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Friday, December 31, 2010

INFLATION CALCULATOR

If it cost $300 in 1864, what would it cost in 2009? This website allows you to make calculations of this sort for the years 1800-2009:

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NOTE: Something that cost $300 in 1864 would cost $4068.61 in 2009!

BEST OF THE BIGS

Family Tree Magazine’s 2010 list of Best Big Free Genealogy Sites:

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Hope you've had a healthy and prosperous 2010- and if the economy has bit you on the butt, as it has so many of us, here's hoping there's still plenty of flesh left down under!

MoSGA Messenger has had a good year, I'm happy to say. We're now at 3,435 posts and counting, and we're getting very close to the 100,000 visitors mark. So thanks for sticking with us (thanks especially to our Followers- you know who you are!), and hope to see you in 2011!

Tom Pearson, Editor
MoSGA Messenger

WE RELATE

WeRelate is a free public-service wiki for genealogy sponsored by the Foundation for On-Line Genealogy in partnership with the Allen County Public Library. It is the world's largest genealogy wiki with pages for over 1,960,000 people and growing. WeRelate is currently in beta. It is supported by volunteers and your tax-deductible donations. More info? Go here:

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ALLEN COUNTY HISTORY CENTER

You no doubt have heard about their fantastic Genealogy Library- did you know that they also have a History Center, and that they’ve begun to digitize materials in that collection:

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NOTE: Most materials relate to Allen County, Indiana and surrounding counties.

WHAT’S IN THE CENSUS

Nice listing for census years 1790-1920 telling you what info is provided for covered individuals for that census year:

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CELEBRATE THE CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL AT SIU-E!

The Department of Historical Studies at SIU-E (Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville) is proud to sponsor these 2011 events in conjunction with the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. Please check back for updated schedules and new events!

LIVING HISTORY EXHIBIT: CIVIL WAR MILITARY BIVOUAC

The Living History demonstration of Civil War military life will involve 50 to 75 re-enactors who will create a military camp, demonstrate military tactics, and illustrate camp life. The bivouac will be established on Saturday, April 16 and remain through Sunday, April 17th. The camp will be open for the public to explore, talk with the re-enactors, and watch the demonstrations. Experts will be available to explain various aspects of military life. The Living History Demonstration serves a number of purposes. First, because of their immense popularity, a re-enactment camp will help draw the public to all of the scheduled activities. Second, the re-enactment bivouac, in combination with some of the colloquia topics (see below), will help engage the general public with the humanities by exploring questions such as what motivated individual soldiers to fight, how do we account for the unparalleled death during the War, and what was life like for the common soldier.

CULTURAL HISTORY AND ANTHROPOLOGY

Civil War “Antique Road Show:” As the American Memory program at the Library of Congress has demonstrated, there is a wealth of cultural artifacts and oral history possessed by American families and households. This activity, held in conjunction with the “Living History Demonstration” and the colloquia (see below) on the weekend of April 16 and 17, 2011, is designed to give area residents the opportunity to share their family Civil War historical artifacts and histories. We will invite people to bring their information and articles to campus, where we will record the stories and enter information about their documentor artifact, the first step in creating a regional Civil War repository. We will also have historians, archivists, and museum curators available to help put the document/artifact/oral story in context and to advise individuals on how to best preserve the material. This “Civil War Antique Road Show” helps engage the public with the humanities in a personal and meaningful way. It also helps the public appreciate the value of history and anthropology in understanding common objects in our lives.

COLLOQUIA

Discussions on the Civil War: Embedded in the “Living History Exhibit” and the “Civil War Antique Road Show” are colloquia on various Civil War topics. The colloquia will run through the day on April 16 and April 17 and will be at locations on campus in close proximity to the other activities. The colloquia are organized into four broad sessions. Each session will feature a number of topics. Humanities scholars will present the topics and engage the audience discussion. The sessions and topics are:1. “Military Aspects of the Civil War:” This session will be a roundtable discussion first among three historians and then with the audience. The historians are SIU-E Professor Stephen Hansen (History), UMSL Professor Louis Gerteis (History), and SIU-E Professor Emeritus Richard Millett (History). The topics will be:• Five Best Generals of the Civil War• Five Worst Generals of the Civil War• Five Most Important Turning Points of the Civil War• Five Worse Mistakes of the Civil War.

2. “Civil War and American Culture:" This session will feature four presentations addressing the questions of how popular culture reflects history as well as how to preserve family artifacts. Specific topics and the humanities scholars who will present are:• “Depiction of Civil War Women in Popular 20th Century Fiction” by Cecilie Flo, SIU-E History master’s degree student• “Preserving the Past: Public History and Museums” by Professor Laura Fowler(History), SIU-E• “Preserving Family Records” by Dr. Amanda Bahr-Evola (History), SIUE Archivist• “Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library” by Carol Manning, Educaton Coordinator, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library.

3. “Southwestern Illinois in the Civil War:” This session will connect the region to the larger milieu of the Civil War. It will demonstrate the value of local history and introduce the audience to the larger questions of Civil War causation, context, and consequence. The specific topics are:• “African-American Civil War Soldiers from Illinois” by Dr. Victoria Harrison (History), SIU-E• “Elijah Lovejoy” by Mark Neels (History), Lindenwood College and SIU doctoral student• “Confederate POW’s and the Alton Prison” by Dr. Mike Whaley (History), Lindenwood College• The Disloyal: Gratiot Prison” by Louis Gerteis (History), UMSL• “The Battle of Shiloh and One Illinois Family” by Professor Jon Hunt (EdAdmin), SIU-E.

