18 October 2017

OCLC and Internet Archive Collaborating



OCLC and Internet Archive Collaborating

There is some great news from OCLC and Internet Archive. 

Before the news, just a reminder that these are two wonderful resources as they stand.  The news will just strengthen both.  Some quick context -- I equate OCLC with WorldCat.org (a massive world-wide library catalog) and Internet Archive with both itself as an enormous archive of digitized materials and with Wayback Machine as a great resource for when websites have the nerve to disappear.

Here is the news …

OCLC and Internet Archive are working together to make the Archive's collection of 2.5 million digitized books easier to find and access online and through local libraries.

OCLC will process metadata from the Internet Archive for its digital collection, matching to existing records in WorldCat, the world's most comprehensive database of information about library collections, or adding a new record if one does not exist. The WorldCat record will include a link leading back to the Archive.org record. From there, searchers can examine or potentially borrow the related digital item.

Internet Archive will also add a link from its records to WorldCat.org, the online resource that makes it possible for searchers to quickly and easily find and access resources in libraries nearby--and worldwide…

Read the full announcement here.

This collaboration will make the materials held by each just that much easier to find across both platforms.  A definite plus for researchers.





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16 October 2017

Reclaim the Records -- New Jersey Marriage Index, 1901-2016, Now Available for FREE!



Reclaim the Records -- New Jersey Marriage Index, 1901-2016, Now Available for FREE!

From our friends at Reclaim the Records

Introducing the NEW JERSEY MARRIAGE INDEX, 1901-2016! These records are now totally digital, and totally free -- forever! Now you can research anyone who got married in the Garden State right from your home, still in your pajamas.

We've posted these images at our favorite online library, the Internet Archive (archive.org). You can skip right to any year you want and flip through all the images, or you can download the records to your hard drive as JPG's, PDF's, and/or other formats. Each file is listed year-by-year (or occasionally by a year range), and then the marriages are listed alphabetically by surname.

Just to be clear: these are images of the index, so this isn't a real text-searchable marriage database just yet. But rest assured that the usual genealogy websites we all know are going to start indexing projects and will make that happen eventually. (Yes, the Internet Archive does run automatic OCR on the text contained in the images, but the recognition quality isn't that great, so you're probably better off just reading through the images instead of trying to text-search.) …

As someone who has periodically done research into the records of NJ, I wholeheartedly say thanks for making these records available!





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13 October 2017

FamilySearch 2017 Worldwide Indexing Event (20-22 October 2017)


FamilySearch 2017 Worldwide Indexing Event (20-22 October 2017)

As they have for the past few years, FamilySearch will be hosting a worldwide indexing event

Here are some details. 

When: October 20–22, 2017.

What: As in years past, the purpose of the event will be to unite the international indexing community around the common goal of making more historical records searchable online for free. Last year’s event broke the previous records with more than 100,000 indexers helping to index over 10,000,000 records.

Spread the Word: Flyers and posters are available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian.
·         English
·         Español
·         Français
·         Deutsch
·         Italiano
·         Português
·         Русский

The Records: To prepare for this event, FamilySearch is working hard to make more records available to be indexed. By the time the event comes around, there will be records available from many countries around the world and in many languages. There will be records appropriate for every experience level—from beginner to advanced—so that all can feel the joy of participating. The goal is to make this event accessible to as many people as possible and to end the event with new records accessible to people looking for their family from around the globe.

FamilySearch has made many records available via its acquisition and digitization projects.  Many of the digitized records are viewable and not yet accessible to many as they are not indexed.  This event helps increase access to these records via linking index terms to them!

It does take a community to make this event a success.




Will you be participating?  What records would you like to index and/or see indexed?






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11 October 2017

Genealogy Summer Camps for Youth Which Keep on Giving


Genealogy Summer Camps for Youth Which Keep on Giving

This past summer, Penn State offered 3 summer camps revolving around genealogy with 2 of them having a focus on genetics.

Genetics & Genealogy Detectives (June 19-30): This is a two-week residential/day research camp where campers will dig into case files to discover genetic traits and genealogical relationships. No personal information will be used!

