Happy St. Valentine's Day to my readers. Today's post is about love stories found in ex-slave narratives at the Library of Congress. These narratives are available here: Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938. Containing more than 2,300 first person accounts of slavery and 500 photographs of former enslaved people, these narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project (FWP) of the Works Progress Administration, later renamed Work Projects Administration (WPA). At the conclusion of the Slave Narrative project, a set of edited transcripts was assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves. In 2000-2001, the Library of Congress digitized the narratives from the microfilm edition and scanned from the originals 500 photographs, including more than 200 that had never been microfilmed. The Library of Congress [...]
Today's post is about shortening Ancestry links. Lately I've been getting lots of very long URLs for links to specific records. Here's an example of a long URL for a record in the 1820 U.S. census: http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1820usfedcenancestry&gss= sfs28_ms_db&new=1&rank=1&msT=1&MS_AdvCB=1&gsfn=stephen &gsfn_x=1&gsln=kinsley&gsln_x=1&msrpn__ftp=Pomfret,%20 Chautauqua,%20New%20York,%20USA&msrpn=10284&msrpn_PInfo=8-|0|1652393|0|2|0|35|0|565|10284|0|0|&msrpn_x=1&msrpn__ftp_x=1& MSAV=2&uidh=dg5 I want to paste this link into my family tree program as usual. But I quickly bump up against the character limits for the citation field in my family tree software and get this message: There are several ways to overcome long URLs, but here are two of the easiest and quickest. When you find a record with a long URL, click on one of the records Ancestry suggests for that person on the right side of the window. Then click again on the link to the record you found originally. This time the page should load with a much shorter URL. If that doesn't work, I turn to [...]
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As a RootsTech 2016 speaker and ambassador, I'm giving away one free 3-day RootsTech 2016 pass through my website, Sassy Jane Genealogy. If you're planning to attend RootsTech 2016, read on for the way to enter this giveaway. RootsTech 2016 is 3-6, 2016 at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. With an excellent exhibit hall, more than 200 classes, and inspirational keynote speakers (Doris Kearns Goodwin!!), RootsTech 2016 is bigger and better than ever. This year at RootsTech, I'm presenting Managing Your Digital Research Environment on Saturday on 6 Feb 2016. When you organize your digital records and online life, your genealogy research is more effective. My session helps you: 1) put your digital research records in order, using professional archival organization techniques, and 2) manage your online life. Avoid information overload and get organized online using specific Internet tools, and genealogy and productivity apps. To enter my contest for a free RootsTech 2016 pass, click on [...]