Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Last Minute Genealogy Bargains

Whatever you missed seems you might have one last chance after all, today, Tuesday 29 November 2016. DNA, Webinars etc. http://www.geneabloggers.com/genealogy-bargains-tuesday-29-november-2016/

Whenever a sale gets extended due to 'overwhelming demand' I'm always suspicious it's more about not having sold enough. It's my retail background I guess. Either that or I'm turning into a curmudgeon. Lol

The only thing that is truly tempting to me is the 30% off Legacy webinars. And then I remember, that I can't remember, the last time I actually watched one!! Oh shoot, but I know they're are some really GREAT webinars there. So with our ailing loonie, even 30% off is pretty much 50 Canadian. Even so that's less than 5 bucks a month. $%^# dilema!! Hope you're all doing better at this than I am. HaHaHa


Saturday, November 26, 2016

What Irish Religious Records Exist, and Where?

Again thanks to John Reid for making me aware of this new YouTube video about what exists and where they can be found ONLINE!!!! http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.ca/2016/11/youtube-irish-religious-records.html


Canadian Library Genealogy Databases

Thanks to John Reid and his Anglo-Celtic Connections blog for this list of genealogy databases at various Canadian Universities http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.ca/2016/11/canadian-public-libraries-genealogy.html


Loyalist Help With Given Names

This entire website is very helpful to those with Loyalists in the families, so poke around after reading this article on help with given names https://loyalist.lib.unb.ca/atlantic-loyalist-connections/who-help-eighteenth-and-nineteenth-century-given-names


1930s Drought on the Canadian Prairies

My parents were married at the beginning of the 1930s drought, so I've grown up with the stories, and the sad truths of what shaped an entire generation. This is a very good article http://activehistory.ca/2016/11/dusting-off-the-history-of-drought-on-the-canadian-prairies-in-the-1930s/


Friday, November 25, 2016


So this newsletter is geared towards Brits, BUT even without any British blood, you really should have a read as he's showing examples of things that could happen in any country: twins born - different days, different months, different years! And on a death registration no cause of death or the cause being 'visitation by God'. What is a brick wall? Very thoughtful newsletter this month.

So for some quick, interesting reading - thanks Peter Calver - http://lostcousins.com/newsletters2/latenov16news.htm


A MUST - GEDmatch

Anyone doing DNA needs to learn about GEDmatch - where no matter which company you tested with, you can post your results FREE, and have a much better chance at finding matches. I know. I know. Soooo much to learn! Me too.



More DNA Tips

Nice article from FamilySearch blog https://familysearch.org/blog/en/greatgreatgreatgrandfathers-nose/

AND right now Ancestry, FamilyTreeDNA, and 23andme all have sales! Google them! You can do it!! Lol


Legacy Genealogy - 1/2 price today only

Today being Friday the 25th of November 2016 - for lots of Legacy products, including their already reasonably priced genealogy software AND their webinar membership is also reduced. ONLY for today http://legacy.familytreewebinars.com/black-friday-c321.php

I just noticed they also have gift cards!!! LOVE gift cards - don't you?


More Black Friday Specials

From John Reid, here are a few more promotions http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.ca/


Looking For Suggestions

So when we spend winters somewhere warmer than here, I spend a great deal of time reading on my Kindle. An ebook is the only answer as paper books weigh way too much. What do I read? Well, let's see. I read tiny bits of genealogy sometimes, IF I can find something of interest. Truthfully it's sort of my time to decompress from genealogy, although I'm still working and reading genealogy related 'stuff' on my laptop every single day, my sitting in the sun books tend to be non-genealogy.

One year I decided to read some of the 'classics' I'd neglected - so I read 32 classics (yup, hubby felt very neglected haha). I discovered that I really enjoy Charles Dickens so have now read most of his best known at least.

Other years I've read the up and coming popular books - the entire collection of Game of Thrones & Hunger Games (long before they became movies). So I'm pretty versatile as long as they're well written.

