Best Bytes for the Week of 20 March 2015


Best Bytes is an eclectic collection, in no particular order, of things I thought were interesting during the past week. I hope you find something to enjoy here!


What’s Hot

Be a Who Do You Think You Are? (WDYTYA) Star — TLC sweepstakes running now!

Jamboree – Blogger Badge Contest Update (mine is over there, to the right —>)

Librarians Express Concern Over HeritageQuest Changes Launches Genealogy Website for Searching Irish Newspapers

Casting Call for The Genealogy Roadshow

Enter the MyHeritage March Madness Giveaway

StoryCorps has a new app that looks like a lot of fun!


Cool Stuffs

How to Make Google Cache Pay Off in Your Genealogy Research

Free Digital Collections: Illinois Harvest

Haystack’s New App Wants To Be Your Digital Business Card

Graduate Photo Conservation Class Helps Restore a Grieving Family’s Photos

9 Tricks You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Just an Email


In the News


Freaky: Genetic portraits: Split pictures of family members

The coffining of the mortal remains of King Richard III

Scientists Seek Ban on Method of Editing the Human Genome


Help Wanted

Student Genealogists Invited to Apply for Genealogy Grant from The Family Curator

Participate in the #1000pages Transcription Challenge from the US National Archives

2015 Spurgeon Neel Award competition open. The competition is for a paper of 5,000 words or less that best exemplifies the history, legacy, and traditions of the Army Medical Department

Preserve West Virginia is accepting nominations for its 2015 Historic Preservation Awards

“She Blinded Me with Science” Women in Science Wikipdia Edit-a-thon III

Looking for some extra work? ‘Vikings’ need 8,000 extras for filming in Ireland

The Civil War Trust needs volunteers for their annual Park Day


From the Blogs

The Sound of Music: The Real von Trapp Family on the Geni blog


Y We Need Proven Y Trees by Annette Kapple at AK’S Genealogy Research

Tuesday’s Tip: Researching Your Deaf Ancestors in U.S. Federal Censuses by Miriam Robbins at AnceStories

My first time researching a FAN of an ancestor by Brandt Gibson at Brandt’s Rants

Gena Ortega has been posting a terrific collection of resources for Women’s History Month. Here is one of my favorites so far: Women’s History Month 2015: Lineage and Heritage Societies. Don’t miss her other posts!


Fave Photo of the Week

This week’s photo is by Dave Weller: Wordless Wednesday | March 18, 2015. I love the expression on her face!


Just for Fun

If you’ve known me for a while, you might have picked up on the fact that I like sheep. And this little guy is absolutely the most adorable thing I’ve seen all week: Smokey the orphaned lamb goes from rags to brunches in NYC. Seriously. I need him in my yard.


The Last Byte

Best Bytes will not be published next week because I will be in Dallas at the Forensic Genealogy Institute. Please say hello if you see me there!



Tech Tuesday: Irish Genealogy Toolkit

Since today is Saint Patrick’s Day, and I come from a long line of Irish immigrants, I thought I would spend some time noodling around the interwebs to see if I could find something new about my Irish ancestry. I’ll tell you right now that their secrets – whatever they might be – are still safe. From me, at least.

So… I started with a promising site that I hadn’t previously made time to visit, entered my ancestors’ names and dates… and found zilch. Then I checked out another site… same drill… also zilch. Beginning to wonder if my ancestors ever actually existed, I surfed around from this to that until I finally wound up on a new-to-me site called Irish Genealogy Toolkit.




Check it out – some great resources and tips for finding your Irish ancestors. Be sure to download the free e-book, New Irish Genealogy Records, 2014, available under Latest News. Oh, and also visit the companion blog, Irish Genealogy News.

Did I find anything new about an ancestor because of the Irish Genealogy Toolkit? Unfortunately, no. But I did spend a bit of quality time reading about Ireland and Irish genealogy. 

Like I said, my ancestors’ secrets are still safe. For now.



Save the Prado Dam Mural


Historic American Engineering Record, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.


When I was growing up, my family made many trips down the 91 Freeway from our home in Orange County to visit my grandparents in Riverside. I remember it as a long, boring drive, usually with too much traffic and not much to look at. Of course, this was in the days before smartphones, iPads, and DVD players, so there wasn’t much for a kid to do except look out the window or sleep. I always enjoyed seeing the Prado Dam Mural, as it was a patriotic symbol of civic pride, and a celebration of a once-in-a-lifetime event.


Tech Tuesday: Don’t Get Lost in Translation

Now that my blog is (mostly) all settled in here at WordPress, one of the many things I am enjoying is playing around with plug-ins. I had always wanted to allow for easy language translation of my blog posts, especially considering that there may still be cousins living in the non -English-speaking countries from which my family immigrated. I certainly don’t want to miss an opportunity to connect because a potential cousin doesn’t speak English!


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