Thursday, March 29, 2012

Anglo-Saxon History

{NSGS News Editor: Below are excerpts from an article that was recently posted on GeneaNet Newsletter < http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/ > By Jean-Yves BAXTER. Accessed 23 March 2012. Links and citations are provided to allow access to the complete article.}

Earliest Christian burial in UK found

Posted by TANN, Archaelogy News Network
http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.fr/2012/03/earliest-christian-burial-in-uk-found.html

One of the earliest Anglo-Saxon Christian burial sites in Britain has been discovered in a village outside Cambridge. The grave of a teenage girl from the mid 7th century AD has an extraordinary combination of two extremely rare finds: a ‘bed burial’ and an early Christian artefact in the form of a stunning gold and garnet cross.

In 597 AD, the pope dispatched St Augustine to England on a mission to convert the pagan Anglo-Saxon kings; a process that was not completed for many decades. Using the latest scientific techniques to analyse this exceptional find could result in a greater understanding of this pivotal period in British history, and the spread of Christianity in eastern England in the Anglo-Saxon period.

Friday, March 23, 2012

German Ancestry

{NSGS News Editor: Below are excerpts from an article that was recently posted on GeneaNet Newsletter < http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/ > By Jean-Yves BAXTER. Accessed 20 March 2012.
The article was first published in the Tampa Bay Times. Links and citations are provided to allow access to the complete article.}

http://www.tampabay.com/incoming/german-ancestry-in-us-ranks-close-to-hispanic-numbers/1219420

German Ancestry in U.S. Ranks Close to Hispanic Numbers

The United States, first populated by Native Americans, rediscovered by Europeans and colonized under the flags of the Spanish, English and French, is now filled with Germans.

More than half of the nation's 3,143 counties contain a plurality of people who describe themselves as German-American, according to a Bloomberg compilation of data from the Census Bureau's 2010 American Community Survey.

FamilySearch Records Update 19 Mar 2012

(NSGS News Editor: Below are excerpts from a press release that was recently posted on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. 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. (Published 19 March 2012)

FamilySearch Records Update 19 Mar 2012

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

19 March 2012

10 New Digital Images of Historic Documents Created Every Second

Indexing Projects Added for Paraguay, Panama, Bolivia, and Slovakia!

Since 2006, FamilySearch has dramatically improved its ability to scan and convert microfilmed records into digital images. In addition, more than 185 digital camera crews are now at work throughout the world, capturing images six days a week. Between microfilm digital conversions and new field captures, FamilySearch now creates an average of 10 new digital images every second of every day and publishes them at http://www.familysearch.org within a matter of weeks. All those new digital images means there’s a dramatic increase in the need for online volunteer indexers and arbitrators!
In the last month, projects from Paraguay, Panama, Bolivia, and Slovakia have been added as new indexing projects. This is the first time projects from these countries have been available for indexing. See the lists below for the newest additions and status of other projects.

You and your family, friends, and colleagues can help make the world’s historical records searchable online. Visit https://indexing.familysearch.org to learn more about FamilySearch indexing and download the free software. Your volunteer contribution will help others discover the joy of finding their own ancestors.

Mocavo's Free Social Security Death Index

{NSGS Newsletter Editor: Below are excerpts from an article that was recently posted on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. Links and citations 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 >. (Published 22 March 2012)

Announcing Mocavo's Free Social Security Death Index Advanced Search
I find this announcement to be fascinating. Web sites everywhere seem to be reducing or eliminating access to the Social Security Death Index (SSDI). http://www.Mocavo.com, best known as a genealogy search engine, is doing the opposite. In my tests of the new Mocavo version of the SSDI, I found more search options than I remember seeing on any other online version of the SSDI. Instead of decreasing access, Mocavo is increasing access to the SSDI for everyone. The full list of search tools are listed below. Best of all, the Mocavo version of the SSDI is available to everyone free of charge.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

National Archives News

{NSGS News Editor: Below are excerpts from an article that was recently posted on GeneaNet Newsletter < http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/ > By Jean-Yves BAXTER. Accessed 14 March 2012. Links and citations are provided to allow access to the complete article.}

