Saturday, December 08, 2007

News from around the ‘net

Sunday's blog entry tonight, so I can go to church & play in the "big snow" of Dec 2007 with my grandchildren.

GET-WELL wishes go out to Dick Eastman, noted genealogy technology guru whose busy schedule of late has landed him in the hospital with blurred vision, and a diagnosis of adult-onset diabetes.

THANKS to Genealoge blogger Hugh W who reports in Programming - News - BBC orders more 'Waterloo', 'Who Do?' - Digital Spy that "… the BBC has extended its 2008 order for Who Do You Think You Are? from eight to ten hours and booked another eight hours for 2009.”

TODAY Ol' Myrt here lunched with Tom Kemp and board members of the UGA (Utah Genealogical Association) despite the 6-8 inches of snow here in Salt Lake. Tom is the “father” of GenealogyBank and happily reports, “GenealogyBank had another great month in November adding more than 1.5 Million records and documents. The Historical Newspapers section was expanded with additional content from 53 titles gathered from 30 States. GenealogyBank now has 211,058,570 documents which is up from 209,556,376 last month. Historical Newspapers (1690-1977) Over 3,700 titles; 104+ Million articles - updated monthly.” Others at the lunch table raved about how these historical newspapers assisted in pre-1860 Philadelphia, New York City and Baltimore area ancestor searches.

SPEAKING of the UGA, they are sponsoring their 2008 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy 7-11 January 2008 -- a great opportunity to combine learning with time before or after doing research at the world famous Family History Library.

JUST BUMPED INTO Leiland Meitzler, editor of Everton’s Genealogical Helper and author of the Genealogy Blog who is just wrapping up his annual Christmas Tour of the FHL Family History Library. I met him in the elevator of the Plaza (aka Luxe) Hotel right next to the FHL. This Santa gifted me with a copy of the brand-new, hot-off-the-presses Census Substitutes & State Census Records (in 2 volumes) by William Dollarhide.

Genealogists are perhaps familiar with Bill’s map work in Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 with William Thorndale.

GENEA-MUSINGS’ blogger Randy Seaver wrote in How do I access this book? providing a thoughtful reply to a reader in search of a book on the shelf at the Family History Library. Since the FHL does not circulate books, Randy discusses four great alternatives for locating a copy of the book. Failing these other suggestion, might Ol' Myrt here add there is the option of using the Request for Photocopies – (…Books…) form. Due to copyright, the entire book cannot be copied, but after requesting a copy of the index mentioning an ancestor using the form, one can then submit a second request for the content pages referenced in the index.

ABOUT NEW YORK From the Association of Professional Genealogists public mailing list, Dick Hillenbrand writes “If you are interested in good maps, or plan on doing any land research anywhere in New York State, then you will likely want to read my review of one of the very best New York State Atlases available. You will find the article on the Upstate New York Genealogy blog site.” Now Ol' Myrt here is no expert on New York research, but this posting keeps popping back into my mind, which means someone out there needs this info. Thanks Dick!

VIA EMAIL my friend Jay Speyerer of Legacy Road Communications introduced me to a wonderful gal, Margaret Randall. Their new joint project is This is of great importance to family historians. Coming up with writing topics is really a problem.

Ol' Myrt here supports anything to encourage the writing and transcription of first-hand reports of the “life & times of…”

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

(c) 2007 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

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