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  • SusanneLevitsky@aol.com
    Protecting Your Digital Genealogical Information -- Mark Heckman Sunday, February 10, 10 a.m. Join us Sunday morning for Mark Heckman’s presentation on
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 6, 2008

       Protecting Your Digital Genealogical Information  -- Mark Heckman

      Sunday,  February 10, 10 a.m.
      Join us Sunday morning for Mark Heckman’s presentation on protecting digital files and photos in 
      the electronic age.   In the course of pursuing your family history you’ll collect a large amount of
       data – names and dates, documents, pictures, and even audio and video recordings -- more and
       more of which you’ll probably digitize and store on your computer and share in e-mail, on CD or
       DVD, or on the Web. Some of this data is sensitive; all of it is precious and reflects countless
       hours of effort.
      But how safe is it? Is your data backed up? How long will backups last? And how safe from theft is
       data you put on the Internet? In this talk, first presented at the international conference last 
      summer, Mark will discuss ways to protect your digital genealogical data from loss and theft, 
      both on your computer and online.


      Upcoming issue of Avotaynu

      We neglected to mention that the Winter issue of AVOTAYNU will focus on human interest stories uncovered by genealogists while they were doing research. One story describes how a genealogist proved a family legend that her ancestors met on the boat coming to the U.S, despite the fact  the man could not be found on the ship's manifest. Another describes a 40-year search for an aunt who came to the U.S. before the Holocaust.

      Our favorite would certainly be one by our own Teven Laxer, entitled “How Henry Stern Found Fred Hertz After 67 Years,” a story Teven has shared with us.


      Check out this Web site:  Dead Fred: The Genealogy Photo Archive


      From RootsWeb:  Wish you had a photo of your great-granduncle? Or have a photo of him that you wish you could share with other family? Dead Fred is a great site for posting and locating identified and unidentified photos.


      Right now the site boasts 14,521 surnames, 75,245 photos, and 1,212 photo reunions. If nothing else, it's a fun site to browse.  http://www.deadfred.com/

      (Editor's note -- a quick look turned up entries for JGSS surnames such as Hecht, Heckman and Yates, as well as the usual Cohens and Levys.)



      See you Sunday at 10 a.m. !

    • SusanneLevitsky@...
      10 a.m. Sunday for Gina Philibert-Ortega s presentation on the Works Progress Administration and genealogy sources. And here s a preview about Kelly Clarkson,
      Message 2 of 2 , Jul 19, 2013
        10 a.m. Sunday for Gina Philibert-Ortega's presentation on the Works Progress Administration and genealogy sources.
        And here's a preview about Kelly Clarkson, featured on the first show of "Who Do You Think You Are?" next Tuesday ...