What do I want from you? Suggestions please! Anything you've read that you enjoyed. I don't read military (I tried really hard to like Ken Follet, but I just don't), and I don't read horror, or cruel stories. I only have one book purchased - Swing Time by Zadie Smith.

Suggestions? No fear of judgement!!!! We all like different things, but we often like the same things too.

Pat [with post on this blog, or email pryan at sasktel dot net.

Irish Genealogy - Sales

Some goodies here for sure http://www.irish-genealogy-toolkit.com/Irish-genealogy-special-offers.html

One word of advice - I have found subscribing to the UK (.uk) version of FindmyPast to be more beneficial, as opposed to the USA (.com) version. Having said that the reason I use FindmyPast is for my Irish research, as Ancestry seems to take care of my North American research. That's only my opinion.

And you can subscribe to either for a one month trial and get a lot done *IF* you're really organized.


What Will Humans Look Like in 100 years?

This is a TED talk, and while not exactly genealogical, he is talking about what our great great great great grandchildren might NEED to look like to survive. I wonder if you'll agree with him?


History of Immigration to USA - Europe & Africa

Tons of great info here http://immigrationtounitedstates.org/548-history-of-immigration-1620-1783.html


Origins of British & Irish Colonial Immigrants

Thanks to FindMyPast for this information https://blog.findmypast.com/the-origins-of-british-irish-colonial-immigrants-1794442484.html


50,000 Irish Adoptees Birth Certificates

"Many adoptees are currently unable to access birth certificates listing their birth parents’ names due to legal obstacles, including a constitutional right to privacy on the part of the parents." This is about to change. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/more-than-50-000-adoptees-to-get-right-to-birth-certificates-1.2879812


Ukrainians in Canada, 1900-1930 + Secrets in Embroidery

This is a very long article - packed with all kinds of information for those researching their Ukrainian ancestors. http://www.catholiceducation.org/en/culture/history/ukrainians-in-canada-1900-1930.html

Ukraine's traditional embroidery revived - this article explains the secrets found in Ukrainian embroidery. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37989743

Vyshyvanka: how Ukrainians say it with embroidery https://www.kyivpost.com/article/content/ukraine-politics/bbc-vyshyvanka-how-ukrainians-say-it-with-embroidery-video-414295.html


Monday, November 21, 2016

Alberta, Saskatchewan 1905 TWINS

Born as twins in 1905, Alberta and Saskatchewan grew apart. Single-minded visionaries, hardening ideologies, and nature's lottery helped turn the two provinces into a disparate duo. Read more http://www.canadashistory.ca/Magazine/Online-Extension/Articles/Disparate-Duo


DNA - Tips for using FREE GEDmatch

GEDmatch is where you can upload your autosomal results from whichever company you've tested with - FREE - and allow more people to possibly match you. Have a read http://www.genie1.com.au/blog/78-tips-for-using-gedmatch


See Inside a Covered Wagon

We hear these stories about ancestors travelling in covered wagons, but what did they actually look like, inside? http://oldphotoarchive.com/stories/inside-a-pioneer-covered-wagon


Post Adoption in Saskatchewan

I've blogged about this earlier, but the time is coming soon - Jan 1, 2017 will see many changes. See https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/births-deaths-marriages-and-divorces/births-and-adoptions/adoption/post-adoption-services


Genealogy Bargains from GeneaBloggers

Anyone interested should sign up for new great bargains secured by our genealogy friend Thomas MacEntee, who also donates 5% of all revenue is given back to the genealogy community. http://www.geneabloggers.com/tag/genealogy-bargains/

There is no 'catch', just bargains. Enjoy!


Tracking DNA Correspondence

Another very timely article - this one from Diane Gould Hall. Thanks.

so you've got your DNA tests back, and have found people with matching data you need to contact. How will you keep track of everyone? http://www.michiganfamilytrails.com/2016/11/dna-heres-how-im-keeping-track-of.html


Germans From Russia - FREE

Thanks to the Edmonton Branch of AGS for this link. What a great, informative video!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHQyrWpdogI


Testing DNA for Health History

Thanks to the Legal Genealogist for this timely article. Which company should we be using?


