Monday, April 09, 2007

READERS' FEEDBACK: 9 April 2007

-- Cemetery privately owned?
-- JPEG Files (sigh)
-- In defense of Ancestry.com
-- WWI Photos - 27th Fighter Squadron
-- Lost Beale Family Bible

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CEMETERY PRIVATELY OWNED?
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From: Kathleen
pbwkhb@sbcglobal.net
RE: Cemetery cleaning on private land
http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2007/04/cemetery-cleaning-on-private-land-from.html
DearMYRTLE,
There is a possibility the person who owns the land does not own the cemetery. Your writer could go to the court house to see if there is a quit claim deed giving it to a member of the family.

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.JPEG FILES (sigh)
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From: DeClair59
RE: JPEG giles lose detail each time altered
http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2007/04/jpeg-files-lose-detail-each-time.html
DearMYRTLE,
It seems yet more misinformation is being presented here. It isn't accurate to generally say that making changes to a jpeg file will cause more compression to take place when you save it. If you have your graphics program set to make a compression in jpeg format, then it will compress anew if a photo is made smaller by cropping or resizing. In Paint Shop Pro, for instance, you can set the compression level to "1." The compression is so negligible that only a tech freak would ever know the difference. I compared a scanned photo saved in tiff format and the same photo saved in jpeg format and although there was a slight difference in pixel size, they were identical in the NUMBER of pixels (which is very important). If you change brightness, contrast and such, or take out scratches and then save it this won't change the overall pixel quality of the photo. No new compression takes place when you save it unless you WANT it compressed, i.e. you have a certain compression setting specified and keep saving images in that setting. Now, there may be changes from a very technical point of view, but not for practical purposes. Also, tiffs can be compressed as well. In Paint Shop Pro there is automatically a default compression level set for tiffs and jpegs. It's up to the user to set it how they want it. People could be compressing their tiff images without even knowing it. So, while my computer may be able to detect these slight differences, you and I would be hard pressed to. In my opinion, you aren't getting any pay-off to speak of for taking up huge amounts of disk space with tiff images.

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IN DEFENSE OF ANCESTRY.COM
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From: Karen Bush
karenbush@cableone.net
RE: ACROSS MY DESK: Recent Trip to the FHL
http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2007/04/across-my-desk-recent-trip-to-fhl-note.html
DearMYRTLE,
I am somewhat bothered by these comments at the end of the person's email about their trip to the FHC. As I understand it, I can log into my personal Ancestry account, no matter where I am - FHC, public library or at a friends home, if I am personally using my account. I don't know if the agreement ever said anything about where we log in from, only that you can't share your account with other persons - meaning you can't loan out you username and password for someone else to use.

Second, I live an 8 hour drive from the Salt Lake Family History Library. If I were to order just all the census films I need to look at, when I am tracing a family line through the census, I would pay more in microfilm fees at the FHC than a subscription to Ancestry would cost me, plus the convenience of being able to do that part of my research. Last week, I was working with one of our new local family history consultants who is starting with a family file that has no documentation. I suggested to him that it would be worthwhile for him to subscribe to Ancestry.com just for the census.

It's all very well to believe that all genealogical information should be available to us for free. But it costs an enormous amount of money to digitize records and to make them available. I have found Ancestry.com to be very reliable and the consistently have been digitizing and adding new records to their collection. I also remember when Rootsweb was about to go under. It is because Ancestry stepped up and funded Rootsweb that we have that resource today for free.

NOTE FROM MYRT: Readers with your understanding about access to Ancestry are in for a surprise when visiting the Family History Library. There are distinct changes effective 1 April 2007, and the internet is a-buzz with the topic. See the official statement by Suzanne Russo Adams, AG(r), Professional Services Desk Manager ancestry.com Part of The Generations Network reported last week in my blog:
http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2007/04/surprises-from-ancestry.html

I agree that Ancestry.com membership is invaluable to individual researchers, and I have often written about the cost of producing a database website with the sorts of numbers Ancestry.com receives each month. I believe Ancestry is indeed entitled to earn a fair income for use of its services.

Ol' Myrt objects to the notion that Ancestry did not privide a reasonable work-around for those of us loyal members who wish to access Ancestry at the local FHC or at Salt Lake's Family History Library. Call me crazy, but I expect to use my personal account at any place (such as the FHL) where normal internet access is allowed. OK? That means I am not expecting to get online AT ALL if visiting outer Mongolia. That "access via our private account from any place with internet access" dream we share, DearKAREN, is not in the cards at the moment.

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WWI Photos - 27th Fighter Squadron
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From:
Robtcorr@aol.com
DearMYRTLE,
I just came across a request made by Debbie Neece about two WW 1 photo's she has. I am a former member of the 27th Fighter Squadron and past president of The 27th Fighter Squadron Historical Society and would like to contact Debbie about the photos. Could you inform Debbie of my request to contact her?

NOTE FROM MYRT:
Let's pray that Debbie will read this email. I forward your helpful note because I now longer have her email address.

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LOST BEALE FAMILY BIBLE
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From: Alice Sanders
sanders922@msn.com
DearMYRTLE,
I have to send you a big thank you for the role you played in a different kind of genealogy search. My daughter bought an old bible of the Pennel Beale family. She thought it was such a shame some of his descendants did not have this as part of their family treasures and set about tracing the family. I tried helping her with out much success. Months passed, until recently something was mentioned in a DearMYRTLE column about the Beale surname. I sent this on to my daughter, who contacted the person mentioned, who also had information to share. Contact has been made with a Beale researcher willing to share and exchange information. So maybe one day soon the bible will have found it way back home with the family.

DearALICE,
Thanks for the feedback. I'd also suggest that your daughter make a posting to the BEALE family message board and mailing list at
www.RootsWeb.com . These messages come up as fully-searchable and with free access, even on a Google hit list. I do not recommend giving out your personal snail mail address and telephone number. Personally Ol' Myrt uses the UPS Store (formerly Mail Boxes, Etc.) to receive snail mail and packages.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.
Myrt@DearMYRTLE.com
www.DearMYRTLE.com

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