4. “What Every Teacher Needs to Know About the Civil War:” This session will feature a roundtable discussion led by humanities scholars and area teachers. It is designed to help elementary and secondary school teachers better understand the contribution of history to their student’s education and to offer the teachers resources to help them strengthen their teaching. The roundtable participants include: Professor Jason Stacy, SIU-E History Department, Professor Rowena McClinton, SIU-E History Department, Professor Caroline Pryor, SIU-E Curriculum and Instruction Department, and Mr. Jeff Welker Roxana High School. Specific topics will include:• The Home Front: North and South• The Powerful Interest: Free and Enslaved African Americans• The Social Rending: Southern and Northern Society during the War• Disabled Men and Abled Women: Challenges to Gender Norms during the War.

“THE CIVIL WAR” WITH KEN BURNS

On April 20th, Ken Burns, noted producer and director, will speak at the SIU-E campus on the Civil War. His speech will be open to the public, although there will be a fee for tickets. His talk will demonstrate to the public the significance of the Civil War to American history as well as the importance of the humanities for understanding the nature of our society.

FRIENDS OF LOVEJOY LIBRARY HIGH SCHOOL WRITERS’ CONTEST

We will sponsor a non-fiction and a poetry contest for area high school students using the theme of the Civil War. Cash prizes of will be awarded for first, second, and third places in each category. The essays and the poetry will be judged by a panel of SIU-E faculty and graduate students. Over 65 area high schools will be contacted inviting their students to submit. The Friends of SIU-E Lovejoy Library will host a dinner on April 27th for the winners, their parents, and teachers. This activity will help engage young students and their parents in the humanities for understanding the Civil War.

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

BATTLEFIELDS THEN AND NOW

Nearly 5,000 photos in this fascinating Flickr photo pool:

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THINK YOU'VE GOT LOTS OF BOOKS?

You probably don't have as many as they do:

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IF OLD PEOPLE RAN THE INTERNET

I feel OK telling you about this item because I am now an old person according to IHOP (I qualify for the 55 and over senior meal prices!):

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NOTE: Plus, it's got some funny bits! I especially like the Google Pill Calendar!

COLLABORATIVE GENEALOGY IN THE CLOUD

Great Dick Eastman post on which software to use if you and one or more relatives want to work on your family history in the cloud:

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ANATOMY OF A PENSION FILE

Randy Seaver has been taking a closer look at a great-grandfather’s Civil War pension file on the Genea-Musings Blog:

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COMPUTING AT THE SPEED OF MOLASSES

Has your older computer got the slows? You can almost certainly speed it up using one or more of these tips from Kim Komando:

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

FAMILY TREE UNIVERSITY

You can sign up for a course or two (and get great discounts) if you act soon:

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CIVIL WAR TALKS AT THE MISSOURI STATE ARCHIVES

They’ve got one scheduled each month during January-November 2011:

Date: January 20. Lecturer: Jeremy Neely. “The Border Between Them: Violence and Reconciliation on the Kansas-Missouri Border.” Time: 7 PM. Place: Missouri State Archives.

Date: February 24. Lecturer: Gary Jenkins. “Negroes to Hire: Slave Life and Culture on Missouri Farms.” Time: 7 PM. Place: Missouri State Archives.

Date: March 24. Lecturer: Thomas Curran. “Confederate Women and Military Justice in the St. Louis Area.” Time: 7 PM. Place: Missouri State Archives.

Date: April 28. Lecturer: Jack Morgan. “Through Irish and American Wars: the Life and Times of Thomas W. Sweeney.” Time: 7 PM. Place: Missouri State Archives.

Date: May 19. Lecturer: Daniel Sutherland. “Guerrillas, Bushwhackers, and Partisans: Rethinking the American Civil War.” Time: 7 PM. Place: Truman Building, Rooms 490/492.

Date: June 16. Lecturer: William Piston Garrett and Thomas P. Sweeney. “Portraits of Conflict; a Photographic History of Missouri in the Civil War.” Time: 7 PM. Place: Missouri State Archives.

Date: July 14. Lecturer: Robert G. Schultz. “General Sterling Price and the Confederacy.” Time: 7 PM. Place: Missouri State Archives.

Date: August 11. Lecturer: Walter Kamphoefner. “Missouri Germans and the Cause of Union and Freedom.” Time: 7 PM. Place: Truman Building, Rooms 490/492.

Date: September 22. Lecturer: Ann Raab. “What Archaeology Can Reveal About General Order No. 11.” Time: 7 PM. Place: Missouri State Archives.

Date: October 20. Lecturer: Robert W. Frizzell. “Bloody Bill” Anderson’s Raids on the Lafayette County Germans.” Time: 7 PM. Place: Missouri State Archives.

Date: November 10. Lecturer: Dennis Boman. “Lincoln and Citizens’ Rights in Civil War America: Balancing Freedom and Security.” Time: 7 PM. Place: Missouri State Archives.

Missouri State Archives
James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center
600 West Main Street
Jefferson City, MO

Harry S. Truman Building
301 West High Street
Jefferson City, MO

To see videos of past programs:

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THE QUIET REVOLUTIONARY

John Brown hated slavery, and died on the gallows; Henry Wadsworth Longfellow hated slavery, and wrote a poem about the American Revolution that was every bit as much a call to arms against slaveholders and the states that sought to perpetuate the peculiar institution:

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THREE SPLENDID LITTLE WARS

The GPO has published Joseph Taussig’s account of his naval service in the Spanish-American War, Philippines Insurrection, and the Boxer Rebellion:

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THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD

Remember PAF (Personal Ancestral File), the genealogical software that it seemed like everybody was using a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away? Guess what? It’s still available for downloading, and still free:

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

EUROPEANA

Europeana enables people to explore the digital resources of Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. It promotes discovery and networking opportunities in a multilingual space where users can engage, share in and be inspired by the rich diversity of Europe's cultural and scientific heritage. Ideas and inspiration can be found within the more than 14.6 million items on Europeana. These objects include:

