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16 June 2009

Video: Arrival Of Immigrants - Ellis Island - 1906

Arrival Of Immigrants - Ellis Island - 1906

Depicts scenes at the Immigration Depot and a nearby dock on Ellis Island. Appears to show, first, a group of immigrants lined up to board a vessel leaving the island, then another group arriving at the island and being directed off of the dock and into the Depot by a uniformed official.

BBC1 Asks Again Who Do You Think You Are?

Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall, Big Brother presenter Davina McCall and Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles are to all feature in the new run of BBC1’s genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are?

The show, produced by Wall to Wall, will return in the summer for another 6 x 60-minute run which will also see Peep Show comedian David Mitchell, wildlife presenter Kate Humble and The Office star Martin Freeman all research their ancestry.

McCall’s show, which opens the run, sees the presenter trace her past back through both French and English ancestors. Moyles examines his Irish roots, which takes him from the slums of Dublin to the First World War battle at Ypres.

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20 April 2009

Video: Better Way to Cite Online Sources

Every genealogist and family historian from beginner to professional will at some time confront the issue of source citations. Although great advances have been made in recent years to standardize and simplify citations, it is still too difficult. Today on ThinkGenealogy.com, Mark Tucker has released a video that proposes a better way to cite online sources.

This 7.5 minute video consists of two sections. The first section discusses some of the current issues with citing sources especially when it comes to online sources. The second section demonstrates an approach to quickly and accurately cite online sources. The technology needed to accomplish this exists today. The changes proposed by this video requires collaboration between various providers of genealogy software and services.

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13 April 2009

Gale Celebrates National Library Week With Video Competition Showcasing Libraries That Bring 'Power to the User'

Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses, launched its third annual YouTube video contest in recognition of National Library Week (April 12 -18, 2009). Library fans are invited to create a one-minute video segment to promote their library and explain how it brings “power to the users” in their community or school.

Video entries should be no shorter than 30 seconds and no longer than 60 seconds in length. Entrants must load their videos to the Librareo group on YouTube (www.youtube.com/group/LIBRAREO) before midnight EST on June 1, 2009. Participants may submit as many videos as desired, provided each entry is entirely original. All entries must comply with the complete contest rules which can be viewed, along with video samples, at www.gale.com/librareo.

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24 March 2009

NBC To Premiere New "Who Do You Think You Are?" Series On April 20

Lisa Kudrow, Sarah Jessica Parker and Susan Sarandon explore their family histories in the U.S. reality series "Who Do You Think You Are?" NBC said Tuesday.

The program, which former "Friends" star Kudrow also executive produces, is set to premiere April 20.

In conjunction with Kudrow's production company Is or Isn't Entertainment and the U.K.'s Wall to Wall productions, the new show is an adaptation of the hit, award-winning British television documentary series of the same name.

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9 March 2009

Microsoft Research Finds Future Value In Family History

For those Microsoft Research staffers who work at the mothership in Redmond, the company's annual TechFest is a festive and busy week of chatting with the people you really meant to spend more time with during the rest of the year. But if you're from out of town -- in from one of Microsoft's five satellite facilities in Beijing, Bangalore, Cambridge-UK, Cambridge-US, or Mountain View -- this may be one of a very few opportunities all year for you to connect with, and very likely show up, your out-of-town colleagues.

Take for instance the UK-based Socio-Digital Systems group, working thousands of miles from the offline conversations that happen on the Redmond campus. Gathered in the "Digital Past to Digital Presence" booth at the recent 'Fest, the gear the UK group had to show didn't make tiny bubbles float in virtual airspace or synchronize several social networks. Actually, its job was to give a place and presence for people's own history in the here and now.

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17 February 2009

Legend Seekers: First TV Series Dedicated To The Genealogy Of Ordinary Everyday People

Legend Seekers is the first TV series dedicated to the genealogy of ordinary everyday people -- like you!

Legend Seekers preview episode "The Lively Family Massacre" will begin airing on public television in select local markets starting with WFYI-TV Indianapolis, Thursday, March 26th at 9:30pm.

