25 October 2013

Upfront Mini Bytes – Genealogy Roadshow, Medieval Manuscripts, Australia, Medical Miscellany, LibriVox, Auschwitz, WWII Army, Animaps ...

Welcome to our newest edition of our bi-weekly feature Upfront Mini Bytes.  In Upfront Mini Bytes we provide eight tasty bits of genealogy news that will help give you a deeper byte into your family history research. Each item is short and sweet.  We encourage you to check out the links to articles, blog posts, resources, and anything genealogical!

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Did you enjoy watching Season 1 of Genealogy Roadshow?  If you did, and you are interested in having your story told as part of Season 2, fill out an application.
Are you researching Medieval and earlier Brits?  If so, you might want to check out Fancy Another Giant List of Digitised Manuscript Hyperlinks? This master list contains details of everything that has so far been uploaded by the British Library Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts department, complete with hyperlinks to each individual record.

Researching “down under” family? Check out the Biographical Database of Australia (BDA).  This is a new research tool for historians and genealogists, which contains transcripts and indexes of many original records and published biographies of deceased individuals who arrived in or were born in Australia, starting from the earliest times.
So little time, so much I don’t know!  Via the Historical Medical Miscellany Blog I just learned that V is for Visitation of God when seen on early death certificates.

Recently stumbled across an online library of free public domain audiobooks, LibriVox.  Remember listening to cassette tapes while driving around town?  Well, now you can just download an audiobook to your smartphone and listen while driving!  Though no books are characterized as genealogy, there are many history books available.

If you know German and your ancestors survived Auschwitz, you might be interested in Audio files of Auschwitz survivors go online. The voices of Holocaust survivors and Nazi death camp guards can be heard in an online audio archive of testimony from Germany's first Auschwitz trial half a century ago.
Speaking of World War II, WW2enlistment.org has a World War 2 U.S. Army Enlistment Archive. The site is a searchable archive for World War II era Army enlistment records, generally spanning the years 1938 - 1946. There are records of 8,433,326 U.S. Army soldiers, reservists, and enlistees including enlisted men and women, foreign scouts and nationals, etc.

Like maps?  Like to create maps?  Have you checked out Animaps? Animaps extends the My Maps feature of Google Maps by letting you create maps with markers that move, images and text that pop up on cue, and lines and shapes that change over time. When you send your Animap to friends it appears like a video - they can play, pause, slow, and speed up the action!  We’d love to see an example created by a genealogist!  If you have created an Animap, please contact [email protected].

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