Around the Blogs
- Kathryn Doyle at CaliforniaAncestors shares a video on Dead People, Greed, and Real Estate in San Francisco
- James Tanner at Genealogy's Star discusses Using Your Smart Phone to Take Pictures, and whether or not camera phones have advanced enough to compete with the best cameras.
- Crista Cowan on the Ancestry.com blog talked about the recent additions of several birth, marriage and death databases at Ancestry. These additions are great, but it's worth noting that several include data from local indexes around the web, such as the St. Louis Post Dispatch Obituary Index at the St. Louis Public Library.
Ancestry called its version of the database: Web: St. Louis Post Dispatch Obituary Index: 1880-2009. I like that they are clearly labeling these differently from their other databases, however, this is slightly misleading. Ancestry has a habit, I've noticed, of listing the date of the earliest record, and the most recent record, and implying the database is complete. The St. Louis Public Library is more honest with the contents of the database. The database currently covers: 1880-1930, 1942-1945, 1960-1969, and 1992-2010.
- Jessie at The National Archives announced that they have released some digitization tools on the social coding platform, GitHub. "Over the last year and a half, our Digitization Services Branch has developed a number of software applications to facilitate digitization workflows. These applications have significantly increased our productivity and improved the accuracy and completeness of our digitization work...We have made two digitization applications, “File Analyzer and Metadata Harvester” and “Video Frame Analyzer” available on GitHub, and they are now available for use by other institutions and the public."
- Tamura Jones at Modern Software Experience welcomes us to a Brave New World as he discusses genetic testing.
- Mashable: Can There Every Really Be Privacy in the Cloud
- The Boston Globe: Are Genealogies Just Social Constructs
- Huffington Post: 10 Things You Didn't Know about Josh Groban's Family Tree
Other Weekly Link Lists
- Randy Seaver's Best of the Genea-Blogs at Genea-Musings
- Julie Cahill Tarr's Friday Finds at GenBlog
- Diane Haddad's Genealogy News Corral at Genealogy Insider
- Deb Ruth's Follow Friday Gems at Adventures in Genealogy
- Liz Haigney Lynch's Links at The Ancestral Archaeologist
- Ruth Blair's Ruth's Recommendations at The Passionate Genealogist