Tuesday, December 28, 2010

NARA Online Research

Try the new online google-like search on the National Archives and Record Administration's (NARA) website! Click here after watching the above video: NARA

Saturday, December 18, 2010

FamilySearch Bloginar

Click on this link to View the recorded online presentation:
Click Here (Recorded Playback)
When: Originally on Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Noon to 1:15 p.m. MST
Where: Online (Now Recorded)


12:00 Welcome. FamilySearch Bloginar Overview
12:05 New Online Collections
Indexing Update
RootsTech 2011 Update

12:15 Next Generation FamilySearch.org (Beta.FamilySearch.org): Latest Tips and Tricks
November Upgrade(s)
- Catalog place search
December Upgrades
- New search forms
- Date context fixes
- Other search results improvements
Upcoming Changes (January/February)
- Filters
- Collection specific search
- Exact/close/partial controls
13:00 Questions and Answers

Login/Call Instructions:

Meeting Name: FamilySearch December 2010 Bloginar
When: 12/15/2010 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Bloginar presentation and recording will be made available following the bloginar.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Big Changes at FamilySearch.org

Big Changes at FamilySearch.org
Updated Site Now Available; More Improvements to Come

SALT LAKE CITY–FamilySearch announced several changes today for its family history website, FamilySearch.org. Online patrons will find millions of new records and images, over 40,000 helpful articles, over 100 interactive courses of instruction, and a dynamic forum to ask personal genealogy questions. The changes have been in testing for some time. FamilySearch will continue to implement the new website in phases to ensure all critical elements are functioning as desired. Once complete, the website will be promoted more broadly.

The new site offers the following free benefits to FamilySearch patrons:

• Millions more scanned, historical documents and indexes that are published more frequently.
• An improved search experience that looks through more content and gives more accurate results.
• A thriving online genealogical community where patrons can give and receive help.
• One user name and password for all FamilySearch products and services.
• Responsive, reliable, and scalable hardware and software that will allow the site to grow and improve.

FamilySearch has published a helpful document called “Adjusting to the New Version of www.familysearch.org” and a video tutorial that summarizes the changes to the new site. These new guides can be found under the “Changes at FamilySearch.org” link.

The prior version of the site will still be available through the transition period.

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Friday, October 08, 2010

FamilySearch Goes Beta

4 Major Updates to FamilySearch Beta

October 5, 2010 - 11:00am by LawyerDC
At the end of last week we released another substantial update to the FamilySearch Beta website. In addition to the four major updates outlined below, we’ve made a large number of improvements under the hood that aren’t really visible to users of the site but make a big difference in the overall performance and function of the site. Here’s the quick list of updates.

* Redesigned Home Page
* Brand New – Getting Started Section
* Redesigned Learning Resources including online Research Courses
* Just Released - FamilySearch Center Section

Redesigned Home Page. We redesigned the home page to highlight more of the site features like the Getting Started Section, Learning Resources and FamilySearch Centers. We also added a basic browse by location feature under the search form. We plan to make the browse by location tool much more interactive over time and would love to get your suggestions of how to improve it. Click the Feedback link on the site to leave us a suggestion.Beta.FamilySearch (BLOG)

How to Use Google Advanced Search for Genealogy - Part 1

How to Use Google Advanced Search for Genealogy - Part 1
This article discusses how genealogists can get the most out of Google’s advanced search capabilities. As many people quickly discover, simply typing in the name of your ancestor in Google is not going to get you what you want. You need to be a bit more sophisticated in your Google search queries if you want to have success in finding the correct genealogy record. In this article, we will show you simple and proven techniques that genealogists can use with Google to help you find your ancestors.

The first step in a genealogy search is to make sure you use the Google Advanced Search page, which can be accessed by clicking on the link on the main Google search page, as shown above.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Mapping Software for Genealogists

The live webinar was broadcast on Wednesday, September 15, 2010. It is now available as a video presentation by Geoff Rasmussen. Click here to view: Mapping Software for Genealogists

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Growth of a Nation

Growth of a Nation
This ten minute presentation illustrates the growth of the United States from the original thirteen states in 1789.
· Turn SOUND ON to hear the narration.
· Click PLAY to start, PAUSE to stop, REWIND to go back to the beginning and PLAY to continue the show from any point.
· ROLLOVER states to show their names . CLICK on a state for more details. CLICK rivers or territories for their names.
· The Timeline Pointer at the bottom moves along with the narrative. DRAG the pointer to any date to see the map at that peiiod . Click PLAY to play from that period .
· Click a decade number like "1800," to go to an expanded timeline at that decade.
Growth of a Nation

Sunday, September 19, 2010

FamilySearch offers free online research classes

FamilySearch now offers 81 free lessons on FamilySearch.org, enabling people anywhere in the world to access family history expertise at any time.

