Thursday, August 25, 2011

Irish Research Links

(NSGS Newsletter Editor: Below are excerpts from an article that was recently posted on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. The article contains information regarding Irish research. Within the complete article are fee-based links. Links are provided to allow access to the complete article.)

The following information is from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at http://www.eogn.com. (Accessed 22 August 2011)

August 21, 2011
Searching Your Irish Roots Online
With over 70 million people around the world claiming Irish ancestry, there’s a chance that you have some Irish roots. Why not take look? Your Irish roots are only a click away.

Kate Hickey and Jordana Kozupsky have published a list of online genealogy sites that will help you connect with your Irish roots. You can find this useful list on IrishCentral.com at http://goo.gl/X4QEN


Thursday, August 18, 2011

"1940 U.S. Census to be Free on Ancestry.com"

(NSGS Newsletter Editor: Below are excerpts from a press release that was recently posted on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. The article contains information about Ancestry.com and the 1940 U.S. census. Links are provided to allow access to the complete article.)

The following information is from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at http://www.eogn.com. (Accessed 18 August 2011)

August 17, 2011
1940 U.S. Census to be Free on Ancestry.com
Great news in this announcement written by Ancestry.com:
PROVO, UTAH (August 17, 2011) - Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced that both the images and indexes to the 1940 U.S. Federal Census will be made free to search, browse, and explore in the United States when this important collection commences streaming onto the website in mid-April 2012.

Ancestry.com is committing to make the 1940 Census free from release through to the end of 2013, and by doing so hopes to help more people get started exploring their family history. As this census will be the most recent to be made publicly available, it represents the best chance for those new to family history to make that all-important first discovery.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

“Protecting precious photographic memories”

NSGS is a member of the National Genealogical Society, and we receive their quarterly magazine. Published in the current edition is an interesting article by Gordon Lynn Hufford titled “Protecting precious photographic memories.” The NGS magazine is available at NSGS meetings, and Members are encouraged to read the articles.

Lingotek and FamilySearch language translation service

(NSGS Newsletter Editor: Below are excerpts from a press release that was recently posted on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. The article contains information about a FamilySearch and Lingotek language translation service. Links are provided to allow access to the complete article.)

The following information is from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at http://www.eogn.com. (Accessed 17 August 2011)


August 16, 2011
Lingotek Enables FamilySearch Members to Translate Historical Family Documents
The following announcement was written by Lingotek:
Users of the World's Largest Genealogy Organization Can Now Translate Records Such as Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates Into Their Native Languages

DRAPER, UT - Lingotek, the leader in collaborative translation solutions, has announced an exclusive, long-term relationship with FamilySearch. With this agreement, Lingotek will help FamilySearch, the largest genealogy organization in the world, translate historical documents so that users can find family members using their native languages. FamilySearch members can now leverage a community of more than 2,000 users to help translate documents through the Lingotek application, which will be embedded directly into the FamilySearch website.

Lingotek's application, available for free to FamilySearch members, will offer instant access to fast, reliable and cost-effective translation of historical documents. Lingotek's crowdsourcing software service, which incorporates natural language and machine translation, is a perfect fit for the large scale community approach of FamilySearch. With Lingotek, users can tap into the FamilySearch volunteer base to translate documents in real-time into their native language.

For more information please visit Lingotek ( http://www.lingotek.com ) on Twitter and Facebook. For logos, executive pictures, screenshots, presentations, demos, and other media, visit Lingotek's media kit.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Zotero citation manager & Kindle Cloud Reader

(NSGS News Editor: Below are excerpts from two articles that were recently posted on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. Both articles contain information that may be of interest to NSGS Members. Links are provided to allow access to the complete articles.)

The following information is from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at http://www.eogn.com. (Accessed 11 August 2011)

“Introducing the Kindle Cloud Reader
You can now read Kindle-formatted books on your computer, using either the Chrome or Safari web browsers. It works on Windows or Macintosh or Linux laptop and desktop computers as well as on the Apple iPad and even on the Google Chromebook laptops. Amazon promises that support for additional browsers will be available soon. 

The Kindle Cloud Reader is available free of charge at https://read.amazon.com/.”

“The New Standalone Zotero
All genealogists need a good citation manager to to keep track of all the papers they have read and accumulated. For years, the most popular citation manger has been Zotero. In fact, I recently recorded a podcast with Connie Reik in which she describe some of Zotero's awesome capabilities. (You can listen to our conversation at http://goo.gl/bgO7l.)


Standalone Zotero Alpha for Windows, Mac and Linux is now available as an alpha release.

All versions of Zotero remain available free of charge.”

Thursday, August 4, 2011

FamilySearch - Updated YouTube Channel

The following article is from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at http://www.eogn.com. (Accessed 04 August 2011)
August 03, 2011

FamilySearch Announces Launch of Updated YouTube Channel

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:
We're pleased to announce the launch of our updated FamilySearch YouTube channel, Thursday, Aug. 4th. Over the past few months, we have been creating video content to reach a variety of audiences throughout the genealogy world.

In preparation for the launch, we are giving a few influential genealogy enthusiasts a preview of the channel along with an invitation to break the news in your online communities through your blog, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.

The playlists includes:
• Genealogy in 5 Minutes – a 24-episode series offering an overview of how-to’s, best practices, and helpful hints for doing genealogy.
• Woven Generations – an inspirational series about the benefits and success stories of genealogy work.
• Genealogy Fun – a fun video series highlighting the lighter side of genealogy.
• Societies and Archives – a video series highlighting genealogical societies & archives.
• Genealogy News & Events – What’s going on the genealogy world?
• Family History: Getting Started – a training video series for using FamilySearch.
• “How-to’s” from the Experts – a series of interview clips with best practices for finding your ancestors.
We value your feedback. Please don’t hesitate to let us know ways we can improve the channel and our video content. As we produce these series, if you would like to receive updates or video previews in the future please let us know. Your experience and perspective is extremely valuable to us. You can also join our FamilySearch Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter @FS_News to receive updates and other information.