The entire article is copied below, just in case the above webpage ever is removed, lost or the link doesn't work. Thanks so much to Judy G. Russell, the Legal Genealogist.

That other health option
by Judy G. Russell | Nov 20, 2016 | DNA | 15 comments
Using Promethease
There isn’t a week that goes by that The Legal Genealogist doesn’t get the question from a reader somewhere.

It’s usually someone dealing with an unknown parentage situation, but not always.
And the question is very simple: “how do I get information about my health history using DNA testing?”
That’s an easy question.

It hasn’t got an easy answer.

Oh, you can go to your doctor, discuss doing genetic testing, and pay the associated lab and doctor fees for whatever testing you can convince the doctor to order and get the information that the doctor or a genetic counselor is willing to explain to you.
That’s probably the easiest way to do it, and certainly the recommended way for anyone who has a specific identifiable health concern that needs to be addressed.
promethease2016But for those of us who are just curious… who just want to see what information may be lurking in our genes without any particular need for an answer right now… DNA testing does offer some options.

One choice is to test with the genetic testing company 23andMe. Its $199 Health + Ancestry Service option provides some health reports that let you get information (at the moment) about some 41 carrier status variants, 22 trait variants and seven wellness variants that the company reports on. The carrier status variants include things like cystic fibrosis; the trait variants things like sensitivity to bitter tastes; and the wellness variants things like lactose intolerance.

But there’s another, much less expensive option, and it’s open to anyone who’s tested with any of the genetic genealogy companies.

It’s called Promethease: “a literature retrieval system that builds a personal DNA report based on connecting a file of DNA genotypes to the scientific findings cited in SNPedia.”

1 I’ve written about this option before,
2 but it seems a good time to revisit the issue now that 23andMe is offering an Ancestry-only version of its test.

So… what is Promethease? It’s “a computer program developed by the SNPedia team which allows users to compare personal genomics results against the SNPedia database, generating a report with information about a person’s attributes, such as propensity to diseases, based on the presence of specific single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within their genome.

”3 It “builds a personal DNA report based on the scientific literature cited in SNPedia and a file of genotype (DNA) data. Customers of DNA testing services (23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA, Ancestry.com, Complete Genomics, …) can use it to retrieve published data about their DNA completely independent of whichever company produced the data.”

4 SNPedia, in turn, is a wiki devoted to the medical consequences of DNA variations, including software to analyze personal genomes. It describes itself this way:
SNPedia has been launched to help realize the potential of the Human Genome Project to connect to our daily lives and well-being.

Our genes are important, and the variations in them help define our uniqueness. Yet at the same time they help forge links between us, as many of us carrying certain variations find ourselves facing similar medical issues. SNPs are those variations. SNP stands for Single Nucleotide Polymorphism and means variation in the same place (polymorphism) within the DNA sequence.

SNPedia is based on a wiki model, in order to foster communication about genetic variation and to allow interested community members to help it evolve to become ever more relevant. We anticipate that as the cost of genotyping (and especially of fully determining your own genomic sequence) continues to drop, we’ll all want to know more – a lot more – about the meaning of these DNA variations. And SNPedia will be here to help.

5 What Promethease does is compare your raw autosomal DNA test data — and you can use your raw data from any of the three major test companies (Family Tree DNA, 23andMe and AncestryDNA) — to information collected from peer-reviewed scientific journals at SNPedia to “create a personal report linking your DNA variations to the information published about them.” It’ll cost you a whopping $5.00 to get each report.
Among the specific DNA markers (called SNPs, or single nucleotide polymorphisms

6) it looks at are ones now believed to raise the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, influence baldness, determine sensitivity to anesthetics, trigger obesity and type-2 diabetes, impact the risk of coronary heart disease, or result in lactose intolerance.

