Category Archives: Computers

Another BillionGraves Story

Our local genealogy society receives numerous research requests, some of which are to photograph a tombstone of an ancestor.  The biggest challenge in taking the photograph (other than picking a day when the weather conditions are favorable!) is locating the … Continue reading

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Facebook to the Genealogy Rescue

I am a huge proponent of technology when it can be used for furthering genealogy research.  In fact, more and more research is being done using the Internet and social media.  Not everything is online (and never will be) and … Continue reading

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In the Beginning …

Many years ago when I began my genealogy quest, all of my material fit into this container. Of course, that was B.C., (Before Computers), and I had not a fraction of what I now have accumulated … all 12 drawers, … Continue reading

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Out With the Old

Ah, one of my digital toys tools has outlasted the projected life span … namely, the HP Ipaq 2495b shown here.  I purchased it in 2006 and loved using it, a combination personal planner and pocket computer. It ran Windows … Continue reading

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Words From a True Genealogist

Jane Delger, a friend of mine, has been working for a number of years on an immigration database called OGF “Auswanderer.”  It contains the names of many emigrants from the area of Oldenburg,Germany, among them many who had Ostfriesen relatives … Continue reading

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Rapid Success

Faster than I could say “genealogy” “Facebook” “blog” and “Iowa Genealogical Society” we reached the magic number of 25 followers and obtained the vanity URL for the Iowa Genealogical Society Facebook page. The first request was to use IGS but … Continue reading

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A Little Translation Across the Pond

Recently, several emails have been exchanged between a historian in Rommerskirchen, Germany, and myself.  My correspondent across the ocean is not entirely comfortable communicating in English, so he composes his emails messages in his native German language. However, I speak … Continue reading

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Bouncing Back … With a Little Help from Genealogy

After a nasty bout with a spring virus, I’m on the mend. It’s also been, and continues to be, a busy genealogy week. And that may just be the tonic needed! The Story County Genealogical Society (SCGS) met Monday evening … Continue reading

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Gems in the Conversation

One of the best genealogy treasures I have is a recorded interview with my aunt Ella Kruse,  a resident of the Diamond Acres Care Center in Bridgewater, South Dakota at the time of our conversation in May 2003.   Ella passed … Continue reading

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