Thursday, July 19, 2012

Genealogy Society newsletter

Some notes from the July-August issue of   Links and Bridges, the newsletter of the Genealogy Society of Hernando County:
The Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa) will meet Saturday, Aug 4th and 11 a.m. at the John F. Germany Public Library in Tampa. Ann Staley will present a program on death record research sources....Irish Lives Remembered (irishlivesremembered.com) is an online genealogy community for those look for the Irish ancestors. Free to join.....
familysearch.org offers New York Probate Records 1629-1971. Covers 45 NY counties, but not indexed or searchable- browse only.
The Genealogy Society of Hernando County meets at 6:30 on the 4th Thursday of every month at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints(Mormons). The church is located at 21043 Yontz Road in Brooksville. For more information, please call Kathleen Marsh at 352-796-1623 or Bunny Ryczek at 352-796-4419.

Friday, July 13, 2012

More links to free genealogy books online

http://genealogybooklinks.com/ provides links to free online genealogy books  by state and type, plus  a extensive list of old  books on all kinds of subjects.  The quantity of material is impressive- 30,000 links, according to one review. Take a look.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Digital Cameras and Genealogy

This article comes from the   New England Historic Genealogical Society:
A Note from the Editor: Digital Cameras and Genealogy
by Lynn Betlock, Editor

This week we present an interesting article by NEHGS member Philip Hermann of Melrose, Mass., on using digital cameras for genealogical purposes.
Digital Cameras and Genealogy
by Philip Hermann

Today’s genealogist is faced with the challenge of digitally storing records. I have tried to use limited financial resources on equipment that will perform a variety of tasks — such as copying vital records and photographing tombstones. I started looking at cameras as a way of preserving important information. 
Some genealogical applications of a good camera:
1. Tombstone photos — Early morning or evening provides the best light for pictures of tombstones. Make sure to check both the front and back of the tombstone since there could be information on both sides. I also take pictures of the name of the cemetery at the front gate and the plot markers to help identify the tombstone location. You can use http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001HcuVtFZCAsTygadVmYfGnVz6lehSCYWR-kMhLz94oSa2cctkb0_ASZEJy78aT6V8seppLw1A8R5hndUJ6Sz1vK4o4myD6DjE2rroO3T9SG-n4UO5bntR2A== to make a virtual memorial at no cost.
2. Photos of documents — Preserve significant documents such as vital records, newspaper articles, mass cards, and school records by photographing and downloading them to a computer photo storage program such as Picasa. This free program allows the user to manipulate a duplicate of the photo without permanently altering the original. I use the text function to write names and dates on the copy of the photo.
3. Photos of photos — Many of my old photos are stored in albums with “magnetic pages.” The adhesive chemicals in these pages speed the rate of deterioration. All printed photographs are affected by handling, light, moisture, and chemicals. Digital storage of photographs on computers and portable memory devices will preserve them for future generations. When photographing photos, I find it helps to use a table lamp to provide lighting from different directions.
4. Family History — Use your camera to record the current members of your family. At family reunions, take pictures of the different generations. After downloading the images, use your photo program to label the names of family members.
My requirements for a camera would include the following:
1. Less than $300 and easy to use
2. Takes pictures in low light (in archives and libraries)
3. Fits into my pocket (I hate carrying equipment.)
4. Image stabilization function (reduces blurring)
5. Excellent close-up functionality
6. Large LCD screen display (3 inches)
7. Preview photos quickly on LCD screen
8. Useful for different types of shots (indoor and outdoor)
9. Easy process to download to computer
10. MP greater than 10MP (# of mega pixels = greater detail, larger prints)  

There are some outstanding digital cameras on the market that will meet all these requirements, including the Nikon Coolpix P310 Digital Camera, which features 16.1 MP (excellent detail), ultra-fast f/1.8 aperture glass lens for low light, and handheld image stabilization. There are other manufacturers that make good, easy to use cameras. Search the web particularly for cameras that take high quality pictures in low light. These cameras are constantly improving and their prices are decreasing!

Ellis Island Research

The Statue of Library- Ellis Island Foundation is a good place to start your immigration research. The link is  here  .