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December 2009 Blog Posts (91)

Speaking of Australian Records...

I have a continuing interest in Australian genealogy records, although I admit I haven't done as much as needs to be done, because part of my family immigrated from England to Australia and then a smaller part came to the U.S. The National Archives of Australia has a very impressive Website with tens of thousands of digitized records, the Mapping our Anzacs Website. The scanned image above comes from an online collection of hundreds of thousands of military records maintained by the National… Continue

Added by James Tanner on December 11, 2009 at 8:26am — No Comments

Great Jobs for Genealogists-2010 Census Jobs

I came across this job posting and felt some of you may be interested. I thought this was a great way for the genealogy community to give back, to the many who recorded all those wonderful documents we value today in our research. Plus, here’s an opportunity for you to insure future genealogists get accurate information. This is a paying job.

This is a US census so it only applies to my American friends.

You can apply at… Continue

Added by Lynn Palermo on December 10, 2009 at 5:01pm — No Comments

Still Looking for Genealogy Gifts?

If your looking for some great Genealogy Christmas gifts, check out My Store at the

Added by Lynn Palermo on December 10, 2009 at 11:36am — No Comments

Australian, Mexican and Argentine Records added to Record Search

December 8, 2009 brings significant additions to FamilySearch's Record Search collection of world wide genealogy source material. In addition to Australian, Mexican and Argentine records, there were additions to the U.S. States of Arkansas and Indiana. The references here to the "Wiki" are to the Family Search Research Wiki reference for that collection. The following collections were added:

Added by James Tanner on December 10, 2009 at 9:06am — No Comments

What use are Megapixels to a genealogist?

There is no doubt that using a digital camera is a boon to all researchers and particularly to those doing genealogical research. A survey in 2006 of professional photographers showed that over 80 percent were using digital cameras as opposed to film. That trend has undoubtedly continued. Genealogists benefit from this transition to digital cameras because you can use your camera to record information directly from books, microfilm and onsite visits, such as those to cemeteries. In years past,… Continue

Added by James Tanner on December 9, 2009 at 9:56pm — 2 Comments

Flying Santa- the Historian Edward Rowe Snow

Last year I saw a TV newscast about the work of Edward Rowe Snow and the Flying Santa program in New England. It was a service provided by Wiggins Airways, and every time I pass by the Manchester Airport and see the Wiggins sign, I think of the Flying Santas – even in the heat of summer!

Since colonial times the New England lighthouses were manned by families, and in 1929 William Wincapaw started a tradition of dropping presents… Continue

Added by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on December 9, 2009 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

How to Determine the Size and Scope of Your Family History Book

Last week I posted about getting your genealogy research organized so that you can get ready to start writing your family history book. By organizing your information, you should now have a better knowledge of what you have in your arsenal to create your book.

The size of your family history book can vary. It may be a small booklet of a dozen photocopied pages but together in project folder to a large 200-page full colour coffee table style book. Only you can decide which challenge you are… Continue

Added by Lynn Palermo on December 9, 2009 at 6:25pm — No Comments

Pennsylvania Researchers are asking for help

Look on my blogger page for full details at

Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on December 9, 2009 at 10:36am — No Comments

Used vs. Loved

A friend sent me this and I thought it was to profound to pass up.

While a man was polishing his new car, his 4 yr old son picked up a

stone and

scratched lines on the side of the car. In anger, the man took

the child's hand and hit it many times; not realizing

he was using a wrench.

At the hospital, the child lost all his fingers due to multiple fractures.

When the child saw his father.....with painful eyes he asked,

'Dad when… Continue

Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on December 9, 2009 at 12:08am — No Comments

The Value of Visual Storytelling Through Video Biographies

Last week the American Chronicle published a beautiful article about what it is we do here at Legacy Multimedia.

While it’s always great to get PR, I particularly like this article because I felt that writer Pam Vetter asked the right questions and framed all the responses into a context that really gets to the essence of what it is that we do.

Because the process of creating a video… Continue

Added by Stefani Twyford on December 8, 2009 at 12:37pm — No Comments

Technology Tip: Google Goggles

Today I learned about new technology which will change the way we "Google". For years, to search for something on the Internet, we used a search engine, typed in our phrase, and were shown a list of search results. Google is once again revolutionizing the way we find things.