There are currently 87,905 SNPs in the SNPedia database and — depending on which genetic genealogy testing company you tested with — a Promethease report will give you links to any scientific studies on markers in your DNA. According to SNPedia:
• Ancestry.com uses Illumina OmniExpress Plus, reporting all SNP’s on that chip for $99. Current users will receive data for about ~47,000 of the SNPs in SNPedia. ~25,000 of these are in ClinVar. Prior to May 2016, Ancestry customers received data for around 13,000 of the SNPs in SNPedia with only a few hundred from ClinVar. This test is currently available in the USA, Canada, Australia, and the UK.

• 23andMe $99 “ancestry only” product, which does allow downloading of full results, e.g. to Promethease to get a report, or, $199 “ancestry + health” product, which includes carrier status reports (and also full data download). One time payment, lifetime membership. Both products uses the (same) customized Illumina chip which covers 25695 of the 87905 SNPs in SNPedia. Less than 2,000 of these are known to be in ClinVar; presumably some of the proprietarily named “i-SNPs” correspond to ClinVar/SNPedia entries as well but 23andMe does not reveal which publicly or to its non-corporate users.

• FamilyTreeDNA Family Finder uses an Illumina OmniExpress for autosomal ancestry testing for $99, including partial raw data download. It covers 13,193 of the SNPs in SNPedia, with ~2,000 of those being known to ClinVar.7
So in terms of coverage, it’s current AncestryDNA, then 23andMe, then older AncestryDNA, then Family Tree DNA.

To begin in any case, you need to download your raw data:
Steps to download AncestryDNA raw data:
1. Log in to Ancestry and go to your AncestryDNA Home Page (DNA -> Your DNA Results Summary).
2. Click on the Settings link on the right hand side.
3. Choose Download Raw DNA Data from the Actions menu on the right hand side.
4. Enter your Ancestry password and click on the box saying you understand the downloaded copy is yours at your risk. Then click on Confirm.
5. Go to your email account. You’ll get an email with the subject Your request to download AncestryDNA raw data. In the email is a link, Confirm Data Download. Click on that link. It’ll take you back to Ancestry.
6. On the Ancestry page that loads is a link: Download DNA Raw Data. Click on that. Then choose the location on your hard drive to save the zip file that results.

Steps to download 23andMe raw data:
1. Log in to 23andMe and drop down the Tools menu. Choose Browse Raw Data. If you haven’t done so before, choose the Raw Data Opt-In by clicking the I understand link.
2. At the top of the page, find the download link either in the tab at the top or in the sentence “You can view or download your data at anytime…” Click on the download link.
3. At the bottom of the Download Raw Data page, choose what DNA data you want. (For Promethease, you want All DNA) and then re-enter your 23andMe password. Then clock on the Download Raw Data link box. Then choose the location on your hard drive to save the zip file that results.

Steps to download Family Tree DNA raw data:
1. Log in to Family Tree DNA. Drop down the myFTDNA menu in the top.
2. Choose Family Finder and open that menu, then choose Download Raw Data.
3. From the bottom menu, choose the type of DNA raw data file you want to download. For Promethease, the recommendation is the Build 37 Raw Data Concatenated file. Then choose the location on your hard drive to save the file that results.

Once you have your raw data file, head over to Promethease and carefully read the agreement. Read the privacy policy and the terms and conditions before just clicking the check boxes.
If you agree, then check the check boxes, click on I agree, upload your raw data file and pay the $5 fee for the report. You’ll get a notice within about 10 minutes that the report is finished.
Now… this isn’t easy. Interpreting any of these results is far more difficult than getting them. There is a video that will help you understand how to use Promethease and Reddit discussion groups for questions about Promethease in particular and about SNPedia in general.

