Best Bytes for the Week of May 20, 2011

Still hanging around.

Well, it’s just after 5:00 p.m. PDT, and I’m still here. I’m guessing you are too, or you wouldn’t be reading this. Hopefully the fact that we’re both still hanging around is a good thing, so, I offer the following for your reading enjoyment. After all, you didn’t have any plans for tonight, did you?

In the News

May 20, 1873: The Pants That Changed the World

How the universe has grown: 5.3 billion mobile devices. That’s billion. With a “b.” Amazing. Infographic: A Look At The Size And Shape Of The Geosocial Universe In 2011.

Scientists Fight University of California to Study Rare Ancient Skeletons

Living history becomes part of school curriculum

Trade-In Your Used Cameras at Amazon for Gift Cards

Help Wanted

Schelly Talalay Dardashti of Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog is Calling all artists [to enter the] International Jewish Genealogy Month poster contest. Deadline for entry is June 15, 2011.

D. Lee at A Patient Genealogist wonders how much faith to put in Rootsweb Family Trees. See Wanting Wednesday: Is this a tangent?

Debi Austen at Who Knew? is about to embark on her first genealogy Research Trip, and needs some packing and pre-trip shopping advice.

Blaine Bettinger of The Genetic Genealogist has dedicated his DNA to the public domain. See My Genome Online – A Challenge To You to participate in the challenge.

Heather Kuhn Roelker from Leaves for Trees is doing some research for a friend and asks: Mexican Genealogy Research…where are the records?

Jessica from Jessica’s Genejournal has announced an Update to the Carnival of Central and Eastern European Genealogy. The deadline for submissions is June 17, 2011. wants your opinion: Jamboree: Focus Group Announcement.

The AOTUS asks: Are you in? YOU, the People: Citizen Archivists and Digital Engagement at The Text Message.

From the Blogs

Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings has been writing an interesting series about New Family Search Family Tree. There are 6 posts so far, but knowing Randy, there will be more. Follow them all here.

Also at Genea-Musings, Randy alerted California genealogists to the proposed legislation regarding California Vital Records. Get your wallets out, folks.

How do you decide on which genealogy sites and services to spend your hard-earned cash? Deborah Large Fox of Irish Genealogy: Help! The Faery Folk Hid My Ancestors! offers some GUIDELINES FOR BEING A SMART GENEALOGY CONSUMER.

I thought this was a great family photo: Getting Ready for a Wedding — Hopfengartner’s (1908) posted at Family History Tracing by David.

Jenna at Desperately Seeking Surnames asks: Musings On A Monday Lack of Courtesy or Lack of Common Sense? In other words, is lifting/borrowing/coping documents and photos from one tree to add to one’s own – without contacting the tree owner first – a lack of courtesy or a lack of common sense? (I say both.)

Where did they go? Follow the Epidemics, Plagues, and Scares from a3Genealogy by Kathleen Brandt.

Coolest ancestors of the week: I come from a long line of wizards… from Genealogy Geeks by Jen.

Blurb users: You Gotta See This + 20% Off Blurb Code, good until May 31st (from eighteen25).

For your weekly warm fuzzy: My Daughter’s View of the NGS 2011 Conference in Charleston from Climbing My Family Tree.

The Last Byte

This story really has nothing to do with genealogy or family history… yet. But it will someday, for one student’s family. A 7-Year-Old’s “Space Life” Wins The 2011 Doodle 4 Google Contest.

Congratulations, Matteo, and may you go on to do many more things to make your family proud!

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If I missed a good story, please share in the comments!

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Be sure to check out the weekly picks of Randy Seaver, Diane Haddad, Megan Smolenyak, Susan Petersen, Greta Koehl, Donna Pointkouski, Lynn Palermo, and the Follow Friday posts listed on Geneabloggers. Happy reading!

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