Sandy on April 30th, 2012

I’m a little late with this one since it was announced on April 24. Just in case there are some folks who haven’t heard yet, Google has introduced Google Drive. You get 5 GB for free and if you want to upgrade to 25 GB it costs $2.49 a month. That’s a lot of space […]

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The great military leader of the American Revolution George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States on April 30, 1789, in New York.  He was unanimously chosen by all 69 electors in February 1789. In March of that year the new United States constitution officially took effect and, in April, Washington […]

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Renowned Dutch violinist Andre Rieu, conductor and composer, and his orchestra, paid a tribute to Frank Sinatra playing My Way on his Stradivarius violin at Radio City Music Hall – New York. Particularly touching is embedded film clip of immigrants arriving in New York, seeing their first view of the Statue of Liberty, carrying their […]

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Sandy on April 27th, 2012

Tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? at 8:00 p.m. on  NBC is bound to be a popular one. For instance, “Did you know Rob Lowe began his acting career at the age of eight in local television and theater? Actor Rob Lowe begins his family history journey with a clue from his late mother’s […]

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On Thursday April 19th actress Angela Lansbury, architect Richard Meier, and baseball manager Tony La Russa, received the 11th annual Ellis Island Family Heritage rewards for their contributions to the American Experience. The awards were received in the Great Hall on Ellis Island from The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. The Press Release is as […]

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Sandy on April 25th, 2012

The following is the latest news release from Ancestry.com: “PROVO, Utah, April 25, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM) announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Archives.com, a family history website, for approximately $100 million in cash and assumed liabilities. This transaction will enable Ancestry.com to add a differentiated service […]

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New York is an amazing city (an understatement). The newly released collection of 870 archived images actually includes a rare crime scene photographs courtesy of the city Department of Records. Reality at its worst but, you’ll also view spectacular photographs of stately bridges and street scenes that truly capture the essence of New York. The […]

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Sandy on April 24th, 2012

The subscription or pay-per-view website Findmypast.co.uk  has recently published Boer War records as follows: “We have updated our Boer War collection with almost 10,000 new records. The major inclusions in this update are: The complete Queen’s South Africa medal roll for the Coldstream Guards, Irish Guards, 1st battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers and Rundles Scouts The […]

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Here’s a reminder from Family Tree Magazine about the very popular annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree:   “If you live on the West Coast, you may already be familiar with the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. You may have already registered for this year’s event. If not, you’re probably thinking, “Why am I getting this mailing for […]

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Wills are a wonderful source of information for family historians and genealogy researchers. They provide an amazing peep into your ancestor’s world. The information found in wills usually includes details, such as, where the person who died lived and the name of the executor who is the person responsible for carrying out the wishes of […]

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If you’re researching your family history, or just an enthusiastic NASCAR racing (especially a Jr. Nation) fan, you’ll be more than interested to know that Dale Earnhardt Jr. has discovered an interest in his own genealogy. I couldn’t help smiling when I read the article written by Jim Utter of the Charlotte Observer, because Dale […]

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Dick Eastman often shares his considerable knowledge of technology on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Blog. I believe it’s very important for family historians and genealogists to be cognizant with both the good and the bad, so I’d like to share the following important information with you: “Is your computer running slower and slower? Has your antivirus […]

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Sandy on April 20th, 2012

If you’re lucky enough to be on vacation or close to a National Park this week you can enjoy free admission to the any of our nation’s 397 national parks. This is an annual celebration and an opportunity to celebrate what we all have inherited as Americans. Can you imagine 84 million acres of the […]

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Hot on the heels of my post today about the Ancestry.com name search indexing project on the 1940 Census, I’d like to share a request from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) asking for volunteers to help with their Name Search indexing effort. The current problem for many family researchers and genealogists is not […]

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There’s an entry dated April 19 on the Ancestry.com blog about the indexing of the 1940 census. The purpose of the article is to answer the question many have been asking as to why their state is not listed yet. I did mention in a previous blog post that I didn’t expect to see the […]

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The following is a copy of a news release on the PRNewswire about a new website NameYourRoots.com, which helps descendants of Spanish and Portuguese Jews persecuted during the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions and who were forced to convert or managed to escape to the Americas to find their roots, free of charge: “TEL-AVIV, Israel, April […]

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The following is an announcement from The Foundation for the National Archives: “WASHINGTON, April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The Foundation for the National Archives announces the publication of the Genealogy Tool Kit: Getting Started on Your Family History at the National Archives, written by National Archives genealogy archives specialist John P. Deeben. This 160-page step-by-step guide […]

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Sandy on April 18th, 2012

Our space shuttle Discovery made its historic final voyage yesterday, April 17, 2012. If you didn’t get to see the spectacular (truly no exaggeration) flight over Washington, D.C., including the aerial tour that pulled Washingtonians out of their offices to view the Discovery riding piggy-back on a 747. The tandem flew low and slow over […]

