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16 November 2010

Nominate a Genealogy Blog for the 2011 Family Tree 40

40bestblogs2011_nominate.gifFamily Tree Magazine has announced that it will be naming the Family Tree Magazine 40 Best Genealogy Blogs.

All genealogists are asked to nominate their favorite genealogy blogs through Tuesday, Nov. 30. You can nominate your favorite genealogy blogs using Family Tree Magazine's nomination form.

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10 November 2010

Build A BetterGEDCOM

A group of genealogists and programmers have established a workspace called Build A BetterGEDCOM for developing better data exchange standards to facilitate sharing between researchers using a variety of technology platforms, genealogy products and services.

The BetterGEDCOM wiki site is open to all, and is located at http://bettergedcom.wikispaces.com.

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19 October 2010

Old Weather - An Historical Perspective

Old Weather is a revolutionary approach to naval, as well as family history research. More and more people are fascinated by their past, including the naval and military careers of their British forebears, especially in the two world wars. As so many families are now spread around the world, this is a global interest, especially in the United States and the Commonwealth.

A decade or so back finding out about World War 2 experiences was a lengthy task, but possible. Now, with the advent of the internet and many fine naval history sites, this is often a ten minute task. But not when it comes to World War 1. There are great gaps in the published stories of the many ships that served.

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14 September 2010

BackupMyTree Goes Live – Free and Automatic Family Tree Backup

BackupMyTree (www.backupmytree.com), a new service offering free and automatic backup of family trees, launches today. BackupMyTree enables worry-free research for genealogists and family history enthusiasts, preventing loss of years of work due to a computer disaster such as a virus or hard disk crash. By automatically finding family tree files and creating a remote, off-site backup, BackupMyTree’s software ensures complete protection of family tree data.

The free backup service provides:

- Support for a wide array of family tree file formats created by popular family tree software packages. Industry standard GEDCOM files are supported too.
- Anywhere access of family tree files using a web browser.
- Monitoring of all family trees for changes and automatic backup of the updated files.
- Storage of previous versions of family tree files should anything become corrupted.
- Instant retrieval in case of data loss - by simply re-downloading the latest family tree backups.

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1 September 2010

New Chinese-Canadian Website A Portal To Past

The Canadian government announced Monday 900,000 U.S. dollars for the creation of a new website documenting the experiences of Chinese settlers, past and present.

The bilingual portal, "Chinese Canadian stories: Uncommon stories from a common past history," will be created by the University of British Columbia with funding from the Community Historical Recognition Program (CHRP). It will focus on the collection, documentation and preservation of the legacies of Chinese Canadians and their role in building Canada.

The portal will launch in March 2012, with an online virtual experience featuring portable interactive kiosks and a searchable database of digital materials created by the CHRP-funded partner organizations.

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Guam's World War II Survivors Seek Compensation

The website, http://www.guamwarsurvivorstory.com, allows community members to submit their own stories and photos, and includes a section where people can sign a petition to Congress. It was set up by Reyes' son-in-law, territorial Sen. Frank Blas Jr.

According to the site, more than 22,000 civilians lived through the war on Guam but fewer than 1,000 are still alive today. Guam's delegate to Congress, Madeleine Bordallo, has submitted legislation that would set aside $126 million to compensate living survivors.

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30 July 2010

Russian WWII Veteran Becomes One Of World's Oldest Bloggers

An 89-year-old WWII veteran in southern Russia has started a blog on the social networking site LiveJournal, local media said on Friday.

"I am used to being in step with the times and discovering new technologies," Gennady Ganushkin wrote in his first blog. "That's why I became a blogger."

The veteran soon attracted attention for being one of the oldest LiveJournal users.

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28 July 2010

Alabama Genealogy Site Launches

Alabama-Genealogy.net today announced the completion of the first phase of work on their county profile pages which marks their official online grand opening.

The site organizes family history and genealogy references in an easy to find format organized by each county. This helps family history researchers to more easily find the records that they are looking for to help document and expand their heritage research. There are also brief historical profiles for each county and an ongoing article series related to the history of Alabama.

