Friday, November 19, 2010

Best Bytes for the Week of November 19, 2010

Congratulations to Lisa Louise Cooke of the Genealogy Gems Podcast fame for publishing her 100th episode earlier this month (I'm a little behind, sorry). I was thrilled to be one of the folks offering kudos to her at the California Family History Expo last month. Looking forward to 100 more, Lisa!

If you missed the recent Atlanta Family History Expo, you can catch up with the action by checking out Atlanta Family History Expo Bloggers' Recap.

In the News:

Interesting story of genealogy in a small, rural community - Destination: 'A Little County Seat.'

Canadian Researchers, can you help find this family's final resting place? Langley RCMP searching for family of after stolen cemetery plaque turned in.

Case closed, and we'll probably never know what really happened - Mysteries of Tiny Bodies From 1930s Will Linger.

A fascinating life story - Hidden History: The Last Slave of Connecticut. (Side note: No one has applied for DAR or SAR membership referencing this ancestor yet. Will you be the first?)

Don't go looking for headstones here - Revolutionary War soldiers buried under church parking lot.

And finally, the Community Service Award goes to: 4-year-old spiffing up headstones in honor of veterans, relatives (not my kid, unfortunately).

Science, Technology, and Social Media

A whole new meaning to "high resolution" - 80 Gigapixel 360 Degree Panorama of London is Largest of Its Kind.

It's the end of an era: Hell Freezes Over As MySpace Fully Surrenders To Facebook.

Google's Nifty Guide To Web Technology; It’s iBooks-Like But Built With HTML5. Need I say more?

Cool, but I still want a Kindle. You Can Now Gift Anyone With An E-mail Address A Kindle Book.

From the Blogs

With the holidays looming just around the corner (read: next week), you'll want a plan in place for those family interviews that you secretly intend to spring on unwitting relatives. Take a look at Interviewing while looking at photo albums (Part 1) from Susan Kitchens' Family Oral History Using Digital Tools. I love the pictures from this one (anxiously awaiting Part 2)!

Also on the topic of family interviews is Thanksgiving interviews by Paula Stuart-Warren at Paula's Genealogical Eclectica. She's got some great ideas for ways to share the information gathered.

Know what happens when genealogists work together? Stuff gets done! Read Nancy's story, A Debt of Gratitude and William O. Henderson, on My Ancestors and Me.

What genealogist wouldn't want to shop at the mall with its very own cemetery? Check out San Souci Shopping Cemetery by Kathleen at The Misadventures of a Genealogist.

If your Irish ancestors are giving you grief (like mine are), take a look at J. Geraghty-Gorman's Tuesday's Tips: Researching Ireland away from her shores at 'On a flesh and bone foundation': An Irish History. While you're there, you won't want to miss the stunning photos in Fizzy Friday: Autumn comes to Dublin City. Simply gorgeous!

Are you confused about the hubbub surrounding the GEDCOM standard? Read James Tanner's When is a standard not a standard? When its GEDCOM? at Genealogy's Star for clarification.

I loved Melissa Mannon's story about Intangible Heritage, at ArchivesINFO, and not just for the very cute project she did with her daughter. It's a great outside-the-box story.

New blogger GeneJ asks you to be the judge in Mixing it up: the indirect evidence challenge on They Came Before. Great job, GeneJ!

If this place doesn't really exist, then Becky Wiseman has some seriously good Photoshopping skills! Don't miss Greetings from KenTennMissAla at Kinexxions for some unbelievable autumn beauty.

From the PLAN AHEAD Department: The Ancestry Insider shares Can You Say "Surprise Child?" Poor Samuel... at least mom still had some thread left.

Finally, never one to disappoint: footnoteMaven shares The Baffled Photographer on Shades of the Departed. Yet another reason not to work with children or animals.

The Last Byte

Family Tree Magazine has recently announced that it's time once again to nominate your favorite genealogy blogs for the 2011 Family Tree 40. Nominated blogs must:
  • be primarily about genealogy
  • belong to an individual or individuals, not to a business
  • not primarily exist to market products
  • be active, having at least four posts per month for the past three months (blogs newer than three months must have at least four posts per month since the blog has been in existence)
  • contain information about the blogger(s), such as an “About Me” page
  • not be hosted by a Family Tree 40 panelist (Lisa Louise Cooke, Randy Seaver, Thomas MacEntee and DearMyrtle) or by Family Tree Magazine
For more information about nominations and voting, visit The Genealogy Insider. To nominate a blog, visit Family Tree Magazine.

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I read (what seems like) a ton of blogs and news articles each week, but unfortunately, I can't possibly share all the good stuff here. To subscribe to my Google Reader shared items, please visit my Google Profile. Be sure to also check out the weekly picks of others, such as Randy Seaver, Diane Haddad, Megan Smolenyak, Susan Petersen, Greta Koehl, and the Follow Friday posts listed on Geneabloggers. Happy reading!

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Greta Koehl said...

Great picks! All interesting, but I particularly got a kick out of the first item - my hometown in Texas has a high concentration of Czechs/Bohemians.

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Accidentally hit "delete" instead of publish again (grrrr). Here's what Kathy had to say:

Kathy said...

"Your blog gave me a Blast From Past Research! As soon as I saw your link for "Don't go looking for headstones here - Revolutionary War soldiers buried under church parking lot.", I said to myself, "I wonder.." Going to the link confirmed that the story was about the final resting place of my 4th great-grandfather, David Henney (1784-1848). It's been many years since my husband and I drove to Uniontown expecting to locate the grave of David, only to find an asphalt lot. What a crime! You have invigorated me to firm up my research on David now. Thanks!"

I'm so sorry, Kathy. My clumsy old fingers hit the wrong link on my iPhone. Found out the other day that Bill West does this sometimes, too, so I don't feel quite so bad anymore. ;-)

And Kathy, I'm also sorry that the final resting place of your ancestor has been disrespected in such a way. Hopefully someone will make things right someday and his memory will be honored. I'm sure you're doing that with your research!

Susan Kitchens said...

Thanks for the mention, Elizabeth!!

Part 2 is going to take a bit to put together, because I am going to create a little movie from a portion of an interview I did with my mom about a photo album. Nothing like a little demonstration to drive the good points home! (plus: more fun fotos-- this time, featuring Great Aunt Doris!)


Thanks for your comment about my blog post on Intangible Heritage. I'm glad to know the topics that readers find interesting.

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Susan - Can't wait for part 2 and the photos of Great Aunt Doris!

Melissa - You're welcome. I enjoyed it!