Google Notebook

For those of you who use Yahoo! Notepad to store genealogy information online or when traveling, Google announced last week something similar, although with a few more features. It’s called Google Notebook, and CNet explained that it can do quite a bit more – including grabbing text and pictures, as well as going full screen, with drag and drop item placement/organization, as well as emailng the information to others. It does require a Google account and will be available sometime this week through Google Labs.

Excerpt from the article:

Mayer also led a demonstration of Google Notebook, which she said will be available on Google Labs next week. Notebook is designed to let people click a “note this” link in the last line of a particular search result and save the result information to a virtual notebook in a pop-up window.

People can also grab text and pictures from Web sites and paste them into Google Notebook, as well as make the notebook full-screen size, drag and drop items to reorganize them, and e-mail the notebook to others. The program requires a plug-in and a Google account.

Following Footsteps

There is an article, Following footsteps, on icNorthWales, by Steve Stratford, covering a group of Americans who are traveling to North Wales in order to do genealogy research and to see where their families came from. I’ve read that because of the amount of genealogy information that is being made available on the internet, that it is reducing the amount of travel genealogists do, and while that maybe true to an extent, I think for a lot of people, nothing beats actually seeing a place in person.

Excerpt from the article:

Members of the Wynne Genealogy Club from the States will visit relatives and see the original homes of their ancestors at the invitation of the mayor of Caerwys, Phillip Parry.

There is an important historical connection between Caerwys and Philadelphia in the USA. Thomas Wynne, a local surgeon, sailed on The Welcome in 1682 with William Penn.

Experts to Offer Free Appraisals of Attic Treasures (Pittsburgh)

Bethany Hoffstetter has an article, Experts to offer free appraisals of attic ‘treasures’, in the Pittsburg Tribune-Review, about the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center hosting an interesting event, “Fling or Keep? What to Do with Your Attic Treasures”, this weekened (saturday to be precise). Hopefully it won’t cause people to go out and sell family heirlooms.

With the rising popularity of appraisal shows and interest in genealogy, collecting and researching family history has become the new craze. The history center hopes to provide Pittsburghers with the resources to discover more about the treasures around their homes.

Some of these shows drive me nuts as you’ll see conversations likes this:

Person: “Well my great-great-grandmother bought this when she was 15 – she saved up for six months, and it’s been in the family every since”
Host: “You’ll be glad to know, that this is actually over two hundred years old, and worth $5,000!”
Person: “Where can I sell it?”

For more information: Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center

Study Those Surrounding Families!

Continuing on the census trail, George G. Morgan’s “Along Those Lines” column from last week, concerned the importance of documenting and studying past census information (as well as other related documents). Specifically – study the families around the person(s) you are researching, as at some point there maybe a chance they’ll be connected in some way (among other reasons, which George notes).


One of the cardinal rules that most new genealogists are given when working with census records is, “Make note of surrounding families on the census population schedules.” While you may have been told to note a different number of families on either side of your family, such as two, four, six, or some other number, I heartily agree with this strategy. And while you’re at it, obtain a printed copy of the population schedule if you can for future reference. You will find yourself going back to the record again and again to reexamine some aspect of it. In “Along Those Lines …” today, I want to list some reasons why you want to make note of surrounding families, and not just in census schedules.

Via Legacy News

Canadians, Become Part of History Through Census

Kate Trotter has an article in the Quesnel Cariboo Observer, Become part of history through census, that discusses the ongoing debate in Canada over allowing people to hold back their 2006 Census information from future generations. To be more precise, Canadians can opt out of having their census information released in 2098 (the normal 92 year cycle), and genealogists are working to insure that they realize the impact this would have.

Just say yes, and you can become part of history.

That’s the message Gordon Watts and other genealogists want to get out before May 16, Census Day.
If each person’s “yes” box is marked, the information in the census can be released in 92 years.
“If they say ‘no’ or neglect to answer the question, their response will be considered to be no. Then, for all intents and purposes, when the 2006 census records are released in 2098, those people will have ceased to exist,” Watts said.

Up to this year, information gathered by census-takers was released after 92 years. But as of this census, the information will be sealed from public view unless permission is given this year, and for each successive census.