When reviewing family histories, documents are often among the most fruitful finds. Report cards, letters and diplomas are among the most common family documents but another important piece of handwritten family history is the postcard.
If you’re like most, you have boxes, albums, frames, slide trays, journals, file cabinets, memories… filled with treasured moments… that are fading away. You’d like to relive these memories and share them with loved ones and future generations.
The winners of the Unsung Heroes Award for the 3rd Quarter 2019 have been announced at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in Washington, DC.
The Unsung Heroes Award is a collaborative program between The Genealogy Guys Podcast and Vivid-Pix, makers of RESTORE software. the program was launched in 2019 to acknowledge and celebrate members of the genealogy community who are leading the way in digitizing, indexing, and transcribing photographs and documents. Nominations are accepted in five categories: Individuals; Societies; Libraries & Archives; Youth; and Posthumous. Awards will not necessarily be made in all categories each quarter.
Unsung Heroes Award Presentation to MyHeritage at Jamboree
Dateline: Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, Burbank, CA, June 1, 2019
Here is a photo from Saturday, June 1, 2019, at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank, California, at which Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage accepted the Unsung Heroes Award. Left to right; Rick Voight of Vivid-Pix, Daniel Horowitz, and Drew Smith of The Genealogy Guys.
When you first start learning about genealogy and family history, a term you will see a lot is “metadata.” Metadata is a technical word for the type of information you and I deal with all the time: It’s the information describing the content of a photo or document. Think of the writing on the back of an old photo print, where the date, the location and the people in the photo are scrawled. This is important information that puts the photo in context and, in the days of film photography, this data was written by hand.
The Fourth of July holiday is celebrated by most Americans with a trip to the beach, a barbecue, a firework display or a parade. It’s a recognition of the values and traditions that have made the United States a beacon for the world.
Those Independence holiday celebrations are a great opportunity to create new memories and remember traditions. Independence Day is not just a great time to get the family together but also to share stories and family history.
For many Americans, Memorial Day is the start of summer vacations, barbecues and outings. It’s the capstone of a three-day holiday weekend. Memorial Day, however, is much more than that for millions of Americans who remember those who died in service to the country.
This category is defined as a person over the age of 21 years of age who has been involved in digitizing, indexing, or otherwise electronically making previously unavailable genealogical materials accessible to other people.
Jim Powell, Jr.
There are tens of thousands of people digitizing, indexing, and preserving images of the past, whether they be document images, photographs, postcards, newspapers, and so many diverse records. New materials are literally discovered everyday. It takes the efforts of countless unsung heroes to organize and prepare these historical and genealogical treasures for preservation, and then to generate the highest quality digital images possible. The images then need to be indexed for ease of location, and transcriptions to fulfill placing them in context.
Our first individual winner in the Unsung Heroes Award is Jim Powell, Jr., of Waldo, Alachua County Florida. An employee of the Alachua County Clerk of Court, it was his love of history, programming experience, and photography that began his journey into digitizing the ancient records, and developing a huge multi-state group of dedicated volunteer who help clean up digital images, index them, and every-word transcribe their contents. Over 500,000 images have been digitized and are every-word searchable, and over 35,000 pages have been transcribed. Visit the Ancient Records: http://www.alachuaclerk.org/archive/default.cfm.