· Images-- paintings, drawings, maps, photos and pictures of museum objects
· Texts-- books, newspapers, letters, diaries and archival papers
· Sounds-- music and spoken word from cylinders, tapes, discs and radio broadcasts
· Videos-- films, newsreels and TV broadcasts

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ARMY HISTORY MAGAZINE

Current and past issues available for free download here:

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ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE VIETNAM WAR

How an archaeological investigation confirmed the final status of an American MIA:

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THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

The National Park Service provides a lot of information on the Revolution, and on the historic sites at which the record of that conflict is maintained for the American public:

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

MILLIONAIRES’ SQUADRON

True story about a WWII RAF squadron composed mainly of British artistocrats, many of whom were millionaires:

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BATTLEFIELD PROJECT GRANTS

Didn’t know the federal government had such a program? Better hurry if your organization might want to apply for one:

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2010 CENSUS

Want more info on 2010 census results, and the effect the results will have on how we are governed? Go here:

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WINDOWS APPS YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU HAVE

Interesting article on apps built into your recent Windows OS (XP, Vista, or 7) that you may not realize you have:

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SEARCH YOUR PAST WITH LOOKING GLASS

Looking Glass Prairie Chapter, NSDAR, the newest DAR chapter in Illinois, will be having its first family research workshop. The workshop is free and is open to the public. It will be at the O’Fallon Public Library, 120 Civic Plaza (behind the Post Office) January 15, 2011 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The areas that will be discussed are: How to begin your family search; How to organize your information; How to read census records and what they can tell you; How to look for marriage records, cemetery records, probates and wills, and obituaries.

Those interested in attending this free workshop, call 618-918-1818 to sign up.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

ASCII GENERATOR 2.0

This freeware graphics editor converts your photos into recognizable images composed completely of text characters. It’s a very small program, so it’s easy to download and try it out for yourself:

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NOTE: Could prove useful for scrapbookers and family histroy book cover designers...

NOT A GOOD DAY TO DIE

Chaska, a Dakota Indian, was not supposed to be on the gallows with 37 fellow tribesmen on that December morning in 1862:

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HUXFORD-SPEAR GENEALOGY LIBRARY

A merger of two genealogical collections will create the largest private genealogical collection in the southeastern United States. The merged collection will include 30,000 books, 4,000 rolls of microfilm, and 10,000 sheets of microfiche. The Library welcomes non-members to the new facility in Homerville, Georgia:

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NOTE: Local community has two bed-and-breakfasts that cater to genealogists!

OUR QUASI-WAR WITH FRANCE

From 1798-1800, our country was sort-of at war with the revolutionary government of France. A book published by the GPO provides background info on this little-known conflict:

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MAINE MANUSCRIPTS

Researching a Maine ancestor? This custom search engine searches 250 finding aids for the info you are seeking:

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CHRONICLING AMERICA- NEWSPAPERS

If you haven’t checked in on this Library of Congress project lately, the large number of newspapers now represented may surprise you:

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

MISSOURI COUNTIES

This handy list provides establishment date, county seat, and post offices past and present in the county:

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There’s also an alphabetical list of post offices (past and present) in Missouri:

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A CURE FOR BRICK WHACKING

Tired of banging your head against that research brick wall? Try an alternative strategy:

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SECURITY ESSENTIALS

Need free anti-virus protection? This free product from your BFFs at Microsoft is getting great reviews:

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SOMETHING STAYS

This great post by Michael Lynch from the Past in the Present blog reminds us that traces of past events can “haunt” historic sites in very palpable fashion:

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NOTE: You might also be interested in this blog post I wrote about secular sacred spaces:

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Monday, December 20, 2010

A HISTORY OF THE DIOCESE OF BELLEVILLE

Missouri History Museum staff have recently indexed A History of the Diocese of Belleville (1919), which is packed with biographical sketches and portraits of residents of St. Clair County, Monroe County, Randolph County, and elsewhere in southern Illinois:

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Dennis Northcott
Missouri History Museum

RANDOLPH COUNTY (IL) GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

They’ve redesigned their website:

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CHOOSE THE RIGHT DESKTOP

Getting ready to buy a new desktop? Kim Komando tells you how to get enough computing power without paying for extras you really don’t need:

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GETTYSBURG 150

Yes, 2013 will mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg-- and there will be events there each year during the period 2011-2015 to help commemorate the occasion. 2011 events include a re-enactment of the battle:

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BRITONS WHO DIED FOR OLD GLORY

Thousands of British citizens died while serving in the Union Army:

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NOTE: Some Brits also gave their all for the Stars and Bars!

Friday, December 17, 2010

NBC ANNOUNCES SEASON TWO CELEBRITIES FOR ‘WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?’

Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Rosie O’Donnell, Steve Buscemi, Kim Cattrall, Lionel Richie, Vanessa Williams and Ashley Judd Take a Look Inside Their Family Histories on NBC’s Genealogy Alternative Series Produced by Lisa Kudrow

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – December 16, 2010 – Viewers can take an up-close and personal look inside the family history of some of today’s most beloved and iconic celebrities when NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” returns for its second season on Friday, February 4 (8-9 p.m. ET). The celebrities who star in the series are Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Rosie O’Donnell, Steve Buscemi, Kim Cattrall, Lionel Richie, Vanessa Williams and Ashley Judd.

From executive producers Lisa Kudrow (“Friends,” “The Comeback”) and Dan Bucatinsky (“Lipstick Jungle,” “The Comeback”) – through their production company Is or Isn’t Entertainment and Shed Media U.S. (“Supernanny,” “The Real Housewives of New York City”) -- “Who Do You Think You Are?” is an adaptation of the award-winning hit British television documentary series that leads celebrities on a journey of self-discovery as they unearth their family trees that reveal surprising, inspiring and even tragic stories that often are linked to crucial events in American history.