The lessons include topics ranging from basic research to training on specific record types for both beginners and experienced researchers.

Most classes come from research consultants in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, but FamilySearch is also working with other partners to broaden its pool of expertise.

For example, FamilySearch has worked with the Mid-Continent Public Library in Independence, Mo., to record and post 12 classes. These classes are available on both familysearch.org and the Midwest Genealogy Centers site.

"We see partnering as a mutally beneficial situation for FamilySearch, our partners and the patrons," said, Darin Hakes of FamilySearch Community Services.

"We realize that FamilySearch does not have expertise in every area, nor do we have the bandwidth to create all the training that is needed. … There are many excellent individuals and organizations that have created training that can benefit the genealogical community. They may not have the resources to record and publish their classes, so working together is a perfect solution."

In addition to the Mid-Continent Public Library, FamilySearch is working with the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Board of Certified Genealogists and the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists.

Individual genealogists may also use FamilySearch's free services to record and share their presentations.

One result of an individual partnering with FamilySearch is a class called "Inferential Genealogy" by prominent researcher and teacher Tom Jones.

"Tom's class is excellent, but may be too complex for some patrons," Hakes said. "We tried to provide a different instructional approach to make the presentation of the content more visual and provide opportunities for practice. We added value by presenting his content in a different way, taking something fairly complex and making it more easily digestible."

Upcoming FamilySearch classes will focus on U.S. courthouse research and a series of courses for those just getting started in family history research.

There are also more interactive classes planned on reading handwritten records in different languages, a list that now includes Dutch, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

All classes can be accessed at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch offers free online research classes

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Our Heritage: Coming to Nebraska

Lincoln, Nebraska Family History Center Open House and Presentations
Saturday, September 18, 2010
3100 Old Cheney Road
Lincoln, Nebraska
Free Classes:
1. So You Think They Came From England - Janna Oldham
2. Civil War Records - Merle Rudebusch
3. What's in the Family History Center
4. Digital Records 1 & 2 - Brian Leavitt
Please send registration for one or more free classes and the preferred class times to lincolnfhc@gmail.com

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Granite Mountain Records Vault Videos Online

Two videos that describe the operations of the Granite Mountain Records Vault are now available online. Take a behind-the-scenes tour and learn how the records preserved in the vault are digitized and made available on the Internet. The first video is an overview of the vault itself, and the second video goes into greater detail on the technology and process for digitizing, indexing, and publishing the records in electronic format.
Granite Mountain Records Vault

Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Internet History Sorcebook

The Internet Modern History Sourcebook is one of series of history primary sourcebooks. It is intended to serve the needs of teachers and students in college survey courses in modern European history and American history, as well as in modern Western Civilization and World Cultures. Although this part of the Internet History Sourcebooks Project began as a way to access texts that were already available on the Internet, it now contains hundreds of texts made available locally.

The great diversity of available sources for use in modern history classes requires that selections be made with great care - since virtually unlimited material is available. The goals here are:

* To present a diversity of source material in modern European, American, and Latin American history, as well as a significant amount of materal pertinent to world cultures and global studies. A number of other online source collections emphasize legal and political documents. Here efforts have been made to include contemporary narrative accounts, personal memoirs, songs, newspaper reports, as well as cultural, philosophical, religious and scientific documents. Although the history of social and cultural elite groups remains important to historians, the lives of non-elite women, people of color, lesbians and gays are also well represented here.
* To present the material as cleanly as possible, without complicated hierarchies and subdirectories, and without excessive HTML markup. What you get here is direct access to significant documents, not the efforts of some whizkid "website designer". In other words, we are interested here in the music, not the Hi-fi!.
* Within the major sections, to indicate a few high quality web sites for further source material and research. The Internet History Sorcebook

Internet Public Library

ipl2 is the result of a merger of the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII).
On March 17, 2010, the ipl2 (Internet Public Library) celebrated 15 years of innovation, service, and research. In conjunction with this event, The iSchool at Drexel hosted the Institute on the Future of Reference and its Impact on Library and Information Science Education on March 15-16, 2010. The institute was part of the IMLS grant Transforming the IPL into a Virtual Learning Laboratory. Faculty, students and staff from Drexel University, Florida State University, The University of Washington, The University of Illinois, The University of North Carolina, Syracuse University, and the Free Library of Philadelphia participated in the institute.

