Friday, May 6, 2011

Best Bytes for the Week of May 6, 2011

Wow, was this a big news week, or what? First we have the Royal Wedding, then America's Most Wanted is... well, no longer wanted, if you know what I mean. It's hard to top what's happened this week with anything new. But despite all the excitement, here are a few items that caught my eye:

Freebies and Goodies

Legacy Family Tree has announced a contest at its new Facebook page where contestants could win one of five special Legacy Family Tree software/webinar bundles and even a new netbook computer. Deadline is TODAY, so don't dawdle!

You Could Win a Year of Family Tree Magazine and a Geni Pro Account! Contest ends on May 8, 2011.

Help Wanted

Robert Baca of The Baca/Douglas Genealogy and Family History Blog is Looking for a Spanish translator to help him with a couple of documents.

Nancy at My Ancestors and Me asks: Do You Search Systematically Or ...?

Susan Petersen at Long Lost asks: Could You Walk Away From Genealogy? No, but I've known a few people who have.

Michael John Neill is seeking input on the "Daily Genealogy Transcriber" from users and followers of his blog.

DNA: Do you hold the Gift of Life? from Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog by SCHELLY TALALAY DARDASHTI

In Elusive events, Geniaus wants to know: How do other Australian Genealogists find events?

In the News

Hard to believe it's still there: Activists want N-word gone from Calif. gravestones and follow up Prison Industry Authority offers to replace offensive gravestone markers.

We want to see more: Google to Send Hordes of Photographers into Businesses for Street View Photos.

Ever wanted to travel back in time to your favorite city and imagine how it actually existed hundreds of years ago? Mapping the New Age of Augmented Travel.

In case you missed it: Facebook Group Helps Photographs Scattered by Tornado Find Their Owners

Trove of historic records of Holocaust goes online

Historic Philadelphia Graveyard A Magnet For Genealogy Researchers

Outside looking in at historic cemetery in Exeter Township

From the Blogs

Get your TECH on at the Carnival of Genealogy, 105th Edition at Creative Gene!

Stories such as this were not uncommon in East Tennessee during the Civil War: My House Divided - Civil War Saturday by by Susan at Nolichucky Roots.

Are you getting the most Twitter bang for your tweet? See Publishing with Twitter from Moultrie Creek Gazette by Denise Barrett Olson.

Sad, but interesting: Separate But Equal? WWI Draft Registrations from Into the LIGHT by Renate.

Two from GeneaBlogie by Craig Manson: Research Note: A Bit of Info about SSDI and Research Note: The SSDI (Part II).

Using Autsomal DNA Testing to Identify An Adoptee's Roots from The Genetic Genealogist by Blaine Bettinger.

George Washington's Beer Recipe from Minnesota Family Historian by MNFamilyHistorian

Like trains? Like maps? Then this one's for you: Railway Maps of the World Now Available from The Map Room by Jonathan Crowe.

I dream of moments like this: A Tale of Two Photos from Family Archaeologist by Linda Gartz.

The Last Byte

Despite all the big news this week, this one stuck with me for some reason: Claude Stanley Choules dies at 110; last known World War I combat veteran. Not only do I find it amazing that he lived to the ripe, old age of 110, but after serving in two major wars, he still considered himself a pacifist. "He didn't believe in war," his daughter is quoted as having said. Perhaps serving in two wars is the reason.

Did I miss any good stories this week?

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Susan Petersen said...

Thanks for the mention!

Susan (Nolichucky Roots) said...

Thanks for the plug, Elizabeth. Having avoided the Civil War for years I'm finding the research most interesting.

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

You're both very welcome!

Nancy said...

Thank you for the mention. I appreciate it.

Renate said...

Elizabeth, I'm almost a month late, but thank so much for including my post in your "Best of"! I had no idea! I guess I'll have to pay more attention, because I definitely read this each week. :)

Blessings to you, and happy birthday to your little cutie-pie!