“I've been a fan of the U.K. version of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ for a long time, so it's very rewarding that the U.S. version is back with more compelling stories this season that are illuminating, touching and aspirational,” said Kudrow. “This is such a unique show for network television and we're all thrilled that the American audience has embraced it.”

From the trenches of the Civil War to the shores of the Caribbean, and from the valleys of Virginia to the island nations of Australia and Ireland, “Who Do You Think You Are?” will reveal the fabric of humanity through everyone’s place in history. Each week a different celebrity takes a journey into their family’s past, traveling all over the world. While giving viewers an in-depth look into their favorite stars’ family tree, each episode will expose surprising facts and life changing encounters that will unlock people’s emotions, show just how connected everyone is not only to the past, but to one another.

Ancestry.com is NBC and Shed’s official partner on the series and will help provide the research used to tell each story. “We’re thrilled with this year’s strong lineup and look forward to helping Americans go on their own journey of discovery alongside the stars,” said Josh Hanna, Head of Global Marketing for Ancestry.com.

Who Do You Think You Are?” is produced by Shed Media U.S. in association with Is or Isn’t Entertainment. Alex Graham, Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky, Jennifer O'Connell and Al Edgington are the executive producers. The unique, award-winning series is based on the popular BBC television documentary series from Wall to Wall Productions, created and executive-produced by Graham.

Shed Media U.S. is noted for its strong characters and memorable casting, and produces several popular television shows including: ABC’s “Supernanny,” Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City” and “Bethenny Getting Married?,” Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog,” VH1’s “Basketball Wives” and CMT’s “World’s Strictest Parents.” Is or Isn't Entertainment has been developing and producing television and online content since 2003, producing the critically acclaimed and Emmy nominated series “The Comeback” currently making its own comeback on The Sundance Channel.

Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) is the world's largest online family history resource, with nearly 1.4 million paying subscribers. More than 6 billion records have been added to the site in the past 14 years. Ancestry users have created more than 20 million family trees containing over 2 billion profiles. Ancestry.com has local Web sites directed at nine countries that help people discover, preserve and share their family history, including its flagship Web site at www.ancestry.com.

For "Who Do You Think You Are?" embeddable clips and full episodes, visit NBC.com's official show site:

http://www.nbc.com/who-do-you-think-you-are/

ROOTSTECH 2011

Awesome lineup of classes/workshops for all you genie geeks out there:

Below is a sampling of lectures and demonstrations for the Feb 10-12 first ever RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City.

Here is the link to the other lectures on day 2 and 3; registration; hotels:

http://www.rootstech.familysearch.org/

Early bird registration through January 7; higher after that.

· Internet Indexing for Societies and Groups
· jQuery and Web Services
· Mobile Application Development
· Software Forecast: What Genealogists Need for the Future
· The Fifty Most Popular Genealogy Websites (Really!)
· Using GPUs for Image Processing
· Virtual Fam
· Web Analytics: Measure and Improve
· Will Your Work Survive the Digital Age
· Census Extract
· Creativity Matters
· Easy Digital Newsletters
· Effective Database Search Tactics
· Genealogy Blogs: Impact and Influence in the Genealogy Community
· Interactive Genealogists Part 1
· Legado: An Open-Source Python for Family History Research
· More Cloud with Comparision NA
· Tech Tools for Finding Manuscript Sources
· Toy Story - Electronic tools for genealogists
· Tweet Your Ancestors: Social Media for Genealogists
· 360 Degrees: Photos/Photo Imaging for Producing Authentic
· On-Site Family History Root Experiences with Multimedia
· Design Eye for the Dev Guy
· Digitally Preserving Your Family Heritage
· Lessons from building Browser Plug-Ins
· Mobile Apps for Genealogy
· On the Road to Mashups: Integrating Data from API Providers
· Scalability in the Cloud
· Social Networking for Genealogists
· Using the internet to create family websites
· No SQL" - Exploring the Super Powers of Graph and Document DBs
· Cool Tools to Enhance Your Online Research
· Digital Preservation Tips for Programmers
· Getting Your Book Published!
· Is the future of genealogy in the Cloud, on your phone or on the desktop?
· Leverage Google's Free Services
· One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools
· Rapid Family Tree Client Creation Using Genealogy Cloud™
· Self-Publishing for Genealogists and Genealogical Societies
· Spring 3.0 meets Fam
· Using Microsoft Pivot to Show Genealogical Content
· Virtual Presentations: "Second Life"DearMYRTLE

RootsTech is sponsored by Microsoft, Dell, FamilySearch, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, brightsolid, Ancestry.com, the National Genealogical Society, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and Brigham Young University

UPLOAD N SELL

Have you got a book you’d like to sell online, but don’t want the hassle of creating/managing a website? Then UploadNSell is the answer to your prayer:

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FORTY BEST GENIE BLOGS 2011

Here’s your chance to help MoSGA Messenger get selected as one of forty best genie blogs:

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WHAT IF GENERAL LEE HADN’T SURRENDERED?

What if he had chosen (as Jefferson Davis urged him) to begin a guerrilla war that ended eventually in CSA independence? What then?

This author suggests that the end result would look much the same to the average American of the present day:

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

FREE WWII DATABASE ACCESS

Free WWII Databases at Footnote.com, NARA and elsewhere
Posted: 13 Dec 2010 11:31 AM PST

Many of you probably noticed that last week, December 7th, was the 69th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.To commemorate that infamous day and World War II, subscription website Footnote.com has made two databases from its collection FREE during the month of December.

Pearl Harbor Muster Rolls, the quarterly Muster Rolls and related documents for the United States Navy’s fighting ships, ground organizations, and shore facilities that were present on the island of Oahu during the attack.

