives of ancestors throughout the 19th century, thanks to a comprehensive collection of records from the Edgefield County Archives pertaining to the purchasing and selling of slaves. The award-winning work, Slave Records of Edgefield County, is Gloria Lucas’ legacy, according to close friends and associates. Lucas died at age 84 last month. The book, published by the Edgefield Historical Society, contains extractions from ledgers of estates, wills, inventories, appraisals, deed transfers, sheriff sales and other files that contain about 29,000 listings and more than 58,000 slave names.... Dick Eastman

Concerns About Serious Mismanagement of the Library and Archives of Canada

Tue, 2013-05-21 14:05
A political scandal is brewing in Canada. The head of Library and Archives Canada (LAC), Daniel Caron, resigned after billing taxpayers nearly $4,500 for personal Spanish lessons. The scandal over his expenses followed controversy over a new code of conduct for employees instituted a few months ago by the same Daniel Caron. (You can read about that in my earlier article at http://goo.gl/aRUJS.) Caron's departure comes amongst numerous other claims of improper management at Library and Archives Canada. You can read more about Caron's departure under a cloud by starting at http://goo.gl/tDR5j. Lew Lockhart obviously wants to see increased funding... Dick Eastman

Book Review: The Unofficial Family Archivist

Tue, 2013-05-21 09:11
The following book review was written by Bobbi King: The Unofficial Family Archivist A Guide to Creating and Maintaining Family Papers, Photographs, and Memorabilia. by Melissa Mannon. 247 pages. The problem with being the unofficial family archivist is that eventually you become the official family archivist. When I started doing genealogy, Dear Myrtle on AOL Genealogy Forum was my beacon for organizing my papers. To this day, I follow her instructions for organizing all my notes. At least I got that much right. Now we have Family Archivist to start us out doing things right. It’s the beginner who will... Dick Eastman

Dell's Tiny, Cheap "Project Ophelia" Computer

Mon, 2013-05-20 09:29
Computer hardware keeps evolving and prices keep dropping. Of course, that's been true for decades and there appears to be no let-up of the rapid changes ahead. One newly-announced computer I am enthusiastic about is Dell's new "Project Ophelia" computer that will sell for about $100. The new "Project Ophelia" computer is expected to be released in July to developers who may want to write apps for Ophelia. In August, it will be available via cable companies or telecom providers that may want to offer it with cable packages or data plans. Shortly after, it will be available to consumers... Dick Eastman

Photography and the Civil War

Mon, 2013-05-20 03:00
Man is at his cruelest in times of war. This is illustrated by a video produced by the New York Times that displays still photos taken during the U.S. Civil War. You can view these historic photographs at http://nyti.ms/10v0FpL or click on the video player below. Dick Eastman

(+) Hands On with the $169.99 HP Slate 7 Tablet

Sun, 2013-05-19 17:51
The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. I own one of the original Apple iPad handheld computers. While I like the device, I realize that newer handheld computers have more features, high-resolution cameras, more memory for data storage, and numerous other advantages that my aging device does not possess. In addition, I have realized the iPad's almost 10-inch screen makes it too bulky to carry with me all the time. As a result, the iPad often sits on the desk at home when I really would like to be using it when I... Dick Eastman

Photos and Vital Information on every Tombstone in more than 770 Connecticut Cemeteries Now Online

Sun, 2013-05-19 12:47
The Godfrey Memorial Library continues to expand its searchable Scholar+ online database weekly. The database now contains listings from 770 cemeteries in Connecticut and includes: A photograph of every tombstone in each cemetery Vital information from each tombstone is transcribed Information from missing tombstones is added from the Hale Collection Godfrey Scholar subscribers can search for people by name or browse all the names in a particular cemetery at http://www.godfrey.org/scholar/login.html. Once logged in, anyone who participates in the Godfrey Scholar program can search and then click on the name to view a photo of the persons' tombstone. Information about the... Dick Eastman

Will Some DNA Testing Become a Felony?

Sun, 2013-05-19 08:03
Writing in the Mocavo Blog, Michael Leclerc has some interesting observations about genetic sequencing on someone’s DNA without their consent. One law professor suggests that such action should be classified as felony theft. Such action obviously could impact genealogists, not to mention law enforcement and others. I would guess it could also change the plots of all sorts of television programs. There are two key phrases here: "without their consent" and "one law professor suggests." Most genealogists do obtain permission in advance before purchasing DNA tests on their relatives' DNA and a suggestion from one law professor is a long... Dick Eastman

Historic Tucker Family Cemetery of Hampton, VA May Receive New Owners

Sat, 2013-05-18 08:09
The Tucker Family Cemetery in Hampton, Virginia, is a wooded plot surrounded by low-slung brick homes built in the 1950s. Accessible by narrow strip of grass along Sharon Court, the property is widely believed to be the site where the first black baby born in English North America in 1619 is now interred. Even though William Tucker's grave is not marked, visitors to the cemetery are greeted with a granite marker that reads "Tucker's Cemetery, First Black Family, 1619." View Larger Map The cemetery's last owner of record abandoned the property years ago. Mayor Molly Joseph Ward, who hopes to... Dick Eastman

Carolyn L. Barkley, R.I.P.

