1930 US Census | Count Them In

Spokane Daily Chronicle – April 2, 1930 Washington, April 2 (AP) – An army of 120,000 census enumerators enters energetically today upon the gigantic task of counting the American population. Ringing front doorbells, tapping brass knockers along the hallways of city apartment houses, driving through the gates of farmsteads, searching out obscure families in the […]

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WDYTYA – Day 3

Since not lugging my backpack around was so much easier, I again opted for a fully loaded handbag and one of the plastic bags I’d scored at the show. As I transferred my ticket into my handbag, I realised that it was worse than I thought the prior day. I’d used my Friday ticket to […]

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WDYTYA – Day 2

For my second day at WDYTYA, I decided to leave my heavy backpack at the hotel and take only my handbag with nothing but the essentials. The tube trip and 10 minute walk were much improved by my lighter load but on reaching the show entrance, I discovered that I had only my Saturday ticket […]

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WDYTYA – Day 1

I set off this morning on the tube and found my way without too much difficulty. My phone was nice enough to navigate me from the tube station to the Olympia, although from the strange looks I got on the street when I asked S-voice to navigate me to the post code, perhaps it is […]

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WDYTYA – Day 0

After a sleepless night on the airplane, I arrived in London grumpy, tired and achy from the cramped seats. I had a moment with the Border Guard when he asked me why I was in London. I told him I was here for a conference and he asked me what the conference was. Obviously he […]

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Motivation Monday | Remembering Family

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. ~Mother Theresa The Google Ngram Viewer is a free graphing tool that charts the phrase-usage frequency in the over 5.2 million books published between 1500 and 2008 on Google Books. Today, as we remember those that gave their […]

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Software Saturday | RootsMagic Android App Beta!

Finally! The RootsMagic Android App is now in beta testing! I’ve been anxiously awaiting this day since 17 December 2012 when the IOS version of RootsMagic was released. Doesn’t the Roots Magician know that Android comes before iPhone, even in the dictionary? But finally, in the RootsMagic October newsletter sent yesterday, RootsMagic announced the Beta […]

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Tech Tuesday | Coming Soon: Context Booster for Evernote

Context Booster by the Otherland group has just won the Silver Award in Evernote’s Devcup competition for the best new apps on the Evernote platform and it has the potential to be the genealogist’s new favourite research assistant. Picture Google Alerts for Evernote, on steroids. Context Booster will work with Evernote to search the web […]

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Sentimental Sunday | Ancestral Calendar Highlights Week of July 21

On my ancestral calendar for the week of July 21st to July 27th are the following events: July 21, 1915 : Marriage of John Bulmer Creaser and Georgiana Harland John Bulmer Creaser was my first cousin, three times removed. He was the son of Henry James Creaser who was the son of  Henry Creaser and […]

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Sentimental Sunday | Ancestral Calendar Highlights Week of July 14

It seems that July was a popular month for weddings in my family. On my ancestral calendar for the week of July 14th to July 20th are the following events: July 15, 1882 : Marriage of Arthur Harris and Lucy Taylor Arthur Harris was my great-great-uncle, the son of John Harris and Elizabeth Byrn. He […]

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England Trip 2013 – Day 1 | Salisbury Cathedral

After my early morning visit to Stonehenge, I continued on with the tour to visit the town of Salisbury and the Salisbury Cathedral. Dating back to the thirteenth century, the Salisbury Cathedral, formally known as the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, has the tallest church spire in the United Kingdom. The foundation stone […]

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Those Places Thursday | Stonehenge

Today, I was simply awestruck by the shear impossible-ness of Stonehenge. That the stones stand, that they weigh thousands of tonnes and that they came from miles and miles away seems incredible in a somewhat academic way when you read about them, but seeing the huge sarsen stones standing before me, above me, around me, […]

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Website Wednesday | Host Your Family History Photos on Flickr

Flickr is the largest and one of the most popular photo sharing websites on the internet. It offers both free and pro accounts, easy uploading, a vast community of amateur and professional photographers, detailed privacy and sharing options, all on an easy to navigate website. Although Flickr is owned by Yahoo, it is no longer […]

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Website Wednesday | Digital Public Library of America Launches

The Digital Public Library of America website launched on April 18th. The DPLA offers a single point of access to millions of items—photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more—from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. Users can browse and search the DPLA’s collections by timeline, map, format, and topic; save items to […]

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Methodology Monday | Beyond Online Records

From census records to vital records and many things in between, records for genealogy research are increasingly available online in searchable databases, even complete with images of the original documents. But not everything is online, not yet anyway. Sometimes the most fantastic records are still only available at the archives, the court house or the […]

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