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Wireless Medicine is Available Today

Fri, 2013-06-21 12:42
The smartphone may revolutionize medical care as we know it. If you didn’t see this on NBC's “Rock Center” with Brian Williams, it is well worth watching. A YouTube video of the report shows the medicine of the future. No, not the future... Much of what is shown is available today. Tiny, low-cost medical devices are now becoming available that often replace many of the expensive electronic testing devices we now see in all hospitals. As a result, a doctor often can perform tests within minutes in his or her own office, instead of ordering expensive tests from a medical... Dick Eastman

Get a Kobo Mini e-reader for $39.99

Fri, 2013-06-21 12:41
I haven't used one of these myself so I cannot vouch for it. However, the information certainly looks tempting. If I didn't already have a great ebook reader, I'd be tempted to buy this one for forty bucks. Rick Broida wrote in his latest article on C|Net: "And here's one of the best deals I've seen yet: For a limited time, you can get the Kobo Mini e-reader for $39.99, plus $8 for shipping. That's $20 less than the last time I wrote about it and $30 less than Amazon's entry-level Kindle. It's available in black or white. "The Kobo... Dick Eastman

Library of Congress' Web Archives Collection Has a New Presentation Home

Fri, 2013-06-21 11:50
The Library of Congress has made a major change to the available archives on its web site. The changes include a new “Archived Web Site” format and is now a part of the Library’s main search function. The recent changes are part of an ongoing effort to better enable patrons and researchers to find and use the Library's online materials more easily. This update provides, for the first time, a way for the Library’s web archive content to be searched alongside other formats such as books, photos, maps, periodicals and more. You can read more about the features of this... Dick Eastman

A Word About the (Irish) Genealogy Advisory Service

Fri, 2013-06-21 11:40
The Genealogy Advisory Service of the National Library of Ireland has been available for a year or more, but has recently expanded its services. The following update was written by the Genealogy Advisory Service: Eneclann and Ancestor Network have assembled probably the largest ever team of Irish genealogists with a huge range of expertise, including our own Fiona Fitzsimons and Carmel Gilbride; Brian Mitchell (author of the Irish Genealogical Atlas; Guide to Irish Church Records); renowned Irish-American genealogist Eileen O'Duill; and the research team behind the Genealogy Roadshow - Aiden Feerick, Hilary McDonagh and John Hamrock, to name a few.... Dick Eastman

Significant issue with Ancestry.com's Massachusetts Vital Records

Fri, 2013-06-21 11:36
Caleb Johnson's MayFlowerHistory blog has noted a significant error with dates in Ancestry.com's online images and transcriptions of the original vital records of many Massachusetts towns. The error concerns the calendar change that happened in 1752. While this example points out transcription errors on Ancestry.com, I suspect the same errors have been made on many other online sites. I wouldn't blame Ancestry.com alone. Many others have made the same mistake. If you are looking at records prior to 1752 anywhere, on Ancestry.com, on other web sites, on microfilm, or in books, you need to be aware of the importance of... Dick Eastman

(+) How to Protect Files Stored in the Cloud

Thu, 2013-06-20 21:59
The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. This is a follow-up to a Plus Edition article I published a few days ago, entitled (+) How to Protect Files Stored on a USB Flash Drive. Flash drives may need extra security protection because they are often used to transport information and can easily be lost or stolen. If you do not add extra protection, any person who "recovers" your flash drive could read everything that is stored on the tiny device. That might include sensitive information that you do not wish to share with... Dick Eastman

Evangeline's Cousins Offers a Huge Database of Acadian Genealogy Information

Thu, 2013-06-20 21:03
The Evangeline's Cousins web site is a bit unusual. It is rather "barebones." That is, it is rather stark without bells or whistles. However, it does contain genealogy information. Indeed, it contains a LOT of information about Acadians: French-speaking residents of what is now eastern Canada with many of the later generations going to Louisiana where they became known as Cajuns. The web site's home page states that it contains entries for 564,125 individuals, almost all of them of Acadian descent. The entries go back into the 1600s. Since I also have a lot of Acadian ancestors, I quickly recognized... Dick Eastman

