Saturday, January 24, 2015

How are genealogists similar to astronauts?

1.  We are tied/tethered to our ancestors and TO OUR COMPUTERS! 

We are dependent on others for providing guidance, information, feedback, and keeping us grounded!

Genealogists are often, like the astronauts, explorers and trail blazers, treading where others fear to go.  

Can you find a parallel between genealogists and anteaters?  Let me
hear from you!

The Sinking of the SS Sultana - Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room (Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress)

The Sinking of the SS Sultana - Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room (Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress)

Subscribe to have this type of highlight in history sent straight to your e-mail from the Library of Congress.

Indiana Genealogical Society Blog: Proposed Elimination of Genealogy at the Indiana State Library

Indiana Genealogical Society Blog: Proposed Elimination of Genealogy at the Indiana State Library

This is an awful piece of news to wake up to this Saturday morning.  I would strongly suggest everyone with an interest in Indiana history send a snail mail and $5 as a way to protest this proposal!

SMS Text Simplifies FamilySearch Account Access

SMS Text Simplifies FamilySearch Account Access

People who register via their cell phones don't even have to have an e-mail account.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Physicists read scrolls scorched by ancient volcano | Science/AAAS | News

Physicists read scrolls scorched by ancient volcano | Science/AAAS | News

I was just relaying information to my Genealogy class today about records being discovered all the time and even that records which were damaged might be candidates for restoration through new technology!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Time is Here

The FamilySearch Blog has listed additional information re 2015 Conferences.  If you are looking for an event to attend in 2015, check out their links.

Holiday Highs and Lows:  

  •  Just a day or two ago, I connected with another family history researcher who lives in Arkansas, (I live in Florida).  It's always exciting to know that there is another link in the chain we are building on the Givens Family Tree.  Or, should I say it's not so much a chain as a circle?  Chains are a little heavy, come to think of it.  Still, you get the drift.  Many hands make the work of research lighter!
  • Always around the Christmas Season, you will find that software companies will offer discounts in price for their family history programs.  You can find these offers in your e-mail box and online at genealogy websites.  Keep an eye out or prepare next year to take advantage of this.  
  • So far, I mentioned the good news but there are some who suffer from ill health, the flu, pinched nerves, and more and somehow, that seems inconsistent in our minds with what we would like: a Holly Jolly Christmas for everyone.  If you or a friend find yourselves in this predicament, remember that life is imperfect.  Take your meds, get plenty of sleep, and drink lots of fluids.  It's never too late to celebrate the overall goodness of love, families, friends, and other blessings.  And there is always Facebook to get your Christmas greetings sent out!  I've received several nice family photos already!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Time Flies

2014 is quickly rushing to an end and pretty soon, we'll slam right into a New Year! 

Yes, I know: it's not even Christmas yet.  And yet, I find myself thinking ahead to the many fine things that will be taking place in the New Year.  Especially, for genealogists and family historians. 

Spend a few minutes between now and New Year's Eve thing about 2015 and what it will mean to you in terms of your journey down Ancestor Avenue.

Consider, for example:
  • What's in store event-wise?  
    • Genealogists who love history will want to scope out what's happening in 2015 to commemorate and build appreciation of the history side of family history.  There's an App for that?  I'm not sure about whether there's an app, but using your search engine should give you an edge.
      • Possible Christmas Gift?  A Boxed Calendar created by The History Channel: People, events, and fascinating events to remember and celebrate in 2015!
      • Lincoln Funeral Coalition Re-Enactment.
      • Waterloo 200. (Be sure to check out the "Descendants" tab).  1815-2015 A.D.
      • Destination Gettysburg.  (Ten Events)
      • There are so many other events to check out in this category.  Don't forget state, regional, and local calendars for more possibilities.  Genealogy, 21st Century Style, includes and depends on historical perspective for understanding our ancestor's lives.
    •  In the genealogy community, you will hear much about the national conferences if you read any of the genealogy blogs that are the staple in our diet of education and news.  However, don't forget that state and local societies also have websites with calendars, also.  Here is a sampling of what's out there:

Friday, November 28, 2014

Hope you enjoyed having time off (from the regular duties of your life), yesterday, and also hope you took a moment to reflect on your life--the half-full cup angle. My own Thanksgiving Dinner began with a blessing on the food said by my oldest son. Saying thanks to God for so many good things in life is a regular Thanksgiving tradition in my life.

Speaking of good things, did you ever wonder where all the databases (records from, come from? Most of us realize that there are microfilms stored in a "granite" mountain and that those are being processed so that they can become digital items. Part of that transition includes an indexing element so that the database is "searchable", online, for free.

The FamilySearch Blog shows us that the old microfilms are just the tip of the iceberg.

Take a moment, a moment of thanksgiving, and read this article, "Where do indexing projects come from". You'll feel even more thankful after you read it, for many helpful hands have had a hand in this process. Their commitment is stellar!  And we thank them!