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Genealogy Blog

28 May 2015

Ottoman Archives Posts More Rare Photos of the Holy Land

More pictures were digitized and posted by the Ottoman Imperial Archives this week, and we are thankful to the archivists for preserving and sharing their photographic treasures.

Among the pictures was this unique photo of Jerusalem, taken from the Mt. Scopus area and dated 1886. The remnants of snow are still visible.

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25 May 2015

Oxfordshire's Past Treasures Being Digitised and Saved In The Cloud

A vast archive containing thousands of records from Oxfordshire’s history is to be safeguarded in a digital “cloud”. The Cowley-based Oxfordshire History Centre said the new storage system would allow it to better protect the original material for future generations.

It has signed a £15,000 deal with Preservica to create a digital strongroom of its most popular records, initially amounting to about 14 terabytes, almost enough to store about 28 years of music in cyberspace.

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12 May 2015

British Library Endangered Archives: New Online Collections

This month has seen two new collections go online, EAP563 and EAP619. They are from Argentina and Bangladesh.

- EAP563 is digitised documents of the Hume family collection in Argentina. The Hume family arrived in Argentina in the late 19th century and founded the engineering firm ‘Hume Brothers’ in 1880 which existed until the 1970s.
- EAP 619 is a fascinating project which surveyed and digitised Thakbast maps from the former East Bengal (present day Bangladesh), these maps date from 1848-1850.

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Arabic Digital Library To Launch By Year's End in Dubai

The first phase of a digital library offering a collection of Arabic books is to launch by the end of the year.

The Dubai Digital Library, which is being set up by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF), aims to keep pace with the changes in publishing, growth of technology and use of internet and smart devices for reading and research.

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11 May 2015

New National Archives of Japan Must Be Source of Knowledge About Dramas of History

Official documents that record the decision-making process behind policies and other matters for future generations are assets that belong communally to the public. The National Archives of Japan plays an extremely important role in the collection and preservation of these documents.

Plans are moving ahead to build a new National Archives near the Diet Building because the storage space at the archives’ main building in Kitanomaru Park, Tokyo, and its annex building in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, will be filled in several years.

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7 May 2015

Digital 'Inspiration Lab' Opens at Vancouver Public Library

Vancouver Public Library's downtown branch unveiled its brand new, custom-built digital media lab on Tuesday.

The 7,500 sq. foot 'Inspiration Lab' features high-speed computers with the latest audio and video editing software and fully-equipped recording studios.

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The Internet Archive Has Grown Up With A Gorgeous New Design

If you’ve logged onto the Internet Archive recently, you might’ve noticed that humanity’s ultimate information dump has a pretty new face. And about time too.

The Internet Archive is a digital library with a Herculean task: providing “universal access to all knowledge”. It houses over 10 petabytes — that’s 10,000,000,000,000,000 bytes — of information. It’s got music, videos, books, software, and snapshots of basically the entire internet.

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National Archives Exhibit Examines America’s History Through the Lens of a Cocktail Glass

In 1830, it was not uncommon for the average American to consume 7.1 gallons of pure alcohol in one year. In fact, it was the norm.

And perhaps it’s one reason why 50 years later, it became illegal to manufacture and distribute alcohol in the United States. It’s no bartender’s secret that throughout history, America has had a rocky relationship with alcohol. Now, you can stumble through that history at the National Archives’ latest exhibit, “Spirited Republic.”

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6 May 2015

'Significant' Genealogy Project Makes 400,000 Historic Irish Records Publicly Available This Summer

Nearly 400,000 Irish Catholic parish records will be made publically accessible via a new genealogy resource website due to be launched this summer.

People researching their Irish family tree from all corners of the globe will be able to search the records – which date from the 1740s to the 1880s – for free, thanks to a new National Gallery of Ireland initiative.

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5 May 2015

Moravian Archives To Digitize Virgin Islands Records

A small federal grant to an archive in Pennsylvania could have a huge impact for Virgin Islands historians.

The Moravian Archives in Bethlehem, Pa., has received a $37,982 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conserve and digitize 120 linear feet of archival records documenting Moravian mission work in the Caribbean - specifically the territory now known as the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Lawmakers Block Canal Site for New Indiana Archives Building

Indiana lawmakers have blocked a proposal for building a new state archives building at a site along downtown Indianapolis’ canal.

The new state budget approved by the General Assembly includes $25 million toward a new archives building, but also has a provision barring its construction at the canal site.

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30 April 2015

National Library of Ireland Will Make its Collection of Catholic Parish Register Microfilms Freely Available Online

The entire collection of Catholic parish register microfilms held by the National Library of Ireland (NLI) will be made available online – for free – from 8th July 2015 onwards.

On that date, a dedicated website will go live, with over 390,000 digital images of the microfilm reels on which the parish registers are recorded. The NLI has been working to digitise the microfilms for over three years under its most ambitious digitisation programme to date.

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29 April 2015

Turkey's Archives on 1915 Events 'Open To Historians'

Turkish Deputy Economy Minister Adnan Yildirim has said Turkey is very open to international cooperation to examine Armenian allegations about the 1915 events.

"Turkey is extremely transparent in opening its official and military archives to international historians," Yildirim told reporters in the Italian city of Milano Monday.

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24 April 2015

New Archive Creates Global Access to Rare African Photos

Hoping to preserve cultural heritage and change Western thought on Africa, a Michigan State University researcher will use a $300,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to digitize 100,000 original black-and-white negatives of Mali’s most important photographers, dating from the 1940s.

Candace Keller, assistant professor of African art history and visual culture, is collaborating with MSU’s MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences and the Maison Africaine de la Photographie in Bamako, Mali, to create the Archive of Malian Photography.

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15 April 2015

National Archive of Cuba Begins Scanning Its Collections

Experts from the National Archives of the Republic of Cuba (ARNAC), headquartered in Havana, began digitizing least 300 maps of their holdings and collections of the institution, local media reported today.

Related to the war of independence of Cuba in 1895 and the Revolutionary Party created in 1892 by the hero of the island, José Martí, documents are among those that pass to electronic format, explained the director of the National Archives, Martha Ferriol.

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