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  • Sep9

    This afternoon I was searching online for a reference to an event I helped run several years ago, hoping to see if I could find the name of a subject matter expert I’ve completely forgotten.

    FBI New York Metro Chapter InfraGard Meeting and Health Care Symposium While doing so, I ended up finding some old references to myself during a 12+ year period where I helped found and run a critical infrastructure security organization called InfraGard in New York. I thought, “Hmm, I should be saving these.”

    For quite a few years now I have pounded the pavement both figuratively and electronically searching for genealogical records to document our family history. But, you know what? I have not been a good archivist – Though I faithfully take several hundreds of family photos each year for our future family memory, I have almost completely forgotten to also keep track of our current professional and public lives in any structured and interesting way.

    I’m quite proud of the things I helped accomplish in that organization. And oddly enough, information on the Internet can have both a surprisingly long and a surprisingly ephemeral shelf life.

    While there may be some things in my online presence that may not reach that level of pride, there are other things that will certainly help give my great-grandkids a taste of now.

    (By the way, that’s a post-Hurricane Sandy tweet.)

    In the past, people snipped newspapers and pasted them into scrapbooks. I’m going to make an effort to go back and start some virtual scrapbooking and archiving so my descendents see that I was more than my <adjective> Twitter feed. (Which, of course, they’ll be able to find at the Library of Congress.)

    Now,  if you’ll excuse me, I have some college era photos to white out.

  • Jul3

    A quick post for today – and not a directly genealogical one, but a very useful one in my opinion.

    Whether genealogy-related or not, I’m sure you all have had a time when you needed to move a whole bunch of files from one place to another. Or, perhaps you wanted to move some files at some regular interval?

    Did you want to only move these files if they were newer? Or perhaps put them in a folder automagically named to include the date or other information? Then I have the tool for you!

    I have used this nifty little Replicator utility from Karenware.com for many years now, and it is terrific.

    Of course, one could write a command line batch file to do some of the functionality of the tool, and then set up a Windows (or Mac) task to run at certain times. But, have you used Windows task scheduler? Harumph. I’ve had to completely delete functioning tasks and recreate them from scratch at odd times after a previously functioning task decided to stop working.

    Or one could even drag and drop files and folders by hand between two windows – but what happens when the copy or move fails for some reason? Was it because of disk space, or you hit escape or cancel by mistake? Who knows?

    Karenware ReplicatorReplicator makes it all much easier and includes a graceful exit for problems with logging that will give you a clue to what happened. And it is free. Click here to visit that site for more information and to download the tool.

    Note: For whatever reason, there is a slightly newer version 3.6.9 available over on Cnet, although I am not sure what changes were made from the 3.6.8 version on Karenware.com.

  • Jun25

    What do you do when your family history research has hit a brick wall and you’re out of ideas? How about filling in some historical background on the locations and times of your ancestors? One very good resource for those with New York City connections is Kings Views of New York City, 1903.

    It contains almost 100 pages of photos and when paired with The Google Maps Street View can make a fun way of touring Manhattan past and present.

    This particular book is both viewable, clippable, embeddable and possibly some other -ables Online, as well as downloadable (see! I knew there was another -able!) in PDF format for your Offline enjoyment.

    One nice example – a north-looking view up 5th Avenue at 44th Street from the time – a very different look now on Street View – although you can still *just* see the spire of the church several block north…


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  • Jun13

    A short Foto Friday post – Happy Father’s Day to all!

    My Dad is the fellow on the left below. He was stationed in Washington, DC at the end of WWII and later in the Machine Records Division out of 90 Church Street in Manhattan. (Right next to the World Trade Center site now.)

    Mike Tierney, Washington, DC, 1944