World War II Diaries, 1942-1945, submitted by most units in the Navy (most Marine Corps war diaries were submitted by aviation units such as fighter squadrons), provide a day-to-day record of operational and sometimes administrative activities. This database contains 251,082 document images.

Additionally, there are other databases, free to the general public, which also commemorate WWII. A couple of these are:

The National World War II Memorial includes a registry of citizens who contributed to the war effort, including army service members. This list was compiled by public enrollment and governmental sources. The registry can be searched for free.

NARA's Access to Archival Databases has several databases regarding World War II army service, such as listings of prisoners of war (c. 1941-1946) and U.S. Army enlistment records (c. 1938-1946).

Why not take these opportunities to research an ancestor's World War II participation today?

TRI-COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY UPDATE

The November newsletter has been posted on our website. Please note that Lyndon Irwin's new BRONAUGH book is now available for purchase -- stop by the Library to purchase a copy or get one from me (I've always got copies of the Irwin books and the new Cemetery Directory in my car!).

Bring your research story and a favorite pot-luck dish to our December meeting to share.

Merry Christmas to you and your family. May 2011 be a great year for your family history research projects!

Regards,

Nancy Thompson
Tri-County Genealogical Society
218 W. Walnut St., Nevada, MO 64772
(417) 922-3596

ROOTSTECH 2011

Don't Miss the $99 Early Bird Registration for RootsTech 2011 in Salt Lake City!

A new family history and technology conference to define the future of genealogy:

* February 10-12, 2011
* Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
* Early bird registration ends January 7, 2011

You have never seen anything quite like this-- the first annual RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City will be in a league of its own. From the Community Zone and participant-driven unconferencing discussions to the RootsTech Playground, this conference is going to be ground-breaking and unique. Think major technology creators (Microsoft, Dell, FamilySearch, Ancestry.com, and brightsolid) and technology users (genealogists and family history buffs) coming together in a fun, collaborative environment for three days to learn new, technology-based skills and define the future of family history through technology!

Millions of genealogists use technology daily to help them in their ancestral pursuits. Be one of the thousands of RootsTech 2011 attendees to:

* See firsthand how new and emerging technologies can improve and simplify your activities
* Help influence the future of genealogy
* Learn and share new ways to adapt technologies to genealogy
* Engage in emerging technology demonstrations
* Help leading-edge technology providers better understand your needs and how to satisfy them

There will be sessions of interest to novice, intermediate, and advanced users of genealogical technology. The intended skill level for each session is noted in the RootsTech 2011 Conference program.

The sessions will include:

* Hands-on workshops
* Interactive presentations
* Sneak peek demonstrations of new products and services
* Panel discussions
* Common interest gatherings
* Unconferencing discussions (last minute, on-the-fly sessions requested by attendees)

Go to RootsTech.org to see the full list of topics and sessions.

Register now at RootsTech.org:
* $99 through January 7, 2011
* $150 beginning January 8, 2011

RootsTech is sponsored by Microsoft, Dell, FamilySearch, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, brightsolid, Ancestry.com, the National Genealogical Society, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and Brigham Young University.

TWIT JOB SEARCH

No, it’s not a site where twits can search for employment- it’s a site you can use to put Twitter to work to assist in your job search:

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NOTE: No offense intended should you happen to be a twit…

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

MILNE CIVIL WAR COLLECTION

A university in Wales was recently given a collection of more than 2,000 items pertaining to the American Civil War. A special lecture given by Dr. Richard J. Cardwardine of Oxford University to formally announce the public availability of the collection, “The Global Lincoln: the Civil War President and His International Legacy,” is available for viewing here:

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BOOKSTORE IN THE CLOUD

If you’ve long dreamed of owning a bookstore, but can’t afford to quit your day job, you may wish to consider starting a virtual bookstore on Amazon.com. You’ll want to set it up right the first time around, however, and this blog post will help you stay on Amazon.com’s good side:

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TABBLES

You can now find files, folders, and URLs by assigning tags to them. Tabbles works on your personal computer, with a local area network, or in the cloud:

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HP CREATIVE STUDIO

Free templates for creating various documents like holiday cards, newsletters, calendars, photobooks and scrapbooks, etc.:

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NOTE: If you or a loved one is an animation fan, there are some awesome templates you can use to make personalized color posters with graphics from the Monsters vs. Aliens and Megamind movies!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

WUNDERLIST

Free, easy-to-use task manager:

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TIPS FOR MEMORY MAKERS

If you’ve been tapped to be this year’s holiday photographer, make sure you take some great photos:

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PASSWORD REMINDER

I just had a password scare. I bought a notebook computer recently, password protected it like a smart computer user should- then put it away for awhile while I worked on more pressing projects. I finally got back to notebook this past weekend- and realized I did not remember what password I had assigned to it! I checked the list of passwords I maintain in a file folder- and discovered it was not recorded there. That seemed most uncharacteristic- I am a librarian, with all a librarian’s usual personality traits, and normally record stuff like that as a matter of course.

After a few hours spent sweating bullets, it occurred to me that I had taken the notebook into work and first used it there. I’ve also got a file folder there with passwords that I use mainly at work. I checked that file folder this morning- and, lo and behold, the notebook password was there!

I would like for you to profit from my moments of sheer terror. If you haven’t faithfully recorded your passwords in a safe place, do so right now (on your computer in a file named PASSWORDS is not a safe place, by the way). In fact, keep a record of your passwords in two separate safe places (if the place where you keep the only copy of your passwords should ever be destroyed by fire-flood-tornado-etc., you are out of luck).

Tips from your BFFs at Microsoft on creating strong passwords:

LINK

Friday, December 10, 2010

SLPL GENEALOGY & CIVIL WAR HISTORY PROGRAMS

Here's the latest list of upcoming programs I'll be doing now through March 2011. This list supercedes any previous list you may possess. All programs are sponsored or co-sponsored by St. Louis Public Library. All are free and open to the public. Please note that locations vary.

