From My Heritage – One Month Free Photograph Enhancer and Color

14Aug2020

Vicki’s Note – A chance to use this new photograph enhancer while you are staying home safe from Covid 19 Virus.  Goodbye blurry photos?  You have to register first.   Free for anyone to use from August 11 through September 10, 2020.  Read article below

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Free access to MyHeritage Photo Enhancer and MyHeritage In Color for one month

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an email notice that I received:

Here at MyHeritage, we want to do our part to help the genealogy community keep busy and have some fun during these challenging times. That’s why we’re now giving all users free and unlimited access to MyHeritage Photo Enhancer and MyHeritage In Color™, our new features that enhance and colorize photos, for an entire month. Ordinarily only 10 photos can be enhanced or colorized by users who do not have a Complete plan, but now, you can enhance and colorize as many photos as you’d like for free!
Enhance now Colorize now
The examples below showcase the great results that you can achieve with your own photos:
Photo Enhancer: Before and After
MyHeritage In Color™ + Photo Enhancer: Before and After
Enhancing and colorizing photos is a fun activity that will give you an even greater appreciation for your historical family photos. It will give you the chance to reminisce and gain a deeper connection to your family history. These features complement each other, and can be used on their own or together (in any order) to bring your photos to life and produce truly exceptional results. We invite you to pull out your family photo albums today and join in the fun.
Your original photos will not be modified, and new versions will be created just for you, that you can easily share on social media to delight your family and friends.
These features are based on artificial intelligence. They have taken the Internet by storm and have already been used 16 million times in the past few months. Now’s your chance to experience them too. Enjoy MyHeritage Photo Enhancer and MyHeritage In Color™ for FREE until September 10, 2020.
Enhance now Colorize now
Keep safe and healthy,
The MyHeritage team

 

GeneaQuest 2020: Frontiers in Genealogy. 12 Sep 2020, Web conference 

GeneaQuest 2020: Frontiers in Genealogy.
12 Sep 2020, Web conference 

Vicki’s note – another great opportunity for on-line learning sponsored by  (CAGGNI) Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois.  Helpful in this time of Covid 19 sheltering.  (By the way – my red “sideways 8” symbol  is how I visually separate words/writing that are/is mine vs what I am sharing/quoting from other sources/quotes.) is the symbol for infinity which is what family history and the hobby of researching genealogy are!  Endless.  :

“Register today for GeneaQuest 2020: Frontiers in Genealogy.
12 Sep 2020, Web conference 

  • Saturday, Sept 12, registration: Members, $40; Non-members, $45
  • Friday, Sept 11, DNA Primer (must be registered for Saturday event): additional $15

Featuring international, national and area speakers! 

Internationally known and acclaimed speakers, from left, Kitty Cooper, Maurice Gleeson, Gail Lukasik, Jane Haldeman, Dan Hubbard and Michelle Wilson.

Lectures include: Frontiers in Genealogy, Managing Surname Projects, My Ancestor was a Farmer, From the Source’s Mouth, DNA Cousin Matching, DNA 3rd Party Tools, “I” is for Identity, White Like Her, When Life Becomes Myth, and Collaborative Trees.

For more information on the speakers and topics: caggni.org/GeneaQuest-2020.

To keep up with the latest news about GeneaQuest: facebook.com/GeneaQuest.

To register (and receive Early Bird choice of GeneaUs Bar topics) visit: GeneaQuest 2020: Frontiers in Genealogy.

Best regards,

CAGGNI”

Northern Illinois Coal Mining Webinar – CAGGNI

9Jul2020

Vicki’s note – CAGGNI Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois is continuing their genealogy “meetings” via webinars.  Here is one of their latest programs that you can “attend”.  The lead mines in Galena, Illinois  and in Wisconsin were very important to the mid 1800s economy.  This webinar would be interesting even If some of your ancestors were  not from there or other mining states:

Pit pony - Wikiwand

https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Pit_pony

(Notice that the miner is in the cart behind the horse, and both have to duck their heads to go through the mine. )

“A pit pony, otherwise known as a mining horse,[1] was a class of pony commonly used underground in mines from the mid-18th until the mid-20th century. The term refers to the work done by the animal, and has sometimes been applied to any equines working underground, regardless of breed.”

Northern Illinois Coal Mining Webinar – CAGGNI

“Upcoming event information:
Northern Illinois Coal Mining Webinar
Date: 18 Jul 2020 10:30 AM CDT

Northern Illinois Coal Mining

by Richard Joyce

Though gone for several decades, the coal industry had a huge impact on northern Illinois. Our speaker will focus on the history of the coal industry in northern Illinois from the work force, to the mine types to the social life in the coal towns, labor struggles and major mine disasters. 