And it isn’t medical diagnosis — it simply isn’t the same thing as being told you have a disease or condition. I have a whole slew of results, starting with a SNP that provides “an apparent resistance to several diseases such as invasive pneumococcal disease, bacteremia, malaria, and tuberculosis” on the good side, followed by one that poses “an increased breast cancer, type-2 diabetes, and aggressive prostate cancer risk” on the bad side. But these are risks, not diagnoses.
But for anyone who’s just curious about what medical information might be lurking in your genes, it’s a fast and inexpensive option.


“Promethease,” Promethease.com (https://www.promethease.com/ : accessed 19 Nov 2016). ↩
See Judy G. Russell, “A health data option,” The Legal Genealogist, posted 13 July 2014 (http://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog : accessed 19 Nov 2016). Also, ibid., “A healthy choice,” posted 13 Sep 2015. ↩
ISOGG Wiki (http://www.isogg.org/wiki), “Promethease,” rev. 8 Aug 2016. ↩
“Promethease,” SNPedia (http://www.snpedia.com/ : accessed 19 Nov 2016). ↩
“SNPedia:About,” SNPedia (http://www.snpedia.com/ : accessed 19 Nov 2016). ↩
ISOGG Wiki (http://www.isogg.org/wiki), “Single-nucleotide polymorphism,” rev. 4 Oct 2016. ↩
“Testing,” SNPedia (http://www.snpedia.com/ : accessed 19 Nov 2016). ↩


Why FamilySearch Will NEVER Put All Films Online

This is from the AncestryInsider, who, as always, has excellent information - even if it's not what we want to hear!

"Dear Ancestry Insider,

They've (FamilySearch?) said they will never put all the films online?? Is that because of contract restrictions or some other reason?

Marilyn Cranford

Dear Marilyn,

There are several reasons why some images will never be available online: contracts, laws, relationships, and strategies.

In the distant past many companies did business over a handshake. If FamilySearch/GSU operated that way, it is conceivable they have films for which they have no written contract. In the past when written contracts became the norm, companies didn’t foresee technology growth; FamilySearch has said publicly that most of its contracts did not foresee distribution via any medium besides microfilm. If FamilySearch wishes to publish these films, they will have to negotiate contracts with many record custodians and many of them won’t do so.

Laws increasingly limit what can be published. Open publication (which the Internet does) is a very different animal than closed distribution (which is what you do when you order a film to view at a FamilySearch family history center). So while some films can remain in limited distribution, they can’t be published publicly on the Internet. This trend is likely to get worse.

An article in the FamilySearch Wiki documents another scenario. FamilySearch had published some images of vital records. The contract with the record custodian was revised such that FamilySearch depublished the images in exchange for rights to obtain and publish additional indexes. Apparently, FamilySearch is willing to forego publishing microfilm that it has rights to publish if doing so can buy a continued working relationship with a record custodian.

Strategy comes into play. Some films are duplicates. Some films were not filmed by FamilySearch/Genealogical Society of Utah. I predict that FamilySearch will not digitize some films because decision makers will decide they would rather spend the money elsewhere. For example, how valuable are Soundex census indexes? Are the costs justified for the few discoveries that will result? Or would you rather have high-value vital records from your ancestral country? How valuable are the road commissioners’ ledger books? They’ll never be digitally indexed by humans. Looking at the public numbers, FamilySearch has slowed publication of unindexed images. Does that mean that low-value, hard to index films might never be published?

---The Ancestry Insider"


Genetic Genealogy - Ireland

I think these YouTube videos are beyond me, for now, but at least I'll be able to find them once I'm ready. Maybe some of you ARE ready now so here ya go http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.ca/2016/11/further-genetic-genealogy-ireland.html

Thanks to John Reid


Origins of Surnames - FREE

A new dictionary of surname origins for the UK and Ireland has just been released. It's not something I will ever get to own at a whopping 400 British pounds! http://info.uwe.ac.uk/news/uwenews/news.aspx?id=3510 But for a few days we can access it, FREE, online http://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780199677764.001.0001/acref-9780199677764 using Username: fanbi password: onlineaccess


Scottish Book - Driv'n by Fortune

Mr. Allison is the author of the book, Driv’n by Fortune: The Scots’ March to Modernity in America, 1745–1812, about the men of the 78th Fraser’s Highlanders, from the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion in Scotland, through the Seven Years’ War and the American Revolution, to the War of 1812.

