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3 Dec 2013

Dashlane Is My New Must-Have App – Tuesday’s Tip

Dashlane is my new must-have app, the one I want forever in my Genealogy Productivity folder on my iPad and iPhone or my desktop for that matter. It’s billed as a password manager, but it’s so much more than that. Yes, it keeps track of your passwords, automatically logs you in to any website on any of your devices (desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone on any platform), and never loses passwords. In fact, with your permission, Dashlane can burrow into your browsers and mine them for user names and passwords you might have forgotten. It’s also autofills forms seamlessly in any browser on any device and eWallet app, all using military-grade encryption. Remember one master password and Dashlane keeps track of the others. Readers might remember my search for the ideal password manager in the past. If you want to take Dashlane for a spin, use this link to download and get the first six months of [...]

29 Oct 2013

Genealogy and Inflation Calculators – Tuesday’s Tip

Genealogy and inflation calculators is Tuesday’s Tip. I was looking at some 1905 divorce records the other day and noticed that my great-grandfather owed $2.50 per week in child support. Since he worked as a day laborer and timekeeper, I suspect that the $2.50 represented a significant amount for him. To find a more precise answer to questions like this, I used to use NASA’s inflation calculator, but recently I found a set of calculators that I think are very impressive. […]

22 Oct 2013

Mapping 1890 German Ancestry is Tuesday’s Tip

Natives of the Germanic Nations from the 1890 Census Today's post is about mapping 1890 German ancestry in the U.S. There are more Americans of German extraction living in this country today than any other ethnicity. At least seven million German natives emigrated to the United States between 1800 and the present. Most arrived between 1840 and 1914, with peak immigration to America in the early 1880s, as was the case with my German ancestors. Driven by limited opportunities in German-speaking countries of Europe, many emigrants settled in the Midwest, large cities in the East, the state of Washington, and parts of Texas and California. Using data from the now-lost 1890 census, the map above shows relative population density of "natives of Germanic nations" across the U.S. Twenty individuals or more per square mile are the darkest areas; the lightest color shows fewer than one-half per square mile. Cities and areas with [...]

15 Oct 2013

Preserving Home Movies is Tuesday’s Tip

Courtesy Center for Home Movies Other posts in the Sassy Jane Preserving series are here. Preserving Home Movies October 19 is International Home Movie Day 2013. The celebration began in 2002 by film archivists concerned about preserving home movies shot on film during the 20th century. Boxes full of family memories are sometimes not seen for lack of a projector, or out of fear that the films were too fragile to be viewed. So haul out those home movies and have a family film festival. And after that pause for a moment and think about how you are saving home movies. Is the format outmoded? Is the film brittle? Are transfers on CDs unplayable? Are they still in shoeboxes in your attic? If you’re like me, you probably have some you hope never see the light of day. But I promise your family will find you adorable even [...]