Thursday, August 02, 2007

ACROSS MY DESK: 2 Aug 2007

Town hairdresser finds family history By Ruth Davies for the Broomsgrove Standard, in Worcestershire, England. “A Broomsgrove hairdresser found 200 years of family history waiting for him when he moved into his current salon two months ago. George Davis let the property at 14 St John's Street, Bromsgrove and found his wife's great-grandmother had lived at the building two centuries ago when it was a nailer's cottage.” Note there is more to the story.

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FamilySearchIndexing.org servers slowed by overwhelming participation.When visiting FamilySearchIndexing’s website today, there is a notice in a yellow box on the top of the home page that reads “Due to the overwhelming reader response to the FamilySearch Indexing article in the Ensign Magazine, the system has been much slower than normal. We appreciate your patience as our engineers make adjustments. We hope you will not become discouraged because of the slow response time. We are grateful for your willingness to work and understand the frustration of dealing with slow system response times. We truly appreciate your understanding and dedication.”

Ol' Myrt thinks this is simply wonderful, since the plan is that once microfilms are indexed, that index with clickable links to the original document will be made available free of charge through FamilySearch.org. The website explains, “Some of these indexes will be posted by our partnering societies.”

Hats off to Rene Zamora who has written several blog entries describing her experience as a new FamilySearch volunteer indexer:
  • I repent “I mean I've written about it in my blog and encouraged others to participate. I even had a reader write me with some tips on using it. People assume since I have been writing about it that I must be actually doing indexing. Boy was I feeling guilty that I didn't even always know what they were talking about.”
  • Preparing to Index
  • My First Indexed Batch

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Ensign Magazine article titled “FamilySearch Indexing” by Constance Palmer Lewis begins with this compelling anecdote: “I don’t have an e–mail address, and I don’t intend to get one,” said Susana Doty, who felt she had no need to use the Internet. Sister Doty is the stake extraction director for her southern Utah stake, and she has worked in the extraction program for nearly 20 years. In her calling she helps others to examine documents and copy names, dates, and places from them. Her remarks about the Internet were made during a meeting held in February 2006 to introduce the new FamilySearch™ indexing program to a group of stake leaders in the area. By the close of the meeting, however, Sister Doty had changed her mind. She confided to the sister sitting next to her, “Well, it looks like I’m going to get onto the Internet.”

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Family.Show came up in Marc D. Anderson’s posting on Yahoo’s AncestralQuest Group’s Message BoardThere's a really cool new program out there (free) that uses Microsoft's new SilverLight platform to display family trees. I doubt that any of us would want to switch to Family.Show from AQ, but it's fun to import your GEDCOM and see your tree in an entirely new, graphical view. Check it out!” http://www.vertigo.com/familyshow.aspx

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GenealogyGemsPodcast.com Lisa Cooke shares “Hold your horses! The first traffic light was installed at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and East 105th Street in Cleveland, Ohio. To get an idea of how chaotic early roads were, go to YouTube to watch the short film "A Trip Down Market Street". Sam Gill, Archivist for the Niles Silent Film Museum and I discussed the film in Episode 14."

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Family Tree Genealogy Software For Mac Scott Leverenz explains “Heredis 10.2.3 is a genealogy application that takes advantage of Apple's iLife Suite, has 10 customizable fields, and makes easy work of collecting and organizing data about your family. Heredis also allows you to collect and integrate.” Myrt noticed there is a free downloadable demo version so you can take the program for a test drive.

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A book review by Don Litzer
(from Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library No. 41, July 31, 2007) explains: “D. W. Meinig's four-volume series, "The Shaping of America: A Geographical Perspective on 500 Years of History," sets out to present a fresh interpretation of the forces that attended America's development from a series of precarious European footholds to a global power. "Atlantic America, 1492-1800" shows how American settlements in the colonial and early national period evolved from outliers of European mercantilism to a matrix of distinct regional societies.”

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To subscribe to "Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library" simply use your browser to go to the website: www.FriendsOfAllenCounty.org. Scroll down toward the bottom of the first screen where it says, "Enter Your Email Address to Subscribe to "Genealogy Gems." Enter your email address in the yellow box and click on "Subscribe." You will be notified with a confirmation email.

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StoryCorp will be at the Logan, Utah Tabernacle, August 2 to August 25 2007, according to this week’s edition of the Logan Family History Center Weekly Newsletter “StoryCorp is a national oral history project dedicated to preserving America's stories by allowing everyday Americans to preserve personal stories for their own family, and for future generations. Individuals can reserve an hour long recording session at their booth to interview people they know - loved ones, friends, or members of their community. At the end of the session, participants will receive a CD copy to take home. If you would like to sign up for a time slot or slots, please call 1-800-850-4406.” For more information, check out their web site at Storycorps.net.

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Using AncestryPress to Create a Book By Randy Seaver. “Make a family history book from templates. Ancestry Press will automatically gather information, records and images from your Ancestry.com family tree and compile them using professionally designed templates.”

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Genealogy on Second Life: Fantasy or Reality? By Dick Eastman. “Second Life (abbreviated as SL) is an Internet-based virtual world. In other words, it is an online game in which players can become whatever they wish: wizards, soldiers, storytellers or… genealogists? I have been told there is a genealogy section in Second Life, so I decided to check it out.[…] More than eight million people have Second Life accounts.” Plus Edition subscribers can learn more as Dick reports his findings.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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