Additionally, in honor of this moment in the ipl2's history, two special open presentations on the future of reference and its impact on the future of library and information science education were given. These presentations were streamed live on video, with information also reported live on the ipl2 blog, Second Life, and Twitter.

Below find links to presentations given at this event, press releases advertising this event, guests who presented at and participated in the institute, and photos of those who attended (in real life and Second Life).

The Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

The Atlas of Historical County Boundaries is meant to be a resource for people seeking records of past events, and people trying to analyze, interpret and display county-based historical data like returns of elections and censuses, and for people working on state and local history projects. The special interests of those potential users range from history to demography, economics, genealogy, geography, law, and politics. While many of these goals can be achieved using the Atlas' Interactive Maps, the downloadable data can be used with various GIS (Geographic Information Systems) programs to create specialized projects.
ArcIMS Interactive Map Website

Arc Explorer imageThe Web site for the Atlas of Historical County Boundary Project provides interactive maps for all states. These maps were created using ArcIMS software from Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), and they can be accessed using the Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox browsers. No downloads are required to view the maps.

The interactive maps make use of the date-coding incorporated in the county boundary data. The maps allow the user to select any date and display the county configuration at that date. Several additional map layers are provided, including modern county seats, unsuccessful county proposals, modern county boundaries, and state boundaries. Each of these layers can be toggled on or off by the user.

The interactive maps provide a variety of map navigation tools, along with query tools to allow the user to obtain additional information about each county. The interactive maps also provide links to supplemental documents showing, among other items, the combined chronology of the state's county boundary changes, and the chronologies of each individual county's changes.

Grandmother's guide to video chat

FROM GOOGLE: Often when I tell people that I work on Google video chat, I hear stories about how they’ve used it to give a video tour of a new home to friends, introduce a baby to relatives, keep in touch with traveling loved ones... the list goes on. This got me thinking about how convenient— and sometimes even magical — the experience of video chatting is.

So when I saw that my grandma, who loves keeping in touch with family more than anyone, wasn’t set up to use video chat, I decided to help her get started. While doing so, it occurred to me how many people there must be out there in similar situations. If only there were a simple way that any grandmother could use to get started on her own...

Introducing the Grandmother’s Guide to Video Chat: GRANDMA

This video, along with a printable guide, can be accessed at google.com/chat/grandma. Feel free to share this link with your grandma—or grandpa—or, well, anyone who wants to video chat to help get them up and running.

And after your grandma is all set up, take a screenshot of you video chatting with her and email it to grammy324@gmail.com to share it with us. The first 100 people to do so will get a t-shirt, printable guide and VHS of the video (because if your grandma’s like mine, she’s still a cassette kind of girl).

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Ancestry.com Wiki

The Ancestry.com Wiki is a great place for family history education. Built on a solid foundation of genealogical reference material, the Ancestry.com Wiki is free to read, edit, add to, and discuss.

We are now accepting registrations!

* If you are a current Ancestry.com member, you are already registered. Just click here and sign in.
* If you're new, go here and register.
* For more on registration, see Help:Registering for the Ancestry.com Wiki

Also, we now have some documentation in place. Check out Help:Contents for more.
The Ancestry.com Wiki is still in beta

What does this mean? It means that, though all the bells and whistles aren’t in place, we’re ready for you to take a look at what we have and even start adding your own stuff. This means a few important things:

* You may occasionally run into some problems. If the problem keeps occurring, click Discussion on this wiki homepage and report the problem.
* We are continuing to add more content and making changes, so keep your eye on the Recent changes page.

What's in the Wiki?

