Ancestry.com has posted a new search page: http://search.ancestry.com/search/ The search itself does not seem to have changed. I still get some strange results, including names or locales that seem unrelated to the search I entered. What interests me, however, is that the map at the bottom of this search page leads to a lot of… Continue reading Navigating Places on Ancestry’s New Search Page
FamilySearch, the genealogy records arm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is busy scanning and indexing the bulk of their 2.6 million reels of microfilm. The indexing process is a collaborative “crowd sourcing” web project, involving the genealogical community. In fact, since May, the FamilySearch website has released digitized and crowd-source indexed… Continue reading FamilySearch Indexing
Fifty-seven Irish-American railroad workers supposedly died of cholera in 1832. It turns out the they may have been murdered, perhaps because of fear that they might be carrying cholera. Researchers from Immaculata College and Pennsylvania state and local governments have been overseeing an archaeological dig at the site since 2004. In 2009, they announced that… Continue reading The Mysterious Death of 57 Irish Immigrants
During the FGS Conference, FamilySearch made a concerted effort to engage people with their wiki, which is at http://wiki.familysearch.org/. The goal of the FamilySearch wiki is to build a common location for research recommendations. It has been a while since I looked at the FamilySearch Wiki. The site now has more than 40,000 entries. Like… Continue reading FGS Conference — FamilySearch Wiki
Here are a few random notes from the FGS Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee. RootsTech Conference: Just prior to the commencement of the FGS Conference, FamilySearch announced the RootsTech Conference: “Technologists and genealogists from around the world will gather at the first annual RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 10–12, 2011. The new conference,… Continue reading Random Notes from the FGS Conference
This evening at the 2010 FGS Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee, there was an outing to the Museum of Appalachia. The museum is “a living history museum of pioneer, frontier, and early artifacts of mountain life in the Southern Appalachians.” It includes a collection of buildings, folk arts and crafts, and music, commemorating and extending the… Continue reading FGS 2010: Knoxville – The Museum of Appalachia
Today was the beginning of the 2010 Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Knoxville, Tennessee. There have been quite a few good lectures, and it has gotten off to a promising start. What was most powerful for me was attending the FGS luncheon and hearing David S. Ferriero, the 10th Archivist of the United States describe… Continue reading FGS 2010: Knoxville — David S. Ferriero
Vincent J. Cannato’s American Passage: The History of Ellis Island aims to cover the whole recorded history of the island. The book starts with the history of the island long before anyone thought of it as a way station for immigrants. The Dutch named in Little Oyster Island, as it sat among the oyster beds near the… Continue reading Book Review: American Passage: The History of Ellis Island
This post might sound like a public service announcement, like urging you to eat enough fruits and vegetables, but developing and maintaining data backups is a key technical consideration. Genealogists store and share so much research on computers, making data loss a serious risk.
I have added Odiogo.com audio to my blog. This automatically provides a machine-read version of the blog, which can be subscribed to on iTunes or as any RSS feed. In addition to providing another option for anyone, this can be helpful for those with impaired vision.