THIS STORY APPEARED IN Boson Globe - March 13, 2012 - By Bryan Bender
http://articles.boston.com/2012-03-13/nation/31153633_1_google-books-formulas-government-files

National Archives chief unlocks secrets

WASHINGTON - The man entrusted with America’s documentary heritage - including the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution - learned the value of book collections in a North Beverly, Mass., flower shop called Conte’s.
The shop doubled as the town’s library. Two shelves nestled among the lilies and roses represented the entire book selection. “I can still remember sitting on the floor surrounded by flowers and choosing the books I was going to read,’’ said David Ferriero.
Ferriero now directs the National Archives in Washington, the first librarian to hold the post of official “collector in chief.’’ He not only oversees 12 billion pages and 40 million photographs that tell America’s story, he referees release of America’s oldest secrets, from the formula for invisible ink to battle plans for the Spanish-American War.

Ferriero’s primary job is ensuring the 275 executive branch agencies retain the most important government records for posterity. But he also oversees the National Declassification Center, created by President Obama by executive order in 2009. That makes him point man for an aggressive effort to try to release, by the end of next year, a backlog of an estimated 400 million records that are more than 25 years old.
Opening sealed government files to public scrutiny requires navigating a bureaucratic quagmire of Kafkaesque proportions.
“There is something like 2,500 separate classification guides in operation now in the US government,’’ Ferriero said. “What’s secret in one agency may not be secret in another.’’

WikiTree - “Genealogist-to-Genealogist”

(NSGS News Editor: Below are excerpts from a press release that was recently posted on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. 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 14 March 2012)

WikiTree Launches “Genealogist-to-Genealogist” Q&A
The following announcement was written by WikiTree:
In Honor of “National Ask A Question Day”

WikiTree announces the official launch of its new Genealogist-to-Genealogist (G2G) Sharing Network (http://www.WikiTree.com/g2g/). While most collaboration and sharing at WikiTree happens along family lines, G2G is especially designed for genealogists to ask for help from other genealogists, regardless of whether or not they have a direct family connection.

About WikiTree: WikiTree's mission is to grow a single worldwide family tree which will ultimately make genealogy free and accessible for everyone. Privacy and collaboration are balanced so that families can share personal information while at the same time growing a valuable genealogical resource with distant cousins and strangers. WikiTree is entirely free for everyone but new members must be invited by a family member or fellow genealogist. See http:/ /www.WikiTree.com/

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Digitized, Online Family History Books

{NSGS Newsletter Editor: Below are excerpts from an article that was recently posted on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. Links and citations 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 >. (Published 04 March 2012)

Search More Than 40,000 Digitized Genealogy and Family History Books


You can search through more than 40,000 digitized genealogy and family history books from the archives of seven important family history libraries in the United States. Best of all, it is available right now and all of it is free of charge. Every word in every book is searchable. No, this isn't on Google Books. It is FamilySearch.org, the same web site that hosts the huge databases online at the same site: FamilySearch.org.

You can perform a search at http://books.familysearch.org or click on the links to the individual libraries themselves. They are Allen County (Indiana) Public Library, Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University Hawaii Joseph F. Smith Library, Church History Library, Family History Library, Houston Public Library’s Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, and the Mid-Continent Public Library’s Midwest Genealogy Center.

The materials in the collections include family histories, county and local histories, genealogy magazines, how-to books, gazetteers, and medieval histories and pedigrees. Not all the books in all libraries have been digitized just yet. It is an on-going effort. If you don't find what you want in a search today, come back in a few months and try again. The book you seek may have been added by that time.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Welsh Archives Online

{NSGS Newsletter Editor: Below are excerpts from an article that was recently posted on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. Links and citations 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 >. (Published 01 March 2012)

Records from Welsh Archives Now Online at http://www.findmypast.co.uk
The following announcement was written by findmypast.co.uk:

Baptisms, Marriages and Burials from Welsh Archives Published Online for the First Time

Today, in honour of St David's Day, leading family history website findmypast.co.uk has announced the launch of the first tranche of parish records from Wales - part of a major new project with the Welsh County Archivists Group and the National Library of Wales.