The Ancestry.com Wiki is made up of four kinds of fantastic content:

* The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy has been called the bible of genealogy. Focusing mainly on record types and methodology, The Source is one of the best places to learn how to do genealogy. Now, the third edition of this book has been broken into easy-to-read articles. Explore it to learn more about
o Census records,
o Military records,
o Immigration records,
o African American research,
o Jewish American research,
o and more.
* Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources looks at each state and offers an in-depth look at what records are available and where to go to find them. As one of the most valuable books in place-based research, it has helped researchers for more than 20 years. As with The Source, we’ve broken the third edition into great, easy-to-use sections, which include
o state-by-state summaries of available records,
o extensive tables of county resources,
o incredible maps,
o and more.
* The Ancestry.com Wiki will also continue to add other great Ancestry.com content, including other books, how-to information, and original articles written by the experts.
* Most importantly, the Ancestry.com Wiki includes content added by you. We know that each genealogist is an expert in his or her own field and we invite you share your expertise. If that means correcting some outdated information from one of our printed sources, that’s great. If it means writing a brand new article about a topic we haven’t covered yet, even better.

The Ancestry.com Wiki is designed to be as useful to you as possible. If it’s not helping you do a better job in your research, then get involved, bring your own experience to the table, and encourage your fellow researchers to do the same. This is a community project. Get involved!
How the wiki works

A wiki is a website that is editable by anyone. For example, Wikipedia is a wiki. Because anyone can edit, update, or add articles, a wiki can tap into the strengths and experience of a community.

The Ancestry.com Wiki is free for anyone to use.

Every change that is made is saved so if someone makes a change that turns out not to be right, it’s easy to revert to an earlier version. As users make changes, they include reasons for their changes, so that others can see what happened and why. If there is ever a conflict about a change, each article has a discussion page, where users can figure out the best way to go.
How to get involved

Since the Ancestry.com Wiki is still in beta, the best way to get involved is to just get reading, editing, and adding content. A wiki only works if it’s built atop a vibrant community. Ancestry.com has one of the best communities in the world and together, we will create the best resource for family history knowledge available.

Here are a few ways to get started:

* To search for an article, type the topic you’re interested in into the search box on the left toolbar.
* Browse a list of all available topics.
* Go to a random article.
* Read the MediaWiki user guide.
* Browse The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy
* Browse Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
* Go back to Ancestry.com

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Backup your online data FREE

Why should I backup my online data?

Your lifestream contains important data, but all those pictures, videos, documents, and blog posts are exposed to potential loss. Some web 2.0 services shut down without warning. Others are hacked. Sometimes data is lost from basic human error, or the intentional actions of a disgruntled employee. Don't put your lifestream at risk when there is a simple, easy, low cost way to back it up.

The short answer is that your online data is important and Backupify is an easy cost effective way to protect it from loss.

The longer answer is that much of the data you generate today is not stored on your computer. You have data locked up in Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Google Docs, Basecamp, and all the other online services you use. Backupify is not just about backup, it is about controlling your data yourself instead of having it stored in hundreds of services all around the web. Your online data is just as important as the data on your computer. Both should be backed up. You can read more about reasons for backing up your online data in this blog post.
Am I likely to lose my online data?

It is unlikely that an online service will simply lose your data, just as it is unlikely that a hard drive will just delete a file. It does happen occasionally, but your real concerns for cloud services are hackers, viruses, user error and legal issues. Many services can shut off access without warning if they think you violated their terms of service. Many hackers are targeting online accounts because they are easier to access than your computer. On top of that, roughly 1/3 of all data loss is due to simple user error. These are the kinds of risks that Backupify can minimize.
If I use Backupify, where does my data go?

We store all of your data on the Amazon cloud. We chose Amazon after a careful analysis of their security and data duplication policies. For some specifics about why we like Amazon, read this. The reason we chose Amazon over building our own cloud infrastructure is simple... in the unlikely event that something ever happens to Backupify, you can contact Amazon to get your data back out.
Why should I backup my data to another cloud? Isn't that just as much of a concern?

Not really, for three reasons. First of all, you can download all your Backupify backups to your computer so that you can have a third copy. Secondly, when calculating the likely failure of two independent systems, you multiply the probabilities. What that means in plain English is that the likelihood of two independent systems failing at the same time is so unlikely that you really don't have to worry about it. Third, if Amazon did fail and lose your data, once they came back online your backups would kick off again and re-backup everything you had before.
How do I know what was backed up?

Initial backups usually take 24 - 48 hours, depending on how much data you have in your accounts. Once you sign up, you can access all your data from the "archives" page simply by choosing a service from the drop down menu. We also give you the option of receiving daily or weekly digests of which services were backed up.
How secure is Backupify?

