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April 2010 Blog Posts (76)

FamilySearch Beta Review

With the addition of over 300 million records to the FamilySearch

Record Search website and the same records to the FamilySearch Beta site, it is becoming

apparent that the now-traditional website will likely be

totally revamped in… Continue

Added by James Tanner on April 30, 2010 at 8:25pm — No Comments

The Remake of True Grit-A Classic Western

As you can see I'm not taking lightly to this! I watch the original for the bantering between Mattie Ross and Glen Campbell's Le Beuf!

Added by Leeann Boone on April 29, 2010 at 9:26pm — No Comments

Happy Belated Birthday and Early Angel Day Mom

I just want to take a moment to say happy birthday mom and happy angel day mom!

Added by Leeann Boone on April 29, 2010 at 9:13pm — No Comments

FamilySearch 2010 Best New Window Application

April 27 2010 Salt Lake City, Utah- The MagiKey, LLC. ( is the winner of the FamilySearch 2010 Software award for "Best Windows Product" for its new genealogy software MagiKey Family Tree

with Census Tracker (patent pending). MagiKey Family Tree is designed

to research, record, organize, and share family history data, and opens,

reads, and saves in GEDCOM, the…


Added by Raelyn Davis on April 29, 2010 at 5:28pm — No Comments

Announcement of over 300,000,000 records added to FamilySearch Beta

Apparently at the same time over 180 new collections of records were

added to FamilySearch's

Record Search
(also known as Record Search Pilot) the same records

plus most of the existing records from the Record Search were added to

the … Continue

Added by James Tanner on April 28, 2010 at 7:34pm — No Comments

FamilySearch Record Search more than doubles the number of collections

In a little heralded and unannounced move, FamilySearch

has added more than double the number o records to its Record

Database. The number of collections went from 163 to 341

today, 27 April 2010. The list is incredible. Some of the countries that

have new records have never had an online presence previously, such as

Uruguay,… Continue

Added by James Tanner on April 27, 2010 at 6:20pm — No Comments

Multimedia Storytelling Reaches Technological Heights with Brian Storm

At the end of March I attended an all-day workshop on Multimedia Storytelling led by Brian Storm of MediaStorm, an award-winning company based in New York and focused on creating cinematic narratives for distribution across a variety of platforms.

The workshop was put on by FotoFest, a Houston based arts organization, as part of their 2010 Biennial.

FotoFest’s purpose “is to promote…


Added by Stefani Twyford on April 27, 2010 at 11:57am — No Comments

Old San Juan Cemetery

A few months ago we took a vacation to Puerto Rico. It's the perfect place to explore early American Colonial History. San Juan was founded in 1521, and the explorer Ponce de Leon was one of…


Added by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on April 27, 2010 at 11:07am — 1 Comment

Record Search adds almost 4 million Non-conformist records


Record Search
has added a huge index of 3,920,183 records of

English Non-conformists held at the National Archives in London. These

records are known as RG4 through 8. For example, RG4 are

registers… Continue

Added by James Tanner on April 27, 2010 at 7:24am — No Comments

What do I need to know and do to restore damaged photos -- Part Three

In thinking about my last post, I realized that I had mentioned that all digital editing is destructive. That issue needs to be explained further especially to anyone involved in restoring scanned

images of old photographs.

Before taking even the first step in restoring old photos, you should understand what happens when an image is scanned or otherwise digitized. The

digitization process involves creating a numerical representation of the


Added by James Tanner on April 26, 2010 at 9:46pm — No Comments

Mom's Birthday Surprise, Need Your Help

HI Everyone,

I am asking for your help if you think this would be fun.

Mom will be 90 in June. I thought it would be fun if she received cards from people wishing her a 90th birthday. Someone mentioned 90 cards for 90th birthday, so that is my goal, the more the better.

My brother is giving her a celebration party but this is something she can remember and cherish for a long time.

She is the one that got me started in genealogy. I know some of you are…

Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on April 26, 2010 at 6:17pm — 1 Comment

Northern Ireland Douglases

I am seeking help with these Northern Ireland families

Matthew Ford Married Elizabeth Knox in 1750. She was the sister of Viscount… Continue

Added by William Douglas on April 26, 2010 at 12:17pm — No Comments

The Mayflower - Some New Insights in a New Book

Making Haste from Babylon by Nick Bunker is a new history of the Mayflower Pilgrims with in-depth research from apparently hitherto untapped archives. Author Bunker also went to the places prominent in Mayflower history. It's a "non-standard, non-linear" history with promising trivia and anecdotes which shed new insight into the character and actions of the usually lauded and glossed-over reality of these men and women. It's true that "heritage"… Continue

Added by William S Dean on April 26, 2010 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

April 24 Seminar Great Find.

We held our mini seminar at the South Branch Library last Saturday. We had 25+ people in attendance.

Many were new faces and we were glad to see this turn out.

After my talk on doing Genealogy Finding Who You Are. Which was intended to get people started with out incurring major expense. Genealogy can be fun and educational, it can help one to better understand their family and it's past. We are the sum of that past and our children and grandchildren are the sum of ours. They… Continue

Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on April 26, 2010 at 9:50am — No Comments

General Meeting Chula Vista Genealogy Society Wed April 28


Change of venue, due to census people taking over the Civic Center meeting place.

Myrna Goodwin will be talking about LAND RECORDS.

I love to use Land Records they are so helpful in research, You learn the terms of Grantor, Grantee,etc.

They help you to learn the links between families at time. For me they helped me determine which person of same name was mine.

Come listen to Myrna give… Continue

Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on April 26, 2010 at 9:34am — No Comments

What do I need to know and do to restore damaged photographs? Part Two

Restoring old photographs

The photo above was scanned from small, 3 x 5 inch photo. As you can see the

original is badly creased and torn. After spending some time with Adobe

Photoshop, here is the first pass at removing some of the most obvious

defects: (Click on the images to get a full size view).…


Added by James Tanner on April 25, 2010 at 7:19pm — No Comments

lindak, yes vachel, james wm, frances. which of vachel's children do you descend from?

lindak, yes vachel, james wm, frances. which of vachel's children do you descend from?

Added by dorana on April 25, 2010 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Why Irish Genealogy is So Difficult And Some Links to Help

Lately in the chat room here, we've been discussing how difficult it is doing Irish genealogical research. For those who are seeking their Irish roots and hitting brick walls, I thought I'd mention here some of the problems in Irish genealogy.

Census Reports Destroyed

According to the National Archives of Ireland's website, "The…

Added by William S Dean on April 25, 2010 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

What do I need to restore damaged photographs? Part One

In the recent episode of Who Do

You Think You Are
, Susan Sarandon carried around a old laminated

photo of her grandmother. With today's technology, she could have had

the old photo scanned and restored, however, that was never mentioned in

the episode. Neither did they mention, later on in the… Continue

Added by James Tanner on April 25, 2010 at 8:54am — No Comments

james and son william dillingham

looking for a document to connect james dillingham to wm young dillingham to frances dillingham or will of

james dillingham ky? @1830

Added by dorana on April 24, 2010 at 12:17pm — 2 Comments

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