26 May 2007

Memorial Day Weekend

Oakside Cemetery in Zephyrhills will have a Memorial Day service this weekend. There is already a guest, Myrtle, the turtle, looking for a good view of the festivities (please see red arrow) (You can click on the picture to see the details better). Some communities also will have a parade or celebration to honor the soldiers. It is always rewarding to take some time during the busy holiday weekend to commerate the soldiers in whatever type of remembrance is appropriate for you.

25 May 2007

Cemeteries Seek Breathing Clientele

Cemeteries Seek Breathing Clientele is the title of an article in today's New York Times.

There are old and historic cemeteries across the county facing financial difficulties. The article describes a few clever schemes to raise funding for the continued care of the cemetery.

Here in Pasco County, the financial well being of some of the old local cemeteries is in question. Jeff Cannon's website, the History of Pasco County Cemeteries, has brought out some of these problems.

Not all the local cemeteries are in trouble. There are a number of well managed cemeteries in the this county. The reasons for the successful cemeteries might bear a good looking at.

19 May 2007

Publish ! !

The opinions section of the St Pete Times has an interesting article about the vulnerability of the internet and electronic data. It is an informative article, Don't Dump Digital Heritage. To preserve our research and our genealogical data, publishing is still the best way to increase the likelyhood all of our work will be available in the next millenium.

14 May 2007

The Wayback Machine

Have you saved a web address (url) that you tried later, only to find it, NOT FOUND?

You are not alone. Individuals who posted their websites for lots of reasons have to removed them.

There is now a website you can use to find what has disappeared from the web. The Finder is the Wayback Machine . It was not invented for genealogist to go back in time or specifically to find the lost webpages. It does find most lost webpages. Periodically the Internet Archive group searched the World Wide Web for all publicly accessible webpages. This occurs about every 3 months and the results occupy a very large hard drive.

Let me demonstrate what I use it for. When I was gathering information about my 9th great-grandfather [Nicolas de Guilizasti], I noticed there was a link with information on his daughter [Juana], my 8th great-grandaunt. I saved the link with the intention of later verifying the references. Well, now the link <http://www.linajes.com/arboles/html/fam00468.htm> is to a webpage that is NOT FOUND.

So I open the Wayback Machine, enter the “bad address”, and click “Take Me Back.” I find that that page was good back in April 26, 2001 and clinking the date recovers the webpage for me.

The original person who posted the webpage can block access, but that is rare. Sometimes a link to the new corrected address is given which is very good.

BTW: The original WABAC machine that Mr. Peabody and Sherman used was a little different.
cartoon from USA Today

Google Books

If you have not been using the Google book search you are missing out on a lot. I did a search for some surnames and found books on several that I looked for. I also searched the word Genealogy and was totally blown away by the amount of books they have scanned and online, books I have wanted but didn't feel justified in spending the money on are there. Yahoo! Give it a try http://books.google.com/books

Happy Hunting

10 May 2007

Scanning and Documenting Photos

Society member Virginia Britten is very busy on her summer project of getting all her family photos scanned and documented. So far she has scanned 350 photos at high, publication quality resolution. They are backed up to an external hard drive and also burned on CD's. They are available to share with family members. All photos here are scanned. She has 2 laptop computers attached to her scanner and has one or the other scanning all day long. (There are 2 connections on the back of the scanner and she keeps it going all day long.) She is using Photoshop Elements. This program allows her to include all the information she has included on the back of the photgraph in a caption to be included with the photo. As you can see, she is using archival safe pens called Zig Photo Signature from EK Success. At the end of the day, she shares the slideshow presentation of the day's work with her husband of 50 years. They can reminiscence and have a very enjoyable evening.
The photos are scanned at a minimum resolution of 600 dots per inch (dpi). Some are scanned at 1200 dpi. They are then repaired, if necessary. The color and contrast is enhanced. The files are then saved in the .tif format.
She has removed all photos from the 'magnetic photo albums' since that type of photo album (very popular in the 1970's and 1980's) is very destructive to any photo. She has also found that Polaroid photos have a bit of smell that may be harmful to other nearby photos. She has put the Polaroid photos in archival albums keeping each photo seperate to prolong the quality of the photo.
This is a wonderful way to spend the summer enhancing her genealogy research and making it available to share with all her family members.

Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate?

One of my AARP newsletters pointed me to Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate? It is a website from the University of Minnesota that discusses Non-Titled Property.

Here the Non-Titled Properties are the keep sakes that are transferred from generation to generation. It can be photographs, dinnerware, watches or clocks, even family stories.

When Probate time arrives the the financial aspects can be a big source of tensions in families. Another can be who gets the sentimental items. If you have to fight over a sentimental item, the sentiment can be lost or perverted.

It is up to the living to make things clear to the survivors. This website points out examples and some solutions.

Since we are interested in genealogy, we should be interested in the future of the family.

Finally make sure it is clear where all your genealogical research is going.

District of Columbia Boundary Stones

This is very interesting

Marriage Records Taken Off Colorado Web Site

To read about this go to

09 May 2007

Quintilla Geer Bruton Archive in Plant City

I was at the Archive Center, this week and found that they have the "full" Ancestry.com in the computer room.

The Ancestry program had more features than the version in the Hillsborough County libraries and more than what was available at the Family History Center.

They changed their hours as well. They are Tuesday 10 am - 5 pm, Wednesday through Saturday 1 pm - 5 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. The Archive Center is still in the old high school basement at 605 No. Collins St. in Plant City. The nice lady at the desk said it is best to call [813-754-7031] in case the volunteer can't come in on a scheduled day to open the place. Plus the parking is easy.

Searching for Surnames in Pasco Cemeteries

There is a new link in the Research Links of our PCGS Website called Surname Search in Pasco County Cemeteries (with Trinty Memorial Gardens excluded) . Why can't we search the Trinity Memorial Gardens cemetery too? That is a real big cemetery.