Speaker: Richard Joyce is a descendant of coal miners on both sides of his family and grew up on a farm near South Wilmington. A resident of Coal City, he is a retired teacher and serves on the Grundy County board.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85789095705?pwd=cytDWXpEYVRYQzY0VjY5K0N1TXVGUT09

Meeting ID: 857 8909 5705

Password: 401143

One tap mobile

+13126266799,,85789095705#,,1#,401143# US (Chicago)

+16465588656,,85789095705#,,1#,401143# US (New York)

Dial by your location

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 857 8909 5705

Password: 401143

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbYmsrxSa3

For more information: Northern Illinois Coal Mining

Best regards,
CAGGNI”

A New Genealogy TV Show – “The Genetic Detective”

A New Genealogy TV Show  –                         “The Genetic Detective”

5Jun2020

Vicki’s note – I have watched the first 2 episodes of this new ABC TV series  which started May 26 on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. Central Time.  It hits the right notes for television true crime procedurals and learning more about DNA genealogy detective techniques.  I don’t personally care for “procedural” detective mysteries – in television shows, movies or books, but watching Cece in action solving the often long cold cases is fascinating.

Based on an interview at the start of the series –  Cece Moore “created” her self-designated “genetic genealogy” label when genetics first became viable to be used in conjunction with genealogy research.  She reinvented herself from a model and educated herself to become a highly sought after genetic detective. Henry Louis Gates JR  refers genetic issues of his “Finding Your Roots” television show guests to her.

Cece specialized in finding the birth families of adopted people.  When police departments first asked her to apply her skills to finding murdering criminals, Cece  had the same moral/ethical dilemma that many of us genealogists might empathize with – using the DNA test results of unaware relatives to find DNA family connections.  She applies that to finding relatives  of a criminal to narrow down who the criminal is.  She resolved her uncertainty once she knew that individuals voluntarily submit   DNA test results to GEDCOM which lists them  for easy access of all .

Cece knows that she is doing a good thing to solve these crimes, and sometimes stop further (mass) murderers, even though she knows that some of the cases “no one can feel good about.”  The victims families also appreciate having the long ago crimes  be resolved.  The show is worth a watch.

Genealogy is the fascinating study of our families – those individuals that shine, and those that did not.  This is just one more aspect.

Cece uses DNA test results, vital records, and other genealogical documents to create the family trees of people related to the DNA tested criminal.  She is able to pinpoint the (most probable) previously unnamed individual and identify who they are by DNA results.

The percent of shared DNA  shows the exact relationships even when the family history hides the true connections – i.e. the older sister is really the mother of a child,  the father was not the husband, etc.  The amazing thing is that Cece researches and concludes the results in just a few hours – something we all would like to achieve!

You may also want to click to read further information on the television show, and DNA testing uses and issues here:

GedMatch.com

“…an online service to compare autosomal DNA data files from different testing companies.”

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GEDmatch

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How a Tiny Website Became the Police’s Go-To Genealogy Database

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/06/gedmatch-police-genealogy-database/561695/

“To track down the suspect, investigators had created a fake profile on GEDmatch and uploaded DNA from a 1980 crime scene, where it matched a distant relative of the man eventually arrested.”

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Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter – https://blog.eogn.com/2020/05/15/series-premiere-airdate-change-abc-news-presents-new-prime-time-series-the-genetic-detective/

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ABC News –

https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Culture/genetic-detective-star-helps-law-enforcement-solve-cold/story?id=70879386

Free Access to MyHeritage.com Military Records

Free Access to MyHeritage.com Military Records

20May2020

Vicki’s note – limited free access May 20 – 25 MyHeritage.com

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Free Access to Military Records

In honor of Memorial Day in the U.S., we’re offering free access to all military collections on MyHeritage, which include over 57 million records, between May 20 and May 26, 2020. Discover fascinating information about your ancestors and relatives who served in the military.

Search now »

 

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

15May2020

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

Vicki’s note – I found a new site for us to “play” in.  It shows all of the following, and  more.

Helpful for finding the name/boundary changes for Counties.  For example Wikipedia shows Monroe County, Virginia is now Monroe County, WEST Virginia. The northwestern part of Virginia decided not to  secede with the rest of the state at the start of the Civil War, so Monroe County and several other counties became a new Union state.  Monroe County was in Virginia from its beginning 14 Jan 1799 until 20 Jun 1853.  From that point on it was Monroe County in West Virginia.

