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Edmond (Oklahoma) Historical Society Research Library and Genealogical Center Opens at a New Location

The Edmond Historical Society Research Library and Genealogical Center has reopened at the Edmond Historical Society and Museum. The research library is now housed in the northwest corner of the museum gallery. The library’s glass walls highlight the architectural details of the 1936 Works Progress Administration Armory building while showcasing library resources.

The noncirculating collection includes books, periodicals and manuscripts available for use by students, historians,...

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GIC, Silver Lake Close Strategic Investment in Ancestry, Valued at $2.6 Billion

This business transaction has been in progress for some time. See https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aeogn.com+%22Silver+Lake%22&ia=web for my earlier articles about this. Now the transition is complete, according to published reports. Silver Lake Partners and GIC have completed their transaction to acquire substantial equity stakes in Ancestry.com LLC at an enterprise value of approximately $2.6 billion.

The announcement states:

“Claiming to be the largest for-profit genealogy...

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Your CD Collection is Dying

If you’ve tried listening to any of your old music CDs lately—if you even own them anymore—you may have noticed they often won’t play. The same is probably true of data stored on CD-ROM disks; the older ones are deteriorating and are becoming more and more difficult to use. The data CD-ROM disks are producing more read errors than they used to.

Luckily, there are easy solutions available if you take steps NOW.

CD and CD-ROM data formats were never designed for long-term data...

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Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research Announces New Courses

The following announcement was written by the folks at the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research:

Virtual Institute announces summer and fall 2016 courses.

RALEIGH, North Carolina, 22 May 2016. The Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research would like to announce several exciting new courses that will be offered during the summer and fall 2016. The schedule sees new courses from several of our popular past instructors as well as a few new instructors with their first Virtual...

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A Cartoon about Long-term Storage of Digital Data

Genealogists, archivists, and historians are always concerned about preserving information, pictures, videos, and more. Unlike paper or microfilm, storing data digitally can preserve information for centuries if the data is properly preserved and is copied to new, more modern media and file formats every few years.

The geek cartoon, xkcd, has an interesting viewpoint on long-term digital storage at http://xkcd.com/1683.

My thanks to newsletter reader Russell Houlton for telling me about the...

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