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Elephind: A Digital Newspaper Collections Search Engine

elephind_logo_bigElephind is a great service that searches online digital newspaper collections. Best of all, it is available free of charge.

Elephind.com is a search engine that operates much like Google, Bing, or other search engines. The one thing that is different with Elephind is that it searches only historical, digitized newspapers. It enables you to search, for free, across many newspaper sites simultaneously, rather than having to visit each collection’s web site separately.

At this time, Elephind...

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The Future of Cloud Storage

I have written often about the advantages and disadvantages of file storage in the cloud. (See https://goo.gl/mO4cjC for a lengthy list of my past articles.) Now BackBlaze, one of the major providers of file space in the cloud, has published an article with an infographic showing just how popular cloud file storage services have become.

Amongst the facts mentioned:

Backblaze-History-Growth-of-the_iPhone-iCloud_WF_Dec03_AMore than 2.5 quintillion bytes of data being created DAILY in the cloud. That is 2,500,000,000,000,000,000 bytes. Yes, file...

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(+) The Problems with OCR

The following is a Plus Edition article, written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

OCRMuch of the genealogy information available on the World Wide Web is obtained from old books, published many years ago. With today’s technology, vendors are finding it easy to scan the books and to convert the pages into computer text. The results are placed online and the text becomes searchable in Google and other search engines, as well as each site’s own “search box.” The conversion...

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FamilySearch Event Preserves over 10 Million Global Family Records

As a result of the FamilySearch Worldwide Indexing event, 116,475 volunteers from around the globe saved nearly 10.5 million historic family records. This three-day event shattered previous week-long indexing event records. Here is the announcement written by FamilySearch:

Worldwide genealogy event recruits more than 116,000 volunteers and shatters previous record

SALT LAKE CITY (July 25, 2016)—From July 15 to 17, FamilySearch International hosted the world’s largest known indexing...

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What Can a Hacker Do with Your Genetic Information?

Apparently not much, according to an article by Kaleigh Rogers in the Motherboard web site at http://goo.gl/fYKz2A.

Rogers focuses on the idea of someone hacking into the big databases used by genealogists at 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, Ancestry DNA, and similar companies. She points out that there are easier ways to obtain someone’s DNA than by trying to hack into encrypted databases:

“Someone could hack into your account on a genetics site, or even just collect your DNA from a...

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