Friday, December 02, 2005

The National Genealogical Society,

home, Arlington, Virginia, USA

UpFront with NGS
The Online Newsletter of the National Genealogical Society
Volume 4, Number 15 - 1 December 2005
Download a pdf version of Upfront

Professor Allen Weinstein, the newly appointed Archivist of the United
States, will open the NGS Conference in the States, 2006, in Chicago, IL
at the Opening Session on Wednesday 7th June at the Hyatt Regency
Professor Weinstein, the son of Russian immigrants, is a noted
historian who received a PhD in American Studies from Yale University.
He served as a professor of history and American studies at Smith
College, Georgetown University, and Boston University. From 1985 through
2003, Dr. Weinstein was founder, President, and CEO of The Center for
Democracy which fostered initiatives in democratic transitions abroad
and served as a bridge in issue dialogues between political parties in
the United States. Most recently, he was a senior advisor at the
International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES).

At his recent swearing-in, he announced that he wanted to save essential electronic
government records and extend the archival experience to citizens
outside of Washington. He also called on the Bush administration to
reconsider its budget and to restore funding to the archives' grant
making wing.

The 2006 program focuses on immigration, military, land, cartographic,
postal, African American, legislative records, and more. One day at
Archives II and optional evening sessions at the Library of
Congress and the DAR library

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binoculars: Information From "The conventional way to describe binoculars is to use two numbers separated by 'x', for example '7x49'.

The first number is the magnifying power, the second the diameter of the objective lens (the one further from the eye) in millimeters.

Binoculars range from small 3x10 models, often used in theaters,
to average 7x50 or 10x50 for amateur outdoor use,

to large 20x80 or even 20x140 'galaxy' models.

The largest models are actually powerful telescopes, and their high magnifying power means that a static mounting is necessary for their use, since otherwise natural small hand movements would be amplified too much.

A practical limit on standard hand-held binoculars can be put at 9x or 10x."
For example, a 10x50 binocular produces a 5 mm exit pupil (objective size divided by the magnifying power).
For maximum efficiency, this image should match the diameter of the eye's pupil, which in dark environments grows to about 7mm.
This ratio is also a measure of the brightness of the image, the larger the exit pupil, the brighter the image reaching the eye.

Thus, 10x50 and 8x40 binoculars have the same brightness, although the latter has a smaller magnification.
An exit pupil larger than the diameter of the user's eye pupil wastes light.


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Thursday, December 01, 2005

best usenet interface for genealogy

Welcome to News.Individual.NET
just paid my10 Euros since the has become useless

and the Rootsweb interface is aging
RootsWeb: Genealogy Mailing Lists: United Kingdom : GENBRIT: "Gatewayed with the soc.genealogy.britain newsgroup for the discussion of genealogy in Great Britain and the islands."

Google Groups : soc.genealogy.britain is OK but too slow and cumbersome for big groupswith 100 or more mails daily

AOL is hopeless for usenet too


Main Page

One of the main aims of the WikiTree Project is to provide a central place on the Internet for kin information about all people we know ever lived, automatically construct bloodline trees, and watch the gradual emergence of global family forest of humanity. It might seem a huge undertaking, but in fact it is not. There is very little information that needs to be entered about any person - just name, names of his/her children, plus birth and death data; everything else can be inferred!


Home many times have any of you readers found yourselves in a cemetery trying to photograph a grave stone or marker with the sun at your back and all you have is your shadow covering the marker? Just step to the other side of the stone to let the sun shine on the marker, lean over it and snap away. When you have the photo or digital image processed, just turn it around and behold you have nice looking photograph with no shadows. No one can tell that you took the picture upside down.

Harry Short
Concord, California

Thanks to Harry for today's Quick Tip!
If you have a tip you would like to share with researchers, you can send it to:


PhotoPlus Expo in New York City
and Kodak no longer makes slide projectors
PhotoPlus Expo in New York City - Google Search

PhotoPlus Expo 2005 repoert
"Though film isn't dead yet, you could be forgiven for thinking it was based on the relative visibility of film and digital products. I know film's not dead since there was a line at the Kodak booth for free samples!

Film wasn't the main push for Kodak though, as they were certainly emphasizing their digital products and services."

PhotoPlus Expo 2006 will take place at the Javits Convention Center in New York City between November 2nd and November 4th, 2006.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - Genealogy - Genealogy new boy on the block

only one hit on my test

as against 46 on FreeBMD - Search

Monday, November 28, 2005

DNA search for Christmas

Chat schedule for UK genealogy on AOL

Genealogy Chat UK link for AOL people only

UKHostGen: There are 3 sessions each week
Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday
8.30pm-9.30pm UK time

Sun is look ups night
Tues is Gen Quiz night
Thurs is Theme night

Sunday, November 27, 2005

UKBMD is growing

UKBMD - Births, Marriages, Deaths Indexes for the UK, On-Line: "This site provides links to 324 web sites that offer on-line transcriptions of UK births, marriages, deaths and censuses. "

Google Local maps beta for UK

Ancestry World new interfaces

model cemetery pages

Roll of Honour - Bedfordshire - Kempston Cemetery War Graves from Roll of Honour

This site is dedicated to those men and women who fell fighting for their country. Recorded here are various war memorials within a variety of counties, it is fully intended to complete as many war memorials in the United Kingdom as possible.

Tullamore, Kings County Ireland

Municipal Voters in 1889 : a list of Municipal Voters for Tullamore in King's County Ireland in 1889.

King's county, a county of Ireland, bounded N by E. and W. Meath, E by Kilkenny and Queen's county, S by Tipperary, and W by Galway; 43 . long and 39 broad, containing 707 square miles. More than 1/3 of the county is occupied by bogs and mountains; the soil of the arable lands is very fertile, and consists either of a deep moor, or a shallow gravely loam. Principal rivers, the Shannon, Little Brosna, and Greater Brosna.
(From The New London Gazetteer 1826)

Ancestors At Rest blog

Ancestors At Rest blog

well designed DNA test

Beecher Research: "English or German? What language did you earliest Beecher ancestors speak?

Many Beechers are of English origin. The first Beecher line to arrive in America was John Beecher who came in 1637 from Kent, England to Connecticut. They soon spread throughout New England, New York, northern Pennsylvania and eventually throughout the U.S. and Canada. Included in this line are the famous preachers, Lyman Beecher, Henry Ward Beecher, and his sister Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Some Beechers are using an Americanized version of their original Germanic surname, either the Swiss Bücher (pronounced like Beesher) or Becher or Becker from Germany (pronounced Beeker).

Around the 1820-1860 period (the 2nd or 3rd generation in America) they adopted Beecher as their surname. The major German-speaking Beecher ancestors arrived in Philadelphia in the early 1700's, spreading first in southeastern Pennsylvania before moving to Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and as far west as California.

You can tell which Beecher group you are related to by participating in our Y-DNA test.
We have Beecher participants of English and German origin in our group, ready to match up with you.
Our testing is done by the largest firm, using the genetics labs at the University of Arizona through Family Tree DNA.

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