Friday, August 26, 2011

Best Bytes for the Week of August 26, 2011

What mysteries lurk in great-grandma's steamer trunk?

What's Happening?

You won't see my "feathers" this time!'s U.S. Yearbooks Collection Gets Major Upgrade/New Photo Sweepstakes on Facebook.

FindmyPast has a new look and a new pricing structure (hat tip to Chris Paton of Scottish GENES).

If you missed the GeneaBloggers Radio show this past Monday discussing the recent changes at, you can catch up with the QandA Recap with Geni CEO Noah Tutak.

The August 2011 Scanfest will take place at AnceStories on Sunday, August 28, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM PDT.

Get your worship on: the deadline for submissions to the 109th Edition Carnival of Genealogy is September 1, 2011.

You still have time to participate in The Postcard Bonanza hosted at Are You My Cousin? Deadline for submissions is August 31, 2011.

Mark your calendars for Museum Day, September 24, 2011. Museums participating locally include El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park in Santa Barbara, the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art in Solvang, and the Wildling Art Museum in Los Olivos (hat tip to Diane Haddad, the Genealogy Insider).

UPDATED: Build an App for MyHeritage and Win $10,000 via TechCrunch

In the News

Hull History Centre marks International Slavery Remembrance Day - The Life of Venture Smith: Hull reveals the remarkable story of a self-freed slave.

Using GPS to preserve Iowa's historic sites - Kirkwood professor mapping Iowa’s pioneer cemeteries.

Finally found - Remains of WTC worker Ernest James, 40, ID'd ten years after 9/11.

What? Early Europeans may not have been farmers?? Blow for European origins theory.

At least he got his last meal - Ötzi the Iceman Murdered on a Full Stomach from Wired Science.

Here comes Irene - NASA Photo of Earth Captures Hurricane Irene from Space via PetaPixel.

Help Wanted

More like Help Given - Is Your Ancestor In My Ancestor's Pension File? from (Mis)Adventures Of A Genealogist by Cinamon Collins. Cinamon is offering scanned copies, if any of these names look familiar.

Do you have any Nimmo photos? Cathy at Is Meets Was is Seeking Photographs of a Nimmo.

Finally, Can You Help Return These WWI Dog Tags to the Family? posted here, at Little Bytes of Life.

From the Blogs

So glad I wasn't born earlier - The Outhouse from iowagirlmemories.

Trying to find out when an ancestor died? Find tips at When Did They Die? from Begin with 'Craft' by Valerie Craft.

What's the Diff? Mausoleums, Crypts, and Tombs (Oh My!) from A Grave Interest by Joy Neighbors.

Steve Danko is still on the road. Catch some of his fabulous photos at Steve's Genealogy Blog.

Don't miss out on that family photo op - 5 Tips for Creating Meaningful Family Photos from Roots and Rambles by Marian Pierre-Louis.

In case you missed it - Indirect Evidence to the Rescue... from Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog by Harold.

The Last Byte

Scared to open Great-Grandma Susie's hope chest? Be afraid... be very afraid!

Check out what Tina Lyons of Gen Wish List found on her recent genealogy trip here and here. (Almost makes me wish I'd saved that jar with my appendix in it for my daughter's kids to find one day!)

So, what's the strangest ancestor artifact that you've found or been the beneficiary of?

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Tina Lyons said...

Thanks for the mention, Elizabeth! Your grandchildren will forever wish they had your appendix on their shelf. I just wish I had asked ESM how to sit those gallstones.

Cinamon Collins said...

Thanks for the mention Elizabeth!

True said...

I wish there were a Scanfest: East. Then again, scanning is far from boring for me.

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

@Tina, all I can say is, "yuck." You really should ask ESM how to site the gall stones; I'm curious to know what she'd say!

@Cinamon, you're quite welcome!

@True, you can join in the Scanfest fun from wherever you are. You'll just start a few hours later than those of us on the Left Coast. Visit AnceStories for details on how to participate. All are welcome!