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Research Notes 2020-5-18

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Stormy Weather * Deals * Military Records

Ancestry has opened free access to more than 550 million Fold3 military records from May 21-25 and almost 500 million records from the National Archives available on Ancestry are open from now to June 1st.


Hurricane Arthur decided to stay away from Florida on his way north but it is possible that he turns around and heads back our way. Are you prepared for storm season? In addition to non-perishable foods and plenty of water, don’t forget to protect your research and family treasures. Cloud storage like OneDrive, Dropbox and iCloud not only give you instant access to the files you have stored there, it also protects your files from disasters.

By the way . . . when was the last time you backed-up your files?


Introducing the Newspaper Navigator

From the labs at the Library of Congress, the Newspaper Navigator is a project currently under development . . .

Newspaper Navigator is a project by Ben Lee currently under development during his time as an Innovator-in-Residence at the Library of Congress. The first stage of Newspaper Navigator is to extract content such as photographs, illustrations, cartoons, and news topics from the Chronicling America newspaper scans and corresponding OCR using emerging machine learning techniques. The second stage is to reimagine an exploratory search interface over the collection in order to enable a wide range of people to navigate the collection according to their interests. With Newspaper Navigator, Ben hopes to engage the American public, enable new digital humanities and cultural heritage research, and advance computer science research.

Coming Summer 2020 More details at Library of Congress Labs


Recommended Reading

My favorite genealogy author is Denise Levenick. She has written a number of books on how to organize our family history. Her How to Organize Family History Paperwork: A Genealogist’s Guide to Effective Record Keeping is full of practical ways to organize and digitize your genealogy research papers.

The book is available at Amazon. It is a Kindle book and sells for $9.99.

There’s lots more genealogical goodness at her website, The Family Curator. Her articles on preservation helped me save some of my father’s papers and paintings that had been rolled up for years.

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