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# Thursday, 23 April 2009
FamilyLink Releases Free Photo-Sharing App for iPhone
Posted by Diane

If you have an Apple iPhone, FamilyLink has developed a free application that will let you share photos with family.

From the announcement: “FamCam is the simplest way to send photos privately and securely to family members. Send any photo from your phone with a couple clicks. Create persistent family groups just for photo sharing.”

Here’s a bit more information from Apptism.

Click here to download FamCam from iTunes.

Genealogy Software | Social Networking
Thursday, 23 April 2009 09:18:24 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, 22 April 2009 Adds Border Crossings into Canada
Posted by Diane

Those who used the May 2009 Family Tree Magazine article on immigrants to Canada will be pleased to learn that, sister site to, has added border-crossing records from the United States to Canada between 1908 and 1935. (Thanks to Dick Eastman for the tip.)

The database may hold the key for "missing" immigrant ancestors. Between 1901 and 1914, more than 750,000 people entered Canada over the US border. Many were European immigrants who originally settled in the American West.

Americans also routinely crossed the border to visit friends and family.

But this database isn’t available with the $155.40 US-focused subscription, reports Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings. You need an or a World Deluxe subscription to access it.

Note Canadian citizens returning home weren’t recorded, nor were those who had a Canadian parent. And Lisa A. Alzo, who wrote our May 2009 article, says those who crossed where ports either didn’t exist or were closed wouldn’t be listed. | Canadian roots | immigration records
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 14:59:15 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Meet Our Family Tree Huggers
Posted by Diane

For people who research genealogy, “tree hugging” has a second meaning. That's the one we have in mind as we recognize several members our online community as Family Tree Huggers.

Over the years the Forum has been up and running, these especially active members have enhanced the entire community’s experience with their observations, research advice, questions and inspiration.

These folks, who represent a range of research levels, will have this nifty badge to use as a forum avatar and to put on their own Web sites and blogs. They’ll serve as a sounding board for feedback on article topics, genealogy Web sites, industry news, etc.

Thanks to Valerie Craft, Jackie Fry, Linda Matthews, Dae Powell, Cat Smith and Linda Swisher for helping to make our Forum a welcoming place. Get to know this group of researchers a little better.

And we’re on the lookout for more Family Tree Huggers who post frequently to the Forum and help make it a great place for genealogists to hang out. Let us know if you're interested.

Family Tree Magazine articles | Genealogy fun
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 12:19:09 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, 21 April 2009
See World's Historical Documents Free on New Site
Posted by Diane

The World Digital Library, a free, online collection of documents, photos, maps and art from countries and cultures around the world, launches today.

You can choose from seven languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish) for viewing descriptions of the materials. Text on the records themselves isn’t translated.

On the home page, click on the map to see a sample of content from that region. Use the slider on the timeline at the bottom of the screen to change the era from which the samples are taken.

Links at the top of each page let you search the record descriptions or browse by place, time, topic, type of item or originating institution.

Images from Syria, where my great-grandparents were born, include a late-19th century panorama of Beirut—showing what it would’ve looked like about the time they lived there.

More examples of digitized content: centuries-old calligraphy from Iran, an 1851 John Tallis and Co. map of Brazil, the 1866 book The Gabrovo School and Its First Trustees from Bulgaria, and a photo of African-American major league baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson from the United States.

There’s some content from nearly every UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) member country. (On the country listings page, you can click to see content from each place.)

World Digital Library is hosted by the Library of Congress, with support from UNESCO and partner institutions around the world. Partners are seeking more materials and the means to digitize them, especially for the developing world.

Genealogy Web Sites | International Genealogy | Libraries and Archives
Tuesday, 21 April 2009 09:10:18 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [3]
# Monday, 20 April 2009
Can Genealogy Web Sites Make it Easier to Cite Sources?
Posted by Diane

Wouldn’t it be great if you could find information about your ancestor on a database site such as, FamilySearch or Footnote, and just click to add the ancestor information and a properly formatted source citation to your genealogy software?

Mark Tucker, the software architect who blogs at Think Genealogy, says the technology exists to make this happen. He created a video to prove it.

It sure looks simple: On a sample Web site he'd set up, Tucker clicks a "quick citation" link next to digitized pages from a family history book. Then, switching back to his RootsMagic 4 software, he shows how the source citation and information about his ancestor has been automatically exported to the software. (Tucker says this also could work in Family Tree Maker 2009 and Legacy Family Tree 7.)

