Friday, March 27, 2020

Cemetery Interment Books

Cemeteries are often an excellent source of information about the death of an individual, not just an interment. In the absence of a death certificate, cemetery records may be one of the only sources of the cause of death.
I have pursued either visiting or writing to cemetery offices and requesting information from their interment ledgers/books. Interment books, sometimes referred to as day books, are typically organized by the date of interment (not death), and include the name of the individual, the gender and age, sometimes the address, and always the cause of death and the duration of the final illness. This little-used historical and genealogical resource can be invaluable. I have seen entries for U.S. Civil War casualties that also listed the date of death, the place at which the person died, and the exact cause of death. A bullet through the chest, perforating the lung; killed in a fall from horse; dysentery; smallpox; and many other exact causes of death for soldiers are listed that may not appear in the individual’s military service records.




Monday, March 23, 2020

Free Access to MyHeritage in Color for One Month

This was just received from Daniel Horowitz at MyHeritage.com.

I’m happy to share that we’re giving everyone FREE and unlimited access to MyHeritage In Color™ from March 23 to April 23, so that people everywhere can join in the fun of colorizing their black and white photos. Ordinarily only 10 photos can be colorized by users who do not have a Complete plan, but now, you can colorize as many photos as you’d like for free.
Colorizing photos is the perfect activity for anyone who is isolated at home. We invite everyone to pull out their family photo albums, colorize their photos, and start reminiscing. Over the coming month, anyone who shares their colorized photos on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the hashtag #ColorBeatsCoronavirusBlues and tags @MyHeritage will enter a weekly draw. Each week we’ll select one lucky winner who will receive a free MyHeritage Complete subscription!
Please share the news on your social channels and with your audience so they can make the most of this opportunity and colorize their photos.
I also invite you to join me this Tuesday March 24 at 1:00 pm EST for a 30-minute session on how to work with this incredible feature. Feel free to register here and prepare your questions in advance.
Wishing you and your family good health.
Daniel Horowitz
Genealogy Expert

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

RootsMagic for the Mac Catalina OS is Available

From the RootsMagic Blog post.



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We are pleased to announce that RootsMagic 7 is now available for Apple computers running macOS 10.15 Catalina. When Catalina was released last October, it required all applications to be 64-bit applications. This, unfortunately, broke the wrapper that allowed RootsMagic to run on macOS. While users with previous version of macOS could still use RootsMagic, users who had upgraded to Catalina found that RootsMagic (and many other software applications) stopped working.
After much work and testing, the wrapper for RootsMagic 7 has been updated to 64-bit that allows it to run on Catalina, as well as prior versions of macOS.
Users who installed a previous version of RootsMagic 7 on their Mac should uninstall RootsMagic before installing the new wrapper. Full instructions are found here.
Those users that are installing RootsMagic 7 on their Mac for the first time may download it here.

RootsMagic 8

In addition to the updated wrapper for RootsMagic 7, we are hard at work finishing up RootsMagic 8.  Version 8 is a fully-native, 64-bit macOS application and runs great on macOS Catalina. Keep watching for more news about RootsMagic 8.

Monday, March 16, 2020

The Genealogy Squad Passes 30,000 Members

We are so proud to say we are now 30,000 members strong! We've helped solve thousands of genealogy puzzles and we've welcomed hundreds of new genealogists into this fabulous pastime. Please leave your comment below with your Genealogy Squad success story! And let your genealogy friends know about The Genealogy Squad. 30,000 members can't be wrong!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/genealogysquad


Sunday, March 1, 2020

The March of Genealogical Organization - Where Are You Now?


In January we spent 31 days looking at all of the areas of our physical and digital genealogical workflows that we could organize in a better way. This meant that February could be used as a break, but also as a time for thinking and planning on how to move forward with those areas that really need lots of time and effort. So let's start from that point, now.

Both my physical and digital desktops are in very good shape, and my personal email inbox is at Inbox Zero, but I've let my home physical inbox get a bit out of hand (not quite overwhelming, but still, something that needs addressing). So I'll block out 15 minutes at home today to work on that.  

