Denise Olson

I just signed up for Lynn Palermo’s Family History Blog Writing class in September. Yeah I already have a family history blog and yeah it already has quite a few posts, but I’ve been a tech writer most of my adult life and I need help adjusting to creative writing. So far, Lynn’s articles posted at The Family History Writing Studio have been very useful. Now it’s time to kick it up a notch!


Yesterday, news broke that Google has been stealth downloading audio listeners onto every computer that runs Chrome, and transmits audio data back to Google. Effectively, this means that Google had taken itself the right to listen to every conversation in every room that runs Chrome somewhere, without any kind of consent from the people eavesdropped on. In official statements, Google shrugged off the practice with what amounts to “we can do that”.

Details at Privacy Online News.

We pay for the mistakes of our ancestors, and it seems only fair that they should leave us the money to pay with.

~~Don Marquis

PDF Office for iPad

PDF Office [iPad – free] is an amazing tool for anything related to PDF files. It can scan, create, edit and annotate documents. It can turn a scanned form into a fillable one in seconds.

The app is free, but Readdle will soon begin a subscription service to use the app ($4.99/mo or $39.99/yr).


Quote of the Day


Misers make great ancestors.

~~David Brenner



Where there’s a will, there’s a relative. ~~Ricky Gervais

Memorial Day

Vietnam War Memorial

Are they dead that yet speak louder than we can speak, and a more universal language? Are they dead that yet act? Are they dead that yet move upon society and inspire the people with nobler motives and more heroic patriotism? ~ ~ Henry Ward Beecher


From TheNextWeb, a list of browser extensions that will help keep you safe while browsing. Not sure I agree with the author that blocking ads is equivalent to stealing. You don’t see those ads when reading the article in a newsreader . . .


Recommended Reads

Although this article is focused on authors, it is also relevant to the genealogy community.

If you happen to be an artist or other creative, you live a life with (at least) two facets. A public one and one that is private. That private facet is associated with things like employers, potential employers, significant others, ex-significant others, and minor children. The public one is associated with people who like your work and are or want to be fans of your work. Social Media sites that insist on public links between a public life and a private one put women at risk.

Read How Social Media is Failing Creative Women at In, Bits, & Pixels.