Thu, 2013-05-16 21:36
The genealogy community lost a good friend a few days ago. The following was written by Craig Scott and is republished here with his permission: "In different hours, a man represents each of several of his ancestors, as if there were seven or eight of us rolled up in each man's skin—seven or eight ancestors at least, and they constitute the variety of notes for that new piece of music which his life is."—Ralph Waldo Emerson That was the favorite genealogical quote of our good friend, Carolyn L. Barkley, unexpectedly lost to our genealogical family on Sunday, 12 May 2013.... Dick Eastman

findmypast.com Will Offer Free Access to U.S. and International Military Records on Memorial Day

Thu, 2013-05-16 21:16
The following was written by findmypast.com: In honor of Memorial Day on May 27, and in remembrance of all who died while serving our country, findmypast.com will offer its collection of U.S. and international military records for free in the days leading up to the national observance. With more than 26 million U.S. and international military records available, findmypast.com is encouraging people to explore and learn about the heroic efforts of their ancestors this Memorial Day. Record sets such as ‘Draft Registration Cards,’ ‘Casualties Returned Alive,’ ‘POWs’ and others will offer a captivating glimpse into the lives and experiences of... Dick Eastman

Genetic Genealogy Plus for Adoptees

Thu, 2013-05-16 21:02
The following announcement was written by Search Quest America: Searching for birth relatives can be difficult in some states and impossible in others using standard adoption search methods but Genetic Genealogy Plus breaks down the barriers set up by closed records. Search Quest America (SQA), a leader in reuniting families, is excited to announce Genetic Genealogy Plus, a new service for adoptees. This new service uses DNA and traditional genealogy research to find the family of adoptees with sealed records. Genetic Genealogy Plus is offered by SQA through an affiliation with two leading DNA testing companies, Family Tree DNA and... Dick Eastman

Imperial War Museum and brightsolid to bring First World War Stories to Life Online

Wed, 2013-05-15 16:19
The stories of eight million U.K. First World War soldiers are to be published online to mark the centenary of the war’s outbreak. an interactive digital project called Lives of the First World War. It will tell the story of the men and women who served in uniform and worked on the Home Front by bringing together records from museums, libraries, archives and family collections across the world. The platform will go live later this year. Details may be found in The Courier at http://goo.gl/TYJnW. Dick Eastman

Google Wants to be your Camera's Digital Darkroom in the Cloud

Wed, 2013-05-15 15:15
At the Google I/O conference in San Francisco today, Senior Vice President Vic Gundotra introduced new photo enhancement features to Google+. "Google's data center is your darkroom," said Gundotra. Later, Vic Gundotra posted the following on his blog: Great pictures aren’t taken, they’re made. And it’s the making part that many of us don’t have time for. We'd all love to have photos that capture our vacations and birthdays and anniversaries the way we remember them. But wonderful images require lots (and lots) of work. We think everyone should be able to make beautiful photos, so today we’re launching a... Dick Eastman

Oregon Update: House & Senate action on HB2093

Tue, 2013-05-14 10:54
Quoting an article by Fred Moss on the Records Preservation and Access Committee blog at http://www.fgs.org/rpac/2013/05/14/oregon-update-house-senate-action-on-hb2093/: I don’t know how many of you listened in to the hearing or accessed the audio only archives—but we won! The hearing was only on the amended version I sent out earlier today —4 and is attached again which keeps the birth records at 100 years, and death, marriage, divorce, annulment and partnership at 50 years. See Section SECTION 33. ORS 432.121 (7a) (page 73) It also removes the restriction on cause of death that is in the existing statute. See Section SECTION 33.... Dick Eastman

Mayan Pyramid In Belize Leveled By Construction Crew

Tue, 2013-05-14 10:13
Well, so much for history! A 2300-year old Mayan temple in the Nohmul complex in northern Belize was essentially destroyed by a construction crew in order to provide gravel for a nearby road construction. The head of the Belize Institute of Archaeology says the destruction was detected late last week, and only a small portion of the center of the pyramid mound was left standing. (Click on the image to the right to view a larger picture.) Other archaeologists also expressed shock, as Nohmul (the "great mound") was a major Mayan religious center in its day. While the pyramid was... Dick Eastman

FamilySearch Adds to Dominican Republic, Italy, Peru, Spain, and the United States Collections

Tue, 2013-05-14 09:44
The following announcement was written by FamilySearch: May 14, 2013 FamilySearch has added more than 1.5 million index records and images this week from Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Italy, Peru, South Africa, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 217,016 index records from the U.S., Idaho, Eastport, Arrival Manifests, 1924-1956, collection, the 151,020 index records and images from the United States, Civil War Widows and Other Dependents Pension Files collection, and the 163,314 images from the South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951-2006, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse... Dick Eastman

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