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Sandy on April 17th, 2012

It doesn’t take much for most of us to remember the deadline for filing our taxes, here in the U.S., is upon us and to remember that we had a reprieve this year.  April 15, was Sunday and April 16 was designated as Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia. Today is it. Since we are […]

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Ancestry.com has posted the following information from its DNA testing group: “Ancestry.com DNA has recently updated a Y-chromosome DNA test marker name and its allele value to comply with a recently released industry-wide recommendation by the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG). One of the markers in our Y-chromosome DNA test has changed names from “Y-GATA […]

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It wasn’t so long ago that I heard the warnings at work to embrace and learn new processes with comments like, “Unless you embrace the new technologies and a new way of performing tasks, you’re bound to be looking for a new job.”  This turned out to be true. As you can well imagine, too […]

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I’d like to share Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter biographical post on Mr. Roy Stockdill and his fascinating series about Famous Family Trees published on the Findmypast.co.uk blog. I’m planning on following  every one of Mr Stockdill’s articles as they appear and highly recommend you join him as he travels through time investigating the family histories of […]

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Sandy on April 12th, 2012

FamilySearch.org volunteers have been hard at work indexing the 1940 census. A lot of people are asking questions about the progress of the effort and when and in what order the states will be posted on FamilySearch and on the FamilySearch Indexing site. Every day more states are posted and the team is planning to […]

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Today The National Museum of American History has opened and exhibit with iconic objects from pop culture and items dating back to the arrival of the Pilgrim’s arrival in Plymouth, Massachusets in 1620. The exhibit titled “American Stories” is a chronology of U.S. history, including early European encounters with Native Americans to a Barack Obama […]

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Grow Your Own Family Tree has published an interesting article that I’ve published in it’s entirety. In doing so I’d like to give a heads-up to Alan Stewart’s factual website: “The Irish Family History Foundation (IFHF) has introduced a charge for viewing search results as well as details of records. Up to now, searching databases and […]

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This post is an update on the serious subject of eBook prices that I’ve written about previously on the subject of eBook pricing. The latest charges announced by the Department of Justice(DoJ) against Apple Inc., and 5 of the largest U.S. publishers who allegedly conspired to raise prices on eBooks and block Amazon.com from selling […]

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Did Mr. Robert Douglas Norman have a premonition of his demise before he sailed on the unsinkable Titanic? A will has been unearthed written by Scotsman Robert Douglas Norman,  a 28-year-old second-class passenger on the Titanic and one of the 1514 people who died on the ill-fated maiden voyage. Only a couple of days ago, […]

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The following information regarding the indexing of 1940 census was posted by Ancestry.coma: “What a difference a week makes. Since the National Archives released the 1940 Census to us last Monday, we’ve been hard at work to get every one of the 3.8 million 1940 Census images online. And while we were at it, we […]

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It’s almost as though the self-fulfilling prophesy is at work, because the nightmare scenario for Mac owners has arrived. For years I’ve heard folks saying it’s bound to happen. One person I know who owns a Mac and has refused to open greetings cards from reputable vendors—the ones you pay for. Macs have historically been […]

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The British National Archives is planning the launch of their new website Discovery at the end of June 2012.  Having  found that searching the site and finding cogent information has been a challenge with the old system, this is music to my ‘eyes’. Discovery will replace the current Catalogue site and offers additional features, which […]

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Sandy on April 5th, 2012

The following news release from Findmypast.co.uk provides information about recently publish records, which include people who were on the maiden voyage of the Titanic. The new online collection is published in association with The National Archives and brings together 30 different record types from 10 different record series held at The National Archives: “Leading family […]

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Sandy on April 3rd, 2012

For 100 years the tragic sinking of the Titanic has been discussed, filmed, been the subject of fiction and non –fiction.  Most of us have thought about it in terms of a horrible tragedy of an unsinkable ship being torn apart by an iceberg lurking below the surface of the water in a place it […]

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I mentioned in my blog post a few days ago that I had serious doubts that the launch of the 1940 census would run smoothly because of a high volume of users trying to access the website at the same time. Unfortunately, I was correct—in the world of Internet Technology there is never enough band […]

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FamilySearch.org has, only a few days ago, added just over 34 million new records online for the following countries: Brazil Canada Chile Columbia Czech Republic England France Germany Ireland Mexico Norway Peru Portugal Puerto Rico Scotland United States Wales. You can search this amazing newly digitized collection as well as a startling 2.5 billion other records […]

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Sandy on April 2nd, 2012

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has announced that the 1940 census will be available on April 2, 2012 and will be online at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern). This is an official website of NARA in partnership with Archives.com. There are 3.8 images available from door-to-door record taking of 132.2 million Americans. They hand-written images […]

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