Revolutionary War Veterans, FamilySearch, Inoreader, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 2, 2019


Tennessee Secretary of State: State Library & Archives Launches New Digital Project on Revolutionary War. “As our nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day, the Tennessee State Library & Archives has launched Patriot Paths, a new project that uses Revolutionary War pension records to map the paths that these soldiers took before and after their service. The project, which is still in progress, was unveiled by State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill at the National Genealogical Society’s recent annual convention.”


FamilySearch Blog: New Records on FamilySearch from June 2019. “FamilySearch expanded its free online archives in June of 2019 with over 15 million new indexed family history records from all over the world. New historical records were added from American Samoa, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, England, Germany, Lesotho, Liberia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the United States, which includes Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia.”

Inoreader: Automate Like a Boss With Zapier and Inoreader. “By creating Zaps with Zapier you can automate an endless amount of different actions – for example if you broadcast an article within Inoreader, you can send it to Buffer or automatically save your starred articles to Instapaper. Or even the other way around – you can save stuff in Inoreader from other apps. For example you can save YouTube videos matching certain search term into an Inoreader tag. Neat huh?” Argh. I want to try this but Zapier ain’t cheap.


Hongkiat: 50+ Best Sites to Download High Quality Royalty-Free Images. “In this showcase I put together a collection of 50+ sites with beautiful free stock photos and royalty-free images that you can choose from. Hopefully, they will help you to spice up your future designs.”


Trib Live: Pittsburgh institute gearing up for impending sainthood of Cardinal Newman. “As interest in [John Henry] Newman’s sainthood builds, the Oakland institute hopes to capitalize on the canonization by launching the NINS Digital Collection — expected to be the most comprehensive digital archive of Newman-related works in the country. In total, the NINS Digital Collection will house more than 200,000 digitized images of Newman’s handwritten papers, his published books and articles, and never-before-seen manuscripts from the Birmingham Oratory archive.”

ProPublica: Inside the Secret Border Patrol Facebook Group Where Agents Joke About Migrant Deaths and Post Sexist Memes. “Members of a secret Facebook group for current and former Border Patrol agents joked about the deaths of migrants, discussed throwing burritos at Latino members of Congress visiting a detention facility in Texas on Monday and posted a vulgar illustration depicting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez engaged in oral sex with a detained migrant, according to screenshots of their postings.”


The Register: Cop a load of this: 1TB of police body camera videos found lounging around public databases. “Jasun Tate, CEO of Black Alchemy Solutions Group, told The Register on Monday he and his team had identified about a terabyte of officer body cam videos, stored in unprotected internet-facing databases, belonging to the Miami Police Department, and cops in other US cities as well as places aboard. The operators of these databases – Tate suggests there are five service providers involved – work with various police departments. The footage apparently dates from 2018 to present.”

Ars Technica: Researchers crack open Facebook campaign that pushed malware for years. “Researchers have exposed a network of Facebook accounts that used Libya-themed news and topics to push malware to tens of thousands of people over a five-year span.”


The Guardian: It’s not that we’ve failed to rein in Facebook and Google. We’ve not even tried. “The next great regulatory vision is likely to be framed by warriors for a democracy under threat: lawmakers, citizens and specialists, allied in the knowledge that only democracy can impose the people’s interests through law and regulation. The question is, what kind of regulation? Are existing approaches to privacy and antitrust law the answer? Both are critical but neither is adequate.”

University of California Davis: Using Facts to Promote Cancer Prevention on Social Media Is More Effective Than Personal Stories. “Researchers looked at thousands of Twitter messages to identify the effects of the type of sender (individuals or organizations) and content type (basic information and facts or personal stories). They found that people shared informational tweets about cervical cancer prevention significantly more than personal-experience tweets. Furthermore, people shared information from organization senders, regardless of the content, rather than individual senders.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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