Sat, Dec 18, 10 AM-Noon—He’s a Rebel: Researching Confederate Soldiers & Regiments. Join us as Tom Pearson discusses print, microfilm, manuscript, and Internet sources of info on our Illinois soldier ancestors. Buder Branch. Pre-registration recommended but not required. To register or for more information: tpearson@slpl.org.

Weds January 12 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Research at the Illinois State Archives. Join us as Tom Pearson discusses the wealth of resources for the genealogist and historian available at this Springfield, Illinois institution (emphasis on researching Civil War soldiers). PSOP Building, 201 N. Church Street, Belleville, IL 62220. To register or for more information: tpearson@slpl.org.

Sat, Jan 22, 10 AM-Noon-- Prairie State Patriots: Researching Illinois Civil War Soldiers & Regiments. Join us as Tom Pearson discusses print, microfilm, manuscript, and Internet sources of info on our Illinois soldier ancestors. Buder Branch. Pre-registration recommended but not required. To register or for more information: tpearson@slpl.org.

Fri, Feb 4, 1 PM-2 PM— To Rally With the Hearts of Lions: the Story of the U.S. Colored Troops. Join us as Tom Pearson discusses print, microfilm, manuscript, and Internet sources of info on black Civil War soldiers. Carpenter Branch. Pre-registration recommended but not required. To register or for more information: tpearson@slpl.org.

Fri, Feb 18, 1 PM-2 PM— “The Crimes of This Guilty Land”: Captain John Brown’s Assault on Slavery. Join us as Tom Pearson discusses print, microfilm, manuscript, and Internet sources on John Brown, the man who led a war against pro-slavery men in Kansas, and then led an ill-fated assault on Harper’s Ferry in Virginia (now West Virginia). Schlafly Branch. Pre-registration recommended but not required. To register or for more information: tpearson@slpl.org.

Thurs, Feb 24, 7 PM-8 PM— Black Codes and Fugitive Slave Laws. Join us as Tom Pearson discusses the numerous restrictions placed on slaves and free black persons in the antebellum and post-Civil War periods. Buder Branch. Pre-registration recommended but not required. To register or for more information: tpearson@slpl.org.

Thurs, Mar 17, 10 AM-Noon-- Citizen Soldiers: Researching Revolutionary War Ancestors. Join us as Tom Pearson discusses print, microfilm, manuscript, and Internet sources of info on our patriot ancestors. Buder Branch. Pre-registration recommended but not required. To register or for more information: tpearson@slpl.org.

SLPL branch library locations and hours

Parking at Buder Branch Library is free!

Tom Pearson, Reference Librarian
Special Collections Department
St. Louis Public Library
1415 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
tpearson@slpl.org

MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM UPDATE

The following sources have recently been added to the Genealogy and Local History Index. To search the index globally, visit the main page. To browse or search one of the individual sources below, click on the link for that source.

1. Several necrology scrapbooks (clippings of obituaries and death notices)

2. The Hatchet (Washington University yearbook), 1903-1943 (incomplete run)

3. Program for the graduating exercises of the Manual Training School, Washington University, June 17, 1903

4. Program for the seventeenth annual reunion of the Manual Training School Alumni Association, June 17, 1904

5. Printed document: “As an expression of esteem and affection we, the undersigned, present this appropriate gift to our tutor, E.M. Avery, December 25, 1853.”

6. Printed document: “To E.M. Avery, as a small reward for the zealous, impartial, and honest discharge of his duty in the capacity of tutor, we, the following contributors, offer this gift, December 25, 1855.”

The Library and Research Center collections are non-circulating; items may not be checked out. The library staff can make photocopies for 25 cents per copy.

Library reference desk: 314-746-4500, library@mohistory.org
Archives reference desk: 314-746-4510, archives@mohistory.org

Library and Research Center website: http://www.mohistory.org/lrc-home/

iPOD CONUNDRUM

Granddaughter or grandson (or spouse) pestering you for an iPod, but you don’t know which one to get (or aren’t even sure what an iPod is)? Here’s some good advice on which one to select:

LINK

YET ANOTHER SCARY HACKER GET-AROUND

Hopefully you password-protect your PCs, laptops, and netbooks in case they should get stolen at some point. But there are ways thieves can try and break passwords on your Windows and Mac computers. Luckily for you, there are ways to make it harder for them to do so:

LINK

NOTE: Most importantly, never use the default password on any of your electronic devices! It's the first thing thieves try when they get their hands on your machine. And never use PASSWORD, or your phone number, or your address as a password-- also easy to break!

NOW IS THE TIME…

To prepare for unwanted visitors. I just had a spyware scare, and I want to be better prepared next time. And sadly, I know there will be a next time, because even the best-prepared people get burned on occasion. What can you do?

1. Back up files you work with regularly on a very frequent basis-- weekly is good, daily is not too often.
2. Use a recent Windows OS (like Vista or 7), or use a Linux OS instead of a Windows OS. You can also get a Mac, although it looks like hackers are finally starting to take an interest in Macs.
3. Use an up-to-date browser, and use something other than Internet Explorer if possible.
4. Run anti-virus software, and set it to receive automatic updates from the manufacturer.
5. Always save files you are downloading- never click “Install”. Then scan with your security software prior to installation.
6. Never click on pop-ups/links that suddenly appear on a web page you are using. Click out using the X in the upper right corner of your browser.
7. Don’t recognize the sender of an email, or is there something odd about the subject line? Trust your intuition-- delete it right now.
8. If there’s a link in an email-- even one from a sender you trust-- it’s safer to go to the web and use a search engine to connect with that site. A clever spammer/hacker can use a legitimate looking email link to send you to a look-alike site.
9. Have a rescue CD and several different free anti-virus programs on CD or flash drive that you can run if your PC becomes infected.