Check website often starting in mid-March for a complete listing of listings and markets.

13 February 2009

Fresh Start For Lost File Formats

Long lost file formats could soon be resurrected by pan-European research.

The 4.02m euro (£3.58m) project aims to create a universal emulator that can open and play obsolete file formats.

Using the emulator, researchers hope to ensure that digital materials such as games, websites and multimedia documents and are not lost for good.

The emulator will also be regularly updated to ensure that formats that fall out of favour remain supported in the near and far future.

Called Keeping Emulation Environments Portable (Keep), the project aims to create software that can recognise, play and open all types of computer file from the 1970s onwards.

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28 January 2009

NBC To Premiere New "Who Do You Think You Are?" Series On April 20

Lisa Kudrow, Sarah Jessica Parker and Susan Sarandon explore their family histories in the U.S. reality series "Who Do You Think You Are?" NBC said Tuesday.

The program, which former "Friends" star Kudrow also executive produces, is set to premiere April 20.

In conjunction with Kudrow's production company Is or Isn't Entertainment and the U.K.'s Wall to Wall productions, the new show is an adaptation of the hit, award-winning British television documentary series of the same name.

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22 December 2008

Norwegian TV Producers Seek Norwegian-Americans

A television production company wants to give Norwegian-Americans in the Midwest a chance to go to their ancestor's homeland.

Producers of Norway's version of "American Idol" and other shows say they're looking for outgoing Americans with Norwegian ancestry to go to Norway and compete for a $50,000 prize in "The Great Norway Adventure."

Participants must be 18 to 60 years old and can't have traveled to Norway before, apparently so the producers can film their initial reactions to all things Norwegian.

The deadline to submit an application to audition for the series is Jan. 25.

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8 September 2008

The Genealogy Guys To Celebrate 150th Episode!

The Genealogy Guys Podcast will celebrate its 150th episode this week!

Co-hosts George G. Morgan and Drew Smith published the first episode of the weekly podcast on 4 September 2005.

16 June 2008

Family Tree Magazine has launched a Podcast

Now you can hear about the best genealogy tools and tips by tuning into the free, monthly Family Tree Magazine Podcast.

In this online radio show, host Lisa Louise Cooke — creator of the popular Genealogy Gems podcast — takes you behind the scenes to learn more about the topics covered in Family Tree Magazine. Each 30-minute episode features interviews with genealogy experts and Family Tree Magazine editors on using genealogy Web sites, records and resources. Plus, editor Allison Stacy gives you sneak previews on upcoming issues and managing editor Diane Haddad delivers the scoop on the latest genealogy news.

You can listen whenever it’s convenient to you by visiting the FamilyTreeMagazine.com podcast page at http://www.familytreemagazine.com/podcast/

20 March 2008

RootsTelevision Wins 4 Tellys Awards

RootsTelevision Wins 4 Tellys Awards.

The Telly Awards “honor the very best local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the web.”

via Megan’s Roots World

12 March 2008

BBC genealogy show bought by NBC

NBC is to make a US version of the hit BBC genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are?, which will be co-executive produced by Friends star Lisa Kudrow.

Producers are researching the family trees of several interested candidates to see if they have compelling enough backgrounds.

"It's great storytelling, a journey of self-discovery for these celebrities and truly moving and life-changing," the NBC executive vice-president of alternative programming, Craig Plestis, said. "You often see a very different side of them."

Who Do You Think You Are? launched on BBC2 in 2004 and will air its fifth series this year on BBC1.

The fourth series launched last summer with it highest audience ever - 6.8 million viewers - tuning in.

International versions of the format are also in production in Canada and Australia.

5 March 2008

American Varietal

Jason Salavon crunched mountains of US Census data with code written in C and fed it all into Maya to craft sinuous ribbons representing the population of every US county over the course of more than 200 years.

“There are narratives in this data”, he says. “There are millions of stories about individuals and their travels across the country over time. I wanted to translate those into pure abstraction.”

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