Click here to read the entire article.

Added by Geoff Rasmussen on December 8, 2009 at 10:26am — No Comments

Pearl Harbor

Surprisingly and unfortunatly I havent heard much about Pearl Harbor yet. Infact the first time I heard it mentioned was during Monday Night Football Halftime show. I'd like to extend my thanks and condolences to families who lost loved ones that day and to those of you who served: Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You truly are the greatest generation that ever lived.


ShareYahoo! Buzz Add to Mixx Facebook TwitterMore Fark Digg Reddit MySpace… Continue

Added by Leeann Boone on December 8, 2009 at 2:00am — No Comments

7 December 2009 Remembers

The day dawned and my heart was with my mind thinking of our lost servicemen and women from WW2 and other wars.

I was young when this war happened and it affected almost every family of my parents siblings in one way or another.

My husbands Uncle did not make it home. My Uncle's ship sank at Pearl Harbor. He got so mad at the Japanese he tossed his revolver ( no bullets) at the pilot of a plane when he buzzed the field and hit him in the head. He told us so many incidents that… Continue

Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on December 7, 2009 at 11:50pm — 1 Comment

Winter Wonderland and Wind and Rain

Greetings from wet, windy, rather cool southern California. Tree limbs down and trees down and debris all over.

Home Depots garden area looked like a disaster zone. People were afraid to park near a tree the way they were whipping around near Starbucks. All the trees at Home Depot were down and rolling in the street or laying on their sides.

We need the rain but we sure lost a lot to run off, so heavy, so fast and ground so dry. By this evening winds are flying around yet but… Continue

Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on December 7, 2009 at 11:43pm — No Comments

Defining Today's Family

This week, I read an article in the latest issue of NGS Magazine entitled What is a Family? by Harold E. Hinds Jr. The subject of this article was based on his Grandmother’s two bibles. These two bibles outlined two very different concepts of his family. Like many families, there were sometimes aspects of our ancestor’s lives that were considered in appropriate and so some of our relatives took it upon themselves to rewrite their families’ history.

Today, we have a different… Continue

Added by Lynn Palermo on December 7, 2009 at 5:41pm — 3 Comments

Event database program

One of the things I feel the need for as a research tool is an event database program, and I wonder if anyone else feels the need for auch a thing.

Most lineage-linked genealogy programs allow one to enter and search events relating to people, but I see the need, in addition, to be able to search for people relating to events.

In other words, one would enter events, and enter information about people who participated in the events, whether related to each other or not.… Continue

Added by Steve Hayes on December 7, 2009 at 3:34am — No Comments

Is certification of genealogists necessary?

The term professional commonly means being paid or compensated for work rather than doing work for free. But, the word also implies excellence in the various skills employed by an individual in comparison to others less skilled. Historically, professionals sought prestige and mutual support from guilds. The guild system dates back into antiquity, pre-dating the Roman Empire in China and Egypt. Guilds, somewhat like modern labor unions, set professional standards and acted to protect the… Continue

Added by James Tanner on December 6, 2009 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Mystery Man Leaves £220,000 To 'Namesake' Towns

A man has left about £220,000 in his will to towns across the world which share his Douglas surname.

Solicitors acting on behalf of Eric Gordon Douglas, from Edinburgh, have sent a cheque for £10,887.73 to Douglas Borough Council on the Isle of Man as part of the bequest.

But the council for the island's capital has appealed for more information on Mr Douglas in order to recognise his donation.

Council leader David Christian said: "There was around £220,000 left… Continue

Added by William Douglas on December 6, 2009 at 4:17am — No Comments

Texas 1867 Voters' Registration Lists now available online

Digital images of the 1867 voters' registration lists have now been published online, available as e-books.

For more information, see

The following counties are… Continue

Added by Michael Hait on December 5, 2009 at 9:29pm — No Comments

Recent articles at the African American Genealogy Examiner

Take a look at some recent articles posted at the African American Genealogy Examiner:

Are census records reliable for genealogy research?…


Added by Michael Hait on December 5, 2009 at 9:23pm — No Comments

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