Sandy on October 31st, 2013

The Celts, those interesting and mysterious folks who lived about 2000 years ago in what is known today as the United Kingdom and Ireland, celebrated New Year on November 1st. They believed that on the night before New Year the boundary between the worlds of the living and the world of the dead became blurred. […]

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Sandy on October 30th, 2013

As I’ve often mentioned on SpittalStreet.com, gravestones and obituaries are useful tools to add meaningful and hard to find information to your family tree. Obituaries are among the few places that usually include a woman’s maiden as well as her married name together. This makes it easier to track down female ancestors. They also often […]

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The National Archives is hosting the 9th annual forum on communications with former White House photographers on October 30th at 7 p.m. The event will be webcast live on the National ARchives UStream channel. The link is available on the following press release from NARA: “Washington, DC…On Wednesday, October 30, at 7 p.m., the National […]

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A new website is in the launch stage to request volunteers to record all the Welsh place-names. I tried the site today and it doesn’t appear to be ready yet. Keep trying. Alan Stewart says: “October 22nd 2013 saw the launch of a new website which hopes to harness the power of volunteers to record […]

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If you’ve been worried about how to preserve your digital records, you may soon be able to purchase a new optical disk that could store data for up to a billion years. To some this may seem hubristic, to others definitely not. According to the latest gizmag report, a researcher at the University of Twente […]

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Sandy on October 25th, 2013

New online records of Scottish Property Valuation Rolls for 1920 are scheduled to be released on Monday October 28, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. The news release from ScotlandsPeople is as follows:  “‘Homes fit for heroes’? New historical records offer a fascinating snapshot of Scottish society in the wake of the First World War The names […]

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Sandy on October 23rd, 2013

Crista Cowan (The Barefoot Genealogist) offers a simple plan on the Ancestry.com blog about how to get more from your AncestryDNA test. If you find a lot of cousin matches and are not sure how to make the connection, Christa has offered a very commonsense approach. There are six points with explanations along with a […]

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According to an official report, rising sea levels are threatening the existence of Orkney’s island’s famous Stone Age village of Skara Brae. A draft management plan for the protection of the Stone Age site chronicles coastal erosion as “a threat to the long-term survival” of the subterranean village. The report, compiled by Unesco, Historic Scotland, […]

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I hope you follow the link to the Spitalfields Life website. The website displays a collection of pictures taken of Old London, England, taken by the Society of Photographing of the Relecs of Old London held in the archive at the Bishopsgate Institute. As the gentle author on the Spitalfields Life website stated, “It gives […]

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Sandy on October 20th, 2013

Deceased Online says: “On Wednesday 9th October we changed some aspects of the way the Deceased Online (DOL) website works. For most users the differences in day-to-day use of the website will be minimal, as the changes are limited to the way documents are priced and how you pay for them. Effective prices will not change. […]

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Sandy on October 18th, 2013

On October 18, 1867, the U.S. took possession of Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million. This works out to less than two cents per acre. The Alaska purchase comprised 586,412 square miles and in case you didn’t know it’s  about twice the size of Texas. The deal was led by William Henry Seward, secretary […]

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Sandy on October 16th, 2013

Followers of this blog certainly know SpittalStreet.com is not a political platform. That said, like most of the citizens of great Republic I’m concerned about what’s been happening these past few weeks regarding the Debt Ceiling and the Affordable Care Act (affordable to whom?–throw ‘em all out) and decided to draw attention to yet another […]

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One of my go-to sites the StreetInsider.com has published the following up-to-date newsflash from Business Wire regarding a landmark alliance between MyHeritage and FamilySearch that includes the exchange of technological innovation and historical records to benefit users: “TEL AVIV, Israel & SALT LAKE CITY, Utah–(BUSINESS WIRE)– MyHeritage, the popular online family history network, and FamilySearch.org announced today the […]

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Sandy on October 14th, 2013

In Canada, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the second Monday of October to celebrate the harvest and other blessings of the past year. It’s a statutory holiday in most areas of Canada with the optional exceptions of Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Labrador, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Companies regulated by the Canadian Federal Government, such […]

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Sandy on October 11th, 2013

I can’t say this has happened to me, but if you’ve ever been appalled to see yourself or your friends in a Facebook ad, then you’re going to be more upset over Google’s new Terms of Service (TOS). Google updated its TOS today to allow an adult user’s profile name and photo to appear in […]

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We all make mistakes, even the Vatican. The following article appeared in USA Today: “What would “Lesus” do? He would probably spell-check his work. The Vatican has reportedly withdrawn from sale around 6,000 medals of a new papal medal inscribed in error with the word “Lesus” instead of “Jesus.” Four of the medals, which went […]

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A prayer book considered to be the Jewish equivalent of an early complete edition of the Christian Book of Common Prayer has recently been discovered. This rare Hebrew text dates back to the 9th century and predates the world’s oldest Torah scroll.  The book as 50 pages and is 4.3 inches long and 4 inches […]

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The free genealogy electronic magazine Irish Lives Remembered is a great and well-presented resource. The October issue is the 17th edition and available for download for family researchers and genealogists across the globe. There are interactive links throughout the magazine and it can also be downloaded to PDF format. Click on Irish Lives Remembered to […]

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Sandy on October 7th, 2013

Another amazing free resource for researchers looking for ancestors in Devon, England: “This index has been created as a combined project by Origins.net and the Devon Wills Project (DWP). DWP is a collaborative project involving the Devon Family History Society, the Devon Record Office, GENUKI/Devon, and the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office to compile a consolidated […]

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The first 140-character message from Twitter was sent in March 2006 and, since then, the company has become a game-changing communications tool, making news from public figures and ordinary citizens. Twitter appears to be having a difficult time going public. I do understand that Twitter is a fire hose and beyond the CNNs, Kardashians, and […]

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D. C. Thomson Company, Ltd., is a Scottish publishing company based in Dundee, best known in Scotland for comics. They are also known as the owners of brightsolid one of the first Internet Service Providers. D.C. Thomson also publishes The Dundee Courier, The Sunday Post, Oor Wullie, The Broons, The Beano, The Dandy and Commando. United Kingdom […]

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FamilySearch (remember it’s free) has recently added more than 10 million indexed records and images from England, Germany, Hungary, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 2,829,077 indexed records from the U.S., Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1891–1943, collection, the 1,452,770 indexed records from the Mexico, Distrito Federal, Civil Registration, […]

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If living well is the best revenge, then Rod Stewart has long since avenged the critical barbs he’s suffered through the years. Still active in his fifth decade as a recording star, he can point to nearly three dozen pop hits and nearly 40 million albums sold as proof that he’s done something very right. […]

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Ancestry.com announced yesterday that they had acquired Find A Grave, Inc., the online cemetery database. This is big news. They have been buying smaller players in the genealogy business and Find A Grave has a huge database of memorials and photographs. The news release is as follows: “PROVO, Utah, Sept. 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — […]

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