Who Am I?

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I feel compelled to send you this picture in the hope I can return it to his family. It is smaller, I enlarged it 25%. On the back is written “for Carol” maybe with two r’s but this is not easy to determine. I may have bought it in Massachusetts.

Nancy Vanderhoeven.jpgI also bought this framed picture of this lovely girl (in Maine I think) late eighties for $ 3.00. I’d also like to return this to her family. I tried to find more on the photographer on line, but I was not succesful. His name: Davis Eickemeijer (I think). On the back of the frame there is a sticker of the framer W.Palmer East  The Warburton Ave. Book and Art store, Yonkers, N.Y.

Nancy Vanderhoeven
Marstons Mills, Massachusetts

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Research Trip to the Family History Library with Michael John Neill

Join Ancestry columnist Michael John Neill for a week of research at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City 16-23 May. We will be at the libray from open to close every day, digging up as many ancestors as we can.

Before leaving for Salt Lake, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Ask Michael questions
  • Submit research problems to Michael
  • Get help organizing for the library
  • Practice using the Family History Library Card Catalog
  • Get suggestions on how to prepare for effective library research
  • Interact online with other trip participants

Michael will also provide individualized onsite consultations and research suggestions throughout the stay in Salt Lake. Those who need specific research suggestions will be given problem specific homework onsite to assist them in their research. Participants will be given assistance in using printers, scanners, and computer databases, and other onsite technologies. Everyone will have brunch on Sunday where we can discuss our research and regroup. Sunday is our forced break from research so everyone is ready for a fresh start on Monday.

More information on this unique research opportunity, visit Michael’s site: www.rootdig.com/slctrip.html

More Than 1 Million Family Photos Added to Family Trees

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Revolutionary Online Family Tree-Building Fuels Massive User Uploads and Sharing; During the Past Ten Months More than 1.7 Million Family Trees Created, 257 Million Names Added and 18 Million Historical Records Linked

PROVO, UTAH – April 23, 2007 – Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced that more than 1 million family photos have been uploaded since the site’s new tree-building and sharing features launched in July 2006. In fact, users are now uploading photos at a rate of 10,000 per day. Over this same period, users have also created more than 1.7 million new family trees, added an estimated 257 million names to their trees, sent 316,000 invitations to share their family tree and attached 18 million family history documents directly from Ancestry.com’s 24,000 historical records collections.

Ancestry.com’s tree-building tools enable family members to build multimedia family trees together whether living next-door or across continents. Families can upload photos, write stories, enter life events and names on a shared family tree – all for free. Continue reading

New at Ancestry

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Weekly Planner: Search for New Resources

With so much new content being posted online, it’s easy to miss something of value. Search the Internet and the Ancestry Card Catalog for new or missed data pertinent to your area of interest. Visit the USGenWeb or WorldGenWeb sites for your ancestor’s area, municipal and library sites, local society pages, and message boards. You could find links to new local resources that don’t get a lot of publicity.

Using Ancestry: Getting Back in the Game, by Juliana Smith

A while back, my daughter’s martial arts instructor and I were talking about how her interest in the sport sometimes wanes. I remember him saying that there are peaks and valleys in martial arts training. Interest gets strong for a while, and then things happen that pull you away for a while. I can definitely equate that philosophy with family history. For the past couple months, things have been crazy around here, and I haven’t had much time to work on family history. What I’ve been able to do has been scattered at best, and that doesn’t make for the best research.

Last week though, I feel like I actually was starting to make progress, and this week I made time to follow up on my findings from last week’s article. For those of you who have been with me “in the valley,” I thought this week I would share some of the things that got me back in the game. Continue reading

Generational Differences, by Maureen Taylor

generations.jpgThe other day my daughter finished reading Under the Blood Red Sun, by Graham Salisbury (Laurel Leaf, $6.50) about kids living on the island of Oahu around the time of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. She liked the book enough to chat about it on a long car ride to see her grandparents. I thought this was the perfect time to bring up family history.

It was one of those moments when history, family and family history collide. You know what I mean. My dad, who is eighty-five, and my daughter, who is thirteen, don’t have a lot of things in common. He doesn’t use the Internet, watch Disney movies, or keep up with teenage fashion. He is, however, a walking, talking history book.  Dad was in his early twenties when the bombs fell on Pearl Harbor and quickly joined the war effort. He was eventually stationed in Hawaii. When I mentioned this to my daughter she just turned and stared for a moment. “Really,” she said. Suddenly all their differences didn’t matter. They had something in common. Continue reading

Tips from the Pros: Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines, from George G. Morgan

One of the most misunderstood issues among researchers is that of copyright and fair use. Small portions of copyrighted materials may be copied or quoted so long as they are properly cited, giving credit to the owner/author. However, it is important that the owner of the copyright not be deprived of his or her intellectual property, or of any potential income from the copyrighted material’s use. As an example, genealogical researchers should not be photocopying entire books or large portions of them, thereby depriving the author of potential income from the sale of a copy of the book. Stanford University’s website about this topic can be found at fairuse.stanford.edu and provides a great deal of useful information.

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Your Quick Tips, 23 April 2007

Possibly WWI Plane, from Library of Congress Photo Collection at AncestryDigitized Records at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Indiana University-Purdue University Library has a vast collection of digitized documents, maps and atlases, city directories, indexes, books, old magazines, and photos available free online. More is being added all the time. The site is searchable and I’ve been very successful in finding information not readily available elsewhere.  Here’s the link.  Perhaps your loyal readers may also find something useful. Here’s the link:
ww.ulib.iupui.edu/digitalcollections/home.html Continue reading