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22 March 2009

10 Fascinating Graveyards You Must See

While still considered a strange destination on holiday, a growing number of people are seeking out cemeteries to visit. There is an inherent fascination in cemeteries that should be embraced. Whether you are interested in the architecture or artwork of the tombs, the history of the area, or simply seeking out the final resting place of a favorite personality, cemeteries are a worthwhile destination.

The List Universe list a by-no-means definitive list of some of the most famous cemeteries in the world.

20 March 2009

Internet Archive to Unveil Massive Wayback Machine Data Center

The Internet Archive organization plans next week to announce the opening of a new data center to house two petabytes of information for its Wayback Machine, the digital time capsule that stores archived versions of Web pages dating back to 1996.

The Wayback Machine houses 85 billion Web pages archived for more than a dozen years, which amounts to three petabytes of data, or about 150 times the content of the Library of Congress. Only five years ago, the Wayback Machine contained about 30 billion Web pages. It is expected to continue to grow by 100TB of data per month now that it's live.

The Internet Archive's massive database is mirrored to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the new Library of Alexandria in Egypt, for disaster recovery purposes.

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18 March 2009

New Website For Irish Diaspora In USA

A new web site, IrishCentral.com, has arrived offering Irish-American news and entertainment.

Niall O'Dowd, the New York-based Irish publisher is behind the site, which includes genealogy information, top tourist spots in Ireland as well as breaking news and features. Its target audience is the Irish diaspora, which numbers 36.5 million in the United States, more than eight times the population of Ireland.

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13 March 2009

Usenet Newsgroups Provider NewsDemon.com Helps With Genealogy Research

Usenet Newsgroups Provider NewsDemon.com now provides access to an extensive collection of newsgroups related to the topic of genealogy, making genealogy research with Usenet easier. This allows researchers to take advantage of extensive research conducted by the newsgroup community going back to 1995.

In order to access these newsgroups, it's required to have access to Usenet. NewsDemon provides a free public server for this purpose. Just use the nntp address, login, and password found here.

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12 March 2009

Interactive Cemetery Published on Web Site

Cedar City is creating an interactive cemetery online thanks to an Eagle Scout project by Cedar City resident Curtis Weber, 18.

Cedar City Engineer Troy Maxwell has been assisting Weber with the project.

"He was trying to put together a database where people could look it up," Maxwell said. "I said I could incorporate it to where they have a picture of where the plots are located."

Maxwell said that although the interactive cemetery is being worked on, people can still look online at what has been done so far online.

For more information, go to www.cedarcity.org/index.asp?nid=116 and click on the "cemetery interactive map" link.

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26 February 2009

FamilyHistoryOnline Will Close On Monday 2nd March 2009

FamilyHistoryOnline will close on Monday 2nd March 2009 and the data will be transfered to FindMyPast.com.

The Federation of Family History Societies and its services company will not be able to invest sufficient time and money in the considerable resources that would be necessary to enable FamilyHistoryOnline to continue as a viable alternative to other commercial sites.

The hosting of FamilyHistoryOnline by findmypast.com is providing greater access to this valuable information and bringing the data to a wider audience worldwide. It will also produce greater returns to the family history societies who own this data, and they will be able to use this income to support their educational, project and other work.

An online partnership between the Federation of Family History Societies and findmypast.com was announced in a press release on 1st September 2007.

Read more at http://www.familyhistoryonline.net/general/fmpfaq.shtml.

21 February 2009

The Scottish Register Of Tartans Goes Live

The National Archives of Scotland (NAS) launched The Scottish Register of Tartans to promote and preserve information about registered tartans. The Register, which will be maintained by the NAS, will provide a focal point for tartan, its design and production and for genealogical research.

Tartan, known throughout the world as a national symbol of Scotland, has now been officially recognised by the Parliament in Edinburgh. It has taken six years to complete the legislation establishing the Register with The Scottish Register of Tartan Act receiving Royal Assent in November 2008.

