03 August 2015

The Genealogy Fairy™ – Now Accepting Grant Applications


A couple of weeks ago Thomas MacEntee (Geneabloggers, High-Definition Genealogy, Hack Genealogy, etc) blogged Update: The Genealogy Fairy.

Back in late March 2015, I announced a new concept as part of my genealogy business: The Genealogy Fairy™. For 2015, I have seen a huge increase in business revenue related to affiliate marketing (where I receive a percentage of sales made via Amazon, MyHeritage and other vendors). I wanted a way to say “thank you” to those who continue to support my business and believe in what I do to improve the way we search for our family history.

You can read more about the concept here ...

What Is The Genealogy Fairy™?
The Genealogy Fairy™ is a venture created by Thomas MacEntee of High-Definition Genealogy. The goal is to give back to the genealogy community through a series of grants to organizations and individuals undertaking worthwhile genealogy-related projects.

How Is The Genealogy Fairy™ Program Funded?
Five percent (5%) of all revenue at Genealogy bargains (http://genealogy.bargains) is set aside each month to fund The Genealogy Fairy™ program. Your purchases of genealogy products and services using the links at Genealogy Bargains help keep the program going.

Effective 1 August, The Genealogy Fairy™ – Now Accepting Grant Applications.  Many important details are provided in the above links.  The actual application can be found here.

This is just one more important way that Thomas tries to benefit our genealogy community!

I can’t wait to see what kinds of projects are granted!

Good luck to all individuals and organizations that apply.






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31 July 2015

RootsTech Innovator Showdown will accept submissions starting 1 September 2015


Here’s a date to put on your calendar – 1 September 2015.  From that date until 1 December 2015, submissions for the Innovator Showdown (at Rootstech with $100,000 in prizes) will be accepted. The finals will be held live at Rootstech on 5 February 2016.

The announcement states ...

FamilySearch International is looking for the next big social and mobile application that will influence not only an industry worth billions, but also generations of families—past, present, and future!

Held in conjunction with RootsTech, happening February 3–6, 2016, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, the 2016 Innovator Showdown will be a global innovation competition with $100,000 in total prizes for developers and entrepreneurs with ideas and products that enable people of all ages to discover, preserve, and connect with their families across generations.

Learn more on the Innovator Showdown page.

See who won the prizes in the 2015 Innovator Showdown.


Do you have a neat genealogy-related social and/or mobile app idea? This might be your chance to make your idea into a reality!


Editor’s Note: Related Upfront with NGS post, Developer Challenge Winners from Rootstech 2014






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30 July 2015

Did you know that NARA has an eBook Collection?


So much National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) news so few days to post!

Well, in this case, it falls into the category of not “new” news and it was news to me!

Did you know that NARA has an eBook collection?  I didn’t!  I am well aware of its print publications collection including microfilm catalogs, guides, general information leaflets (GIL) and more ...

As usual, I was on the trail of something unrelated when I stumbled across this collection.

Here is an example of the available formats for the publication Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures.


I just had to explore further as now I was curious to know if the Library of Congress (LOC), the Smithsonian, etc, have eBook collections.

 Do you know of any other national U.S. institutions that have eBook collections?


Editor’s Note: Of course, we always recommend the Internet Archive as a wonderful source for FREE access to ebooks and texts! The gateway page gives you a great sense of what institutions are represented.




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29 July 2015

Newest Edition of NGS Magazine Available to NGS Members Now! (Apr/May/Jun 2015)


The Apr/May/June 2015 issue of the NGS Magazine (PDF 6.2 MB) is now online in the Members Only section of the website.

Features

Patricia O’Brien Shawker, CG, FMGS, by Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG
Highlights at the NGS 2016 Family History Conference in Florida, by C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL
Resources for locating District of Columbia ancestors, by Sharon Hodges
Testing family lore: She married a distant cousin in Virginia, by J. H. Fonkert, CG
Contrasting German migrations: Eighteenth- and nineteenth century waves, by James M. Beidler
Hope in war: Research challenges a family legend, by Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG
What happened to Eliza? A case study in female name changes, by Nicole Gilkison LaRue

Columns
National Archives, by Claire Prechtel-Kluskens
Reference desk, by Kathy Petlewski, MSLS
Genetic genealogy journey, by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL
Technology, by Jordan Jones

Departments
President’s message, by Jordan Jones
Editor’s corner, by Darcie Hind Posz, CG
NGS/Genealogy news



Editor’s Note: Please note that online access to the NGS Quarterly and NGS Magazine are available only as long as your membership is active. If you wish to discontinue this option and continue to receive print copies of the journal, please with our website and update your profile to indicate the same.



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28 July 2015

LOC -- "Every Photo Is a Story," strategies for examining photos



Photos are easy to love though sometimes dating them can be a challenge.  When we are seeking clues to our ancestors, where they lived and who they are, dating a photograph can be quite important.

The Library of Congress (LOC) has a new Flickr site: "Every Photo Is a Story," strategies for examining photos based on Frances Benjamin Johnston's stunning "Blue Garden" lantern slides from the last century. 

Every photo is a story waiting to be discovered. Using Frances Benjamin Johnston's lantern slides as a jumping off point, Prints and Photographs Division reference librarian Kristi Finefield discusses strategies for "reading" photographs with historian Sam Watters in a wonderful new series of videos from the Library of Congress.

This album includes images which tell the story of the “Blue Garden” at Beacon Hill, the Newport estate of Arthur Curtiss and Harriet James. The story of the “Blue Garden” is one of many Sam Watters uncovered during his research, as he strove to identify and interpret more than 1,100 lantern slides. Along the way, he uncovered intriguing stories about individual photographs (what do you make of the man mowing the lawn, for instance?) and was able to set these beautiful, hand-colored lantern slides in the context of the larger story of American life and aspirations in the early 20th century.