What can I do in 15 minutes?  I can look through it to see what can be thrown away (and then immediately throw that stuff away), what can be filed, and what needs to be acted upon. 

What's in yours?  Magazines and books to read? I like pulling those out first, partially because they take up a lot of room, and because they really need to be placed in a reading pile of some sort.  

There's more to do, but that's for another day. My physical inbox is much less cluttered now (and much less intimidating), and I'll schedule a 15-minute window tomorrow to work on it again.  In a few days, I'll be done!

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Genealogy Guys and Vivid-Pix Announce Unsung Heroes Awards at RootsTech 2020

The Genealogy Guys Podcast, co-hosted by George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, producers of the oldest continually produced genealogy podcast, and Vivid-Pix, makers of RESTORE photo and document restoration software, have today announced the winners in the Unsung Heroes Awards at RootsTech 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Unsung Heroes Awards acknowledge and celebrate members of the genealogy community who digitize, index, or transcribe documents of value to genealogical researchers.  The Unsung Heroes Awards is an awards program designed to recognize its recipients in multiple categories.

The winners selected for the award categories are:

·      Individual AwardAmy Hedrick has compiled and published a website about a number of Coastal Georgia counties called http://glynngen.com/. It includes court records, Bibles, cemeteries, African American, family, and other records. She has created and maintains the site at her own expense. Amy is an inspiration for what one individual can accomplish.
·      Society Award Ontario Ancestors – The Ontario Genealogical Society (https://ogs.on.ca/) has been prolifically digitizing and indexing records from unique microfilm collections starting as early as 1750 to the 2000s. These include newspapers, wills, church records, and many more. Their databases include the OGS Huguenot Collection, Upper Canada land petitions, the Ontario Genealogical Society Provincial Index, and more.
·      Library Award The Montana Genealogical Society Library (https://mtsc.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/MT-GEN/?dt=list) resides in the Lewis & Clark Library in Helena, Montana. It consists of a moderate-sized collection of materials belonging to the Montana State Genealogical Society (http://montanamsgs.org/). The main library is undergoing remodeling and the genealogical collection will become a security-protected part of the general collection. Through a partnership begun with FamilySearch in 2019, the entire contents of the genealogical collection are being digitized. This will be available at both the library website and FamilySearch. This project is an inspiration to how a library can partner with FamilySearch to make its unique content available to the genealogical community.

The winners will each receive a certificate of recognition, a beautiful custom-made commemorative mug from Vivid-Pix with their choice of one of their own images, and an announcement on an episode of The Genealogy Guys Podcast. Winners will be acknowledged in The Genealogy Guys Blog at http://blog.genealogyguys.com/ and in the Vivid-Pix Unsung Heroes Blog as well. They will also receive a copy of the revolutionary Vivid-Pix RESTORE image-restoration software.

Numerous nominations in each category were received and these will also be considered for future Unsung Heroes Awards. The nomination due date for the next set of awards will be announced soon. Full details and links to the nomination form can be found at

Presentations will be made at the Vivid-Pix booth #533 in the Exhibit Hall at RootsTech and will be announced in advance.

The Genealogy Guys Podcast and Vivid-Pix salute these selfless volunteers whose efforts make invaluable genealogical and historical information available to researchers around the globe. “We Sing Your Praises!”


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Contact:
Rick Voight
Vivid-Pix
(404) 664-9897



About the Unsung Heroes Awards Partners

The Genealogy Guys Podcast is a production of Aha! Seminars, Inc., a Tampa Bay-based company that has been providing training to genealogists and library personnel since 1996. Its principals are George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, noted speakers, authors, and world’s longest genealogy podcasters. The company also produces the Genealogy Connection podcast and The Genealogy Guys Blog. The Genealogy Guys Podcast is a production of Aha! Seminars, Inc.TM

Vivid-Pix designs, creates and delivers Fast, Easy and Affordable Imaging Software. Since launching in 2012, Vivid-Pix has advanced its products to earn the support and respect of business leaders and photographers in over 100 countries. Co-Founder Randy Fredlund has more than 150 digital-imaging patents and has extensive experience in Research, Development and Commercialization, enabling him to translate theory into practice. Co-Founder Rick Voight has created billion-dollar businesses through Product Development, Sales and Marketing for Eastman Kodak and Hewlett-Packard. The Vivid-Pix Team is a far-flung group of excellent people who deliver software that “Give your pics (and documents) the Vivid-Pix Fix!

