Friday, January 21, 2011

Best Bytes for the Week of January 21, 2011

VFH is much too comfortable in my house!

I'm sad to say that VFH*, or it's little brother, at least, has returned to our household, leaving me with a sore throat, chest cold, and a sick child to care for. With only a few brain cells functioning today in my head, I give you a very abbreviated version of "Best Bytes" for this week. I'm sorry but I don't have the energy to be witty or clever or give you much information... but here are the links.

It's a jungle of germs out there everybody. Stay well.

In the News

Cunning, Care and Sheer Luck Save Rare Map of 1770 New York

More Indiana couples discover funeral home facilities can make great wedding chapels

More problems in Los Angeles: Gabrieleno Indians protest excavation of cemetery where ancestors likely buried and La Plaza officials meet with local Gabrielinos about unearthed burials

On the DNA front: Krupa family of Croatia proven descendants of the Old Turkic Ashina dynasty

Is that a real number: Genealogy is hard, but computers make it 'a bajillion times faster'

Surprising stories at Dunsmuir’s Cemetery


From the Blogs

I need this: The Pocket Physician, by Laura Crawley of The Virtual Dime Museum.

Genealogy Blogs: A Comment on Comments by Amy Coffin of We Tree.

The Spoons of Berenice by Margel on 2338 W. Washington Blvd.

I'm already there: 5 Reasons Genealogists Should be on LinkedIn by Kerry Scott of Clue Wagon.

SLC Genealogy Research Travel Kit by Joan Miller of Luxegen Genealogy and Family History.

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VFH = Virus From Hell. It's been here since December and refuses to leave.

I know I missed a ton of great posts this week, so if you saw something great that's missing from this list, please share in the comments.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Best Bytes for the Week of January 14, 2011

My first computer was one of these: an Apple Macintosh 512K.

I'm happy to say that VFH (Virus From Hell) seems to have finally left our house... and my body. My voice isn't completely back to normal, and I still do have the occasional sore throat (which may be from having to tell my daughter NO so many times a day - loudly), but for the most part, I'm feeling much better.

The bad news is that my daughter has yet another runny nose, so this feeling better thing might not last long. Seriously though, what can I do to keep my kid from catching every single germ that crosses her path (and giving it to me)? Yes, we wash hands (just shy of OCD), use antibacterial gel, take vitamins... all that good stuff. I even tried Zicam as VFH was making it's first noises last month. Nothing helps. And at this point, I'm game for almost anything.

I hope you're all staying well out there!

In the News

Remember when Y2K was going to mean the end of the world as we knew it? Top 10 Tech Scares of the Decade

I loved this trip down memory lane: Click! A Brief History of Computing.

Ladies, did you have the scary and invasive amniocentesis when you were pregnant? Thankfully, this test may no longer be necessary - DNA Test to Diagnose Down Syndrome Babies in Expectant Mothers

If only great-great grandma was a drooler: Forensic Test to Identify Hair Color From DNA

In other DNA news, Consumers not fazed by DNA health results. These would be consumers who did not find a cousin in a genetic genealogy test, I assume.

Not new, but new to me: I've Got a Crush on Steven Tyler's Grandfather

Virginia genies might be interested in this one: Puller Introduces Bill to Make October Family History Month

Only in L.A.: 1800s-era skeletons discovered as crews build L.A. heritage center

If you're going to be in South Carolina this weekend, stop by Cowpens National Battlefield for the 230th Anniversary Celebration activities. More information here and here.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of The Civil War, Smithsonian.com has dedicated a portion of their web site to The Civil War at 150.

Also happening in 2011 is the 100th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan's birth. The AOTUS tells us a little about the importance of records in Celebrating Ronald Reagan.

Interesting tips/thoughts on census research: What the census can teach us about ourselves

As if your virtual farm, cafe, and/or city didn't already keep you busy enough: Orem company creates genealogy game for Facebook.

And I thought I was a strict parent: Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior.

If you need funding for your historic preservation project, check out Archives.com Announces Grant to Fund Family and Cultural History Projects. Also, the Daughters of the American Revolution(DAR) are accepting applications until February 1, 2011 for their Special Projects Grants program. Don't miss out on these opportunities!

From the Blogs

Genealogists are all young at heart, but unfortunately not always young chronologically. If you're between the ages of 18-25, and would like a little financial assistance to help you attend the 2011 Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank, California, don't miss the opportunity to apply for the The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant offered by The Family Curator.

Was your ancestor a crook? If so, you'll be wanting those court records! Check out Craig Manson's Finding Federal Court Records for Free [Mostly!] on GeneaBlogie.

I'm so happy to see Janice Brown of Cow Hampshire posting again! I enjoyed her tribute to Concord New Hampshire Educator, Sharon Christa (Corrigan) McAuliffe (1948-1986). January 28, 2011 will mark the 25th anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger tragedy, and event that my husband witnessed in person. Gone, but not forgotten.

I've been wondering this myself - The Ancestry Insider explains Where Did the IGI Go?

Genealogists are passionate about cemeteries, especially when they fall to decay. Melissa Mannon discusses the current condition of Copp's Hill Burying Ground in Boston in Gravestones - Losing Historical Artifacts and Objects of Remembrance at ArchivesInfo.

If you've got polish ancestry, you'll want to read Donna Pointkouski's review of the site Geneteka in Finding Polish Records Online at What's Past is Prologue.

2010 was a big year for genetic research and discoveries - The Spittoon shares Our Top Ten for 2010.

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To subscribe to my Google Reader shared items, please visit my Google Profile. Be sure to check out the weekly picks of Randy Seaver, Diane Haddad, Megan Smolenyak, Susan Petersen, Greta Koehl, Donna Pointkouski, and the Follow Friday posts listed on Geneabloggers. Happy reading!

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Best Bytes Postponed Until Next Week


I'll be honest: December sucked.

Ok, to be fair, the first part of December was pretty good. It was the latter couple of weeks that sucked.

Because that is when I got slammed with the Virus From Hell (henceforth known as VFH).

VFH made my Christmas miserable, my New Year's miserable, and everything in between miserable. Even today, almost 3 weeks later, I still have a sore throat, and I still don't completely have my voice back (something that I'm sure thrills my family to no end). I can breathe - finally - but I'm still having nightmares about those nasty commercials where the mucus creatures take up residence in a person's sinuses. I was starting to think they'd come to live with me permanently.

So long story short... I do not have enough brain cells functioning to prepare this week's list of Best Bytes, and I am extending my sick leave hiatus for another week.

In the meantime, I highly recommend that you check out the weekly picks of Randy Seaver, Diane Haddad, Megan Smolenyak, Susan Petersen, Greta Koehl, Donna Pointkouski, and the Follow Friday posts listed on Geneabloggers.

Happy reading - and stay well out there!

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!


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We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, 
drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. 
Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through 
the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential.
~Ellen Goodman

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Wishing you a very happy New Year, from our house to yours. May your dreams and resolutions all come true in 2011!

Vintage greeting card from Connect.in.com. I picked this one because the pansy is my favorite flower. :-)

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