Finding Your Roots: Unscripted (July 10-14): This one-week residential/day non-research camp is offered in collaboration with PBS affiliates WPSU/WETA to produce a PBS documentary and video clips to support students and teachers who will use the curriculum in the future.

Finding Your Roots (July 17-28): This is a two-week residential/day research camp where campers will use their own DNA and family histories to learn about genetics and genealogy.

I learned about these camps when a video, Finding Your Roots: The Seedlings – Episode 1, became available.  I know I would have enjoyed such a camp when I was a youth!

It will be interesting to watch out for subsequent videos and hopefully catch the planned PBS documentary.

Learn about the genesis of these camps via the about tab.





What universities or other entities near you are providing in-depth genetic genealogy camp, workshop, or other learning opportunities for youth?












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09 October 2017

FREE NARA 2017 Virtual Genealogy Fair (save the date -- 25 October 2017) #genfair2017


FREE NARA 2017 Virtual Genealogy Fair (save the date -- 25 October 2017) #genfair2017

From our friends at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)!  An always great opportunity to learn about federal records and just how valuable they can be to your genealogy research.

WHAT: The National Archives will host a live, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on YouTube. Participate in our biggest genealogy event of the year! Sessions offer advice on family history research for all skill levels. Topics include Federal government documents on birth, childhood, and death; recently recovered military personnel files; Japanese Americans during World War II; 19th century tax assessments; and a “how to” on preserving family heirlooms. For the schedule, videos, handouts, and participation instructions, visit the Virtual Genealogy Fair online.

WHEN: October 25, starting at 10 a.m. EDT

WHO: Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero and records experts from National Archives’ facilities nationwide.

WHERE: Anywhere! Participate during the Fair while it is live streamed on the US National Archives’ YouTube channel

Captioning: Live captioning will be available online. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for the event, please send an email to: KYR@nara.gov or call 202-357-5260 in advance.

Background: The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the Federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists, such as pension files, ship passenger lists, census, and Freedmen’s Bureau materials. See “Resources for Genealogists and Family Historians” online.

Follow the National Archives on Twitter @USNatArchives and join the Genealogy Fair conversation using #genfair2017.



Do you plan to attend?

What federal records group would you most like to learn about?










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06 October 2017

Library of Congress Launches labs.loc.gov


Library of Congress Launches labs.loc.gov

From our friends at the Library of Congress!  A new play space where digital collections will be further explored and that normally means greater access for researchers!

New Online Space Designed to Empower Exploration and Discovery of Digital Collections

The Library of Congress today launched labs.loc.gov, a new online space that will host a changing selection of experiments, projects, events and resources designed to encourage creative use of the Library’s digital collections. To help demonstrate the exciting discoveries that are possible, the new site will also feature a gallery of projects from data challenge winners and innovators-in-residence and blog posts and video presentations from leaders in the field.

“We already know the Library of Congress is the ultimate treasure chest, but with labs.loc.gov we are inviting explorers to help crack open digital discoveries and share the collections in new and innovative ways,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “Whether you’re tagging images from our digitized historic newspapers to help future visitors, or exploring the changing nature of democracy through the 25 million bibliographic records the Library recently made public, we are providing tools and inspiration that will lead to new uses and new ways of looking at the incredible materials here at the Library.”

The Library of Congress digital collections present immense potential for exploration. Labs will enable users at every level of technical knowledge to engage with these vast resources. Visitors can try experimental applications and crowdsourcing programs, and tutorials will provide a steppingstone for new computational discovery. Follow developments on Twitter at @LC_Labs.

“We’re excited to see what happens when you bring together the largest collection of human knowledge ever assembled with the power of 21st-century technology,” said Kate Zwaard, the chief of the Library’s National Digital Initiatives office, which manages the new website. “Every day, students, researchers, journalists and artists are using code and computation to derive new knowledge from library collections. With labs, we hope to create a community dedicated to using technology to expand what’s possible with the world’s creative and intellectual treasures.”