Originally from Scotland, Mr. Allison immigrated to Canada in 1968 and later taught in McGill University’s Faculty of Education. He was the 2016 recipient of the Gordon Atkinson Memorial Prize in Highland Military History, awarded annually by the Quebec Thistle Council.

There is a seven minute video on YouTube here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWG_85BwAzQ which made me want to read it!

Thanks to Gail Devers http://genealogyalacarte.ca/?p=17224


Saturday, November 19, 2016

FREE Genealogy Session - Sunday 20 Nov., 2016

I don't know how many spots are available - not many I think - so anyone interested in participating in my "Organizing Your Paper", tomorrow 20 Nov. should register http://www.reginalibrary.ca/blogs/index.php?blog=7&cat=532

The session runs from 2pm - 4pm in the Meeting Room upstairs at the Regina Public Library downtown - Free parking too.


Friday, November 18, 2016

Irish Civil Records ONLINE & FREE

Boy oh boy what a GREAT afternoon I'm having!!! I finally have some time to post to this blog, AND while doing this I found something I've been meaning to post for a couple months - records on irishgenealogy.ie AND I couldn't just post it without trying it out! It's Irish after all, and Irish records have been a long time coming.

OMG!!!!!!!!!! I have found, so far, FIVE birth documents that give all kinds of interesting evidence for lots of my County Down ancestors. sigh. NOW I remember why I love research so much!!! hahaha

Oh yes and of course I have to share one little teaching reminder. Follow allllll those collaterals. By finding a birth registration for the eldest child of a brother of my great grandfather (got that?), it shows the maternal grandmother of this baby was present at the baby's birth. Why do I care? Well two brothers married two sisters - so the mother of the sisters is the same person AND my great great grandmother!!!! I have long suspected who she was, but here's my solid evidence!!! Genealogy dances all around folks!! hahaha And maybe just one little glass of wine to celebrate as I continue on.

Shall I share the website? hahaha Of course, here ya go https://www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/ Just be sure to READ all the helps so you don't miss anyone. Wishing you all much success!!!!


Germany - 2017 a Good Time for a Trip

Anyone with German heritage? Besides me that is! Haha

2017 will be a great time to make that trip to your homeland as it will be 500 years since the Reformation. Here's a short little video of Martin Luther's life http://www.germany.travel/en/specials/luther/luther.html, along with some touring suggestions.

Looks like numerous tour companies have options as well - just Google it. And http://religioustravelplanningguide.com/take-your-group-to-germany-for-the-500th-anniversary-of-the-reformation/ will give you links, e-brochures, and e-newsletters.

I spent over a month in Germany in 2006. It's a beautiful country, and while many in rural areas will shake their heads when asked if they speak English, we found that just staying friendly (using charades when necessary) actually worked and they usually opened up and tried their English. It was wonderful!! We found people from the old 'East Germany' to be more reserved than 'West', but we also found the easterners to be so very warm, and giving, and incredibly interested in Canadians. And once you begin to communicate you may find, as we did, that many had relatives now living in Canada!! Learn a bit of German, some handy words, to show you're 'trying', but don't expect a lot of smiles or laughter. Remember the Berlin Wall only came down in November of 1989 - so about 26 years ago - not so long considering it was built in 1961. That Wall has left it's scars on the soul of a people.

