Jul 24, 2009
This week's news includes:
- Ancestry.com has added the Canadian
Censuses, 1851-1916, and one of the most comprehensive collections
of Caribbean slave records, detailing nearly 200 years of St.
Croix-Virgin Islands history.
- The Michigan Genealogical Council has issued a press release
regarding the crisis in funding for the Library of Michigan and the
possible dissolution of its collection. A Hands Around the Library
event will be held on Wednesday, 5 August 2009, in Lansing,
beginning with assembly at 9:45 AM at the State Capitol. Questions
can be sent to Sue Irvine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Software announces the release of MacFamilyTree version
- Northern Hills Software
announces the release of Pocket Genealogist, version 3.40, for
Windows Mobile devices.
Drew interviews Dr. Tukufu Zuberi, Ph.D., a star researcher of the
hit PBS television program, History Detectives
, at the Southern
California Genealogical Society's Jamboree.
This week's listener email includes:
- Denise loves the way Fletcher meows on cue.
- Patrice suggested a discussion of Second Life, and Lisa
suggested a discussion about researching the history of old houses.
(The Guys will work on some stories about these topics and others
you might suggest.)
- A response to Margaret in Dublin about Aster Software's iPhone app,
FamViewer. The company informs us that there are planned
enhancements to the project, but there are no plans in place to
provide an editing function and upload to source genealogy
- Rich H. shared a story about two people named Kelly Hildebrandt
who connected on Facebook and who will be married in
October. The two are not related.
- Connie asks about the use of the terms "brother-in-law" and
"stepdaughter" in the mid-1800s and what the terms might mean.
- Rich C. discusses the use of the phrase "turn of the century"
and suggests that we designate which century. He also shares an
article from Fortune
magazine concerning whether or not information should be free.
to see the article.)
- Michael asks us to tell Tom about a national youth organization
for kids interested in genealogy. It is the Youth Genealogists
Association at http://www.youthgen.net.
- Drew announces that 50 libraries across the U.S. are offering
free text reference service to people using text messaging. You can
text a question to (309) 222-7740 and a real, live librarian will
respond within minutes. Named My Info Quest, this service is the
first collaborative text reference service. (Standard text
messaging charges apply.)
- Sherry reminds people to check with local funeral homes for
obituaries, and sometimes for photos and videos of the individual.
The funeral homes' files may contain more information that was
published in newspapers.
- Victoria asks about our logo and whether we can drive that down
to listeners' files.
- Denise has been searching for a birth record for her
grandmother, and The Guys respond with some suggestions. George
read some material from Ancestry Publishing's Red Book concerning Missouri vital
records. He provided an updated link at http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/birthdeath/
as another possible source for these records.