Friday, October 7, 2011

Best Bytes for the Week of October 7, 2011

What's Hot

FamilySearch adds new records for Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Spain and the U.S.

Which type of tree best represents your family history? Find out what 13 bloggers said at the Carnival of Genealogy 110th Edition at Creative Gene.

Wanna Win an iPad 2? Yeah, so do I (probably the only way I'll ever get one!).

If you need a little help, Fold3 is offering The New Training Center to get you started.

New National Archives at St. Louis Holds “Star Quality” Records

Chronicling America Now Has More Than 4.1 Million Pages Available

Marisa Tomei, Martin Sheen & Blair Underwood to Guest Next on NBC's WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

Something Cool

Time to get your spooky on: It Is Time For My Annual Halloween Video! from The Educated Genealogist by Sheri.

This has nothing whatsoever to do with genealogy, but I thought it was hilarious: Men Photographed in Stereotypical Pin-Up Poses from PetaPixel. Believe me, they're not bringing sexy back.

In the News

Tombstone identify [sic] case cracked

Revolutionary War battlefield of Saratoga to be excavated

Jacksonville woman finds family again through genealogy website

Finally, someone's not trying to make our jobs more difficult: GENEALOGY TODAY: States considering easing access to vital records.

Help Wanted

Was "Hon." used in the same way as "Esq.?" Denise Spurlock of Denise's Life in the Past Lane asks, Is This Man My Grandfather?

Attendance was good, but not that good. Who hasn't thought that at a genealogical society meeting/conference? Debbie Roberge of the Maine Genealogical Society asks your input in Why or Why Don't You Attend A Conference?

Michelle Goodrum of The Turning of Generations asks how you use your smartphone for genealogy in Stepping into the Next Generation MIchelle also asks, Can You Identify this Baby Doll?

Kim von Aspern-Parker of Le Maison Duchamp needs a name. No, not for her, silly - for her business. See Naming Contest for details.

Have Indiana Ancestors? If so, consider contributing to the "Once a Hoosier" and "Always a Hoosier" projects. Details at Blog of a Genealogist in Training by N. LaRue.

Do you read "Luxembourgish?" If so, Julie Cahill Tarr could use your help - Can Anyone Translate? from GenBlog.

From the Blogs

Who doesn't love a good blogger meet-up? Barbara Poole of Life From The Roots share her recent experience of Meeting Bloggers I've Not Met Before (One of these days, Barbara!).

Is this an awesome photo, or what? See Wordless Wednesday ~ Grandfathers by Elizabeth of From Maine to Kentucky.

If you're in Canada - or even if you're not - check out Twelve Months of Genealogy – October for some cemetery fun (from The Passionate Genealogist by Ruth Blair).

But... is there a vaccine? Scientists Discover Virus Responsible for Genea-Skankery from Clue Wagon by Kerry Scott.

How do you evaluate the evidence? Take a look at how Bill West does it in A "T CHART" FOR CALEB COBURN at West in New England.

Why you should read the whole census form: 1910 Census Enumerator, Which John Brenner? from Stardust 'n' Roots by GeneaPopPop.

In Which I Stop the Madness, and Start the Research Logging from Rainy Day Genealogy Readings by Jennifer.

"Redactio Ad Absurdum"? Can't Tell You: It's Classified from Mnemosyne's Magic Mirror by Mel Wolfgang.

I can't even remember what I had for breakfast this morning. Is It Important to Recall Memories Accurately? from ArchivesInfo by MELISSA MANNON.

The Last Byte

I don't know about you, but I was particularly saddened by the news of Steve Jobs' death this week. It just seems so tragic that such a creative genius was taken so early in life. I can't help but wonder what else he might have invented if he'd lived a bit longer.

His Macintosh computers especially impacted my life. If it hadn't been for Mac, I don't think I would have overcome my fear of computers, or learned programming and web design web. Oh, I suppose I eventually would have sat down to learn the rudimentaries, but to truly conquer a computer, you cannot be afraid. And before Mac, I was afraid.

While I no longer have an Apple computer on my desk, we do have two iPhones and 2 iPods in our house. And I'm still trying to talk Santa into bringing me an iPad for Christmas.

As President Obama pointed out in his statement on Jobs' passing, "...there may be no greater tribute to Steve's success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented."

I first learned of his passing in a tweet from KFI640.

On my iPhone.

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Bill West said...

Thanks for the mention, Elizabeth!

Elizabeth said...

Thank you for mentioning my Wordless Wednesday post. I just recently got the Flip-Pal scanner and I am looking forward to sharing my many wonderful old photos.

Barbara Poole said...

Thank you too Elizabeth for the mention. I see I've met Bill and Elizabeth (above), so indeed, it is time to meet you too!

Michelle Goodrum said...

Thank you for the shout outs Elizabeth. It is greatly appreciated!

Ruth Blair said...

Thanks for the mention Elizabeth!