Monday, February 24, 2020

Genealogy Guys and Vivid-Pix Announce Unsung Heroes Award for FamilySearch at RootsTech 2020


The Genealogy Guys Podcast, co-hosted by George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, producers of the oldest continually produced genealogy podcast, and Rick Voight, co-founder of Vivid-Pix, makers of RESTORE photo and document restoration software, have today announced a special Unsung Heroes Award to be made to FamilySearch at RootsTech 2020 in Salt Lake City.

FamilySearch has recently celebrated twenty years as the premier website for genealogical records and indices, its FamilySearch Research Wiki, and online training. This award acknowledges the organization’s continuous commitment to the documentation of the past and its dedication to preservation for future generations.

The award will be presented at the event.

Contact:
Rick Voight
(404) 664-9897

About the Unsung Heroes Awards Partners

The Genealogy Guys Podcast is a production of Aha! Seminars, Inc., a Tampa Bay-based company that has been providing training to genealogists and library personnel since 1996. Its principals are George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, noted speakers, authors, and world’s longest genealogy podcasters. The company also produces the Genealogy Connection podcast and The Genealogy Guys Blog. The Genealogy Guys Podcast is a production of Aha! Seminars, Inc.TM

Vivid-Pix designs, creates and delivers Fast, Easy and Affordable Imaging Software. Since launching in 2012, Vivid-Pix has advanced its products to earn the support and respect of business leaders and photographers in over 100 countries. Co-Founder Randy Fredlund has more than 150 digital-imaging patents and has extensive experience in Research, Development and Commercialization, enabling him to translate theory into practice. Co-Founder Rick Voight has created billion-dollar businesses through Product Development, Sales and Marketing for Eastman Kodak and Hewlett-Packard. The Vivid-Pix Team is a far-flung group of excellent people who deliver software that “Give your pics (and documents) the Vivid-Pix Fix!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Announcement of MyHeritage in Color

This press release was just received from MyHeritage,com. 
I’m thrilled to share that we have just launched MyHeritage In Color™ — a breakthrough new feature that automatically colorizes your black and white photos in seconds!
Based on deep learning technology, MyHeritage In Color™ brings your family history to life, revealing never-before-seen details — the results will blow you away!
This feature uses the world's most advanced technology for photo colorization, which is available exclusively on MyHeritage and is under license from DeOldify, created by Jason Antic and Dana Kelley. It allows you to do more than look at old photos — it lets you experience them, creating a deeper connection with your family history than you ever thought possible. 
Moreover, as part of our commitment to preserving the authenticity of historical documents, colorized photos will appear with a special embossed palette symbol at the bottom left corner of the photo to differentiate them from images photographed originally in color. All original black and white photos will, of course, remain intact and are not changed by the colorization process. 
Use our new MyHeritage In Color™ page to upload photos to MyHeritage and colorize them instantly or scan in your photos using MyHeritage’s free mobile app
Please find more information about MyHeritage In Color™ in the:
Here are some incredible examples of historical photos that we’ve colorized using MyHeritage In Color™.
 Manager of the Alamo bar, and Mildred Irwin, entertainer – North Platte, Nebraska, 1938
 
High school cadet marching band – Johannesburg, South Africa, early 1940s. Photo courtesy of Adam Fisher
 
The Cow Boy
Family Dinner dining_family_color
Family of Timothy Levy Crouch, a Rogerene Quaker, at their annual Thanksgiving Day dinner – Ledyard, Connecticut,
You can also watch the promo videos here:
We sincerely hope that you enjoy bringing your family’s black and white photos to life with MyHeritage In Color™.
Please spread the word about this amazing feature and feel free to share your own examples, so that others will be inspired to try it too.
Enjoy!
Daniel Horowitz
Genealogy Expert