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Julia Langel
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MHGS Digitizing Project -- Choosing Our Platform
We've known since we started the redesign of our society website that one of the purposes was to display digitized resources.  Unfortunately, we found that WordPress, while terrific for all our other purposes, wasn't really right for a digital collections h...

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Planning a digitizing project
Our society has thousands of photographs stuck in boxes and file folders.  We decided we needed to locate them, digitize them, and put them in archival storage.  Such a simple idea.  Such a hard thing to do. After almost a year of planning, we have finally ...

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Book Review: The Invisible History of the Human Race
Wow -- what a great book!  I just finished reading The Invisible History of the Human Race by Christine Kenneally. It's kind of hard to explain what the book is about , exactly.  Kenneally approaches the idea of genetics by starting with an overview of huma...

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology Digital Archive
This is a site that sounds dull but turns out to be fascinating...The National Institute of Standards and Technology (yawn, right?) is digitizing its archives -- publications and photographs.  And the photo collections include their collection of aeronautic...

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Book Review: Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA
The last genetic genealogy book on the list!   Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA , by Richard Hill isn't really a how-to book.  Instead, it's a narrative about one adoptee's search for his family. The good: This is a story with a...

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Don't Forget to Look for Digital Books!
After receiving an email mentioning a 987 page (!) genealogy of one of my families, I was feeling sad that it's out of print.  Googling didn't find anything helpful, and WorldCat.org suggested helpfully that the nearest copy was in a library 187 miles away....

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Book Review: DNA USA: A Genetic Portrait of America by Bryan Sykes
DNA USA , by Bryan Sykes, is the next book in my genetic reading pile.  It's a lot bigger than the others, and some of it is worth the extra heft.  The book is about Sykes' attempt to follow up a project mapping the genetics of Britain with a project mappin...

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Book Review: Deep Ancestry by Spencer Wells
Today's genetic genealogy reading is Deep Ancestry , by Spencer Wells.  I wanted to read this one after watching his RootsTech presentation. This book isn't exactly about genetic genealogy; rather, it's about the ancestral migration of humans out of Africa ...

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Book Review: DNA & Genealogy, by Colleen Fitzpatrick and Andrew Yeiser
Number three in the genetic genealogy reading pile --  DNA & Genealogy , by Colleen Fitzpatrick and Andrew Yeiser.  A couple of years newer than the Pomery book, this was published in 2005.  So far, I have to say it's my favorite. The good:  Wow -- much cle...
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