        to air Tuesday, July 23, 9 p.m.  TLC
        Kelly Clarkson was here
        Area will be featured on TV show
        July 19, 2013   By Sam Shawver (sshawver@...) , The Marietta, Ohio Times
        It was a cold morning Feb. 23 when a car pulled to the curb in front of the Washington County Local History and Genealogy Library and out stepped pop singer and first "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson, along with a camera crew from The Learning Channel's "Who Do You Think You Are?" program.
        The show, in its fourth season, follows celebrities as they trace their ancestry and visit related sites.
        Clarkson was in town to learn about her great-great-great grandfather, Isaiah Rose, a Civil War veteran and former Ohio Senator who lived in the Coal Run area and is buried in Round Bottom Cemetery. The story of her quest will air at 9 p.m. Tuesday on TLC.
        Photo by DUSTIN SMITH, courtesy of The Learning Channel
        Singer Kelly Clarkson is shown at the gravesite of her great-great-great grandfather, Isaiah R. Rose, at the Round Bottom Cemetery in Coal Run during a February filming of The Learning Channel’s “Who Do You Think You Are?”
        "We knew they were coming and had closed the genealogy library for the day. They were here from around 9 or 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It was a pretty long day," said assistant librarian Eric Richendollar.
        He said Clarkson and the crew were very professional, but also easy to work with.
        "They brought two or three cameras and took shots from several different angles inside the library," Richendollar said.
        He wasn't sure if any of the local library staff would be shown in the episode, noting that TLC had brought their own genealogy expert to help Clarkson review the historical documents about her ancestor.
        "She was professional and nice, and seemed like a very down-to-earth person," Richendollar said of Clarkson. "It was a great experience for us."
        Grammy-winner Clarkson, 31, shot to fame after winning "American Idol" in 2002 and has since sold more than 20 million albums, with hits including "Miss Independent," "Since U Been Gone," "Walk Away," "Mr. Know It All," My Life Would Suck Without You, "Already Gone" and "Stronger."
        Clarkson's great-great-great grandfather Isaiah R. Rose was born in Belmont County in 1842, but when he was a small boy the family moved to Coal Run, according to a history of Isaiah Rose by Betty K. Rose of Devola. The article was published in a 2010 edition of the Lower Muskingum Historical Society's "Reflections Along the Muskingum" periodical.
        Rose, 86, wrote that Isaiah enlisted with the Ohio Volunteer Infantry in 1861, at the beginning of the Civil War and served with General William Tecumseh Sherman's army during the infamous "March to the Sea."
        Isaiah's younger brother, Thompson Rose, who also served with the OVI, was fatally wounded at one point, and while attempting to help his brother Isaiah was captured by the Confederate Army and was confined to the Andersonville Prison in Georgia for seven months.
        After serving through the war, Isaiah returned to the Coal Run area and eventually became a senator in the Ohio General Assembly in 1906. He died on Nov. 26, 1916 in Coal Run.
        "I always admired Isaiah because after returning from the war he realized he needed an education and attended public school with his son," Betty Rose said.
        Local genealogy historian Ernie Thode, who also works at the library, was not there the day of the filming, but said the library had been contacted by TLC back in November about the planned visit.
        Mayo said before Clarkson and the crew left the library Feb. 23 he presented the singer with a "souvenir" basket of local wine from Marietta Wine Cellars.
        "I basically just had time to hand it to her and then they had to leave-they were on a tight schedule," he said. "But she really appreciated it."
        Thode said he was able to watch an advance preview of the "Who Do You Think You Are?" episode recently.  "There's some 'teaser' footage of Marietta and the W.P. Snyder, and later she pulls up in front of the library before she goes inside," he said.
        From the library Clarkson and the crew drove north on Ohio 60 to Coal Run where she's filmed at Isaiah Rose's final resting place in Round Bottom Cemetery.
        It was dusk when they arrived at the graveyard. Local historian Phillip Crane said his wife mentioned seeing a lot of bright lights at the cemetery that evening.
        During some research in the wake of Clarkson's visit, Crane discovered she has more than one connection to the area.
        "I found out that Kelly's grandmother was Mary George who lived in Parkersburg, W.Va.," he said. "And Kelly's mother, Jeanne Rose, grew up in Parkersburg and graduated from Belpre High School."
        Crane also found the star has connections to other relatives in the area, including the Ewing and Humiston families.
        He said more information about Clarkson and her family will be included in his column, "An Eye on the Lower Muskingum," in Saturday's edition of The Marietta Times.
        Thode said in addition to being entertaining, the TLC episode will give the county genealogy library some great exposure.
        "The publicity is valuable, but it also shows that we do serve everybody here," he said. "Just this week we've had people from Mesa, Ariz. and South Carolina doing genealogical research."
        Richendollar agreed.
        "We're very fortunate that our library directors have realized the importance of this facility," he said. "People from all over the country and all over the world come here to research their family histories, even if their ancestor was just passing through."
        Mayo said the TLC airing of Clarkson's visit is exciting news for the local area, but also indicates the quality of the genealogy library supported by the resources of the Washington County Library System.
        "I would put our genealogy department up against any other library in the state," he said.
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