Thu, 26 April 2012
April 26, 2012
The big news is Ancestry.com’s acquisition of Archives.com
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TH-001 - Conversation with the Author: Steve Luxenberg and Annie's Ghosts
Ashley discovers the important of citing her genealogy sources:
I wanted to drop you a note to express my deepest thanks for all of the work that you put into the podcast. I'm just shy of 30 years old and I've been working on my family tree since I was about 15, but even after all of that work, I'm still learning something new every day!
Jack in Newport News, Va wants to know what do to with the folks who may or may not be ancestors:
“We all are searching for the "right" people but sometimes we find, or seemingly find, the "wrong" people. With the massive number of records on-line these days, it seems quite easy to find someone with the right name and age-range and, often even close to the right area. Sometimes I can eliminate a find based on some fact, but often there’s less certainty. What is the suggested best practice for handing a wrong, or possibly wrong, person/fact?”
This is a good question and one we all face at some point.
In the end I think it comes down to two things:
1. What works best for you
2. And however you decide to handle it, do it consistently!
My personal preference is to make notes in the correct person. If there is no "correct" person in my database, then I will create an "unknown" person in that spot and start adding my finds to that profile, even if it's just in the notes section, so that it's all in one place. It's critical to cite your sources on ALL data along the way so that you know where it came from and you can find it again.
Challe needs help saving old books:
“What does one do to get the information out to the next generation that might not have access to these books? How do you continue the work without reinventing the wheel of all the research that they did? How do you make corrections if needed? I am concerned that the information will be lost and I am unsure as to what to do about it.”
I turned to my friend and book publisher Leland Meitzler owner of Family Roots Publishing at www.familyrootspublishing.com, for an answer to your question and here’s what he said:
“This is an ongoing conundrum, and a question that's not easily answered. The bottom line is that the person should contact the next of kin, and attempt to buy the copyright, or at least the publication rights - just as a publisher would do. And it needs to be in writing.
Failing that, use the "data" within a succeeding publication, being very careful to obtain, and cite the original sources, and if those are not available, cite the book and author without copying word for word what they published. Honestly, it's tricky, and not something I'd want to attempt.
If the book was published prior to 1923, all this is not an issue. The item is in the public domain. If published after that date, but before 1978, there's still a good chance that the book may be out of copyright, if the author didn't renew. After January 1, 1978, the copyright is good for the authors lifetime, plus 70 years. Actually, it's even more complicated than that, but that's the basics.”
Leland recommends: Carmack's Guide to Copyright & Contracts
GEM: The Defective, Dependent and Delinquint Special Census of 1880 with Jana Broglin, CG, OGSF
The DDD: Supplemental Schedules 1 through 7
Download Jana's pdf "Using the 1880 DDD Census". A special thank you to Jana for making this available!
U.S. Federal Census – 1880 Schedules of Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes at Ancestry
Visit Jana’s Website: http://www.janabroglin.com
Mon, 16 April 2012
Published April 16, 2012
In this episode learn more about APG, find out what’s new with RootsMagic 5, and get started searching the 1940 census.
Diane Haddad and I just spent some time on the Family Tree Magazine podcast going over everything that’s been happening with the release of the 1940 census. Diane is the Managing Editor of Family Tree Magazine and writes the Genealogy Insider blog, and she’s been doing a terrific job covering the records release, indexing efforts and early finds in the 1940 census.
You can hear the entire April episode of the Family Tree Magazine podcast at www.familytreemagazine.com/podcast
And you can read more about it my article called Genealogy Just Got More Exciting! The 1940 Census is Here at the Genealogy Gems News Blog.
where you can read about the official opening ceremony at the National Archives and check out a really cool infographic put out by Archives.com that guides you through the process of finding your relatives in the 1940 census before the index is finished and released. Because there isn’t a searchable name index yet, you’ll need to follow a simple three step process:
#1 Write down where you ancestor lived. You can ask older references, check old city directories, voters registrations, previous census and the like to come up with a pretty reliable list.
#2 Go to 1940census.archives.gov Enter your family’s location to find their enumeration district. This is key to finding them without a published index.
#3 Use the Census Maps to narrow your results
#4 Enter the enumeration district number to view the image
Who Do You Think You Are? on NBC
If you’ve been enjoying the new season of the TV series Who Do You Think You Are? on NBC, then you’re really going to enjoy the deleted scenes videos I have for you on the Genealogy Gems News blog.
Also part of that series is another new video that the National Archives released on …
New Free RootsMagic Webinars Announced
RootsMagic has released Version 5. At the Ohio Genealogical Society conference in Cleveland I got a chance to sit down with Bruce Bruzbee, the President of RootsMagic and he tells us what’s new.
It was so great to have a chance to sit down with Bruce and hear about all the upgrades, and he mentioned the free webinar series that they’ve been doing, and all of those have been recorded and are on their website at RootsMagic.com
Installing and Upgrading RootsMagic 5
New Media Tagging in RootsMagic 5
New Source and Citation Features in RootsMagic 5
New Research Logs and Manager in RootsMagic 5
New Timeline View in RootsMagic 5
Installing and Upgrading Personal Historian 2
Apr 19 - New County Check in RootsMagic 5
Apr 26 - New Reports and Options in RootsMagic 5
To sign up for the free webinars, visit the webinar page at:
Thanks for the Shout Outs:
by Jenna, Desparately Seeking Surnames Blog
By: Carolyn L. Barkley, Genealogy and Family History Blog
From Eylse’s Genealogy Blog
"Thank you so much for letting me be a gem!". I loved how you played the "Cooke's reel to reel version and then the iTunes version of "Thine Alone". I definitely spent a lot of time talking with myself and debating whether I had the nerve to send that email! I know you've always said that almost all contacts with genealogists are extremely rewarding, but this was just about my first attempt at communication. I am so delighted that it solved your mystery! …You have a marvelous gift for making all of us feel special, and you've certainly helped me get even more motivated to explore my family history, thanks again.”
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GEM: Interview with Kenyatta Berry, President of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG)
Kenyatta D. Berry is a lawyer, businesswoman and genealogist with over 15 years experience in genealogy research and writing. A strategic and tactical professional with over twelve years progressive experience in Business Development, Marketing, Sales, Operations, Product Marketing and Law.
Kenyatta is looking forward to helping APG continue to grow as an organization and serve the needs of professional genealogists worldwide. Her research focus includes African American genealogy, Virginia genealogy, Land records and House Histories.
Ms. Berry is a member of the Council Member of the Corporation for the New England Historical Genealogical Society. She has been featured in Jet Magazine, on XM Satellite radio and a researcher for NBC Dateline and WETV.