RESCUE CDs:

Spybot Search & Destroy

F-Secure

AVG Rescue CD

FREE ANTI-VIRUS PROGRAMS that will run safely alongside major commercial security suites like MacAfee, Norton, etc.:

Immunet

Hazard Shield

Clam AV for Windows

STAND-ALONE FREE AV PROTECTION:

Avast Free Anti-virus

Panda Cloud Anti-Virus

Microsoft Security Essentials

Comodo Anti-virus

Thursday, December 09, 2010

LIFE WILL FIND A WAY

Strange new life form found in California’s Mono Lake proves that lifeforms on other planets and moons may differ from most of Mother Earth’s children in very significant ways:

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LIVING IN THE CLOUD

Is cloud computing safe and secure? Yes, more or less- but I wouldn’t store sensitive info like SSN, bank account or credit card info, or sensitive medical info or revealing photos there:

LINK

LEST WE FORGET

STL WWI casualties listed on the Court of Honor at Soldiers Memorial:

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FACES OF THE CIVIL WAR

Digitized versions of 700 tintype and ambrotype images of Civil War soldiers courtesy of the Library of Congress:

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Friday, December 03, 2010

DROPPING THE BIG ONE, SANS BOMB

Turns out you don't need to drop a real bomb to cripple Iran's nuclear bomb building program-- just drop the most complex cyber-bomb experts have ever encountered:

LINK

NOTE: As I read the above-named story, I was reminded of the MCP (Master Control Program), an AI (artificial intelligence) character in Tron, one of my favorite geek-out movies.

STORIES FROM THE CIVIL WAR ARCHIVES

Every document tells a story, especially those penned during the drama of the American Civil War. In 2009-2010, the Missouri History Museum partnered with 25 libraries and historical institutions around Missouri and the U.S. to gather thousands of Civil War documents for a digital collection now available online. Chris Gordon, director of the Missouri History Museum's Library and Collections, tells the fascinating stories revealed in selected documents from the collection and shows how you can access this collection.

When: Sunday, December 12, 2010, 2:30 pm
Where: Lee Auditorium, Missouri History Museum (Lindell & DeBaliviere, in Forest Park)
Cost: Free

The Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center is free and open to the public. The Library and Research Center is located at 225 South Skinker, across from Forest Park. Our hours are Tuesday-Friday, noon-5 pm, and Saturday, 10 am-5 pm.

The Library and Research Center collections are non-circulating; items may not be checked out. The library staff can make photocopies for 25 cents per copy.

Library reference desk: 314-746-4500, library@mohistory.org
Archives reference desk: 314-746-4510, archives@mohistory.org

Library and Research Center website: http://www.mohistory.org/lrc-home/

SLPL INDEXES SEARCH TIP

Thanks to Dennis Northcott of Missouri History Museum for this suggestion:

Many of you are likely familiar with the St. Louis Public Library's online obituary index, which indexes death notices, burial permits, and obituaries from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for the years 1880-1930, 1942-1945, 1960-1966, and 1992-2009.

However, the St. Louis Public Library's website also includes many other valuable genealogical indexes to St. Louis publications. The St. Louis Public Library's Indexes and Bibliographies page lists these indexes.

Follow these steps to globally search for names in these indexes:

1. Go to the Google Advanced Search page.

2. In the "Search within a site or domain" box, enter the following URL:

http://www.slpl.lib.mo.us/libsrc/

(to search the old SLPL website- older entries)

3. In the "Search within a site or domain" box, enter the following URL:

http://www.slpl.org/

(to search the new SLPL website- more recent entries)

4. In the "Find web pages that have . . . all these words" box, key the surname you are researching.

Pearson

5. If you are researching a very common surname and would like to search for a specific name (i.e., John Baxter), key the name in the "Find web pages that have this exact wording or phrase" box in the following manner:

Baxter, John

6. SLPL also now provides its own Obituaries Search Page.

You can request copies of obits and burial permits here.

Enjoy!

GOOGLE BOOKSTORE

You knew it was only a matter of time- now they’re saying it should be open for business by January 1, 2011:

LINK

NOTE: You may have heard of The Singularity, an online nexus that will be the place where you can do in virtual space most of the things you previously did in meatspace. Perhaps they should start calling it The Googularity, since it seems likely the Mountain View Mafia will make us an offer we can’t refuse in this case, too.

CREATING A FREE (AND SECURE) FAMILY WEBSITE

Do it using a service called Chattertree:

LINK

NOTE: When it first came up on my computer, I had to scroll down to see their start screen.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

FREE FAMILY TREE BUILDER 5.0

London, England & Tel Aviv, Israel – December 1, 2010 – MyHeritage.com, the largest family network on the web, today announced the launch of Family Tree Builder 5.0, the most advanced and easy-to-use free genealogy software in the world. Introducing a range of new practical features, Family Tree Builder 5.0 makes researching, building, printing and sharing family trees easier than ever. The new ‘To-Do’ lists and unique ‘Tree Consistency Checker’ are amongst the useful new tools for genealogists, while the new fully customizable family tree charts and professional poster prints provide a colorful way for any family to showcase its past and present. With improved privacy settings, Family Tree Builder 5.0 also gives users more flexibility and security for sharing family history data.

Family history enthusiasts and genealogists around the world use Family Tree Builder to find long-lost relatives, and discover and showcase their family roots. Popular free features, such as Smart Matches™ and Facial Recognition, empower users to overcome the challenges of family history research in a fun and innovative way. Family Tree Builder users can synchronize their data with a private online family site on MyHeritage.com. Family sites serve as an ideal platform for families to share their heritage and stay in touch – through photo sharing, event planning and other social networking tools.