Child of Anonymous Sperm Donor Wants Right to Know Biological Parents

Thu, 2013-06-20 21:01
This should make a few people uncomfortable. As genealogists, many of us believe we have a right to know who our ancestors were. Indeed, many of us just assume that all information about our parents, grandparents, and earlier generations should be made available at our fingertips. However, adoptees face big challenges and those conceived through artificial insemination face even bigger obstacles. An article by Rebecca Taylor in the LifeNews.com web site says, "Imagine if you were purposely denied one half of your story by a powerful industry that runs on anonymity. And what if when you pointed out the intentional... Dick Eastman

Library and Archives Canada Purchases the Largest Known Collection of War of 1812 Documents

Thu, 2013-06-20 10:19
A large collection of letters, maps and other papers that once belonged to Sir John Sherbrooke, the lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia who conquered Maine for the British during the War of 1812, has sold for $573,000 at auction in London. The winning bidder was Library and Archives Canada, and the future Canadian Museum of History. Including commission, the sale cost the federal government about $690,000. The collection features a letter written by Sherbrooke to Major General Robert Ross congratulating his troops — composed of Canadian and British soldiers — for successfully burning down the White House in August 1814. The... Dick Eastman

More than 80,000 Digitized Genealogy and Family History Publications are Now Available Online

Wed, 2013-06-19 12:43
One of the greatest genealogy resources available today is the huge collection of digitized genealogy and family history publications from the archives of some of the most important family history libraries in the world. When I travel to various genealogy conferences and societies, I am often amazed at how many genealogists are unaware of these free resources. Not only are the books and other publications available free of charge, you don't even have to pay for gas to visit these libraries! These digital books are available at: Google Books Archive.org Allen County Public Library Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee... Dick Eastman

Scandock, the "Post PC" Scanner, is Now Available

Wed, 2013-06-19 11:58
I wrote about the new Scandock in the December 12, 2012 edition of this newsletter. The article is still available at http://goo.gl/joucE. The new Scandock device turns your Apple or Android smartphone into a professional-grade scanner for pictures, documents, and books. With Scandock, all your scans go with you. You can send scanned images by email, create a PDF, or upload right from the phone. You can leave the scanned image in the phone or, once uploaded, copy it to any application or storage area you wish. Of course, you can also do both: leave one copy in the phone... Dick Eastman

FamilySearch Adds More Than 200,000 Images to New United States Confederate Officers Card Index Collection

Wed, 2013-06-19 11:55
The following announcement was written by FamilySearch: FamilySearch has recently added more than 3.4 million images from Colombia, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Italy, Nicaragua, Peru, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 207,550 images from the new United States, Confederate Officers Card Index, 1861-1865, collection, the 638,229 images from the South Korea, Collection of Genealogies, 1500-2012, collection, and the 86,132 images from the new U.S., Minnesota, Naturalization Card Index, 1930-1988, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at... Dick Eastman

Oxford Wills 1516-1857 - Original Document Images Online

Wed, 2013-06-19 10:48
The following announcement was written by Origins.net: Search and view Indexes FREE, no subscription required Original Will images downloadable via pay-per-view Wills can provide an extraordinary amount of information about your forebears, but most people probably have never had the chance to delve into these documents to see what they can learn. But now Oxfordshire wills from the 16th century up to 1858 - nearly 30,000 of them - are available online, at www.origins.net. What can the original wills tell me? Prior to census returns, meaning before 1841, wills can be the best source of family relationship information. The list... Dick Eastman

