Ruth's Genealogy

“I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” -Abraham Lincoln

What has been happening in the world of genealogy during this past week?

Probably the biggest news item this week is MyHeritage’s acquiring of BackupMyTree.

BackupMyTree bills itself as “The Easiest Way to Preserve Your Family’s History. Fast, automatic backup and off-site storage for all of your family tree files. All of the popular family tree file formats are supported. Download your files at any time. FREE, simple, easy, safe & secure.”

Need some clarification of copyright laws? SassyJane has pointed out a nifty chart that’s sure to help!

If you use, heads up! You have until Sept 23 to transfer your bookmarks to another service or lose them

The long established, popular social bookmarking service,, is undergoing a major facelift after being acquired by the founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. Although there’s not many details about the exact changes to the site, existing members must agree to let Yahoo transfer their bookmarks to the new Internet company AVOS, by September 23 2011.

Google+ is now available to everyone, no invite needed.

According to Google, they have made exactly 99 improvements to Google+ and the 100th is making Google+ available to everyone. All you have to do is head over to and click the Sign In button to sign in with your regular Google account and create your Google+ profile. Of course, if you don’t have a Google account you can click the create new account button to make one.

Something that I have recently discovered is genealogy-related webinars. Wow, talk about an undiscovered resource! Where to find them? Check out DearMYRTLE’s GeneaWebinars.

And finally, this bit of news just popped up this morning. Seems no longer employs Adobe Flash to display images, due to on-going security issues. Understandable…

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