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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Share This application!

Are you familiar with the application "Share This"? I absolutely love it! I have installed the plug-in for Firefox, and now there is a little button on my Navigation bar for Share It. When I am at a website that I want to bookmark, I just click my Share It button, and tell it where to save it. There are lots of choices, including Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Google Bookmarks, Yahoo Bookmarks, Delicious, StumbleUpon and a whole bunch of others. OR I can e-mail it simply by putting in someone's e-mail address (even my own). What a handy tool!
For the Firefox plug-in, from your browser go to Tools > Add-ons > Get Add-ons > Browse All Add-ons, then where it says "Search for Add-Ons", type in ShareThis (no space) and enter. Then just click on the simple installation instructions and voila! You have a button on your browser!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Beyond satisfying...

You know that warm feeling you get when you do something nice for somebody else, and nobody knows you did it? Thats what I'm feeling right now. Tonight I helped a group of dedicated genealogists located a "next of kin" for an unclaimed person that was given to them by a coroner's office of a major US city. Not only did I help them, I found the decedent's brother, who had an online posting at a social networking site that said that he has been looking for his long lost brother for over 20 years, and located what appears to be a current address for him. The rules of the game however are that only the coroner's office makes the contact.

So its a bittersweet victory. Soon the coroner will be contacting the living sibling with the sad news that his brother passed away. The good news is that he will no longer be an unclaimed body in the morgue. And I get to walk around knowing that I've done a good deed. And put my genealogical research skills to a very, very good use.