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From the In-box: Which Online Software to Use?

Cloud-computing1 I received the following message from a newsletter reader and decided to share the answer in the newsletter itself:

My cousin has begun documenting our family tree, and I am going to help her document the data electronically, but we are confused as to which software to use. We both need to be able to access the software online and make changes and updates, so that is a deal breaker. We would also prefer software that allows us to link documents, PDFs, photos, etc. to individual family members in...

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U.S. Archivist David Ferriero Talks About Using Social Media

David-ferriero The National Archives and Records Administration is making historic documents accessible to everyone through social media. "We need to meet the users where they are," said U.S. Archivist David Ferriero in an interview with Federal News Radio.

NARA now has blogs, a Facebook page, Twitter accounts and more than 7,000 photographs on Flickr, Ferriero said. The agency also started a wiki for people to post what they have learned through doing research. NARA staff verifies that the...

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Kentucky Archives Protects State Records Despite Cutbacks

Anyone who frets over organizing family records ought to consider the daily challenge facing Barbara Teague and her staff. As Kentucky's state archivist, Teague oversees 310,000 cubic feet of records stored in the Public Records Division of the State Department of Libraries and Archives — documenting the official history of Kentucky. Also under her care are about 220,000 rolls of microfilm and more data stored electronically than — were it on paper — could fit into an average Kentucky...

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National Archives at Fort Worth to Open a New Family Research Center

Digging up family roots is going to get a little easier and cheaper for residents of the Fort Worth area. The National Archives at Fort Worth will open a family research center next year in the bustling West Seventh Street area. The Montgomery Plaza location will be a convenient upgrade from the center's current home in a dreary 1940s-era warehouse surrounded by security fences at the Federal Depot in south Fort Worth.

"That whole Seventh Street area is just exploding. We think...

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Matt Wright Named Editor of FGS FORUM

The following announcement was written by the Federation of Genealogical Societies:

MattWright The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Selects Family History and Publishing Expert to Head its Electronic Quarterly Magazine

December 27, 2010 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) today announces the appointment of Matt Wright as Editor of its electronic quarterly magazine, the FGS FORUM.

For the past 15 years, Wright has worked professionally in the publishing industry...

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Geni Introduces an API

Geni-logo This is for programmers only: Genealogy web site has released an API that allows Geni users to develop third-party tools and applications that can interact with the breadth of data that the community has contributed for the past three years. If the data is public, no API key is required to access it. Only private data requires authentication to access. Data is returned in JSON or XML format.

The Geni developers have created a sample Ruby application for reference.

You can...

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IRS Now Requires Annual Reports

Genealogical societies, historical societies, preservation groups, museums, friends of the library groups and similar 501 (c)(3) organizations that previously did not have to file annual reports with the IRS are now required to do so. The IRS had granted an extension until Oct. 1. Any tax-exempt organizations that has not filed for three consecutive years will lose their tax-exempt status.

For instance, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts alone, more than 7,900 non-profit organizations are at...

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