"We’re witnessing a massive upward trend in people being passionate to discover their roots", said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage.com. "Our newly released Family Tree Builder 5.0 software is the ideal companion in the journey to explore your family’s past. Easy-to-use, packed with innovative features and completely free, it transforms family history into a hobby that is accessible and enjoyable for everyone.”

The new Family Tree Builder 5.0, free to download at www.myheritage.com/family-tree-builder, offers several new ways of organizing, documenting and showcasing family history. The major new features include:

‘To-Do’ Lists: A new feature that makes organizing and conducting research much more effective. Users can enter tasks that need to be done and associate them with people and locations, and organize the next steps they need to do in their research and prioritize them. Offers the ability to find all tasks associated with a certain person or location.

Tree Consistency Checker: A unique and free tool that helps find mistakes in family tree data, automatically identifying errors and inconsistencies in 40 categories. The tool excels in detecting anomalies – for example if users have entered dates inside place fields or tagged someone in a photo before that person’s birth – and shows users exactly how to fix them.

Improved Privacy Settings: A centralized place for controlling privacy settings. Users can now make specific information (e.g., names, facts and notes) of family members private and prevent this data from being published to family sites, or exclude it from family tree charts.

New Family Tree Charts: In only a few clicks, users can create beautiful family tree charts for free using a new easy-to-use chart wizard. With a dozen different chart types to choose from (click here to view), 18 predefined chart styles (click here to view), plus a wide variety of border designs, frames, background images, decorations, colours and fonts, users now enjoy thousands of combinations for personalizing their family tree charts. Charts can be saved in PDF format, which makes them easy to print at home and to share with others.

Family Tree Posters: With worldwide shipping, users can now order a poster sized version of any family tree chart, either direct to their home or sent as a gift to a family member. Prices start from as little as $20.

Custom Reports: Users can copy and export to excel data specific to a particular research project (such as a wedding or trip), sorting information according to their needs – e.g. by region, emails of particular individuals, information on reunion attendees etc.

DNA markers: Users can enter results from a genealogy DNA test or be directed to over 10 companies that conduct such tests. This information is encrypted.

Plus dozens of additional enhancements.

About MyHeritage.com:

MyHeritage.com is the most popular family network on the web. Millions of families around the world enjoy having a private place for their families to keep in touch. MyHeritage.com’s Smart-Matching technology empowers users with an exciting and innovative way to find relatives and explore their family history. With all family information stored in a secure site, MyHeritage.com is the ideal place to share family photos, and celebrate and preserve special family moments. Offering 36 languages, 650 million profiles and 16 million family trees, MyHeritage.com is nurturing family relationships and uniting families worldwide. For more information please visit www.myheritage.com or www.myheritage.com/family-tree-builder.

For more information contact:

Daniel Horowitz
Genealogy & Translation Manager for MyHeritage.com
Email: daniel@myheritage.com


NOTE: I’ve tried using Family Tree Builder, and it really is a fine program. I love the ability to easily add persons, and to easily add photos/video/audio to entries for individuals. There are a few nag screens that try to get you to update to the paid version (and who knows, you may well want to), but it’s a small price to pay for a great free program. If you’re still on dial-up, however, you’ll probably want to avoid- it’s 22.7 MB in size, and would take three weeks for you to download.

NGS CONFERENCE 2011 UPDATE

1 December, 2010-- America's fascination with ancestry is increasing because of the recent television series Faces of America on PBS and Who Do You Think You Are on NBC. The National Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that registration opens today for next year's conference, which will be held at the Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418, on 11-14 May 2011. The Society selected Charleston because of its significance in American history. In addition to attending the NGS 2011 Family History Conference, participants will have an opportunity to tour Charleston's historic buildings, churches and homes as well as its many museums and research facilities. The National Genealogical Society anticipates 2,000 genealogists from around the country will attend next year's event.

April 2011 will mark the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War at nearby Ft. Sumter, so the four day family history conference will feature talks on both Revolutionary War and Civil War records. More than seventy-five nationally recognized speakers will provide over one hundred and eighty lectures on a wide variety of topics including research in South Carolina and the surrounding states, migration patterns, religious records, research methodology, and problem solving. The conference program will also include lectures about researching various ethnic groups including Germans, Cherokee, African Americans, Huguenots, Irish, Scots, and Scots-Irish.

Special Saturday workshops include an all day beginner's workshop, "Genealogy 101: Getting Started with Family History" and a "Kids' Kamp" for children and young adults ages eight through sixteen.

An exhibit area with more than one hundred exhibitors will be open and free to the public Wednesday through Saturday including the latest in genealogical software, online research providers and DNA testing services.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, VA-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists. Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.

You can register here.

HIS HEAD IS IN THE CLOUD

Dick Eastman has embraced cloud computing in a big way, and he explains why here:

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STATES SHE HAS VISITED

Interesting post by Paula Stuart-Warren about states of the U.S. that she has visited thus far (all but AK and HI). I have set foot in 38 states- how many have you visited?

LINK

NOTE: List of states and territories is here, in case you’ve forgotten any since your school days:

LINK

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

HOW SLOW CAN IT GO?

If you think you’re not getting the Internet speed your ISP promised you, there’s an easy way to check:

LINK

NOTE: Click on “Begin Test.” An ad on the page also offers to “Scan Your Registry for Errors." Clicking on such offers is generally not a good idea, and changing your registry is not a game for the faint-of-heart, so consider yourself warned…

USB JUST GOT FASTER…

A whole lot faster. If you transfer a fair number of fairly large files on a regular basis, this may be of great interest to you:

LINK

EVERNOTE

Do you tend to forget things if you don’t take care of them right away? Well, make a note about that must-do task- and make that note right now, on virtually any computer, phone, or mobile device:

LINK

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA IN THE CIVIL WAR

A finding aid to the University’s collection of materials dealing with the participation of trustees, faculty, staff, students, and alumni in the Civil War:

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