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State Data

Select a state from the map to view all of the Atlas’ content related to that state, including shapefiles, chronologies, and metadata.

If you are having trouble viewing the map or clicking on it, try the list of states page.

 

National Data

Click the map above for national data files, historical commentary, and metadata are also available.

Boundary Animations

  • US Historical State & Territorial Boundaries, 1783-2000 (0:30) [graphic]

    US Historical State & Territorial Boundaries, 1783-2000 (3:00)

  • US Historical County Boundaries, 1629-2000 [graphic]

    US Historical County Boundaries, 1629-2000 (0:30)

  • US Historical County Boundaries, 1629-2000 (3:00) [graphic]

    US Historical County Boundaries, 1629-2000 (3:00)

  • US Historical County Boundaries (1629-2000), with State/Territorial boundaries (1783-2000) (0:30) [graphic]

    US Historical County Boundaries (1629-2000), with State/Territorial boundaries (1783-2000) (0:30)

  • US Historical County Boundaries (1629-2000), with State/Territorial boundaries (1783-2000) (3:00) [graphic]

    US Historical County Boundaries (1629-2000), with State/Territorial boundaries (1783-2000) (3:00)

  • US Historical State & Territorial Boundaries, 1783-2000 (0:30) [graphic]

    US Historical State & Territorial Boundaries, 1783-2000 (0:30)

New, Temporary Resources Now Available in BadgerLink

11May2020

Vicki’s note – Resources available to Wisconsin residents, especially through your Library home page.  just posted on Beloit Public Library Facebook page:

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New, Temporary Resources Now Available in BadgerLink

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Thanks to past and present vendors, we now have 4 new, temporary resources in BadgerLink, provided to Wisconsin residents during the COVID-19 pandemic when access to more licensed, quality information is of the greatest importance.

Access NewspaperARCHIVE

Newspaper Archive is pleased to offer access to their 300 million page newspaper collection to all Wisconsin residents through May 15, 2020.

EBSCO Ebooks Academic Collection

EBSCO is pleased to offer access to eBooks Academic Collection to all Wisconsin residents through June 28, 2020.

Academic Search Ultimate

EBSCO is pleased to offer access to Academic Search Ultimate to all Wisconsin residents through June 28, 2020.

Business Source Ultimate

EBSCO is pleased to offer access to Business Source Ultimate to all Wisconsin residents through June 28, 2020.

Vendor

 

Stateline Genealogy Club LLC – On Hold

Stateline Genealogy Club LLC – On Hold

Vicki Ruthe Hahn

April 29, 2020

You know I hate to do it.
No time right now to figure out webinars, etc. to get “live” Vicki presentations to you.
My Mom passed away last week, and I am her executor.
I was allowed to be with her the last week.
I am also sewing and administering a volunteer home made  Facebook Face Mask group WFMW Wisconsin Face Mask Warriors for Walworth County.
I don’t even get time to do my own genealogy!
To be rescheduled: The Stateline Genealogy Club LLC Program at Beloit Public Library, Beloit WI for Friday May 8, 2020 It was for 10 a.m. – noon “Organizing, Scanning & Preserving Print & Digital Photographs”, several Webinars.
The Beloit Public Library will be open sometime the end of May, but programs will be limited to 10 people until further notice.
AND also to be rescheduled:
June? – Road Trip to Newberry Library, Chicago. Sign up, carpooling with shared gas costs, Meet at BPL. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. plus travel time.
We will reschedule Club programs when it is safe from Covid 19 to meet. This may affect September, October, and November programs ?? I hope not.
I will keep you posted on BPL Library schedule and any other presentations scheduled at other locations.
If we look to history, 1918 Influenza lasted quite awhile (into 1919/1920).  It should be better in modern times, but Covid 19 rules.
I will definitely hold Genealogy programs as soon as we can know that it is safe. Hopefully not that long!
I hope you are all well, and safe, and happy relaxing while doing your genealogy research.

To be rescheduled: The Stateline Genealogy Club LLC Programs

To be rescheduled: The Stateline Genealogy Club LLC Programs

10Apr2020

By Vicki Ruthe Hahn

To be rescheduled:

The Stateline Genealogy Club LLC Program at Beloit Public Library, Beloit WI for Friday April 10; 10 a.m. – noon “Which DNA Test? How to Use the Results in Your Genealogy Research”, Two Webinars.

The Beloit Public Library is closed indefinitely, and we will reschedule Club programs when it is safe from Covid 19.

This will probably affect May, and ??

I will keep you posted on BPL Library schedule and any other presentations scheduled at other locations.

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