Security is our highest priority. We chose Amazon's data center because of the security features they offer. Our system was designed by top security experts who previously worked on sensitive data systems like billing software.
Do you store my usernames and passwords?

It depends on the service. Most services work like Flickr, Twitter, and Facebook where you authenticate one time through Backupify, and they pass us a "token." This token is a unique identifier that allows us to pull in your data without sending your login credentials. For those services, we do not store your login credentials. There are a few services that don't offer this kind of authentication (Gmail, Hotmail) and for those we have to store your username and password to back them up. When we do that, we use advanced encryption methods to keep your login credentials safe.
How do I restore my data if I lose it?

It depends on the account. For something like Flickr, we can restore your account to a state very similar to what it was before you lost it. This isn't yet automated, so our programmers will have to do it manually for you. For something like Twitter, we can't time stamp a tweet so we can never really restore you account. The best we can do is re-tweet everything for you at one time, but your followers would probably hate that. If you have specific questions about specific services, email us and we can answer them for you.
What is your privacy policy? What will you do with my data?

We don't do anything with your data once it is backed up. We don't look at it, we don't sell it, we don't analyze it, we don't modify it. Our privacy policy is that you own your data and you should be in control. We don't own your data, we just provide software to give you more control over your stuff. We charge for our service, so we never have to resort to analyzing your data so that we can sell advertising against it or anything like that. You will never get email from us unless you opt-in for it.

Backupify was started on the premise that your data is yours and you should not leave it locked up in all of these online systems. We believe strongly in freedom and privacy.
What does my data look like when it is backed up?

Every service we backup sends us data in a different format. In general, we store the data in the format we receive. Often times, this is an XML format that is not easily readable by human eyes. We are working on new data presentation interfaces to let you browse your data in formats more like the original services.

Worlds Digital Library

The Mission
The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.

The principal objectives of the WDL are to:
* Promote international and intercultural understanding;
* Expand the volume and variety of cultural content on the Internet;
* Provide resources for educators, scholars, and general audiences;
* Build capacity in partner institutions to narrow the digital divide within and between countries.

The Site
The WDL makes it possible to discover, study, and enjoy cultural treasures from around the world on one site, in a variety of ways. These cultural treasures include, but are not limited to, manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings.

Items on the WDL may easily be browsed by place, time, topic, type of item, and contributing institution, or can be located by an open-ended search, in several languages. Special features include interactive geographic clusters, a timeline, advanced image-viewing and interpretive capabilities. Item-level descriptions and interviews with curators about featured items provide additional information.

Navigation tools and content descriptions are provided in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Many more languages are represented in the actual books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, and other primary materials, which are provided in their original languages.

The WDL was developed by a team at the U.S. Library of Congress, with contributions by partner institutions in many countries; the support of the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); and the financial support of a number of companies and private foundations.

U.S. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington proposed the establishment of the WDL in a speech to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO in June 2005. The basic idea was to create an Internet-based, easily-accessible collection of the world's cultural riches that would tell the stories and highlight the achievements of all countries and cultures, thereby promoting cross-cultural awareness and understanding. UNESCO welcomed the idea as a contribution toward fulfilling UNESCO's strategic objectives, which include promoting knowledge societies, building capacity in developing countries, and promoting cultural diversity on the Web. UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura designated UNESCO's Directorate for Communication and Information, led by Dr. Abdul Waheed Khan, to work with the Library of Congress to develop the project.

In December 2006, UNESCO and the Library of Congress convened an Experts Meeting to discuss the project. The assembled experts from all parts of the world identified a number of challenges that the project would need to overcome to be successful. They noted that little cultural content was being digitized in many countries and that developing countries in particular lacked the capacity to digitize and display their cultural treasures. Existing Web sites often had poorly developed search and display functions. Multilingual access was not well developed. Many Web sites maintained by cultural institutions were difficult to use and, in many cases, failed to appeal to users, particularly young users.

The Experts Meeting led to the establishment of working groups to develop guidelines for the project, and to a decision by the Library of Congress, UNESCO, and five partner institutions - the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the National Library of Brazil, the National Library and Archives of Egypt, the National Library of Russia, and the Russian State Library - to develop and contribute content to a WDL prototype to be presented at the UNESCO General Conference in 2007. Input into the design of the prototype was solicited through a consultative process that involved UNESCO, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and individuals and institutions in more than forty countries.

