Sunday, April 18, 2010

Weekly Genealogy Picks

Weekly Genealogy Picks -- April 11 to April 17
from genealogy blogs, newspaper articles and elsewhere

Tom Fiske at GenealogyBlog discusses relatives who encouraged him not to dig up the past.  Of course, many genealogists are like kids, and as the musical The Fantasticks tells us, if you want a kid to do something, "Just say no."  As Tom says: "Digging up the past is fun, as long as no one is hurt by it."

Ruth Stephens at Bluebonnet Country Genealogy wanted to know what to do with all her pictures.  She has over 5gb, and wanted to be able to access them easily online.

Randy at Genea-Musings shares the Boy Scout requirements for getting a Genealogy merit badge.

Matteo Giunti at Leghorn Merchant Networks explains in detail the survey and analysis of the Old English Cemetery in Livorno, Italy. [Italian version]

Dean at Genlighten discusses ways to interest teenagers in genealogy.

Diane Haddad at The Genealogy Insider provides some suggestions for breaking down genealogy brick walls.

Sheri Fenley at The Educated Genealogist provides some resources to have fun with images.

Schelly Talalay Dardashti at Tracing the Tribe discusses 160 years of The Illustrated London News (1842-2003) going online, hosted by Gale Cengage.  Initially it will only be available to libraries and archives.  I know locally the St. Louis County Library already provides access to several Gale Group archives, so I hope this is added.

There was big news in the Social Networks this week as it was announced by Twitter and the Library of Congress that the LoC would be preserving every Twitter message since its inception and into the future.  David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, explains why the National Archives isn't doing it, and the difference between the two agencies.  An interview with the Director of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) at the LoC appears in The American Prospect.  One of the key bits of information for those using Twitter is that there will be a six month window between every 'tweet' and its being preserved.  This provides some time to delete messages before they are preserved for eternity.  The LoC appears to be also considering whether it is possible to anonymize the messages, and still retain their usefulness -- suggesting there is more interest in what "the people" are saying than what 'you' are saying.

James Tanner at Genealogy's Star has had several posts this week on Genealogy and Apple computers.  Apple for Genealogy, More Apple GenealogyApples Big and Small, Why he uses Apple computers.

Google has released functional updates to several of its application this week, including Google Documents, Gmail, and Google Calendar.

Listen my children and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, on the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five; Hardly a man is now alive who remembers that famous day and year. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882). Monday, April 19th, is the 235th anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord.  Heather Wilkinson Rojo at Nutfield Genealogy shares her memories of watching the annual re-enactment in 2000.

Other Weekly Lists
Amanuensis Monday: April 12th participants
The number of participants doubled this week!
If you participated, but don't appear on this list, let me know.


Sheri Fenley said...

John Dahling! Thank you so much for mentioning my blog. We need to lighten up every once and awhile, no?

Heather Wilkinson Rojo said...

Thank you for writing about my blog Nutfield Genealogy. I've been blogging all week about the Battle of Lexington, and it's been a lot of fun to read all the comments.

Schelly Talalay Dardashti said...

Thanks, John! Being overseas, these kinds of DBs are difficult to access. Only a university library seems to do it here, and there are many additional costs if one is not a member of that university "community." So waiting to get to the US this summer. They should give geneabloggers free access!!!!