Month: May 2012

Dealing with citations

The toughest technical challenge I have found with genealogy is citations.  Creating good citations is not easy and it slows down the rest of your work. Yes they are vital to doing good genealogy.  So how do you come to … Continue reading

NEHGS Wins Two Top Awards for Lowell Genealogy

Scott Steward and Christopher Child Share Top Prizes from NGS and CSG

Boston, MA – May 22, 2012 – The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) announced today that one of its latest Newbury Street Press titles, The Descendants of Judge Jo…

1940 U.S. Census Community Project Nearly Halfway Complete

The halfway point for indexing the 1940 U.S. census is fast approaching.

Congratulations and thank you to all of the volunteers participating in this unprecedented genealogical community effort. Currently more than 20 states are at or above 85 percen…

I’m now an arbitrator

I’ve been indexing a lot of records for FamilySearch’s indexing project and started thinking I’d like to be an arbitrator.  In FamilySearch indexing, each document is indexed twice, and then an arbitrator resolves any differences between the two products.  I … Continue reading

Ancestry.com Set to Collaborate About Community Standards

Gilbert, AZ USA—May 17, 2012—Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) announced today that Ancestry.com, Inc. has finalized its plans to become a founding member of the organisation. FHISO is a newly-formed international orga…

Top names for 2011

The Social Security Administration has released its list of the most popular first names again.  I usually grumble about why the names are so popular because they often don’t make sense to me, but this year’s list isn’t too bad.  … Continue reading

Ancestry.com Comments on Status of Who Do You Think You Are?

PROVO, Utah, May 13, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM), the world’s largest online family history resource, today commented on NBC’s decision not to renew the Who Do You Think You Are? television series for a fourth season.

“We …

Information Overload? Effective Project Planning, Research, Data Management & Analysis #ngs2012

This morning I attended the session on Information Overload with Elizabeth Shown Mills.  This was a followup to yesterday’s session on working with family, friends, associates, and neighbors (FANs), with an emphasis on keeping track of all these people.  This … Continue reading

Association of Professional Genealogists Announces Golden Chapter Award and Welcomes New Chapter

Second Life APG Chapter Recognized for its Creativity in Bringing Together Members Virtually and Worldwide; New Indiana Chapter to Serve Professionals in Active Region for Genealogy

CINCINNATI, Ohio and WESTMINSTER, Colo., 11 May 2012—Today at the 2…

The 1940 US Census Community Project Announces Availability of Free, Name Indexed Records for Six States

First Set of High-Quality, Easy-to-Search Records Now Available to the Public Thanks to Efforts of Volunteer Indexers

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (May 9, 2012) – The 1940 U.S. Census Community Project announced today the availability of a free, searchable …

Ancestry.com Adds 10 Billionth Record to World’s Largest Online Family History Resource

Leader in Online Family History Has More Than Doubled Its Collection of Family History Records in Last Three Years

PROVO, Utah, May 10, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com (Nasdaq:ACOM), the world’s largest online family history resource, is celebra…

Room 206 #ngs2012

I’m  at the NGS conference in room 206 again and it is filling up.  206 is the real big room and gets the genealogy rock stars, like Tom Jones and this morning Elizabeth Shown Mills.  I’m here for “Okay, I … Continue reading

NGS 2012 Conference Day 2 #ngs2012

I had another good day at the National Genealogical Society conference today.  Highlights: I spent the morning at a four-hour session called Photo Detecting 101 with Maureen Taylor.  Analyzing old photos is a much bigger topic than can be squeezed … Continue reading

More on AncestorSync #ngs2012

Yesterday I mentioned AncestorSync, a way to for different people to synchronize the databases from their genealogy software.  I learned some more about it after writing.  In the initial implementation AncestorSync only works through Geni.  I talked to the nice … Continue reading

WWII Cadet Nursing Corps Memorialized as Ancestry.com Publishes Collection of Records Online

In Honor of National Nurses Week, Online Family History Leader Adds More Than 300,000 Cadet Nursing Corp Files to Its Military Collection

PROVO, UTAH – (May 7, 2012) – Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, announced t…

New! 4th edition of the standard work on Irish genealogy! Tracing Your Irish Ancestors

The best book ever written on Irish genealogy, this new edition of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors retains the familiar structure of previous editions but is now more useful than ever. Combining the key features of a textbook and a reference book, it des…

FGS Stern NARA Fund Helps Make Sultana Disaster Records Available

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May 4, 2012– Austin, TX: The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is proud to announce its recent participation in making the Sultana Disaster records available to genealogists and family history researchers.
When …

More Burial Records for Aberdeen, Scotland added to Deceased Online

We’ve just added more burial records new to the Deceased Online website for Scotland’s third city, Aberdeen. The key features are:

A little under 33,000 burial records dating between January 1830 and November 1904 for St Peter’s Churchyard in Aberdee…