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GoogleMicrofilm.com

Dick Eastman's blog recently announced that Google has registered a few URLs of interest to genealogists. They registered:

  • GoogleMicrofilm.com
  • GoogleMicrofilm.net
  • GoogleMicrofilm.org
  • GoogleMicrofilm.info

Why register a name like this unless something were in the planning stages?

Recently, the Family History Library announced that they will be digitizing their microfilm collection (over 2 million rolls) and publishing it to the Internet. It will take over 6 years to complete the digitization project. Volunteers will index the microfilm via a project explained at www.familysearchindexing.org.

Isn't technology amazing?


Gift Idea: Legacy Training CDs

Have you ever said to yourself, "I wish I would have known that ten years ago!"

Here at Millennia, we try to develop good genealogy software for you. But we know that you'd rather spend more time doing genealogy instead of trying to learn how to use the computer. We created the Legacy Family Tree Video Training Series, not because Legacy is difficult to use, but to help you use it most efficiently.

The 5 CDs are designed to build on each other. If viewed, and practiced in order, you will be able to spend less time trying to learn how to use the computer, and more time doing what you love - genealogy!

Unsolicited comments from users:

"Because of my background as a certified and professional family researcher, the topics most helpful to me were those on adding and editing sources. The videos explained it thoroughly." - Brenda

"I teach an introductory genealogy class at church and several of the folks have switched to Legacy. A few are beginners using the computer and are currently watching your CDs. After a short overview session, they are all happily putting in data." - Donna

"I thought you might be interested that I even learned something. I had used the simple workings in the past, not knowing the more powerful ramifications. All I can say is, absolutely well done." - Mark

Pricing

  • Legacy for Beginners - free
  • Your 12-Step Checklist to Using Legacy ($9.95)
  • Legacy's Ultimate Guide to Sources ($9.95)
  • Researching with Legacy: Mastering Events and Chronologies ($9.95)
  • Legacy's Tagging and Searching Made Easy ($9.95)

Or order the complete set for $32.95 and save.

Or order the complete Legacy Deluxe bundle for $59.95 - a savings of $20 off the training set.


Genealogy Scholarship for Canadian Residents

The following is from http://www.afhs.ab.ca/scholarship/

The Alberta Family Histories Society is pleased to announce the availability of the Brian W. Hutchison Genealogical Scholarship of up to $500 to be awarded annually to a Canadian resident, towards the cost of tuition and books, for the recipient to study the field of genealogy and family history in a recognized educational or accreditation program.

The Brian W. Hutchison Scholarship is funded by an endowment to the Alberta Family Histories Society from Brian W. Hutchison, CG, FSA (Scot), principal of GEN-FIND Research Associates, Inc.

It is Mr. Hutchison's wish to encourage Canadians to pursue formal study of genealogical analysis, research, evaluation, and documentation methodologies and standards.

The deadline for applications is 31 December 2005

The Scholarship will be awarded in May 2006

All residents of Canada are eligible, except for current members of the Scholarship Committee.

Visit http://www.afhs.ab.ca/scholarship/ for more information.


Legacy 6 Highlighted in this week's DearMYRTLE show

DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 15 Nov 2005:

Myrt's guests include Barb Schulz, a DAR Regent and a Colonial Dames of the XVII Century registrar. LegacyFamilyTree.com's Geoff Rasmussen talks about "Three Proven Methods for Getting Responses from your Living Relatives." During the MightyMouse tour, Myrt explores USGenWeb with USGenWeb Archives Newsletter editor, Maggie Stewart. Myrt explains "blogs" again, and recommends that you subscribe to her column if you are having trouble receiving email on a regular basis.

Click here to listen.


If you have an ancestor born between 1872 & 1900 . . .

. . . then he may be listed in the U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards. In 1917 and 1918, about 24 million men living in the United States filled out a draft registration card. The cards represent about 98% of the men under the age of 46.

Information on the cards may contain the following: full name, date and place of birth, race, citizenship, occupation, personal description, nearest relative, and signature.

Ancestry.com just released the final installment of indexes and images - every name in this collection is now indexed.

Search for your ancestor by clicking here.


Three Proven Methods for Getting Responses from your Living Relatives

Have you ever sent a Family Group Record to an aunt or a cousin, and asked them to fill in what they know? Chances are, you didn't hear back from them. For most 'non-genealogists' a Family Group Record is an intimidating piece of paper full of names, dates, and places that just don't make sense. Most of the time, they aren't sure what you really want.

Below are three proven strategies for getting the information from your living relatives:

1) Send them the Family Group Record, but add a fictional new spouse to their personal record. Chances are, you'll hear from them, or their spouse, the same day!

2) Send them the Family Group Record, but include an approximate year of their death. (You can claim innocence: "You never responded, I figured something must have happened.") Again, you'll likely hear from them right away.

3) Do NOT send them a Family Group Record to fill out. It can be overwhelming to our non-genealogist relatives. Instead, send them a report of their family in the following format:

Blanklines

Simple Step-by-Step Instructions for Creating this Report:

  1. In Legacy 6.0 Deluxe, first navigate to the desired family.
  2. Click on the Reports icon at the top. Click on the Books/Other tab.
  3. Under the Book Reports section, click on the Descendants button.
  4. On the Options tab, make sure that the Insert Underlines options are selected (see image below).
  5. Print or email the report to your relative.

Underlines

The underlines for the missing information make it easy for your non-genealogist relative to understand exactly what information you are requesting. It also helps you, the genealogist, quickly see what vital information you lack about an ancestor.


The Right Way to Email Digital Photos

One of the first things new digital camera owners want to do is start sharing their digital photos with friends and family. Of course, the easiest way to do that is by email.

Often, the new digital camera owner will take their enormous multi-megapixel files straight from the camera and attach them to an email, sometimes CCing their whole address book. The unsuspecting recipient may not appreciate this, especially if their ISP puts a small limit on the size of email attachments they can receive. Many times, these large attachments will clog the recipient's inbox, making it impossible for them to access their remaining mail.

There are two solutions to this.

Click here to continue reading. . . .


Hard bind your books from home

When it comes time to share your family's history with others, we are faced with many choices - how to publish:

  • CD
  • DVD
  • Web site
  • GEDCOM
  • Traditional book

While creating and sharing your publication to CD or to a web site are the least expensive, I still enjoy flipping through the pages of a traditional hard-bound book. Publishing to a book still has its challenges to overcome:

  • How to print it
  • What kind of paper to use
  • Who will bind it?
  • How much will it cost?

Aspen Bookbinding has a simple solution for genealogists. They have come up with an easy method to hard-bind your book from home. Their kits include everything you need to create a classic, professionally bound book.

Included in each kit:

  • Photo and archival quality paper with pre-drilled sewing holes
  • The hard case cover
  • Book lining paper
  • Hinge cloth
  • Head band and book mark ribbon
  • Bookbinders glue
  • Glue Roller
  • DVD and written instructions

Best of all - there's still time to publish your history and have it bound before the holidays.

For more information, or to purchase your own kit, click here.

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