Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Finds and Follows: 19 December 2014



Articles and posts that caught my eye:

Yes. No. And maybe. by Judy G. Russell at The Legal Genealogist - is the Bible under copyright?

Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Civil War Records Project by Dick Eastman at Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - with NINE direct ancestors who served in the Union Army, and many of them becoming members of the GAR, this information is very welcome!

Ghost Signs, Ghost Town by Larry Cebula at Northwest History - when my children were little, we used to visit small Eastern Washington towns on Sunday afternoons. We never made it to Sprague, but Larry does a great job of filling us in.

New National Archives Catalog at The Newberry Library Genealogy News - what the new, updated catalog holds

Solving a "mystery of baseball" by Zachary Garceau at Vita Brevis - learning more about the first African-American major league baseball player


My New Genealogy Follows at Twitter:

@Geneosity, @jlmunozr, @msgeneaology, @WillsmanOneName, @pickandming, @BobCumberbatch, @cind101, @rootschat, @ljjackson1958, @ARodesky, @randywhited, @legalgen, @ALifetimeLegacy, @IndianaGenSoc, @packrat74, @TrappDollaSign, @_genchat


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

2015 Scanfest Dates

Here's a handy poster to help you remember the upcoming Scanfest dates for 2015. Please remember that dates are occasionally subject to change, but I will do my best to maintain this schedule. Those marked with an asterisk will be held one week early, due to an upcoming holiday weekend (Memorial Day and the American Thanksgiving, respectively). Times are Pacific Time. We are in Standard Time until March 8th, when we switch to Daylight Savings Time until November 1st.

I'm looking forward to scanning and chatting with my genealogy friends in the coming year!




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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2015 Genealogy Blog Post Planner Now Available

Last year, I created a genealogy blog post planner with the hope that it would help me get a little more organized and consistent with my blogging. And you know what? It worked!

Sure, I wasn't perfect and there were times when I went too long between blog posts. But when I compare this year's blogging with the past two years, there definitely was an improvement in the quantity of my posts.

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 As you can see (and click the images to enlarge for a better view), I have created seven columns titled Day, Date, Blog Post Ideas, Notes, Draft, Scheduled, and Posted. The header includes a hyperlinked URL to Geneabloggers for more great blog post ideas.

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I color-coded each month for ease of use. Don't worry. If you want to change the colors, including going back to an all-white background, you can do so when you download this as an Excel file. In fact, you can personalize any part of this template. The only thing I've frozen are the headers, so that when you scroll down, you can always see them. Note this in the image below.

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The image above also shows how I'm already using my 2015 Genealogy Blog Post Planner. You can see that I've started planning for Scanfest and Tuesday's Tips.

To get your own 2015 Genealogy Blog Post Planner, go to http://tinyurl.com/GBPP15. At the top of the page, click on File > Download As > Microsoft Excel. If you wish to keep this in your own Google Drive, download it first, save it to your computer, and then upload it to Google Drive. You can also request this template from me via email. Also, if you're an Evernote or OneNote fan, you can paste this into your notebooks (some formatting changes may occur).

If you like what you've found here, please repost it on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+, using the icons below. Happy New Year, and best of luck in your blogging!

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Spokane, Washington High School Yearbooks Available Online

June 1915 edition of North Central High School's Tamarack

The Spokane Public Library recently announced that a free new digital collection of historical Spokane-area high school yearbooks is now accessible through their website. This collection is made available with the cooperation of the Spokane Public Schools and the Internet Archive. All the yearbooks are full-text searchable. Each is available in a variety of formats, making it viewable on many devices, including your laptop, Kindle, or phone. They can be downloaded to your computer or other device as well.

The following is a current list of yearbooks available, with the high school it features and the years that are covered. Note that in the early twentieth century, it was not uncommon to have two yearbooks per school year, to highlight seniors who graduated mid-year, as well as those who graduated at year's end.

Hillyard High School (no longer in existence): 1930-1931

Lewis and Clark High School: June 1920 - 1977

North Central High School: May 1912 - January 1915

Spokane High School (no longer in existence): January and June 1911

The yearbooks can be accessed through the Spokane Public Library website at http://beta.spokanelibrary.org/yearbooks/.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Finds and Follows: 12 December 2014



Articles and posts that caught my eye:

Facebook changing again by Judy G. Russell at The Legal Genealogist - and like she says, "it's basically no big deal."

