Sunday, July 29, 2012

Across My Desk: 29 July 2012

Folks have asked why Ol' Myrt here doesn't just blog about the items I post to my Facebook page or Twitter feed. Quite honestly, it is to save time.

Each morning I use the Zite app on my iPad as a "news aggregator" in e-magazine format. It has options to "share" including Twitter, Google+ and Facebook among others. Ol' Myrt here uses those three methods to share information from a variety of news and blog sources, including genealogy blogs. I dedicate about 30-60 minutes a day on this, whenever I have internet access. If I decide an article is worth bringing to your attention, I tweet, Facebook and Google+ the link to my followers.

Here's a  bit of what's come to my attention, and has been cross-posted on my Facebook page, to give you an idea of content relevance. Red text below is my commentary, followed by a link to the article, and a quote when available.

Louis Kessler's take on the SkyDrive concepts and the Relative History app -- implications for genealogists. Louis Kessler’s Behold Blog "About 5 years ago, I was very impressed when my best friend, who lives in Vancouver, sent me a link to his Picasa Web Album with photos of his trip online, a service provided by Google, I was able to view, comment on, and download the pictures, as were all the others he shared the files..."
Crowd sourcing at its finest. Archivist seeks help in identifying manuscript waste material | Cultural Compass  "Inspired by individuals who had made extraordinary discoveries about historical photographs by sharing them on the popular image-hosting site Flickr, I hoped that something similar could be done with images of medieval manuscript waste."
You won't believe the image of Chain Bridge. On the front line of American history: Remarkable photos capture life in besieged Washington during the Civil War "Defending the nation’s capital, which was ripe for invasion by Confederate forces that had set their sights on the city, became a top priority for the U.S. government."
Without antibiotics or sterilized surgeries, it is amazing anyone survived. 5 Medical Innovations of the Civil War "The bloodiest war in American history was also one of the most influential in battlefield medicine."
Genealogy software that will sync between iPad or iPhone to your Mac with MacFamilyTree
Underground storage -- limestone caves at Lee Summit Federal Records Center - a brief overview from an employee's point of viewWorking in the National Archives: Caves   "I spent the first month (at least!) getting lost as I tried to navigate through the labyrinth of huge rooms. Thank goodness my supervisor took pity on me and drew me a map, or I would have never made it out of the office!"
Comparing FamilySearch and Ancestry Indexes. Wonder how MyHeritage stats could compare? Genea-Musings: 1940 U.S. Census Comparisons - Summary and Conclusions
If you'd like to pick up on what I post besides articles in my blog, be sure to follow me on Twitter, G+ or Facebook. The links are provided below my signature.

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

1 comment:

  1. Your G+ link ( produces a 404.

    I found you on G+ using this link instead: