December 21, 2014

Finding Your Roots – S2 EP4 – Ben Affleck, Khandi Alexander and Benjamin Jealous

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Reminder: Watch Finding Your Roots on PBS

Just a reminder to tune in tonight for the most recent PBS episode of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Full episodes will be available online after they have aired on TV everywhere.

Tonight’s guests are Ben Affleck, Khandi Alexander, and Benjamin Jealous

Upcoming Episodes for Finding Your Roots

Also listed on the episode page are past episodes that may be available.

 

 

 

 

 

Top Genealogy Site Suggestions

Top Genealogical Sites: How These Could Make Your Work Easier!

Genealogical work used to be equated to two words- tedious task. Not anymore. These days, if one is interested in knowing his roots, then all he has to do is sit in front of a computer and type a few keys.

There are several sites that provide free genealogy. Here is a short list that you could peruse and consider in starting your own ‘family tree':

Possibly the crowd that is most interested in looking for their kindred dead is the Latter-day Saints. They think that genealogical work is an element of man’s salvation. Their belief is three-fold- missionary work, perfecting the saints (improving themselves while following the gospel) and redeeming the dead (here is where the genealogical works come in).

This feeling led to the manufacture of FamilySearch.org They have all the legal right to claim that they have the largest compilation of ‘free’ family tree, records on genealogy and history in the family in the whole world.

This site offers resources for African-American genealogy, listing of the family history sites ( found in LDS meeting houses or chapels) that are nearest to the researcher’s home, basics of genealogy, guides and maps. And similar to other free online sites, they, too, have free downloadable software (PAF or the Personal Ancestral File software).

The following sites (in no particular order) are likewise free sources of genealogical researches:

Cyndi’s List of Genealogical Sites on the Internet – One of the premier sites for all things genealogical.

MyTrees.com- they have the so-called Ancestry Archive Search, MyTrees Plus (Search and Results), vital records and genealogy from countries like the U.S., New Zealand and Canada. There is in addition a death index for Social Security.

AncestrybyDNA.com- this is different from other genealogical sites because this concentrates on genetic genealogy. It is the ‘youngest’ among the kinds of genealogical searches. One can find his ancestors through genetic research and knowing their backgrounds (ethnic).

RootsWeb.com (by Ancestry.com)- it claims to be the oldest free site on genealogy. It offers resource tools, databases for census records, research on civil war, narratives of slaves, replace for 1890 census, periodical source (index), history of the ‘great’ migration and the biographical index for American genealogy.

Ancestorquest.com- this site has pointers and tips on doing genealogical work, it also has links to several races like African- American citizens, Native Americans, even Hispanic links. A researcher could also publish his genealogical sites.

Genebase.com- concentrates on several areas of genealogy like analysis of DNA, family trees and finding ancestors through last name search. Under this, we can find the famous DNA Ancestry Project.

Linkpendium – Links, links, and more links from the hardworking folks at this fabulous genealogy starting site.

Ancestry.co.uk (for United Kingdom and Ireland)- has a 14-day free trial. It is the site for the biggest collection of records from UK. It is additionally contains the census records from 1841-1901. Genealogical experts are likewise on the standby to help people who are novices at genealogy.

Surnamesite.com- this site incorporates archives of wills, obituaries, biographies, bible and funeral records, all having surnames on them.

These are just some of the top sites for free genealogy. You see, knowing who you are ought not to be a matter of choice but a matter unavoidably. A person’s roots could define who he is or what he could be. Whether you agree or not isn’t the question. The question is, are you willing to let the past stay in the dust, or are you thinking about satisfying dig through and use it to motivate your future?

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Check This Chart Before You Add That Picture

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To Download, or Upload, That Is The Question

One of the things that really slows up my blog posts is trying to decide whether or not I’m committing some grievous sin against the Google gods by posting a photo. Well, maybe not Google gods, but photo owners and creators who might send out the creative commons jack-booted thugs to confiscate my files. Seriously, sometimes I just don’t know whether I’m in violation, but this week’s flow chart tells me (and now you) what to do before you post that JPG.

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How To Edit Amazon Seller Photos In PicMonkey

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PicMonkey to the Rescue

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I ran into an interesting challenge recently when I was trying to upload a photo of an item I am selling on Amazon. I had taken some photos with my cell phone and when they were uploaded to the listing, every single one of them was in need of rotation. I tried everything and then thought I would try a site I use all the time for photo manipulation: PicMonkey. As you have guessed, it worked like a charm and within a few minutes I had my photos included with my listing, and it was ready to go live. Of course, this is not just something you can use on the Amazon site, but anywhere you need to edit photos.

For those of you who haven’t ever tried PicMonkey, you can use it for free. I am a “Royal” user, which means I don’t see any ads. If ads don’t bother you, then all you have to do is sign up on the site for a free account and get creative. There are a few things that PM doesn’t make available to free users, like special fonts and such. But more than enough goodies to do what you want.

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