February 11, 2016

WordPress Users: Submit Your Blog To Apple News Now

 

Apple recently released the news that with its next update to iOS 9 this fall (September), and it will include a new app completely streamlined and and made for iOS with a customizable news feed. This is a boon to WordPress users because your content can be submitted ahead of time for inclusion. Like right now.

Publishers interested in signing up can visit www.icloud.com/newspublisher with additional publishing tools available later this year. iOS 9 will be available this fall as a free software update for iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch® 5th generation, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini™ and later. Features are subject to change. Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages.

One thing I would suggest is that you have your image/logo ready to submit. Also, they will ask for your name, business name (if you’re an individual adding a blog, your personal name), blog name and address, contact information, language and audience choice. I chose “general” since my topics include more than just genealogy. If I’m accepted I would think I could change that to a specific audience if needed.

In the Apple Press Info they also intimated that at some point the app can be monetized by publishers.


 

I first read about this via WordPress Hacks (an excellent site, I must say) and you can read Kyle Eslick’s article about Apple News app here. Thanks Kyle!

FREE Genealogy Databases To Access This Weekend

Before you click on any of the links here, please prepare your research plan. As Thomas McEntee advises, create a notebook or folder in which to save your found documents. Don’t put it off until “later”. Do it as you find them and sort them later in the folder if you need to. Now, on to what’s free to access this weekend.

 

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100% FREE Ancestry Access this weekend

That includes millions of Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce and Census records, as well as new Virginia records and others from the original 13 Colonies.


 

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American Ancestors is offering FREE Access through July 8th to their Great Migration Databases 1620 – 1635. You will have to sign up as a Guest, but that’s easily done.

 


 

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Looking for that elusive Revolutionary War ancestor? Now through July 15th Fold3 is offering FREE access to their Revolutionary War Documents database. Get started with your search today!

 

A final thought… As you visit each site you may have to sign in or sign up. It may take a bit of your time, but keep in mind that several sites offer access around holidays and the time you spend signing up means you will already have that detail done for the next time. Happy Searching everyone!

A Dozen Genealogy Books I Own

7+ Websites for Revolutionary War Research

 

 

Flip-Pal Registered Owners Are Now Eligible For Software Update

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In case you missed it, last week Flip-Pal released a free software update v 3.0 for their toolbox application. Here’s what you can expect with this new update:

 

  • Edit adds rotation and cropping with an improved color correction optimized for scans

  • Share adds quick and convenient login and uploading of scans to Dropbox, Evernote, and Repixl along with Facebook and Picassa

  • The Community page has many recommended FlipPal partners that you can connect with to round out your scanning solution

  • The resources available on Help have been updated, including the User’s and Quick Start Guides, How-to videos, and FAQs

  • Speed has been improved.

Use Flip-Pal Toolbox version 3.0 if you have one of these:

  • Apple Mac OS-X version 10.8 (Mtn. Lion) and newer
  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows 8
  • Microsoft Windows Vista
  • Microsoft Windows XP with SP3

Click this link to obtain Flip-Pal Toolbox version 3.0 and its user manuals


Use Flip-Pal Toolbox version 1.14 if you have one of these:

  • Apple Mac OS-X version 10.4 (Tiger)
  • Apple Mac OS-X version 10.5 (Leopard)
  • Microsoft Windows XP with SP2 or earlier
  • Preference for the original Flip-Pal Toolbox

Click this link to obtain Flip-Pal Toolbox version 1.14 and its user manuals.

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The Good Smells Of Childhood

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I was always a “noticing” kind of person. Good smells always put me in a certain frame of mind. Some were cozy, some exciting, some, downright appetite provoking.

This is just a sort of reminiscence of the ones I remember, in no particular order.

The smell of the people around me was most likely some of my first memories. Mom always smelled of cigarettes, coffee and on special occasions when I was very young there was the fragrance of Tweed perfume. I imagine she had it from before she was married and it always made me think of her life in Seattle where she lived with her parents before she married my dad. In later years she wore violet perfume on special occasions because we had found a source for it when we lived in Iowa and she would wear it when she knew we would be seeing each other. She also wore Charlie, which I didn’t especially like, but she did.

My grandma Yates always had the fragrance of face powder and toilet water. A sweet, older lady smell that was light and not overpowering. I don’t remember a particular fragrance my grandma Moline wore. I know she used Oil of Olay though because I remember seeing it on her dressing table.

My dad was fond of Mennen after shave, and his dad liked to wear the simple smell of “I just shaved”, as in the lingering odor of the shave cream he wiped off.

Where we lived, at the end of Dennis Street in Tumwater, Washington, was a seasonal mix of spring, summer and fall smells. I guess winter had a smell too, if you count the Christmas tree (a real one, cut in our back field) in the house. Spring seemed to erupt in our front yard with everything at once. The people who had lived in our house prior to us had planted bulbs and shrubs that were well-established by the time we moved in during the early 1950’s. I probably visit these memories of my childhood yard more often than I should, but this was part of “my world” and I cherish them.

It was the bulbs that came up first in the yard. Old ones like muscari and snow drops. Then, the irises would peek their pointy leaves up from the cold ground and signal the advent of more to come. All of this was followed quite closely by the buds on the quince bush, the sweet smell of the lilacs and the apple and cherry trees bursting into bloom.

Mom was never one to stifle our creativity, so she willingly let us raid her sewing cabinet for thread and needle to string leis of quince flowers as our own tribute to celebrating the spring equinox. The poor visitors to our house in spring were always gifted with sprigs of lilacs to put in makeshift vases until they could carry them home.

Summer brought the seasonal smells of dry grass, or the lovely aroma of wet dry grass after a summer shower. Although I’m writing about smells, I remember those summer mornings when I’d wake up and hear through the early morning summer stillness birds like the ubiquitous robins, the sparrows and chickadees.

I didn’t get much chance to go camping when I was younger, but I did get to sleep outside in the front yard in a sleeping bag with a comfy air mattress for cushion. Waking up in the early, early misty morning air was almost intoxicating. So close to the earth you can almost feel it breathe. I would just lay there and drink in the quiet.

Other smells come to mind too. That wonderful new baby doll plastic smell, the minty fragrance of Doublemint gum when grandma would open her purse when we were sitting in the pew at church on Sundays. How did she know I needed something to stave off ‘starvation’? I suspect she might have been treated to the same thing herself when she was growing up.

Is there nothing more warm and inviting than going through the door of someone’s house whose been cooking a turkey since the wee hours of the day? The sage smell of the dressing; the crispy skin done to perfection by a veteran cook; and all the other smells like candles burning, fresh homemade yeast biscuits coming out of the oven, a recently ironed white damask table cloth, and the blackberry cobbler tempting us to skip the main course and dive right into it.

My life has been constantly assailed by food smells, environmental smells like the brewery, a pulp mill, the smell of my dad when he would come home from working with wood all day and there was a mixture of good honest sweat along with sawdust. One facet of life, the smells, but oh so memorable.

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