If you get to Dresden, on the Martin Luther tour, you will find the most amazing city - still rebuilding after being bombed almost out of existence by the Allies during WWII - with most of the old city still being cleaned of centuries of black soot. The King's Palace is ginormous, and still used, plus the public can enter and walk around. We spent one full day within this palace. You really have to see it to believe it. Anyway, pardon me as I accidentally took a short walk down memory lane!! Haha

Oh yes, one last thing - if you get there a total MUST is a side trip to Prague which I think is the most beautiful city in the World, but I've not seen them all! Just go. Czech Republic has THE best beer, as does Germany. BIG bottles served room temperature and it's amazing how fast you get used to it. If anyone goes, please let me know!!!

Cheers [auf wiedersehen],

Relationships - EASY Way to Figure Out

So this is always a conundrum for people. "How are my Aunt's kids related to me, or to my kids?"

1st cousins share a grandparent.
2nd cousins share a great grandparent.
3rd cousins share a great great grandparent.
4th cousins share a great great great grandparent. Etc.

'Removed' refers to the number of generations between the cousins themselves.
So your 1st cousin, once removed, is the parent or child of your 1st cousin.
Your 2nd cousin, once removed, is the parent or child of your 2nd cousin.

Your 1st cousin, twice removed, refers to the grandparent or grandchild of your 1st cousin.

Clear as mud? Haha

There is an image here that may be helpful http://lifehacker.com/second-cousins-once-removed-and-more-explained-in-1661572056


New FREE Scanner From Google

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't remember the last time I used my scanner - in fact if anyone wants it just say so and it's yours. I bought a digital camera ten years ago and have never looked back. And now our cell phones have pretty sophisticated internal cameras, BUT sometimes there are still challenges. So today I learned that Google has developed a scanner app that you download to your cell phone FREE and it works on Android or Apple iOS. For sure I'm trying this out!! But read for yourself -

Dick Eastman has written a good article here https://blog.eogn.com/2016/11/15/googles-new-photoscan-will-scan-your-photos-and-automatically-remove-imperfections-no-scanner-needed/

And a quick video free video from Google here https://www.google.com/photos/scan/

Sometimes technology really IS awesome?!


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Organizing Your Paper Files - FREE Session - Requires Registration

So I'm doing a session at the Regina Public Library on "Organizing Your Paper Files" Nov. 13th at 2pm, but don't bother trying to register as it's already FULL and has a waiting list! Now I hear you exhaling heavily, and muttering swears at me?!! LOL

Good news - Warren James, our new Prairie History Librarian, worked with me all day today, and we have managed to organize a second session - again at RPL the next Sunday, November 20th at 2 pm. If you're interested give register online at phr@reginalibrary.ca BUT you'll have to copy and paste this into a new browser for this email address to work, or phone 306-777-6120 [but there will be no one at this number until Monday Nov.7th] so you're best to register online. The seating is VERY limited as the session is totally hands-on so everyone needs lots of space to work.

What is this session all about? Here's a bit more info:

NOTE: this is a workshop with hands-on participation and a comprehensive hand-out only for those attending.

"We LOVE the thrill of the chase! The paper work drives us nuts! Our filing becomes chaotic and ends up incomprehensible – even to ourselves! After 20+ years living with my own disorganization I have discovered a method that works.

At least I can now quickly locate what I’m looking for AND others, in the future, will be able to understand what I’ve done ... a ‘win win’ situation!!

Successful filing means being able to find something you know you already have! You know all those floating bits of paper that surround you? It has taken you years to collect all this precious ‘stuff’. Don’t think you can organize it all in one day, BUT this system gets you started.

Source Citations are critical, but are not part of this presentation. This one deals strictly with getting control of the copious amount of paper we collect, and getting it organized so you can find, within a minute or two, exactly what you are looking for!"

So that's what I'll be teaching! It's really uncomplicated, has 5 pages of notes (yup, you know how I always write great notes for you!) and best of all it works!


DNA SCAM! Beware!

A friend just got scammed by purchasing AncestrybyDNA - this is NOT from Ancestry! https://www.yelp.com/biz/ancestrybydna-fairfield

My friend is not alone. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us. Buyer Beware!