This week's news includes:
- Ancestry.com has announced that it will acquire
and therefore acquire Footnote.com.
- Ancestry.com has added the 1852 California State
Census to its U.S. collection.
- Ancestry.co.uk has added "England & Wales,
National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),
1861-1941" to its collection.
- Genealogy Gems has announced that the second installment of the
Google Earth for Genealogy video series has been released
- The Ontario (Canada) Genealogical Society has issued a call for
papers for its 2012 Conference, to be held in Kingston, Ontario, on
June 1-3, 2012. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for
a copy of the Call for Papers document.
- Leland Meitzler has announced that Thomas MacEntee will join
the 2010 Salt Lake Christmas Tour. More information is available at
- The Federation of
Genealogical Societies has announced that it is accepting
applications for the position of Editor of its electronic quarterly
magazine, the FGS FORUM. Interested parties may request a
copy of the position description and submissions details by
emailing email@example.com. Applications
are being accepted through November 1, 2010.
- The Association
of Professional Genealogists has announced that it is accepting
applications for the position of Webmaster. Interested parties may
request more information from Kathleen Hinckley, Executive
Director, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are
being accepted through November 1, 2010.
Listener email includes:
- Marilyn advises us that TelGen Limited has released "Families," an app
for the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad that works with Legacy Family
Tree. It is available at www.telgen.co.uk/families for $14.95.
- Marina asks for advice about cleaning up her family history
- Patty is seeking a place online where she can upload her family
history file, documents, photos, and more.
- Karyl is looking for suggestions about handling situations like
"Great Grandma was adopted" or "discoveries that two of the ten
kids of Uncle Bud were actually his granddaughters but there are no
clue as to who the mother(s) might have been."
- Tom asks whether, when faced with literally hundreds of names
going back that far in a printed [family history] volume, does a
family historian or genealogist actually obtain all the original
documentation? Birth, marriage and death records?
The Guys discuss a product from CodeWeavers called
CrossOver Mac for Macintosh OS X ($39.95) that "allows
you to install many popular Windows applications and games on your
Intel Mac. Once installed, your application integrates seamlessly
in OS X. Just click and run your application directly from the OS X
Finder. Clicking a Windows file or document — including email
attachments — will launch the appropriate Windows program, allowing
you to work on the files. Best of all, you do it all easily and
affordably, without needing a Microsoft operating system license."
The Guys are now running RootsMagic on their Macs instead of using
VMWare Fusion or Parallels software and without buying an
expensive Windows operating system license.
More listener email includes:
- Colleen asks about the annual Ancestry.com survey
and their statement that they add "millions" of historical records
each week. The Guys respond that, with nine national collections of
data, they believe that the averages probably work out to millions
of new and updated records each week.
- Mitch asks for suggestions for how to gain better access to a
legible copy of the 1852 California Census. (See notes for Episode
#209 and listen to the podcasts for more details.)
- JoEllen asks for more information about organizing and storing
her vast collection of materials. George suggests two sources for
archival safe storage materials: Light
Impressions and Gaylord. (He drew a blank remembering Gaylord.)
- Eric has questions about military records for his grandfather
who served before World War I in the infantry of the State of
- Jim shares two digital newspaper archive collections with
everyone: the California Digital Newspaper Collection and Chronicling
America: Historic American Newspapers.
- Pat shares the results of a very successful on-site research
Drew discusses his blog, Rootsmithing at http://rootsmithing.com.