The successful unveiling of the prototype was followed by a decision by several libraries to develop a public, freely-accessible version of the WDL, for launch at UNESCO in April 2009. More than two dozen institutions contributed content to the launch version of the site.

The public version of the site features high-quality digital items reflecting the cultural heritage of all UNESCO member countries. The WDL will continue to add content to the site, and will enlist new partners from the widest possible range of UNESCO members in the project.
WDL Milestones
* June 2005: Librarian of Congress James H. Billington proposes establishing a World Digital Library to UNESCO.
* December 2006: UNESCO and the Library of Congress co-sponsor an Experts Meeting with key stakeholders from all regions of the world. The Experts Meeting results in a decision to establish working groups to develop standards and content selection guidelines.
* October 2007: The Library of Congress and five partner institutions present a prototype of the future WDL at the UNESCO General Conference.
* April 2009: The WDL is launched to the international public, with content about every UNESCO member state.

Key Features
The WDL represents a shift in digital library projects from a focus on quantity for its own sake to quality; quantity remains a priority, but not at the expense of the quality standards established during the start-up phase.

The WDL breaks new ground in the following areas, each representing significant investments of time and effort:
1. Consistent metadata: Each item is described by a consistent set of bibliographic information (or metadata) relating to its geographical, temporal, and topical coverage, among other requirements. Consistent metadata provides the foundation for a site that is easy and interesting to explore, and that helps to reveal connections between items. The metadata also improves exposure to external search engines.
2. Description: Among the most impressive features of the WDL are descriptions of each item, answering the questions: “What is this item and why is it significant?” This information, written by curators and other experts, provides vital context for users and is designed to spark the curiosity of students and the general public to learn more about the cultural heritage of all countries.
3. Multilingualism: The metadata, navigation, and supporting content (e.g., curator videos) are translated into seven languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. This feature lengthened site development and complicates maintenance, but brings WDL closer to the goal of being truly universal.
4. Digital library technical development: The WDL team's work with state-of-the art tools and technologies led to advances in cataloging and multilingual Web site development:
* A new cataloging application was developed to support the metadata requirements.
* A centralized tool with a translation memory was used, which prevents translators from having to translate the same word or phrase twice.
* An interface was developed, which features the WDL content in ways that are appealing to nontraditional users and that encourage exploration of primary sources.
* New technologies continue to be developed, improving workflow and reducing the time elapsed between content selection and availability on the site.
5. Collaborative network: The WDL emphasizes openness in all aspects of the project: access to content; technology transfer for capacity building; and partner, stakeholder, and user participation. Technical and programmatic networks are seen as vital to WDL's sustainability and growth.

See a current list of partners.

Partners are mainly libraries, archives, or other institutions that have collections of cultural content that they contribute to the WDL. Partners may also include institutions, foundations, and private companies that contribute to the project in other ways, for example by sharing technology, convening or co-sponsoring meetings of working groups, or contributing financially.
Digitization Centers

While many of the partners or prospective partners that wish to contribute content to the WDL have well-established digitization programs with dedicated staff and equipment, others, particularly in the developing world, do not have access to these capabilities. Over the years, the Library of Congress has worked with partners in Brazil, Egypt, Iraq, and Russia to establish digital conversion centers to produce high-quality digital images. Much of the content on the WDL was produced at these centers.

The WDL supports UNESCO's mission of capacity building in developing countries, and intends to work with UNESCO, partners in these countries, and external funders to establish additional digital conversion centers throughout the world. These centers will produce content not only for the WDL, but for other national and international projects as well.
WDL Working Groups

WDL Working Groups established after the December 2006 Experts Meeting include the Content Selection Working Group and a Technical Architecture Working Group. These groups are comprised primarily of representatives from partner institutions.

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and the Library of Congress have co-sponsored a working group to develop guidelines for digital libraries, including the WDL.

The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, in cooperation with the Library of Congress and UNESCO, sponsors an International Advisory Committee on the History of Arabic and Islamic Science to identify important scientific books and manuscripts from the Arab and Islamic world, and to facilitate inclusion of these items on the WDL.

Friday, January 15, 2010

10 Years of Family History Technology Workshops

There is now 10 years of transcripts of previous Family History Technology Workshops for you to download FREE.

