3    Oct 20120 comments

Genea-journey: Using Google’s Street View

As I grew up, I often heard about the places my family came from, the countries, cities, streets and houses in which they lived.

We recently wrote about Genea-journeys, which we described as "a journey to research your family history and discover new relatives and information about them, or it could be an actual physical trip to the places your ancestors lived."

Without the chance to personally visit my ancestors' homes, I wondered what they looked like. I wanted to get a sense of the physical surroundings in which they lived.

After reading an interesting article about how to use Google Images for family history research, I decided to take my own virtual genea-journey using Google's Street View. This tool lets you tour - virtually - almost any road in the world.

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18    Jul 20121 comment

Marissa Mayer: From Finland to Yahoo!

Marissa Mayer, as a child

Marissa Mayer, as a child (taken from MilwaukeeMag.com)

A lot of media attention was devoted to Marissa Mayer yesterday, a former Google executive, who has just been appointed CEO of Yahoo!.

Marissa, all of 37 years old(!), was one of the first 20 employees - and the first female engineer - at Google. She has been listed by Forbes on four occasions as one of America's 50 most powerful women in business.

In addition to her professional achievements, Marissa holds two degrees from Stanford, is a keen dancer and runner and has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Her appointment came as a shock to some, as on the same day it was announced, Marissa announced that she is six months pregnant.

Marissa is clearly a remarkable woman, having achieved so much professionally while still being young and family-oriented. She married Zach Bogue in 2009 and they are expecting a baby boy in October.

An article from 2004 about Google quoting Marissa - as found on SuperSearch (click to search)

An article from 2004 about Google quoting Marissa - as found on SuperSearch (click to search)

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11    Jul 20121 comment

Social Media: Battle of the sexes?

Ever wonder if there are differences in how women and men use social media networking?

Mashable recently posted a great story on where the online battle lines are drawn. It referenced a survey of some 144.6 million Americans. Instead of the old adage (and book title) - men are from Mars and women are from Venus – the survey indicated that "men are from Google+ and women from Pinterest."

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17    Oct 20112 comments

Genealogy News: North America – 17 October 2011

This week's topics include an unusual free webinar, Google+, Canadian databases and resources, a Massachusetts genealogical journal, resources in Minnesota and Oklahoma and more.

There are many resources available on almost any family history topic. If you are frustrated at not being able to find what you want, or need help understanding what you have found, that may be a signal to join your local genealogical society.

Newcomers are welcome at all societies, where experts are interested in helping you. Remember that all of us were newcomers at some point regardless of our current skill level. We have all been in the same place as you, and we were assisted by experts who answered those "silly questions" we were hesitant to ask.

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29    Sep 20110 comments

Links We Like: September 2011 edition

This edition of interesting resources for Links We Like includes archival material suppliers, Canadian research sites, Google+, historic newspapers, and a way to stay in touch for eternity.

The New England Historical and Genealogical Society (NEHGS) posted two articles on preservation of family history resources on its blog at AmericanAncestors.com.

Readers might wonder why I seem to focus on preservation issues. After years of living in two US states plagued by earthquakes, fires, mud slides or hurricanes and flooding, I tend to be somewhat protective of my research.

Could those precious photos be replaced? Would I have the time to once again reconstruct years of work?

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