a minor or trivial detail(s, trifles)
Stanczyk has been mired in minutia or since it is a plethora of minutia, then perhaps minutiae is appropriate. However, I like the sound of minutia, while minutiae sounds like a Japanese anime character. You see, I am mired in a mountain of minutia — even my writing has been infected by the minutia.
I Tweaked the Blog Again …
- I deleted a redundant page and now have the TABs (really menus, although not properly used that way) at the top. Down the side I now have: About Stanczyk, Gazetteers, & Maps
- Gazetteers is now complete (or at least no longer under construction) and is a credible resource to start your work on gazetteers.
- The other two pages had slight tweaks to them.
- I am evolving the top TABs (Dziennik Polski, Biechow, Pacanow, etc.) in true menus, with menu items. I hope this will organize my materials for faster finding and utilization and to provide for more content, easily found and to make better use of that scarce real estate at the top.
Keep your eyes peeled.
Roots Technology …
Stanczyk has been trying to get his Roots Tech organized and ready to be deployed. As you know technology is slippery as an eel and hard to master/muster into a kind of electronic Swiss knife. My focus is portable genealogy — taking my research & tools with me into the field (uh, libraries, archives, churches/synagogues, courthouses, vital records offices, and cemeteries). So the smartphone and the cloud have been an emphasis. My latest tool in my bag of tricks is the iPhone app: ImageToText . This little application allows you to take a picture of a page of text, it recognizes the text (in the picture just taken), and then you can email that text to yourself (or anyone else really). So now you do not have to scribble down that paragraph of text or that page from a city directory. Just (1) start ImageToText, (2) Take a picture, (3) Send an email. What comes to your mailbox is NOT the image but OCR’ed (OCR is optical character recognition) text in the body of the email message. I like that a lot.
LDS Films Online …
I have mentioned this a couple of times before. It was a concept that was coming. It came. OK I tried it, but I could not use the first implementation because they could NOT return a list of MY Family History Centers (why would I want to order a microfilm that was only for other states, i. e. UT). Ok ,they have finally fixed their problems and I can now report that My Account is working. So go to familysearch.org/film and create an account, set it up and start ordering microfilm.
https://www.familysearch.org/films/customer/account/ – Keep this handy (Bookmark it / Make it a Favorite). This is the link to your Microfilm/Account Dashboard.
Alexa Website Ranking …
When I compiled the Genealogy Website Rankings, this blog was ranked 112th (approximately because it is hard to find all genealogy websites) as the 12.8Millionth most popular website. About a month ago, I was the 10.5Millionth most popular website and caught Ceil Wendt-Jensen’s MIPolonia. Today, I am sitting at the 7.2Millionth most popular website. OK, Google and Facebook do not have anything to fear from this website. But now I have passed one of my favorite blogs, “What’s Past Is Prologue”. I am deeply grateful for your support, please keep reading and coming back — I will keep getting better.
Fascinating experiment. If I were to compile the list today, this blog would now be the 100th most popular genealogy website!
I will be moving the Genealogy Website Rankings from the top TABs to the right side of this blog, under PAGEs.