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10 July 2010

Family Tree Magazine 101 Best Websites of 2010

From state vital records and censuses to historical books and immigration data, this year’s 101 Best Websites list features tools that can bust your brick walls -- but not your budget.

In a bumpy economy, is there any more welcome word than free? When we took a break from checking our credit-card balances and 401(k) accounts to consider this year’s 101 Best Websites, the theme was as obvious as the lint in our wallets: the best free genealogy sites. Fortunately, when it comes to online genealogy, the old sayings “There’s no such thing as a free lunch” and “You get what you pay for” go right out the window. You can learn plenty about your family history without ever entering a credit-card number.

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30 June 2010

'We Are What We Do' Launches 'Historypin'

Social movement We Are What We Do has joined forces with Google to create Historypin - a digital time machine that allows people to view and share history in a totally new way.

Using Google Maps and Street View technology, Historypin aims to become the largest user-generated archive of the world's historical images and stories.

Historypin invites the public to dig out, upload and pin their own old photos, as well as the stories behind them, onto the Historypin map. Uniquely, Historypin allows users to layer their old images onto modern Street View scenes, revealing a series of windows into the past.

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18 June 2010

Easy-Genealogy.com Violating Copyright

The GeneaBloggers are warning the genealogy community:

Heads up to all genealogy bloggers – there is a new splog (spam blog) that is stealing content from many of us including this site and my personal blog, Destination: Austin Family.

The site is called Easy-Genealogy.com and it is posting blog content in violation of copyright by a) not properly linking back to the original post and in some cases b) disregarding the Creative Commons licensing provisions.

The owner of Easy-Genealogy has also blacklisted certain sites from leaving comments – most likely the sites from whom they’ve stolen content.

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22 February 2010

Announcing the Family Tree Magazine 40 Best Genealogy Blogs

Family Tree Magazine announces its 40 Best Genealogy Blogs.

Here are my some of my favorites:


- GeneaBloggers by Thomas MacEntee
- Genea-Musings by Randy Seaver
- The Association of Graveyard Rabbits by several authors
- The Genetic Genealogist by Blaine Bettinger
- Genealogy Guys by George G. Morgan and Drew Smith
- DearMyrtle by Pat Richley-Erickson

15 December 2009

ProGenealogists’ Canadian Website

Announcement by ProGenealogists:

We're glad to announce that ProGenealogists has created a new country website for Canada. You can find it at http://www.progenealogists.com/canada. Over the coming months we are planning to extend the scope of the site so that it truly can be a starting place for anyone wishing to conduct genealogy in Canada. At this time there is limited information on each of the provinces, but our sleuth page is already full of links to browse. Researching in Canada is a lot of fun, with many great resources available to the genealogist.

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4 November 2009

GenQueries: The Online Database of Genealogy Queries

Dick Eastman has launched GenQueries.com, The Online Database of Genealogy Queries.

GenQueries.com is a free service that provides an online database for genealogy queries for individuals as well as advertisements for societies, professional and amateur genealogy researchers, authors, publishers, genealogy web sites, adoptee searches, and more.

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19 September 2009

Map Of London 1868

This map originates from a large scale map of London compiled and engraved by Edward Weller F.R.G.S., issued in parts as supplements to the Weekly Dispatch newspaper during 1861 and 1862. The map consisted of nine sheets on a scale of 9⅜" to 1 statue mile. This map predates Edward Stanford's Library Map of London (Hyde No. 91) produced for the 1862 International Exhibition, and Weller's map is on a much larger scale than Stanford's 6" to 1 mile Library map.

The map was purchased by Alfred John Owen on a trip to England from Australia around 1880. Upon Alfred's death the map passed to his daughter Lyzette Owen, and it remained in possession of the Owen family of Victoria, Australia, from the 1880s until 2007, when it was purchased by MAPCO for display on the MAPCO : Map And Plan Collection Online website.

Use the thumbnail map at the top of each page to navigate your way around the map.

Map Of London 1868

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