Hamburg Passenger Lists Now Indexed for 1850-1914

Wed, 2013-06-19 10:12
Hamburg Passenger Lists have been updated on Ancestry.com at http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1068. The name index now covers 1850-1914 (previously it was 1877-1914). This means that the bulk of this collection is now indexed, including the time period of peak migration through that port. The only remaining piece to index are the records following WWI (1920-1934). The update adds over eight hundred thousand new records to the index, which now includes over 4.6 million names. Please note that only the years 1877-1914 have been indexed so far. However, all of the images for 1850-1934 are available. If you do not find your ancestor... Dick Eastman

Achieving Immortality

Wed, 2013-06-19 08:28
According to Google's engineering director, Ray Kurzweil, "The life expectancy was 20 1,000 years ago ... We doubled it in 200 years ... This will go into high gear within 10 and 20 years from now, probably less than 15 we will be reaching that tipping point where we add more time than has gone by because of scientific progress. "There's already fantastic therapies to overcome heart disease, cancer and every other neurological disease based on this idea of reprogramming the software." Ray Kurzweil was a well-known futurist even before he went to work at Google. Kurzweil was one of... Dick Eastman

RootsTech 2014 is Now Accepting Presentation Proposals

Tue, 2013-06-18 20:06
Presentation proposals for RootsTech 2014 are now being accepted online at rootstech.org/proposals. Proposals will be accepted through July 8, 2013. The following was written by the RootsTech organizers: The fourth annual RootsTech conference, hosted by FamilySearch, will be held February 6-8, 2014, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. RootsTech brings together the best in family history tools and technology to help attendees discover and share their family's connections and stories. RootsTech 2014 will reach thousands of attendees both on-site in Salt Lake City and at remote locations around the world. Presentations proposal should follow these... Dick Eastman

Breaking News - 1921 Census of Canada

Tue, 2013-06-18 19:25
Elizabeth Lapointe posted the following in her Genealogy Canada blog: "A reliable source from the LAC has just phoned me to ask that I inform my readers, genealogists, and others interested in their Canadian families, that the 1921 Canadian Census has already been digitized, and has been ready for release since last Wednesday, 12 June, but it is being held back by the federal government before it is released. "So if you want the census released NOW, it has been suggested that you write the Heritage Minister, The Honourable James Moore, and ask that the 1921 Canadian Census be released... Dick Eastman

Ed Koch's Tombstone Engraved with Wrong Birth Date

Tue, 2013-06-18 19:18
Here's a problem for future genealogists. The headstone for former New York City mayor Ed Koch lists his birth year as 1942 instead of 1924. The engraver, Tommy Flynn, of Flynn Funeral and Cremation Memorial Services, says it was "an inadvertent error" and that he feels "terrible." He says he will correct the error. His former chief of staff, Diane Coffey, remarked, "As Ed Koch used to say, 'It's always important to correct the record.'" You can read more on the NBC 4 New York web site at http://goo.gl/ZazxL. Here's a note to beginning genealogists: Don't believe everything you read,... Dick Eastman

Master the Paperwork at the 1st JGSGB Family History Fair

Tue, 2013-06-18 15:54
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain will hold a genealogy fair next month that has several interesting events scheduled. One that caught my eye deals with preservation of paper documents. The following was written by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain: The De Vere Village Urban Resort hotel in Elstree in is where, on 7th July 2013, you’ll find the JGSGB First Family History Fair, supported by Gold Sponsors MyHeritage and Forces War Records together with Media Partner Jewish News. Also together under one roof, handpicked vendors will be offering everything you need to store and preserve your... Dick Eastman

(+) How to Protect Files Stored on a USB Flash Drive

Mon, 2013-06-17 21:45
The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. Flash drives (also called jump drives or memory sticks) are a great invention. I use several of them to store and transport various data files. In fact, you can probably find dozens of uses for a flash drive. Today's flash drives are becoming cheap, and they are rugged—almost impervious to damage, other than driving over one with an automobile. I once accidentally sent a flash drive through the washer, and it continued to work perfectly afterwards. (That is not guaranteed by the manufacturer, however!) Today’s flash... Dick Eastman

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