Some of the initial offerings are:

Crowdsourcing: Beyond Words

One of the first features on labs.loc.gov is Beyond Words, a website that invites the public to identify cartoons and photographs in historic newspapers and provide captions that will turn images into searchable data. This fun crowdsourcing program grows the data set of text available for researchers who use visualization, text analysis and other digital humanities methodologies to discover new knowledge from Chronicling America—the Library’s large collection of historic American newspapers. Beyond Words is available as a pilot project to help the Library of Congress learn more about what subsets of Library data researchers are interested in and to grow the Library’s capacity for crowdsourcing.

“What I like about crowdsourcing is it gives people a chance to discover hidden gems in the collection. You never know what you’ll find poking through old newspapers,” said Tong Wang, the IT specialist who created Beyond Words during a three-month pilot innovator-in-residence program.

Beyond Words will also generate public domain image galleries for scholarship and creative play. As this data set grows, educators, researchers and artists will be able to group image collections by time frame, such as identifying all historic cartoons appearing in World War I-era newspapers…

Read the remainder of the press release here.

For the Beyond Words element, I suggest that you click on “Get Started!” first where some important information about the project is given and there are a couple of really quick tutorials (they take seconds to view) on what is involved if you decide to participate.

Interested in participating, from the main page click on “Try It” and you will then get to pick what state interests you and opt to “mark” “transcribe” or learn more.

It’s that easy!

Visual elements in newspapers are so valuable and yet not able to be deciphered via Optical Character Recognition (OCR). Our involvement in marking and transcribing the visual elements of newspapers will greatly enhance the material we’ll be able to access from those newspapers already available to us via Chronicling America!  Now instead of just stumbling across cartoons and photographs as we explore text-based entries, we’ll be able to search for them!


Do you plan to help with this crowdsourcing project?

What crowdsourcing projects have you already helped with?










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04 October 2017

Nominations Needed for RootsTech 2018 Innovation Showcase (deadline 15 October 2017)


Nominations Needed for RootsTech 2018 Innovation Showcase (deadline 15 October 2017) 

From our friends at RootsTech …

RootsTech, the world’s largest family history and technology conference, hosted by FamilySearch, announced exciting changes to its 2018 conference schedule. The popular conference is expanding to four full days starting Wednesday, February 28, to March 3, 2018, to allow for more in-demand class offerings for all attendees while still offering content useful for innovators. First day highlights will now include the opening General Keynote Session and the new Innovation Showcase on stage. Find out more at RootsTech.org.

“Our guests have spoken, and we listened, so we are expanding RootsTech to a full four days!" said FamilySearch CEO Steve Rockwood. “Wednesday has been, and will continue to be, all about the amazing technical and scientific innovations that are transforming our industry. This first day of innovation has its own unique vibe, and we want everyone to feel it! This honors the original intent of RootsTech by bringing entrepreneurs, technical innovators, and interested parties from other industries together with those engaged in family history. It will now feature the general opening keynote to kickoff the conference and be filled with appealing classes for attendees and innovators combined."

“There are so many new cool, exciting developments in the family history industry from year to year that we want to highlight them on the main stage in a way we’ve never done before,” said Jen Allen, RootsTech director. “Making the the new Innovation Showcase part of the conference’s general opening ceremonies will give these leading technologies and products the visibility they deserve.”

Allen said the new Showcase will feature the best new technology in the industry from around the globe. She expects a number of companies, from small startups to large organizations, to clamor for the opportunity to present their newest product or service on stage before a large online and in-person audience. Each participant will be heralded as a “RootsTech 2018 Innovation Showcase Winner.” Also during the Showcase, a Peoples’ Choice award will be presented as a result of live text voting.

RootsTech is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Innovation Showcase from the public. The public can nominate its favorite family history related app, product, or service by using #RootsTechInnovation on Facebook or Twitter, or visit the Innovation Showcase page at rootstech.org. The submission deadline is October 15, 2017.



What genealogy-related innovations would you like to see?

What existing innovation do you think should be showcased?









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