Below are some highlights from news stories and blog posts I have read in the past week that deal with my overlapping interests in Genealogy, History, Heritage, and Technology.
- Ruth Blair at The Passionate Genealogist suggests National Novel Writing Month (November) as a possible impetus to write family history stories. I've participated a few times in NaNoWriMo over the past five years, but not with family history.
- October is Polish American Heritage Month, and Donna Pointkouski at What's Past is Prologue provides a Top Ten Ways to Celebrate (for anyone, whether Polish or not, genealogist or not), as well as Ten More Ways for a Genealogist to Celebrate. Let me add an 11th method to the latter, and suggest visiting JewishGen's Polish Databases.
- Tom Kemp at GenealogyBank's Offical Blog suggests newspapers as a source for finding out about your ancestor's legal name changes.
- Lee Drew at Family History with the Lineagekeeper discovered he could read some family tombstones via Google Street View.
- The National Archives has released a special issue of their quarterly magazine, Prologue, dedicated to their new location in St. Louis, Missouri. (PDF)
- Google Translate - Conversation Mode for Android phones has expanded to 14 languages. This app allows someone to speak into a phone in one language, and the phone responds in another. Acting as a personal interpreter between two people. The current languages: English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Russian and Turkish.
- Jane Wakefield, for BBC News, considers how we will bequeath digital assets.
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