Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Upcoming Events

  • Warner Fall Festival 2017
  • Polish Genealogy Conference 2017
dsc04074 The Genealogy Assistant will be at the Warner Fall Foliage Festival in Warner, NH October 7-8, 2016. Stop by and see me at the Upton Chandler House Museum across from the Warner Historical Society.

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pgsctne headerText Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast will be having their 2017 Polish Genealogy Conference October 13-14, 2017 at the Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT. Click here for more info!
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Three Brushes with Death - Book for Sale

PrzezTrzyKacetyCover477a Read the memoirs of Mirosław Firkowski during his time in three Nazi concentration camps during his teenage years. Learn more about the book and how to purchase it.

Review: Wolverine Film - Digital Converter For Archiving Family Photos

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Along with many of you, I have tons of negatives that I would like to digitize. I have been taking photos for many years. I think I got my first camera when I was about 10 years old. I eventually moved on to 35mm and medium format cameras. When digital cameras...
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You can save to a card. Click the link to read more about it from Amazon's website, that should answer a lot of your questions.... Read More
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A Genealogy 101 No No

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     While at Rootstech, a woman asked me for some help with a problem in her research. I took a look at what she had and although her question was related to finding a newspaper. I thought it would be good to see the documentation she had on the person in...
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TNG 10 Released

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The New & Improved version of The Next Generation (TNG) genealogy software was released yesterday as version 10. Darrin Lythgoe has done it again. Darrin has continued to improve his genealogy software for use on the web. All you need is a Web Host and the TNG software to get started....
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Reunion 10 Released

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The long awaited release of Reunion 10 Genealogy Data management software for MAC finally was released last week. Most Reunion users love the platform, but had seen the need for some changes and upgrades and now it has finally happened. I have been a user of Reunion for many years...
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Why learn Polish?

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What is the best language to learn? It is not the answer you might first think of. Let's say you are a native English speaker, therefore, lets rule out English. If you are not a native speaker of English, of course the answer is English! To learn Spanish, French or...
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American music is popular around the world. When i am in Poland I hear a lot of American music too, but I am not sure how that wou... Read More
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 13:05
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What is interesting to note is that in the areas that were occupied by Russia and Austria (Galicia) "Vital Records" where actually... Read More
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 14:09
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My Experience with Mocavo

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 What is Mocavo ? Mocavo has been available for over a year now. My first exposure to Mocavo was at Rootstech 2012 in Salt Lake City. Mocavo is a genealogy search engine that provides search results from genealogy specific websites. I took a look at Mocavo and its capabilities and...
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iPod Touch and iPad for Presentations - A Learning Experience

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Yesterday I saw a friends post on Facebook, that she had finally acquired all the need pieces and software to use her iPod touch and iPad to do a presentation at the Family History Center in Franklin, MA. She was going to the American-Canadian Genealogy Society (ACGS) in Manchester, NH to...
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Going to the dark side would be like going to a PC after being a MAC owner all my life. NEVER! I do not ever think you would hear ... Read More
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Rootstech 2012 ends with Dinner with Dick Eastman

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It has been a wonderfully informational packed few days here at Rootstech and I have experienced a genealogical conference like no other. It is sad to see it go, but it leaves me looking forward to Rootstech 2013. I would not be surprised if next year they beat the attendance...
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Rootstech - Smiles Everywhere

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I took the opportunity today to visit all the booths at Rootstech. There were a lot of companies I had not heard of before so it was great to get acquainted with these companies. Some of my visits were to investigate their services further as I had already been eyeing...
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HELLO! What a fantastic piece of technology!

Its only been a few days since I have been here in Salt Lake City for the Rootstech Conference, but I have discovered an amazing technology that I feel I must share with everyone. This technology is a must have for all genealogists and it costs almost nothing. OK, now...
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Rootstech soon to begin, over 4,000 people!

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WOW I was looking around the Expo Hall just after registration. Everyone was scrambling to set up for the start of the conference. Chairs are all set up for the Opening and Keynote speaker. It was like looking at a field of chairs, and the technology that is set up...
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Rootstech 2012

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Rootstech is coming up next week. This Conference is a new type of conference to bring together technology and genealogists. During the 3 days of this event there are over 130 sessions to select from. I am overwhelmed by the selection. Narrowing down my choices is not going to be...
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Digital Camera Technology - Sony DSC-HX7V

dsc04601hx7vI was looking for a new digital camera to take with me on my upcoming research / vacation trip to Poland for 2 months. I will be at repositories and churches and graveyards, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get a digital camera that has a Geo-tagging function. After shopping around I purchased the 16.2 MP Sony DSC-HX7V. 

Being a previous Sony owner, it was relatively easy to maneuver through the menus. I was amazed at all the features... HD video, 3D photography (viewable on 3D TVs), Auto panorama photography, GPS & compass function & the list goes on. The unit is light and feels very sturdy, the back display is easy to see in the sunlight. 

This camera is going to be the perfect match for a genealogist. I will be able to mark the latitude and longitude of those gravestones I find. Never again will I return from touring and wonder where I was when that photo was taken. 

Mix this with Google maps tools and the world belongs to me!
 

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 T he long awaited day has arrived. The series of books that are guides to researching docments in other languages is complete. For awhile now, the translation guide books for Polish, Latin & Russ...

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