The Register will provide users with the opportunity to search its database for tartans already recorded and will also provide a registration service for recording new tartans. The Scottish Register of Tartans Act specifies the criteria which new tartans will be required to meet, and these official vetting procedures will promote and protect the status of registered tartans.

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19 February 2009

A Digital Atlas Of Denmark Tracking Data From The 1600s

The National Archive has received a 15 million kroner grant from the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation to create a digital atlas of Denmark, tracking data from the 1600s.

Trade publication Ingeniøren reports that the joint project, which includes the archives, the National Survey and Cadastre, and the University of Copenhagen, will map historical Danish data to provide a detailed tool for researchers.

The three-year project will create an internet-based GIS (geographic information system) map that will include a database of cultural, historical and geographical information.

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10 February 2009

Dictionary Of Scottish Architects, 1840-1980

The Dictionary of Scottish Architects (DSA) is a database providing biographical information and job lists for all architects known to have worked in Scotland during the period 1840-1980, whether as principals, assistants or apprentices.

The resource is searchable by name or location of architect, practice, or building, as well as by client. Architects based in Scotland have their known works fully catalogued; but only the Scottish works of English and Irish architects have been included. The Dictionary is currently being extended to cover up to 1980 and the entries for many architects who practised after World War II are skeletons only. These will gradually be filled out over the next three years. The works of architects who trained in Scotland but practised in England, Wales, the Dominions and the USA have not been comprehensively catalogued because of time and cost constraints.

1 February 2009

Live Roots On Second Life

A Second Life destination created to assist researchers, much in the way the real life (RL) versions does.

In the Live Roots on Second Life area, you can easily locate all of the available SL genealogy (related) areas, and get information about a variety of database companies in the upcoming exhibitor area.

Future enhancements to the Live Roots on Second Life area will include being able to preview available results for a specific surname (or full name) you are researching on a variety of database sites.

Already a Second Life member? Jump to the Live Roots on Second Life area.

22 January 2009

Genealogy In Time

MissingLink Software Corporation announces the official launch of its new web site Genealogy In Time, a free online genealogy magazine containing genealogy news, articles and links.

Genealogy In Time is owned by the MissingLink Software Corporation, an independent company located in Ottawa, Canada. They specialize in family history software.

Unfortunately there's no RSS feed available.

15 January 2009

Find Alternate Surname Spellings

Enter the surname or given name that you want to find and FamilyTrackers will give results including:

- Surnames used by other researchers including those elusive dit names.
- Surnames that start the same way.
- Surnames that have a matching Soundex code.

14 January 2009

GeoNames

The GeoNames geographical database is available for download free of charge under a creative commons attribution license. It contains over eight million geographical names and consists of 6.5 million unique features whereof 2.2 million populated places and 1.8 million alternate names.

GeoNames is integrating geographical data such as names of places in various languages, elevation, population and others from various sources. All lat/long coordinates are in WGS84 (World Geodetic System 1984). Users may manually edit, correct and add new names using a user friendly wiki interface.

13 January 2009

ItRunsInMyFamily.com: Family Health History

ItRunsInMyFamily.com is a new free, open-access Family Health History wich allows you to easily create your family pedigree, enter in diseases that run in your family, and present your family health history report to your healthcare professional.

"Because family members often share the same genes and environment which contribute to health risks, family health history is important health factor. Knowing your family history is a glimpse into your own genome. Talk to your family members about their health, doing so will help you determine which diseases you are at risk for so you can take prevention steps to avoid the disease."

11 December 2008

The British Colonist 1858-1910

On December 11th, 1858, in the midst of a gold rush, a man with the improbable name Amor de Cosmos inked up an old hand press and launched a newspaper -- the British Colonist -- into the world. Published in Victoria, it became the leading paper in the colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia, and was the paper for the province of British Columbia until the emergence of Vancouver and competitors in the 1890s.

The British Colonist website contains all the issues of the British Colonist (also called The Daily British Colonist, the Daily Colonist, and other variants) from its first issue in 1858 to June of 1910.

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