At the end of the video, he encourages you to contact database companies you use to encourage them to adopt this easy method of source citation. You also can take a survey about your source citation needs.

Genealogy Industry | Genealogy Software | Videos
Monday, 20 April 2009 08:34:15 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [6]
# Friday, 17 April 2009
If Books Could Talk...
Posted by Grace

Don't you wish sometimes that you could ask the books you read questions? Well, the Santa Monica Public Library has a special Living Library program going on tomorrow where you can check out a person.

The offerings include "a Mormon, an animal rights activist, a police detective, a fat activist, a feminist, a married Jewish lesbian mom, a little person and an ex-gang member," among others, according to the LA Now blog. You can borrow one for a half hour conversation, as long as you return the "book" in the same condition you received it in.

Libraries and Archives | Oral History
Friday, 17 April 2009 14:40:24 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Genealogy News Corral, April 13-17
Posted by Diane

  • The Washington Digital Archives—a Family Tree Magazine 101 Best Web Sites pick several times over—has added WWI service statement cards resulting from a 1919 Congressional act directing the US Department of War to provide states with summaries of each WWI veterans' wartime records.
Card images are online. Click here to search (scroll to the bottom of the page), then click a match to download (I was missing a necessary plugin, but another button let me open records in JPG format). There’s also a glossary to the military abbreviations in the records.
  • Add the Minnesota Historical Society (whose Web site also is a 101 best site) to the list of state archives facing slashed budgets. The governor’s proposed budget would close three sites and lay off or cut hours for nearly half the staff, according to this Star Tribune article. The society also is coping with charitable giving reductions.
  • Pat Richley, the long-time Dear Myrtle genealogy blogger, has partnered with Moorshead Publications to start the Internet-Genealogy blog. She’ll post her takes on the news and information from the company’s history and genealogy titles.
  • MyGenShare, a free Web site where you can get and share knowledge-based genealogy articles, podcasts and videos, is set to launch in May (the launch was originally slated for last fall). You can sign up to get an e-mail when the launch happens.

Genealogy Web Sites | Libraries and Archives
Friday, 17 April 2009 13:32:47 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0] Web Sites Down (and Now Back Up)
Posted by Diane

Tweets are flying around Twitter that and its sister sites RootsWeb and are down, for the first time in anyone’s memory here. We've been trying for about a half hour.

Snowstorms took out some trees and power lines in Provo, Utah, last night—maybe that's the culprit. We'll update you when we find out what's going on.

Just spoke with spokesperson Anastasia Tyler. All properties have been experiencing an outage for a couple of hours now, and a team is working to fix the issues. Tyler believes no data loss would have occurred. Stay tuned for more details.

Update: Looks like the sites are working again. | Genealogy Web Sites
Friday, 17 April 2009 09:57:28 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [2]
# Thursday, 16 April 2009
Interview With TV History Detective Tukufu Zuberi
Posted by Diane

Tukufu Zuberi, whom you might know as one of PBS television’s four History Detectives, is the guest on Lisa Louise Cooke’s current Genealogy Gems podcast episode.

Zuberi is the keynote speaker at the Southern California Genealogical Society’s annual Jamboree June 26-28 (where Cooke will be teaching and staffing the Family Tree Magazine booth—so stop by!).

He tells Cooke about tracing the genealogy of a dummy: Sam, that is, the first black ventriloquist's dummy to appear on Broadway.

And Zuberi talks about the show’s mission to discover the truth about historical (or turn-out-not-to-be-historical) objects, tell the personal stories behind those objects and show how “history is reflected in the living.”

“History is a result of everyday people living their lives,” he says in the interview—a sentiment I’d wear on a t-shirt any day. A must-listen.

Genealogy Events | Podcasts
Thursday, 16 April 2009 13:29:52 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Listen to our Free April 2009 Family Tree Magazine Podcast
Posted by Diane

Our Family Tree Magazine Podcast April 2009 episode is now online for your listening pleasure.

This month, host Lisa Louise Cooke interviews photo historian Maureen A. Taylor about historical hairstyles,’s Debra Chatfield about the newest records available for British ancestors, and genealogy author James M. Beidler about ancestors’ financial records.

And editor Allison Stacy offers a chance to win our new Passport to Europe CD—but you'll have to listen to the episode by April 30 to find out how. Listen now (it's free) on or in iTunes.

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Thursday, 16 April 2009 12:48:02 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]