Learn More:
• Have a look at the 
“Every Photo is a Story” Web site, which links to all of the "Every Photo is a Story" videos, accompany exercises to test your photo reading skills, and resources for further exploration. (Note: The videos are also accessible through YouTube.)
• Read about the 
Frances Benjamin Johnston lantern slides that Sam Watters researched and view the album showing more than 600 of the garden slides .
• Watch the 
“Books and Beyond” lecture Sam Watters recorded in 2012, where he discussed his book, Gardens for a Beautiful America, 1895-1935.
• Explore resources and activities listed on the Prints & Photographs Division's
“Researcher’s Toolbox” page.

Did you watch the videos and do the “Try It Yourself Exercise(s)”? What did you think?
Did they help you solve a personal photo mystery?








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27 July 2015

URGENT! -- Arizona State Genealogy Library in jeopardy



Access to one of Arizona’s largest genealogical collections is being threatened in a move from the Arizona State Library in the Arizona State Capital to the Arizona State Archives, 1901 W. Madison, both in Phoenix, Arizona.  In the email sent to the Family History Society of Arizona President, Ro Hein, from Laura Stone, Digital Content Director from the State Library, the following was mentioned:

“The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records is preparing to announce that the Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History Building will house the genealogy research center. Researchers will now have access to a rich portfolio of resources, including unique Arizona materials, online genealogical sources and expert staff for support. The former location of state genealogy resources at the State Library of Arizona, located in the Historic Capitol Building, will close to the public on July 31.”

There is a grave concern that the books, vertical file materials, periodicals, microfilm/microfiche materials and other physical items will NOT be moved to the Archives building, and that there will only be access to digital databases such as Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest Online. We do not know the reasoning behind this “immediate” move to the State Archives but we need to be vigilant and pro-active to stop this from occurring. What will happen to the 20,000+ genealogy books and materials presently housed in the Genealogical collection? We know that the State Archives does not have room to house all these materials.

We in the concerned genealogical community are very concerned about the future of the Arizona State Genealogy collections. We are asking all genealogists to take time out of their busy schedules to send an email to the Secretary of State Michele Reagan <www.azsos.gov/contact>, to the Arizona State Librarian Joan Clark <www.azlibrary.gov/about>, to Digital Content Director Laura Stone <lstone@azlibrary.gov, to the Arizona Governor Doug Ducey <http://azgovernor.gov/governor/form/contact-governor-ducey, your legislative representative and any other interested parties. In your email, share experiences you have had with the genealogical library staff, the connections to ancestors you have made through using the resources, and the outreach that has been offered by the genealogical staff for over thirty years. Share that the genealogical collection is a special collection that needs to be saved and not placed into boxes. Be polite, but firm in your message. And, in the email to Secretary of State Reagan and Governor Ducey, add the phrase, “Genealogists vote”. Genealogists have a vested interest in keeping the State Genealogy collection where it is, and politicians want to be retained in office, so voting matters to them.

Please send your emails and letters to the above-mentioned people quickly. The move is supposed to take place this Friday, the 31st! We need to stop them.

Thank you for your support of the Arizona State Genealogy Library.


Linda Caldwell McCleary, M.L.S.
Arizona Genealogical Advisory Board (AzGAB) Past President
National Genealogical Society (NGS) Life Member
Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Past Board Member
FGS/NGS Records Preservation and Access Committee Member
Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) Former Director
Brigham Young University Professional Genealogy Certificate







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WikiConference USA to be held at the National Archives (9-11 October 2015)


Just a few days after announcing the opening of the Innovation Hub, NARA Keeps on Innovating -- Innovation Hub now open!, NARA and partners have announced a Wiki Conference to be held in October.

Wikimedia DC and Wikimedia New York City are excited to announce WikiConference USA 2015. The event, co-organized by the National Archives and Records Administration and the Wiki Education Foundation, will be held from October 9–11, 2015, at the National Archives building in Washington, D.C.
This venue reflects the alignment in missions between Wikimedia volunteers, the National Archives, and the Wiki Education Foundation: to make knowledge freely accessible to the world.

“We are pleased to host the Wikimedia community, with whom we have had a long and beneficial collaboration,” said Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero. “This exciting conference is an opportunity to continue our shared work of making information open, accessible, and engaging to the public in new and innovative ways.”​​

WikiConference USA is open to anyone, regardless of their involvement with Wikipedia or the Wikimedia projects. We welcome the curious, the skeptical, and anyone wishing to engage in meaningful conversation about the Wikimedia movement in the United States, free culture and digital rights advocacy and outreach, community building, and technology.

The conference, which launched in New York City in 2014, will follow the focus on the grassroots efforts of the Wikipedia and Wikimedia movement in the United States, free culture, and digital rights. WikiConference USA will include workshops, panels, and presentations on Wikimedia’s outreach to cultural institutions, community building, technology development, and role in education.

Scholarships will be available to cover the cost of travel and stay in Washington, D.C. for those in need.


Read the full press release for future details.

Check out the conference website.

Will you be going?  Do you actively provide content to Wikipedia or other Wiki projects?

I spend a lot of time on Wiki pages.  I love having an ever evolving and growing type of encyclopedia at my finger tips!  A great place to get “some” context for whatever I need information on.  Sometimes the content of a Wiki page is sufficient for my purposes and when genealogy or history-related content is involved, it’s normally just the tip of the iceberg for my research!







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