Sunday, February 14, 2010

Weekly Genealogy Picks

Weekly Genealogy Picks -- February 7 to February 13
from genealogy blogs, newspaper articles and elsewhere

Gena Philibert Ortega at Gena's Genealogy writes about Google Book's My Library feature.

Laura at It's All Relative a few weeks ago started a weekly meme she calls Thursday's Tithe, where she discusses ways to give back to the genealogy community.  This week she discusses Rootsweb mailing lists.

Michael John Neill at RootDig discusses genealogists who guarantee results.

Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings illustrates how to use Google Documents.

Dan Curtis offers some advice on how to save and store old photographs.  He offers a few tips on how to retrieve photographs from the old 'magnetic' photo albums - using common household objects.

Diane Haddad at Genealogy Insider finds some historical love letters.  Here's another one of my favorites from Victor Hugo to Adele Foucher, before he married her.

Frederik Pohl continues to post his recollections of Isaac Asimov.

The State Historical Society of Missouri, which had been closed on Fridays and Saturdays since November 1st due to budget cutbacks, has announced they're returning to their former six-day schedule. (They've raised sufficient private funds to be open all six days, though not all of the library's programs have been restored.)  (hat/tip: MoSGA Messenger)

The UK National Archives is eliminating surplus (duplicate) microfilm archives by lottery.  While they aren't seeking payment, winners will need to pay for all costs in retrieving the microfilm.  So the airfare may be prohibitive for some who live 'across the pond.'

Wolfram/Alpha illustrates how one can address Valentine's Day from a mathematical perspective.

Google released Google Buzz to fans of social networking, and quickly received several complaints about privacy and features.  They just as quickly released fixes.  Showing they are one website that can work on 'Internet time.'  (The last two links go to entries at Good Morning Silicon Valley.)

If you missed the first episode of PBS's Faces of America, you can view episode one online. (55 minutes)

Of local interest: Google Maps is slowly converting St. Louis "Street View" maps to high definition.

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