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Supermodel Cindy Crawford to be Featured in Who Do You Think You Are?

Wed, 2013-05-08 21:59
"Who Do You Think You Are?" was a popular U.S. television program. The program appeared for three seasons on NBC, but then was canceled. Several reports claim that "Who Do You Think You Are?" has been picked up by TLC, one of the cable networks owned by Discovery Communications. However, one thing is obvious: supermodel Cindy Crawford will be one of the guests whose ancestry will be explored. Ms. Crawford visited the Connecticut state library in Hartford on Wednesday morning, accompanied by a video crew, lighting experts, sound men, and a director. The crew and the production company refused to... Dick Eastman

European Migration Evident in DNA Patterns

Wed, 2013-05-08 07:51
A study of people in 40 countries illustrates long-established changes in Europe's population. Going back a few thousand years, researchers find that everyone on Earth is related to everyone else. The Huns and the Slavs made incursions into Eastern Europe about 1,500 years ago. Migrants moved from Ireland to England in recent centuries. Populations in Italy and Spain have been comparatively stable. None of this is breaking news. But scientists were able to see it anew by examining the patterns of genes in 2,257 people now living in 40 countries on the continent. You can read more in an article... Dick Eastman

Eneclann Joins FHISO Founding Members

Wed, 2013-05-08 07:42
The following is an announcement from the Family History Information Standards Organisation: Date: 8th May 2013 Eneclann (www.eneclann.ie) and Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) announced today that Eneclann has finalised its plans to become a founding member of the organisation. Brian Donovan, Eneclann’s CEO, said of the partnership “Digitising, indexing and publishing family history records online is fraught with problems. Genealogy needs FHISO to help navigate a collaborative solution to shared problems, and to set meaningful standards, and we in Eneclann are delighted to be partners in this”. The company will participate with other FHISO members from the... Dick Eastman

An Audio Interview with Elissa Scalise Powell of BCG

Tue, 2013-05-07 21:57
Elissa Scalise Powell is an expert genealogist, instructor and lecturer who exhibits the highest of professional standards. She is also President of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, or BCG. The Board for Certification of Genealogists is an independent organization not affiliated with, or part of, any group. It functions as a certifying body, not a membership society. Its primary aim is to certify genealogists as meeting professional standards, somewhat similar to certifications as a CPA or other professional standards. In this audio recording, Elissa describes the goals of BCG and how it operates. She also explains in detail the... Dick Eastman

Google+ adds Instant Replay and Rewind to Hangouts On Air

Tue, 2013-05-07 21:13
I have seen more and more live genealogy "webcasts" on Google Plus lately than ever before. These Google+ Hangouts are great ways to hold meetings and are especially useful for online seminars, classroom instruction, and more. Now Google has announced even more powerful features are being added. These are not revolutionary but are simply incremental improvements to the service. The features reportedly have been "highly-requested." Live users can now rewind during live broadcasts to review information just presented. Regardless when you start watching, you can always go back to the beginning. Playback recordings of the entire session will also be... Dick Eastman

City of Boston to Preserve Written Messages for the Boston Marathon Bombing Victims

Tue, 2013-05-07 18:47
John McColgan, Boston’s city archivist, and a team of four other city workers and archivists are preserving the hundreds of messages and other items left at Copley Square in the wake of the bombing. Thousands of notes were left by people from all over the world. Items to be preserved include notes on paper, paper chains, flowers, crosses, candles, photographs, scores of pairs of running shoes, stuffed animals, hundreds of baseball hats, and more, all left in Copley Square. The fragile keepsakes will be moved to the city archives in West Roxbury, where the items (except for the flowers) will... Dick Eastman

North American English Dialects, Based on Pronunciation Patterns

Tue, 2013-05-07 12:20
Rick Aschmann has created a web site quite unlike any other I have ever seen. Rick describe it this way: "Some people collect stamps. Others collect coins. I collect dialects." The web site contains hundreds of audio and video samples of speech all over North America. In each case, Rick has captured the accent of a native (more specifically, someone who was raised in a particular location, though not necessarily born there, and whose dialect clearly represents that place). Did your ancestors speak like this? I grew homesick just listening to accents from Maine! While this is a hobby for... Dick Eastman

Genealogie Online Hits 20 Million Profiles Mark

Tue, 2013-05-07 12:00
The following announcement was written by Coret Genealogie: This week the website Genealogie Online reached 20 million profiles. Genealogie Online is a Dutch service which allows genealogists to easily publish their genealogical data and images. Over 5000 genealogists use this service to publish their data. The result is multi-language website with a lot of freely searchable information about ancestors. The focus of Genealogie Online isn't solely on quantity. Bob Coret, who runs this service from his one-person business Coret Genealogie, also puts the quality of genealogical data in the spotlight. Genealogie Online automatically performs genealogical sanity checks on the data... Dick Eastman

FamilySearch Adds to Collections for BillionGraves, Canada, Italy, Peru, Sweden, and the United States

Tue, 2013-05-07 11:28
The following announcement was written by FamilySearch: May 7, 2013 FamilySearch Adds to Collections for BillionGraves, Canada, Italy, Peru, Sweden, and the United States FamilySearch has added more than 9.4 million index records and images this week from BillionGraves, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Italy, Peru, Sweden, the United States, and Venezuela. Notable collection updates include the 3,368,091 index records and images from the U.S., Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952, collection, the 2,187,206 images from the new U.S., New York, Southern District, U.S District Court Naturalization Records, 1824-1946, collection, and the 848,610 index records and images from the BillionGraves... Dick Eastman

Genealogy Course for Monaghan Diaspora Visiting from Abroad Announced

Tue, 2013-05-07 10:45
The following announcement was written by the sponsors of the Monaghan-focused Family History initiative: Monaghan, Ireland, Tuesday, May 7, 2013 A unique Monaghan-focused Family History initiative is being organised as part of The Gathering 2013. It will provide two 4-day training courses within the county for tourists tracing their Monaghan ancestors. The project is entitled ‘County Monaghan Genealogy – home to the little hills’. It will give participants information on the genealogical sources available, the cultural history of County Monaghan and the diversity of origin of its people. The courses will take place in North Monaghan from Monday to Thursday,... Dick Eastman

BitTorrent Sync has now Transferred More than One Petabyte of Data

Tue, 2013-05-07 00:27
In the January 25, 2013 newsletter, I described new software that keeps files in sync on two or more different computers. It operates a bit like Dropbox except that no data is ever stored on a web server belonging to someone else. All data is stored only on computers you specify, such as at your home and at your office or any other locations you specify. It also works well to make sure you have the same copies of files on both your desktop and laptop computers or on any two or more other computers. All data is encrypted before... Dick Eastman

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