Thursday, October 27, 2011

FamilySearch and U.K. Archive Additions

{ NSGS News Editor: Below are excerpts from press releases that were recently posted on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. There is information concerning FamilySearch and the U.K. National Archives. 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 27 October 2011}

FamilySearch Records Update 26 October 2011
The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:
“Search New Free U.S. Records from California, Iowa, and Texas
New Collections Added for Guam, Japan, and Wales
New records were added to FamilySearch.org this week from Canada, Chile, the Czech Republic, England, Guam, Hungary, Japan, Norway, the U.S., and Wales. Begin searching for your ancestors now at https://FamilySearch.org.”



U.K. National Archives
“Dorset's Manorial Documents Register Now Available Online
The U.K. National Archives' web site has announced that the Dorset section of the Manorial Documents Register (MDR) has been made available online at http://nationalarchives.gov.uk/mdr/.

The Manorial Documents Register records information on Dorset's manorial records from over 400 manors, held at over 50 different locations, some in publicly accessible institutions and others still in private ownership. The Dorset project benefits researchers worldwide, enabling them to search for manorial records by manor, parish, type of record or by date, and to identify relevant records online for the first time for this county.”

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Historic American Newspapers { a great collection ! }

{ NSGS News Editor: We have mentioned the Chronicling America project in past articles. Since this digitized newspaper project is expanding continually, it should be check frequently for additions. The search engine is strong, and the print feature includes full citations. A good research website ! The following is extracted and abridged from the website. Accessed October 2011. }

“Search America's historic newspapers pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.”

Access to the website: < http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/newspapers/ >.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Online "Historical U.S. County Boundaries"

Free new online Historical U.S. County Boundary maps. Very useful when trying to determine where the ancestors lived. Check out this service at: < http://randymajors.com/p/maps.html >.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

"Old San Francisco Pictures Online"

(NSGS News Editor: Below are excerpts from an article that was recently posted on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. The article contains interesting information regarding digitized photo collections. 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 15 October 2011)


"Old San Francisco Pictures Online

If you or your ancestors ever lived in San Francisco, don't visit this site! It is addictive. You'll spend hours looking at the pictures!

Dan Vanderkam moved to San Francisco in 2007 to work at Google. He became fascinated with his new city’s history and soon found the San Francisco Public Library’s online repository of old pictures. However, he quickly became frustrated by the site's awkward user interface. He thought, 'there must be a better way.' http://www.oldsf.org/ is the result. …”

Friday, October 14, 2011

Preservation of Digital Files

{NSGS News Editor: Below are excerpts from an article that was recently posted on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. The article contains information about preservation of digital files. 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 13 October 2011)

Digital Preservation-Friendly File Formats for Scanned Images

“If you want to keep family photographs or even scanned images of documents and books available for use by future generations, you'll be interested in an article by Bill LeFurgy that has been published in the Library of Congress' web site. Digital Preservation-Friendly File Formats for Scanned Images describes the better file formats to use. The article is essentially an introduction to a longer paper with the title, Sustainability of Digital Formats Planning for the Library of Congress…
You can read the entire article at < http://goo.gl/Ohcxt >.”

{NSGS News Editor: As you consider various forms of long-term digital storage, take a look at "cloud computing."}

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Mocavo: Genealogy Search Engine

(NSGS News Editor: Below is an article that was recently posted on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. The article contains information regarding Mocavo that may be of interest to NSGS Members. Mocavo < http://mocavo.com/ > is a genealogy search engine that has been discussed, with interest from Members, at NSGS meetings. 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 4 October 2011)

Mocavo Raises $1 Million To Build Its Genealogy Search Engine

I have written before about Mocavo, the genealogy search engine. (You can read my previous articles about Mocavo if you start at http://goo.gl/rtuuI.) Mocavo is a unique and valuable service for genealogists. Now the start-up has received a $1 million round of financing.

Founder Cliff Shaw says that Mocavo is setting out to make genealogy “open, social, and automated”. He explains that while there are existing services that use proprietary data sources, few take advantage of the abundance of information that’s freely available on the web — information that Google often passes over, because genealogical information is neither fresh nor popular (he says Google only indexes less than 5% of this content).
You can read more about Mocavo's new financing in an article by Jason Kincaid in the TechCrunch web site at http://goo.gl/gNLUd