Ancestry:Introducing We Remember – Free Online Memorials. “With We Remember, you can quickly and easily create a free public memorial page for a loved one. Rather than being a research page, the We Remember page is designed to gather and showcase memories about your loved one. You can celebrate their life by bringing together those who knew them and collecting stories, and photos, to paint a rich picture of who they were.”
Miami Herald: That DNA you send in the mail can help trace your ancestry. It can also get you arrested.. “Trying to unravel the mystery of your genetics through programs like 23andMe.com or Ancestry.com can also help police unravel a criminal investigation. That saliva sample sent to those genetic testing companies with the purpose of learning more about your ancestral history doesn’t just belong to you. With a warrant, it can also belong to law enforcement, company officials say.”
The Next Web: This Twitter bot will colorize your black-and-white photos in seconds for free. “Colorise Bot is a Twitter bot which, if you tweet it a photograph of a black-and-white photograph, will transform it into a picture of technicolor genius. The best part? It’s super fast, with some images colorized in a matter of seconds.” I tweeted something at the bot, and it turned around pretty quickly, but did not show up in my TweetDeck mentions.
BusinessWire: New Website Featuring Genealogy of Every American Community (PRESS RELEASE). “Genealogical records for every part of America as well as most foreign countries are among the millions of records indexed by a new website https://edu.global . ‘For the first time, we can say that every county, township, parish, rural area, village, town and city in America are recorded family-by-family, person-by-person,’ Noel Elliot, Director of Research for Global Research Library Inc., says. He added, ‘I’m happy to say that most native peoples and tribal members have their ancestors recorded in special census-type records.'” I know that folks are always looking for new genealogy resources, but I’m troubled by the lack of specifics in the press release. Membership in the site is a modest $25 a year.
Somerset Live: Remembrance Day: On Armistice Day 2017 search for those in your family or street who died in The Great War. “If you have ever wondered whether any members of your family or if people who used to live on your street, were among the fallen during the 1914-1918 war, then this database allows you to search for them easily.. You can search by any combination of first name (or initial), surname, street or town/city. You don’t have to fill in all the boxes – you can fill as many or as few as you like.” Pretty sure this is UK-only. The search interface is at the bottom of the article. Update: After I posted this to my personal Facebook and tagged a couple of genealogists, genealogist Amy Johnson Crow responded: “Thanks for sharing that, Tara. You’re right — it’s a UK/Canada/Australia/New Zealand database; it’s from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It looks like it includes only those who are buried in military cemeteries or who have their names included on a memorial.” I am including the comment here with her permission. Thanks Amy!
FindMyPast: 5 Days of FREE Military Records: What’s Included?. “All of Findmypast’s military records are FREE to access from 8-12 November 2017. To mark Remembrance Weekend, we’re making all of our military record collections FREE to everyone from Wednesday 8 – Sunday 12 November 2017.” Unfortunately I didn’t see this until now…
Genealogy’s Star: Remarkable Lists of Genealogy Pages on Facebook. “Occasionally something comes along that moves from the ordinary to the extraordinary. I have been writing for some time about the movement of online genealogy from blogging to social networking websites such as Facebook.com. These lists compiled by Genealogist Katherine R. Willson and others dramatically illustrate that movement.” I am not a fan of genealogy societies (or anybody) using Facebook/Twitter/etc as their only platform; I think that’s really risky. On the other hand, this must have taken a LOT of work.