15-step social media marketing plan to help you promote your next genealogy conference by Gail Dever at Genealogy à la carte - belong to a genealogical society or on a conference committee? Here are some great tips.

Finding father by Judy G. Russell at The Legal Genealogist - don't know which DNA test to take? Here's an easy-to-understand primer.

Best Practices for Reliable Research by Elizabeth Shown Mills at Evidence Explained's blog

School library’s late fees ‘Gone With the Wind’ by Jody Lawrence-Turner at The Spokesman-Review

Story of returned 1946 copy of ‘Gone With the Wind’ grows by Shawn Vestal at The Spokesman-Review

Digital Archives, State Library among best genealogy sites, again by Brian Zylstra at From Our Corner (Washington Secretary of State blog)


My New Genealogy Follows at Twitter:

@Fuentesarchivos, @ambrotype7, @GenealogyDocs, @ggirltalks, @BrassServices, @caitieamanda, @Areyoumycousin, @VHughesAuthor, @prsnalhistgn_dp, @heritagefamily, @WTPGenealogy, @JaneSheehan1, @scarboomum, @AchievementsGen, @Historylady2013, @alenars, @PaulJMurray1, @LMentaryFH, @GeneaWorkshop, @Wanda_Langdon, @TurisGen, @AncestoryArchiv


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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Book Review: The Tiny Portrait

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I received a little package the other day in the mail. The Tiny Portrait, by Heidi Carla, is a tale of two siblings, Tess and Toby, who discover a Memory Box full of antiques and heirlooms. As they delve into its treasures, they discover a mysterious woman named Lottie in a tiny portrait from the past. She takes them on an adventure through their community. Along the way, they learn about their family history by studying postcards and diaries, visiting the library, and meeting an antique dealer.

In reading this, I was reminded of both the movie Hugo and the best-selling children's series, the Magic Tree House. Enigmatic characters, attempts at unlocking puzzles to the past, and a little bit of magic are perfect ingredients for any enchanting tale.

This delightful story is cleverly illustrated with a unique combination of photomontage and composite printing by the author's sister, Karla Cinquanta. The heirlooms in the photos are from the author's personal collection. Here are a couple of my favorite pages from the book:


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Ms. Carla began writing The Tiny Portrait while researching her family tree. Sure to please all ages, it would be a terrific gift to give a young relative to get them interested in their own genealogy. In fact, I have a couple of grandnieces in mind that I'm sure will enjoy receiving this as a Christmas gift! Shhh!

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The Tiny Portrait by Heidi Carla, illustrated by Karla Cinquanta. Hardback, 52 pages. Published 2014 by Curly & Iceburg Publishing, Cranston, Rhode Island. Available on Amazon.

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Disclosure: I received a free book from Cadence Marketing Group for review. As an Amazon Associate, I also receive a small percentage of the purchase price when readers purchase a title through the Amazon link above, although this title is available at other websites and various bookstores.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Friday Finds and Follows: 28 November 2014



Articles and posts that caught my eye:

New Arrivals in the NW Collections at the Washington State Library blog - great fiction and non-fiction touching on the history of the Pacific Northwest

How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks by Whitson Gordon at Lifehacker - good idea for holiday traveling

When Aunt Mable's Genealogy is Wrong by Lee Drew at FamHist

Facebook Photo Privacy Settings You Need to Know About by Matt Smith at MakeUseOf

Non-working URLs, Stable URLs, and DOIs by Elizabeth Shown Mills at EE's blog

Review: JPASS at JSTOR--A Valuable Resource for Genealogy by Thomas MacEntee at Geneabloggers

Who Pushed Thanksgiving To Be A Holiday? by Donna Potter Phillips at the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Blog

Follow World I, Week-By-Week, For The Next Four Years [Stuff to Watch] by Tim Brookes at MakeUseOf

12 Kinds of Organizations Genealogists Should Follow on Facebook by Diane Haddad at Genealogy Insider

Photo Duplication Service to Be Discontinued on Dec 5, 2014 by Diane Gould Hall at Michigan Family Trails - I'm really sad to see this go.



My New Genealogy Follows at Twitter:

@LynnsWPics, @pastonpaper, @FamilyTreeDNA, @nelleFamTree, @LaurenMahieu14, @familytreeblog, @genejean, @echoesofourpast, @genBUZZ, @DACGenealogy, @BucksResearch, @HistoryAngels, @KerrywoodLondon, @scottishindexes, @OurOwnHistory, @Suellen1971, @genealog_yfamil, @GeneRoadshow


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