Survey: Genealogists, historians and copyright issues

From the National Genealogical Society blog, comes this nugget:

Dear Genealogist,

A research project at the University of Maryland aims to learn more about how historians and genealogists deal with copyright issues when using online archival sources.

In particular, we are looking for genealogists who have used the online holdings of American archival institutions in their research, and who are willing to participate in a focus group or telephone interview to discuss how you deal with copyright issues that arise in your uses of online archival material.

Focus Groups: will be held on a weekday in the Washington, D.C., area will last for approximately 2 hours will consist of 5-8 participants. Participants will receive a $50 honorarium.

Interviews: will be conducted by telephone will last for approximately 1 hour. Participants will receive a $25 honorarium.

Interested? Contact Dr. Jean Dryden, principal investigator, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland College Park.

Sacramento: Facial recognition technology for genealogy, April 18

“Facial Recognition Technology for Genealogy,” with Daniel Horowitz, will be the topic at the next meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento (California), on Sunday, April 18.

The program begins at 10m, at the Albert Einstein Residence Center.

Facial recognition technology is used worldwide in the security industry. It can also help identify people in old family photos, discover other people related to you and enable reconnection of lost branches.

Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Daniel has lived in Israel with his family since 2005. He is the database and translation manager for, a genealogy social networking site. Among his other “hats,” he’s the IAJGS webmaster and at the Horowitz Family Association. He was the founder of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Venezuela.

For additional information, directions and more, see the JGSS site or send an email.