25 June 2009

PCGS Summer Writing Contest

Do you remember:

the summer you got engaged?

a vacation with your parents or grandparents?

a summer romance?

4th of July fireworks or outings?

your first 'sleep away' camping experience?

hanging out at the lake, swimming hole or community pool?

family picnics or reunions?

babysitting for your younger sibling OR being babysat by an older sibing

summer school (I received a 'typing scholarship' the summer between 6th and 7th grade. My reward for passing was typing the school newspaper!)

The summer PCGS writing contest is coming to a close so please jot down your most memorable summer memory and email them to Pam Treme (ptreme@hotmail.com).

All entries must be in Pam's hands by July 6th.

19 June 2009

101 Best Web Sites in 2009

101 Best Web Sites 2009 is the title of Family Tree Magazine's article. These are genealogy web sites.

I should be worth your web surfing time to see if they found something you missed. They indicate the free and for fee web sites.

If you are hold-up hiding from the Summer heat in your cooled computer place, take a look around at their findings. I was surprised at what they listed and omitted.

09 June 2009

Most Free DNA Testing at Sorenson Suspended

If you have procrastinated in joining the free Sorenson DNA project it may be too late!

Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter reported, Sorenson Suspends Most Free DNA Testing. Goals for this phase of the Sorenson project have been reached. Eastman has all of the details.

I got my spit sample and pedigree info in for both y- and m-DNA testing. And the results at very little cost.

I hope you were able to participate.

03 June 2009

What about Archives?

Two archival issues have crossed my way in the past week that I would like to share. There is no specific point that I want to make yet.

First, I was on-the-road for a different reason , decided to stop by a regional archive to do some family history research. Because of time limitations I limited my research to obituaries that might appear in the local newspaper. I asked at the desk if I could view these old newspapers. I was told an 8x12 copy would be $2 and larger copies were more, but I had gone deaf at that point. They had digitized the old newspapers and wanted me to pay for it. I was ready to leave, but explained that I just wanted to see the microforms of the newspaper and after I promised not to turn on my computer or photograph anything, I would be allowed to view the microforms. I found some obits and didn't find others.

Second, I subscribe to MIT World, an online collection of video and audio presentation of significant public events at MIT (it is free.) Well this week their news brief highlighted, "Archives and History" that discusses archives and the future of archives (both dreams and nightmares.)

This should be a link to that video, I hope that you can see it.