Friday, May 13, 2011

Best Bytes for the Week of May 13, 2011


So I've been a little reluctant to post this today, afraid that it would go into the Blogger Black Hole, where sad, little blog posts unlucky enough to be published on Wednesday vanish into the ether. Although Blogger claims that nearly all posts have been restored, I'm still waiting for my post about the ProGen meet-up at Jamboree to magically reappear.

[taps fingers impatiently]

But in the spirit of peace, cooperation, and the understanding that every free product will have it's occasional hiccup, I offer this lovely poem: Bad Haiku Friday: Be Nice to Blogger from Twinfatuation by Cheryl Lage.

Well said, Cheryl.

In the News

Digging down to family roots: Internet's easy access has pumped new life into ancestor research.

Would you by a Kindle that was pre-loaded with ads? Target Now Has the Kindle (And You Can Win One!) here.

A great eco-solution? Or downright creepy? THIS AWESOME URN WILL TURN YOU INTO A TREE AFTER YOU DIE.

You know you watched it. We all did. Nearing 100 Million Views, Decorah Eagles Become The Most-Watched Live Stream Ever.

Only in California (and 2 other states): State to double crime searches using family DNA.

Mark your calendars: NOVEMBER 8TH FLYBY OF ASTEROID WILL COME WITHIN THE DISTANCE OF THE EARTH AND MOON.

Help Wanted

Know of any endangered or forgotten Historic Family Cemeteries in Virginia? Preservation Virginia would like to know about them (via TCasteel of Tangled Trees).

How do you balance your "real" life with your genealogy life (I don't)? Nancy at Family Tree Firsts has realized there are So Many Trees, So Little Time, and would like some time management advice (there's a ProGen lesson for that).

Does this place look familiar? (Not So) Wordless Wednesday: Fancy Fur from Climbing My Family Tree by Jen.

Where do you put them? Conference Papers (add 'em to the piling system) from Geniaus.

Debbie from Mascot Manor Genealogy is considering teaching a class in Family History for Children and would like to know what you would put in your syllabus.

Sheri Fenley of The Educated Genealogist is working on A Most Curious Case, and well... you'll just have to read it for yourself to believe it.

Help Given: If you want to write a book on archives, libraries, cultural heritage organizations, or information science, Kate T. at ArchivesNext can help you with that.

From the Blogs

Having NGS Conference withdrawals? Follow the NGS Conference 2011 Posts Compendium at Genea-Musings by Randy Seaver.

Footnote.com Publishes First Digital Versions of War of 1812 Pension Application Files

Ancestry.com Adds Web Search from Genealogy Insider by Diane

Lots of news this week about the National Jukebox from the Library of Congress. Susan Kitchens of Family Oral History Using Digital Tools did a nice write up at National Jukebox at the Library of Congress.

Several interesting posts about images and metadata: Metadata, Image Files and Migration from The Turning of Generations by Michelle Goodrum, which is in response to Adding source information to image files - Tuesday's Tip by Heather Roelker at Leaves for Trees. Also Photo Metadata from Moultrie Creek Gazette by Denise Barrett Olson.

Top 3 Reasons to View the Actual Vital Record from Amanda's Athenæum by Amanda E. Perrine.

A truly awesome place: Wait There’s More! Researching at "Archives II" from GenealogyandFamilyHistory.com by By: Carolyn L. Barkley.

It pays to check out those collateral ancestors: Researching Sisters Leads to Finding Great Great Grandmother from Journey to the Past by Brenda Leyndyke.

Just for fun: The Nerd State of Blissful Library Addiction from GeekDad. If you're interested, I'm from the Air Pollution state.

The Last Byte

This week, my favorite story was again about young people doing good things. This time, they're learning about their ancestors, and developing a sense of pride in their heritage.

Several Berkeley Technical High School teens are taking classes at the Family History Center in Oakland, California, as part of the Family Journeys Ancestry project started during Black History Month in February.

As one teen in the program discovered, "You don't just come from any old thing. You come from a rich history."

A seasoned genealogist couldn't have said it better.

For your weekly warm fuzzy, read Genealogy search expands East Bay teens' worlds.

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Be sure to check out the weekly picks of Randy Seaver, Diane Haddad, Megan Smolenyak, Susan Petersen, Greta Koehl, Donna Pointkouski, Lynn Palermo, and the Follow Friday posts listed on Geneabloggers. Happy reading!

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

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2 comments:

Amanda (the librarian) said...

Some great links this week, Elizabeth! Thank you for sharing them. I don't understand why so many people were so angry about Blogger being down, either. It IS free (the haiku was great!). And it did encourage me to finally export my family history blog to a flash drive, for backup. I write or contribute to seven Blogger blogs, and I only lost two scheduled posts. One came back in draft form. For the other, luckily I'd done an identical post on another blog and was able to copy and paste from there.

Moultrie Creek said...

Looks like the Force was focused on metadata this week. Thanks for including the Gazette in the group. May the Force be with you too.

Loved the story of the Berkley students . . .