Archive for February, 2011

February 27, 2011

Genealogy and Antiques

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

German Fraktur - Birth & Baptism

Stanczyk wishes that the Poles would create artwork of this style for their births. How beautiful this German Fraktur artwork of a family Birth and Baptism. Now I would hasten to add that this is not my family, but none the less it drew my attention and I had to take a picture, so I asked the proprietor if I may take a picture of this lovely piece and obviously he said yes.

This baptism and birth record is yet another example of the places we genealogists can find our answers. This lovely record surrounded by two angels and topped by an American Eagle and covered with detailed ornate borders and ended with four birds that would make John James Audubon proud … Hmmm I wonder is he was  ever inspired by these contemporary PA Dutch treasures.

The picture on the left is a record of Joseph Carl Rupp’s birth/baptism. Birth 5/19/1848 and Baptism in July 23rd of the same year in Macungie Township, Lehigh County, PA. It is all in German.

This jester loves the beauty in such art. You,  my faithful readers, can find further information and enjoyment in  other examples online at our own local Philadelphia Free Library at the following link on Fraktur:

http://libwww.freelibrary.org/fraktur/frkLst.cfm?srch=4&subjectID=3948

Takle a look at this jester’s favorite Fraktur, of Michael Groff’s Birth/Baptism.

February 10, 2011

Portable Genealogy … Ancestry.com ‘s iPad/iPhone App

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Stanczyk waits on pins and needles and has his passions carried aloft in many directions as he waits for the arrival, God Willing, of Aleksander Benjamin & Chase Joseph.

So I thought I would take a shot at seeing what moje zona’s iPad could do for me in genealogical pursuits. Stanczyk was aiming at making the family tree more portable, so I could take it to archives and libraries and other genealogical venues.

Review. Well I liked the portability and having my research with me. It scores big points for portability. I give it even bigger points on the iPhone itself which seems almost ideal as a portable platform.  It downloads to the iPad/iPhone and you can use it even without being connected to the Internet. Cost: $0.00. That’s right, it is free !  That is even bigger points in this jester’s book. But how does the software work? It is an excellent rendition of the software you’d find at your ancestry.com, family tree. It works about identical so no learning curve. And if you supplied pictures of your documents and linked up your evidence and added notes to your various ancestors, then all that is available to you! You can navigate the family tree from the home person or do a search just like online. Click on a person and there is his/her details. You can see the info (events) of his life, or family members(mom/dad/sibs/spouse/kids). As I said previous, your photos are there. Evidence is there too (i.e. links to ancestry.com documents). You can edit the info (add a mother/father/spouse/child/sibling). I have not tried this feature out, so I will not comment on this feature. I was impressed with the easy install. When I navigated to their website it detected that I had an iPad and asked me if I wanted to download their app. Downloading was fast and easy. In fact, it was so natural, I did not realize I was at the Apple Store. It handled the fact that I had multiple tree and lets me work with whichever one I want.

 

More later as I get brave and test editing and verifying it works across all platforms (iPad, iPhone, laptop and iTunes — that all are in synch).

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