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.