3,878,862 million records from parish registers from the Church in Wales can now be searched for the first time online from today comprising:
1,418,921 baptism records covering 1538-1911
950,254 marriage records covering 1539-1926
340,002 marriage banns covering 1701-1926
1,169,685 burial records covering 1539-2007
These records cover the counties of Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Glamorganshire.

Over the following weeks approximately 5 million more Welsh parish records from Anglesey, Brecknockshire, Caernarvonshire, Merionethshire, Monmouthshire, Montgomeryshire, Pembrokeshire and Radnorshire will be added to the website, enabling anyone to search the complete parish records from Wales online for the very first time.

The records can be accessed within the Life Events section of findmypast.co.uk and are free to search. The transcripts and handwritten images of the original parish registers can be viewed with PayAsYouGo credits or with a Full subscription to findmypast.co.uk.

Irish Records Online

{NSGS Newsletter Editor: Below are excerpts from an article that was recently posted on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. Links and citations 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 >. (Published 26 February 2012)

findmypast.ie Announces 1.2 million Irish Petty Session Records Now Searchable Online

The following announcement was written by http://www.findmypast.ie:
findmypast.ie, the Irish family history website, has launched the Petty Sessions Order Books (1850-1910) online for the first time, one of the greatest untapped resources for those tracing their Irish roots.

The original Petty Sessions records are held at the National Archives of Ireland were scanned by Family Search and have now been transcribed and made fully searchable by findmypast.ie (http://www.findmypast.ie/). They cover all types of cases, from allowing trespass of cattle to being drunk in charge of an ass and cart. These were the lowest courts in the country who dealt with the vast bulk of legal cases, both civil and criminal. This first batch of entries contains details of 1.2 million cases, with most records giving comprehensive details of the case including: name of complainant, name of defendant, names of witnesses, cause of complaint, details of the judgement, details of a fine if any, and details of a sentence passed down if any. Another 15 million cases are to follow throughout 2012.
This first batch of records is particularly useful for areas of the country for which family history records are notoriously sparse such as Connaught and Donegal.

iPhone App for Genealogy

{NSGS New Editor: The use of a mobile telephone to transmit and store information on the Internet (cloud computing) could be of great value to the study of genealogy. The easy exchange of information is the underlying concept of this App from Mocavo. Of course, this program could also greatly increase Mocavo’s database. Below is an article that was recently posted on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. Links and citations 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 >. (Published 03 March 2012)

Mocavo App for the iPhone

The following announcement was written by Mocavo:
Introducing the Mocavo Genealogy app for iPhone: An industry first that allows genealogists to take pictures of documents, photos, books and more and have them automatically OCR’d for others to search and discover around the world.

With this new, completely free app, together we’ll bring information and history from all over the globe to digital format for the first time, allowing you to see information and photos that you never would have discovered otherwise.

Not ready to share your family photos and documents with the world? Not a problem. We’ll let you upload them to your Scrapbook to keep safe in a digital space for generations to come.

What does the Mocavo app do?
Search – Use our search feature for free just as you would on http://www.Mocavo.com. We archive your most recent searches for easy access later on.

Feed – Browse or search through endless photographs, documents, letters, books and more with the real-time Mocavo Discovery Feed.

Take Photos – Want to add to the Discovery Feed or start your own digital archives? Use the Mocavo Photo feature to take one, or multiple pictures of all your documents, photographs, and even entire books! All documents will be automatically OCR’d so you don’t have to do any work to share your treasures with the world.

Scrapbook – Review, edit or simply admire your photo collection on Mocavo. It’s like having wallet photographs of all your ancestors! Soon you’ll be able to sync your Scrapbook with your online Mocavo profile, making your genealogy experience that more seamless.

We’re constantly working to make the Mocavo genealogy app bigger and better and would love to hear your feedback. Feel free to send any question, comments and suggestions to us at support@mocavo.com.

Happy Searching,

The Mocavo Team