At Arlington: A Desecration

There are few things as sacred to any nation than the mem­o­ry of its mil­i­tary dead. For the US, one of the most sacred places is Arling­ton Ceme­tery, which almost exclu­sive­ly con­tains the memo­ri­als of our mil­i­tary and high-rank­ing polit­i­cal lead­ers. This site has been des­e­crat­ed, that it, it has been shorn of its sacred… Con­tin­ue read­ing At Arling­ton: A Desecration

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Evernote: There’s a Trunk for That

Ever­note, the note-tak­ing and “ele­phant-mem­o­ry” web­site has added a fea­ture they call The Trunk. Behind the Trunk link at the Ever­note web­site is a a list of tools and ven­dors that work with Ever­note. Ever­note sports desk­top appli­ca­tions for the Mac and for PCs. Addi­tion­al­ly, when you install the Mac or PC ver­sion, you auto­mat­i­cal­ly… Con­tin­ue read­ing Ever­note: There’s a Trunk for That

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People Who Are Not Interested in Genealogy

You know the peo­ple I’m talk­ing about. You meet them all the time. They say, “Oh, I’m not inter­est­ed in geneal­o­gy. What could you POSSIBLY find inter­est­ing in that?”

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The Library of Congress Web Archive

This site, and more par­tic­u­lar­ly the “His­to­ry of the Gra­ham Fam­i­ly” (1899) by David Gra­ham, which is tran­scribed here, is being archived at the Library of Con­gress. About the Library of Con­gress Web Archiv­ing pro­gram, the LOC writes: “The Library’s tra­di­tion­al func­tions of acquir­ing, cat­a­loging, pre­serv­ing and serv­ing col­lec­tion mate­ri­als of his­tor­i­cal impor­tance to the… Con­tin­ue read­ing The Library of Con­gress Web Archive

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Review: Family Bee for Android

I have been using PDAs for years, and was an ear­ly adopter of the Hand­spring prod­uct that start­ed the inte­gra­tion of PDAs and cell phones back in about 2002. As a geneal­o­gist, I have used sev­er­al prod­ucts that have allowed for dis­play­ing a geneal­o­gy data­base on my PDA/cell phone, and was quite hap­py with Ged­Star Pro,… Con­tin­ue read­ing Review: Fam­i­ly Bee for Android

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Happy 4th of July

I hope every­one had a hap­py 4th of July, and that they spent some of the day hon­or­ing those who came before and made our free­doms pos­si­ble. I am think­ing espe­cial­ly of a set of mil­i­tary broth­ers tonight: 

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A Marriage Certificate from 1924 Leads to a Birth Record from 1864

A while back, I cre­at­ed a Vital Records Check­list to cat­a­log all the obvi­ous records I had, and the ones I need­ed, to flesh out the most rudi­men­ta­ry data, the births, mar­riages, and deaths of my ances­tors. This led to my send­ing out a request to the Clerk of the Val­ley Coun­ty, Nebras­ka Court (http://www.co.valley.né.us/clerk.html) has… Con­tin­ue read­ing A Mar­riage Cer­tifi­cate from 1924 Leads to a Birth Record from 1864

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