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Nov 29, 2010

The news includes:

  • Ancestry.com unveils Family Tree Maker for the Macintosh.
  • Ancestry.com and The Genealogist in the UK have announced an agreement with The National Archives (UK) to acquire and publish online the 1911 England and Wales Census.
  • Ancestry.com has reached an agreement with National Geographic Digital Media, part of National Geographic, in which the latter will host a new family history experience related to the Genographic Project Online.
  • Ancestry.com has just launched a major enhancement to its online search templates, the new "Add an Event" facility.
  • Moorshead Magazines Ltd., publishers of Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, and History magazines, announces a new book, Tracing Your Civil War Ancestors, available on 1 January 2011. More details are available at http://www.familychronicle.com.
  • The Muskogee Phoenix reports that the Cherokee Nation has begun development of a Virtual Library of Cherokee Knowledge and expects to complete the project in Spring 2011.
  • MyHeritage has announced that it can generate a wide variety of pre-defined famiy tree charts easily. High resolution export of charts is free and these can be shared via email and printed in PDF format on home computers. The company has also added a professional poster printing service.
  • The National Genealogical Society has announced the appointment of a new board director, Jordan Jones, of Raleigh, NC, to support information technology and solutions.
  • The New England Historic Genealogical Society (at its new web address at http://www.AmericanAncestors.org) will host a Winter Weekend Research Getaway - Effective Use of Technology on 27 to 29 January 2011 in Boston. Visit the website for more information.
  • The Kansas City Star posteed an article at http://www.kansascity.com/2010/11/08/2409249/search-for-kc-potters-fields-documents.html?story_link=email_msg concerning searches for three large potter's fields.

 

Ideas for holiday gifts include:

  • The New England Historic Genealogical Society (http://www.AmericanAncestors.org) offers its Family Discovery Package for $99 and an annual membership to NEHGS for $75.
  • Ancestry.com is selling NEW subscriptions to its databases.
  • The Technology Tamers have produced an Everyday Genealogy 2011 calendar. It is available in a desk pad format from http://www.everydaygenealogy.com for $12.59 with a genealogy tip for every day of the year and as an app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch from the iTunes store for $3.99.

 

The Guys review the following books:

  • Sto Lat: A Modern Guide to Polish Genealogy by Cecile (Ceil) Wendt Jensen (See http://mipolonia.net for details and ordering information.)
  • Cherokee Citizenship Commission Dockets, Volume II, 1888-1884 and 1887-1889 by Jeff Bowen (Clearfield Company, 2010)
  • The Journey Takers by Leslie Albrecht Huber (2010) (See http://www.thejourneytakers.com for details and ordering information.)
  • Shaking the Family Treeby Buzzy Jackson (Touchstone, 2010)

 

Listener email includes:

  • Mac asks about his scan wand. (And George talks about his Flip Pal scanner.)
  • Eric responds about Mitch's problem reading the 1852 California Census for Placer County.
  • Brandt has questions about researching adoptions.
  • J.T. shares information about another alternative to Parallels, VMWare Fusion, and CrossOver as software that allows Mac users to run Windows programs. He suggests Wine (http://www.winehq.org) - a free open-source program that needs your configuration.
  • Tim has three items for The Guys:
    • He suggests the wealth of digital materials online at Georgia's Virtual Vault (http://cdm.sos.state.ga.us/index.php).
    • He asks about copyright ownership for digitized U.S. census images at Ancestry.com, and sourcing them.
    • He has questions about how to greate effective source citations for indexes, books, and other materials.
  • Peter McCracken shares information with The Guys about ShipIndex.org, a site at which you can research specific ships to determine where information is available in books, journals, CD-ROMs, websites, and more. The free area contains more than 140K citations and the premium database contains more than 1.5M entries.
  • Michael suggests the use of website http://www.library.illinois.edu/hpnl/newspapers/historical.php at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There is a vast collection there, and there are links to many other newspaper resources.
  • Richard reminds us that another great website to post one's genealogical material to is the Free Pages at http://freepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com.