This week's news includes:
Be sure to
back up your genealogy data and insure that a copy is located
outside your home!
- Ancestry.com has released enhanced
digital images of the U.S. federal censuses.
- The Library of Michigan crisis continues with a smaller budget,
effectively coming out of the collection development budget, and an
anticipated 20% budget cut in 2010-2011.
- The national Archives (TNA) of the UK has unveiled a new look
and new address for its online educational services at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education.
There are more materials there, plus podcasts and booking access to
videoconferences and virtual classes.
- The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has
uploaded the Ulster Street Directories (1819-1900) at http://www.proni.gov.uk.
- The Irish Family History Foundation has released parish and
statutory records transcriptions for County Londonderry at
- Ancestral Atlas has released a collection of Irish Townland
Maps at http://www.ancestralatlas.com.
This week's listener email includes:
- Eiya asks about good books covering African-American
genealogical research. The Guys suggest Black Roots: A Beginner's Guide to Tracing
the African American Family Tree by Tony Burroughs and
A Genealogist's Guide to
Discovering Your African-American Ancestors by Franklin
Carter Smith and Emily Ann Croom.
- Lois suggests a podcast about the Orphan Train and the Catholic
version of this at the "Catholic Under the Hood" site at http://sqpn.com/category/educational/catholic-under-the-hood/.
Look for episode #209.
- Lee reminds listeners that they can order copies of original
Social Security Applications, Form SS-5, from the Social Security
Administration at https://secure.ssa.gov/apps9/eFOIA-FEWeb/internet/main.jsp.
You can also use the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) at RootsWeb
and generate a letter. (Listen to the podcast for details.)
- Michael asks about the employer number on his
great-great-grandfather's SS-5 -- W.P.A. O.P. 65-44-1163 -- and
where he might learn what WPA projects on which his ancestor
worked. He also asks about the U.S. Employment Service (USES) and
what information might be on the registration card.
- Blaise has switched to GRAMPS, an open source genealogy program
Blaise is using a portable version of it. (See http://tinyurl.com/GRAMPS-Portable.)
- Richard asks for suggestions for tracing two brothers who may
have been adopted in California between 1920 and 1930.
- Gus shares information about "UCLA's Cotsen Institute of
Archaeology and research associate Dean Goodman who have won the
Governor's Historic Preservation Award for high-tech mapping
efforts at the Marquez Family Cemetery in Santa Monica Canyon" in
- Barb shares information for Angie (episode #188) about locating
and obtaining copies of Civil War pension files. She recounts a
very convoluted research scenario involving three husbands, bigamy,
Drew discusses Google Wave, a new facility in beta test