Links, 4.25.11

Happy Monday. This week I’m going to try to do something constructive with more of my photos. Which reminds me, I’m due to share an update of my successful rescue of a whole bunch of pictures from three old magnetic albums. Victory is sweet!

Meanwhile, the links:

Bunny hopping: In honor of yesterday’s festivities, Randy Seaver uncovered some Easter Bunnies (yes, people named Easter and Bunny) in various censuses. Not as many as you’d think, given what they say about bunnies, but then, Randy only had an hour or so to look. And he found some Peter Rabbits while he was at it.

Regular folks: Claire Santry writes about the Genealogy Roadshow being planned by Irish network RTE this fall. “Out go the celebrities. In come the tales of ‘ordinary’ families whose ancestors were caught up in extraordinary historical events or circumstances.” Always good to hear those stories, too.

Rediscovered: Great story in the Jerusalem Post about how two first cousins whose grandparents perished in the Holocaust rediscovered each other – one was raised in the Soviet Union, the other in Israel. As one of them said, “I was looking for information about dead people, and instead I found a living relative.” (Heads-up: The page spits out  some annoying pop-up ads but I found that reloading cured that.)

Class acts: At Genealogy in New South Wales, Carole Riley pulls highlights from a list of  140 Free Online Genealogy Research Courses recently announced by FamilySearch. Favorite class title: “If I’d Only Known: Beginner Genealogy Mistakes.”

Geek love: Wired magazine jumps on the genealogy bandwagon via the GeekDad blog with Genealogy for Geeks, Part 1. It’s written by a GeekMom, Jenny Williams, and I do wonder why Wired doesn’t call their blog GeekParenting or some such, but anyway, it’s a nice post.

Broadcast news: DearMyrtle provides a glimpse at the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ Internet radio initiative. “My Society,” hosted by Thomas MacEntee and focusing on topics related to how genealogy societies operate and how they relate to the genealogy community at large. There’s more at Amy’s Genealogy Etc. Blog.

In the genes: The Deseret News reports that a new series of DNA tests provides a more targeted view of a person’s genetic heritage. Still pricey — a range of $150 to $450 was quoted — but apparently they provide more information on shared paternal heritage, along with additional markers for the X chromosone.

Cloud control: Dick Eastman, an enthusiastic reporter of cloud-computing developments, does not shirk from also reporting the occasional downside of the cloud. Here he tells us about a brief outage affecting Amazon’s EC2 cloud computing service. (Edited to add:) For another take on this, see James Tanner’s Reliability of the Cloud?

Back to real life, back to the gym to work off the chocolate binge. What genealogy goals are you working on this week?


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