Research Notes

Flickr for Maps

We already know that Flickr is more than just a photo-sharing platform. It is also an impressive online gallery for a growing number of the world’s prestigious institutions. You can find some truly amazing things here – like these historical maps. If you are looking for historical maps and images to support your research, take a look…

Genealogy in My Pocket

Have you seen the new update to Ancestry.com’s iOS app? It’s very nice! Randy Seaver has a full review of the update at Genea-Musings if you want to learn more. There are a growing number of genealogy-related apps available for iOS, Android and even Windows devices. Some of them are simple, yet smart – like…

Sneak Peek at Internet Archive’s New Look

Yummy! The Internet Archive has opened up its beta site so we can get a look at the new design. It’s quite impressive. The look is much cleaner and easier to navigate with the search box front and center. I typed in “St. Augustine, Florida” and got 151 results – all listed as cards as…

Put Your Computer to Work

The first computer I worked on required as much floor space as a basketball court and did some truly amazing things – scary but amazing. Today, my mobile phone has exponentially more processing power than that monster and fits in the palm of my hand. I’ve seen a lot of changes in those 40-plus years.…

Celebrating Independence Day

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which…

Research Safely Online

Online research often takes us into new (to us) and unusual areas of the Internet. In order to keep ourselves, our computers and our existing data safe, there are a few precautions that need to become second nature.

Stars and Stripes Begins Rollout of WWII Archive

UPDATE: You’ll find an amazing interactive Return to Normandy presentation at the Stars and Stripes web site. Great news! Stars and Stripes first launched its digital archive in 2008 with over 1.0 million newspaper pages spanning 1948 through 1999. Fittingly, the World War II editions will begin to become available on the 70th anniversary of…

Getting Ready for Hurricane Season

In my part of the world, May means it’s time to prepare for hurricane season. That includes stocking the pantry with non-perishable staples, bottled water, fresh batteries and other necessities needed to survive for days should the worse happen. It also means reviewing evacuation routes, updating contact information and making sure that the “bug-out” bag has…