Tech Notes – 24 February

Tech Notes – 24 February

Excitement continues to build as we get closer to the release of the 1940 census. How about a look back at data processing in census days gone by …

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Fourteenth Census: 1919 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive
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RSS Ressurection?

RSS Ressurection? http://wp.me/pUz7q-4xL

It looks like the demise of RSS – and the blogs it supports – has gotten a reprieve. What brought this about? We can thank Apple’s upcoming News app/service and Facebook Instant Articles for this new interest in syndicated feeds. Even Feedly is testing a publisher toolkit which could give us more contol on how our posts look in Feedly. The Apple News app will be introduced later this year when…

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News Sources for the Society Blog

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Genealogy news is a good way to make your society’s site an information center for your membership. There’s lots of news out there. You just need to learn how to find it. The best tool for that is a newsreader. A newsreader is a pleasant and efficient way to keep up with a large number of news sources. Today, one of the most popular newsreaders is Feedly. This guide explains how a newsreader…

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This week’s news and interesting articles related to genealogy . . .

  • Thanks to ResearchBUZZ for this great tidbit . . . Centenary College of Louisiana has digitized almost 100 years’ worth of The New Orleans Christian Advocate, a weekly Methodist newspaper. “The online issues span 1850 to 1946 and total more than 46,000 pages of content. Researchers can now access these online, page through each volume, download a complete PDF, or search the full text version.”
  • This week’s new batch of Findmypast Friday records includes the most complete collection of British War Office records relating to the Easter Rising and Irish War of Independence from 1916-1921. Also available to search this week are new additions to our collection of Scotland Registers & Records and 90 new volumes of British directories and almanacs.
  • From Ancestry . . . We have overhauled the media upload experience to make it easier than ever to add photos and stories to your tree. With this update you can files by choosing files from your local drive, by dragging and dropping files into the uploader, or even just pasting in content from your clipboard. Below are some examples of how it is even easier to add content.
  • How much do you know about GEDCOM? Keith at Genealogy Tools offers some interesting perspective.
  • Considering options for publishing your family history? Lynn Palermo has some great ideas in an article posted at the MyCanvas blog

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Interesting and informative articles found on the Web . . .

  • Over at Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems, Sunny Morton provides four very useful tips to “Power Up Your Courthouse Research Skills”.
  • Not having fun with your genealogy research? Kenneth Marks at The Ancestor Hunt knows what the problem is and how to fix it.
  • Digital archives such as Ancestry and FindMyPast are constantly updating their collections with new records. GenealogyInTime Magazine’s Newest Genealogy Records not only maintains a list of new records, they also have news about archives you never heard of.
  • Spring cleaning your genealogy research? Who knew! Crestleaf.com has the details.
  • MyHeritage has just introduced Book Matching. They have a huge collection of digitzed historical books and have created the ability to look for references to the people listed in their member’s family trees. They have already produced more than 80 million matches for MyHeritage users. Learn more at MyHeritage blog.