Sandy on February 26th, 2013

There’s a scam out there that has been going on for a surprising number of years—probably around 30. The pitch comes from folks who claim to be following strict heraldic guidelines. For a nominal fee, they will provide detailed research and will mail out your family Coat of Arms or family crest, all with a […]

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We’ve often heard the opinion that the platform used by Wikipedia in which anyone can contribute is likely to be filled with errors and bias that would make it completely unreliable and unusable. This unfortunate perception continues in spite of evidence that Wikipedia is every bit as accurate as printed encyclopedias. The latest rumble is […]

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My favorite research starting point Wikipedia has plans to black out its English language site for 24 hours in an effort to seek support against the proposed U.S anti-piracy legislation that will threaten the future of the Internet. Wikipedia is the highest profile name to join an ever growing protest starting midnight January 18 to […]

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I’m a big fan of Wikipedia and so is David Ferriero, 10th Archivist of the United States. That’s an impressive endorsement. Most of us have discovered that it’s usually the first place to go for information to get started on research.  According to a recent Pew Internet report, with about 53% of all Internet-connected using its […]

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