Center for Family History and Genealogy

The Center for Family History and Genealogy offers many FREE resources and guides to your family history and genealogy research. The Center for Family History and Genealogy is a large organization with many aspects. Click below on any topic for a brief overview and in-depth resources.

The Center for Family History and Genealogy have collected and published many for use by its patrons. The following are some of the resources available.
* Area/Topic Specific Guides
* Family History Lab
* BYU Family History Library
* Family History/Genealogy Conferences at BYU
* Family History Fireside Transcripts
* Family History training for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
* PAF Tutorial
* Script Tutorials - Resources for Old Handwriting & Documents
* U.S. Census Tutorial
* FamilySearch Indexing
* Internet Resources

BYU - Immigrant Ancestors Project

An Introduction to the Immigrant Ancestors Project: An Emigration Perspective to Immigration

Between 1821 and 1924, the world saw one of the greatest migrations ever, as approximately fifty-five million Europeans emigrated. The vast majority went to the Americas-- 33 million to the United States, 5.4 million to Argentina, 4.5 million to Canada, 3.8 million to Brazil and the rest in smaller, but significant numbers to countries from Mexico to Chile as well as to Australia and other Pacific rim countries. These immigrants, emigrants--migrants all--melded with indigenous and previous immigrants to enrich and forever change the recipient countries and their cultures. While Ireland, Germany, Italy, and England top the list in terms of numbers departing, every country in Europe contributed to the flow. These statistics and associated studies are only a black-and-white sketch of the rich tapestry of individual experiences that make up this great migration.
Arrival records: Only a Part of the Story

For those tracing the story of an individual immigrant, even the best passenger lists tell only part of the story, and most do not even do that. Over half of those in the United States do not give key details such as place of birth, and few give story details such as reasons for emigrating. In Latin America, even where arrival records are preserved, the information given is less. For example, in passenger lists for the years 1891- 1930 for the port of Buenos Aires, Argentina, during only four years was the place of birth for the immigrant given. For all of these reasons the European records of emigration, which are at the heart of the Immigrant Ancestors Project, need to be consulted to give a more complete understanding of the emigration process and its individual stories.

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This website offers guidance in the deciphering of manuscripts and other old documents that were printed in old typefaces or written in old handwriting styles. Languages covered here include English, German, Dutch, Italian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. The content of this website may be useful for genealogical, historical, and literary research.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Family Photoloom is now an Official Affiliate with NFS

Big things are happening at Photoloom! Just for starters, we are now an official software affiliate with New FamilySearch, and are working to become “New FamilySearch Certified.”

With our upcoming 3.0 release, Family Photoloom members will be able to import information from New FamilySearch* and tag their pictures with New FamilySearch IDs, enabling their pictures to be associated with records stored in New FamilySearch.

What does this mean for you?

# You can import your genealogy information into your Family Photoloom account directly from New FamilySearch, so you will no longer need to type it in.
# You can help ornament the global New FamilySearch tree with your pictures and documents. You have complete control over what is kept private and what is made available to other researchers.
# Together we are paving the way for a new generation of "image-enriched genealogy."

Call for 3.0 Beta testers: If you are a New FamilySearch user, we need your help! We are in need of Beta testers to help us polish our upcoming 3.0 release. Your efforts will take very little time and will help us immensely. All Beta testers will receive an expanded Free Family Photoloom account. Please contact us at support@photoloom.com, or call 503.628.1922 for more information.

* FamilySearch is a family history website provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It provides its resources free of charge to the public and is one of the most heavily used genealogy sites on the Internet. A new website, now known as New FamilySearch, that gives users the ability to edit data was launched in 2007, and is incrementally becoming available to genealogists worldwide. For more information, click here.

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Family Photolooms

With our upcoming 3.0 release, Family Photoloom members will be able to import information from New FamilySearch* and tag their pictures with New FamilySearch IDs, enabling their pictures to be associated with records stored in New FamilySearch.

What does this mean for you?

# You can import your genealogy information into your Family Photoloom account directly from New FamilySearch, so you will no longer need to type it in.
# You can help ornament the global New FamilySearch tree with your pictures and documents. You have complete control over what is kept private and what is made available to other researchers.
# Together we are paving the way for a new generation of "image-enriched genealogy."

Read more: Family Photoloom