My grandparents were lucky enough to make it to Ellis Island – gateway to ‘The Land of the Free and Home of the Brave’. I can only imagine their tears as they saw the Statue of Liberty for the first time. Fleeing the violence and oppression in Russia – they saw America as their last, best hope.
As we take stock of ourselves this Freedom Weekend – we should look back at our own roots… remembering the immortal words of Emma Lazarus’ poem, forever emblazoned within Lady Liberty:
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Want to trace your ancestry? Here are some great apps to track and share your roots:
- Shrubs – Unlike many of the genealogy apps available for the iPhone, Shrubs is a stand-alone program and can import a GEDCOM file from your desktop genealogy program of choice. View it in iTunes
- FamViewer – Another stand-alone genealogy viewer, FamViewer accepts GEDCOM imports from your desktop genealogy software, as well as from Ancestry.com. View it in iTunes
- GedView – Yet another stand-alone GEDCOM viewer for the iPhone. GedView, by David Knight, offers individual and family views, as well as sources and notes.View it in iTunes
- Reunion for iPhone – As you might expect from the name, this iPhone/iPod Touch app works directly with the Mac OS X genealogy software, Reunion 9, including syncing capabilities. View it in iTunes
- MobileFamilyTree – Designed to work with Synium’s MacFamilyTree software, this mobile application for the iPhone and iPod touch lets you view your tree and even make changes to it on the go, and keeps these changes in sync with your MacFamilyTree files. View it in iTunes
CapMac hold a Genealogy Special Event led by Craig K Gowens on Saturday, July 23rd from noon until 2pm at the Old Quarry Branch Library. The first session will discuss online resources for genealogy research.