Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Internet Archive & Wayback Machine

Web Archive
The Internet Archive is a complete snapshot of all web pages on every website since 1996 till today. Since the average lifetime of a page on the Internet is 100 days, this snapshot is retaken every two months. The Internet Archive at BA includes the web collection of 1996 to 2006. It represents 1.5 petabytes of data stored on 880 computers. The entire collection is available for free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.
Wayback Machine:
The Wayback Machine is the tool that allows users to use the Web archive to surf the web as it was. This historic collection is invaluable to scholars trying to understand the interactions between people and events. We expect to build special collections that reflect the interests of the patrons of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
The International School of Information Science (ISIS) research institute was founded in order to maximize creativity and foster innovations within the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA).
Guided by BA goals to:
* preserve the heritage for future generations in digital form; and
* provide universal access to human knowledge
ISIS acts as an incubator for digital and technological projects, promoting and nurturing innovations that encompass the spirit of the BA’s mission.
ISIS was founded to initiate, develop, carry out and promote research and development of activities and projects related to building a universal digital library. The Institute is viewed as an incubator of IT projects that will ultimately contribute to the knowledge capacity of Egypt and the world.
ISIS aims to be the focal point where scholars from around the globe will group to study and develop new technologies serving BA’s mission of becoming a true library for the digital age. Using state-of-the-art technology, ISIS aims to join hands with other organizations, institutions and IT centers around the world to research and implement pioneering digital ideas for the benefit of the international knowledge community. In fact, the Institute has already created partnerships and adopted a number of major projects in accordance with BA mission.

Add photo's of your family's places

Do you ever want pictures of places your ancestors or family members have lived? Check this site out. You type in the location and you have a number of great photo's that you can download.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

SixDots Mosaik Family Photo


With Foto-Mosaik-Edda you can create mosaic-pictures, which are composed of many small pictures (tiles), from your own photos.

The single pictures will be analysed and copied into one or more databases. You can use your holiday photos, pictures of the last family celebration or even take over whole picture-CDs into the database.

A simple to use wizard will guide you through the program and will turn the creation of your own photo-mosaic into a piece of cake. Amaze others with this extraordinary effect.

Just try it!

FamilySearch Online Research Series

United States of America Research

* U.S. Courthouse Records Overview
o Lesson time: 35 minutes
o Watch video (uses Microsoft® Silverlight™)

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* U.S. Military Records: Civil War
o Lesson time: 35 minutes
o Watch video (uses Microsoft® Silverlight™)

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* U.S. Military Records: Pre-WWI Pension Applications
o Lesson time: 16 minutes
o Watch video (uses Microsoft® Silverlight™)

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* U.S. Military Records: Revolutionary War
o Lesson time: 34 minutes
o Watch video (uses Microsoft® Silverlight™)

PAF Pal is now FREE!

PAF Pal is Now Freeware

Steve Cannon, the developer of PAF Pal, passed away a few years ago. He was a good programmer and a good friend.

PAF Pal was designed with the old TempleReady work flow in mind, although some of its functionality continues to be useful in some situations. Now that new FamilySearch is being used by so many people, we have contacted Steve's family and they have agreed to allow us to offer PAF Pal at no cost. To get your copy, go to Ohana Software and click on the Purchase menu. Scroll down to find the free license for PAF Pal. Once you have your license you can download PAF Pal by going to the Download menu and choosing the Freeware/Shareware link.

Merry Christmas from the Cannon family and your friends at Ohana Software

PAF Pal 5

PAF Pal 5 is software you can use with your existing Personal Ancestral File 5 data. It adds additional features that are not available in the PAF software.
PAF Pal 5 runs from the tools menu in PAF5

* Clear unwanted information from fields >>
* Search and replace information >>
* Expand or abbreviate place names >>
* Print lists and reports >>
* And much more!! >>

Get a PAF Pal 5 shareware license>>

Clear unwanted information from fields

* Remove "Submitted" or "Sub" dates from LDS date fields
* Clear Custom ID fields, Ancestral File Numbers, or all LDS fields

Search and Replace

* Search and replace in all notes
* Search and replace parts of names
* Search and replace LDS temple codes

Expand or abbreviate places

* In a single step you can abbreviate USA states, Canadian provinces, and/or Great Britain county places
* Expand abbreviations for USA states, Canadian provinces, and/or Great Britain counties
* Automatically add or remove "USA" or "U.S.A." from places in the United States of America

Print lists and reports

* Reports of which records are changed can be created when clearing fields or searching and replacing
* Display or print statistics about the people in your file
* Print lists, by date, of records that have been changed or records that have been submitted to Ancestral File

PAF Pal will do much more

* Play genealogy songs
* Enable additional Internet searches ( and
* Use pre-defined color schemes
* Add temple ordinance information from TempleReady

PAF Pal 5 by PAL Software
Easy to install and use. Includes on-line help.
For IBM and compatible computers with Windows 95 or higher
Shareware. No cost