Sun, 26 April 2009
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NEWS: Lisa discusses 9 newspaper databases being launched by Genealogy Bank
MAILBOX FOLLOWUP: Russ Worthington's answers to a listener"s question on familial relationships in Family Tree Maker.
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GEM: Online Downloadable Source Citations
The heart of his proposal is this: In order to encourage quality genealogy research among their customers, shouldnât the websites that sell access to genealogical records online also provide a source citation for those records that the user can download and include in their research? As it stands today, when we download letâs say a page from a census record or a page from a newspaper, thereâs often times nothing on the digitized image itself to indicate which database it came from, or even a location or date.
Mark emailed me to say âever since our interviews in St. George, I have not stopped thinking of ways to get the message out for simplifying citing sources using Evidence Explained.â And he sent me a link to a message board post from Elizabeth Shown Mills.
Randy Seaverâs comments on the subject at the geneamusings blog
This last week I had a chance to sit down and interview genealogy blogger and lecturer Stephen Danko for the Family History: Genealogy Made Easy podcast and I took the opportunity to ask him for his input.
We really need to hear from at this point are the genealogy subscription records websites themselves. Itâs their product that we are talking about. And in the end, these digitized genealogy records we are talking about citing sources for are indeed âproducts.â And for companies like Ancestry and World Vital Records / familylink.com this is about business.
I contacted both Ancestry and World Vital Records to do brief interviews with their reps about this proposed idea, and how they see it potentially fitting in to their future business plan, and also to hear what they think of this grass roots effort amongst their valued customers - In these tough economic times it must be great to see the interest that their customers have in their product and their willingness to stay engaged with them and provide input as to what elements could be added to their products to add increased value and draw for their customers.
Iâve done many interviews with folks from Ancestry with the help of their very efficient and responsive publicist, as well as interviews with folks at familylink. Most recently I had a great time interviewing the COO of familylink Steve Nickle who gave us a terrific sneak peek at their newest venture called Genseek. And you can listen to that interview in Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode 61.
In this episode I will play for you the responses from both Ancestry and familylink / World Vital Records to my inquiry about whether record sites providing source citations for the records they provide to their customers.
Yep, you heard it correctly. For the first time in two years of this podcast not only did they not provide a telephone interview, they didnât respond to my inquiry at all. Thatâs never happened before. The silence is deafening!
As a genealogy media producer Iâm pretty disappointed in both Ancestry and World Vital Records responses because any time they send out a press release or want to talk about a new venture they are launching I have welcomed the information and provided it here on the show and on my blog, as so many of us who podcast and blog do â and that kind of passing the word on has got to help their bottomline.
This is the first time that I havenât had a reply within 24 hours of an interview inquiry with Ancestry. And I think that tells us a lot!
Elizabeth Shown Mills: âI suspect theyâll do that catch-up (and sheâs referring to how these companies will have to go back and cite sources for the thousands of databases theyâve built up over the years) only if newer companies adopt Markâs recommendation and the older companies then feel the pressure to compete.â
So what do you think? This is one of those questions that affects all of us. Send me an email or leave your comment on the Genealogy Gems voice mail line at (925) 272-4021 and I will play it on the next episode. Let your voice be heard!
GEM: Google News Timeline
So letâs do a search that could possibly help us with our family tree. In my case Iâm going to search on the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.
The Timeline then appears and youâll see columns running across the screen from left to write, each column representing a month on the timeline.
To edit the columns:
You can also click the SIZE drop down and you can select from small medium or large.
GEM: Interview with Maureen Taylor
GEM: Profile America
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Sun, 12 April 2009
Family History: Genealogy Made Easy podcast episode 23
The Genealogical Proof Standard is a tool that the pros use and I really want to encourage all researchers professional or not, to follow it as well because it causes you to stop and think before passing on information. In episode 23 I'm providing you with a free downloadable research worksheet that incorporates the elements of the GPS while prompting you to find and even more importantly document those sources.
NEWS: In March Ancestry reported that they added or updated more than 775 databases and or book titles on Ancestry.com. That's an average of more than 35 titles each weekday.
New and Updated Content and Web Site Improvements at Ancestry are covered.
MAILBOX: Listener Question regarding Family Tree Maker 2009 Platinum Edition.
"I have at least one instance in my husband's tree where two first cousins married. This, of course means that some of the tree overlaps itself. I can not get the FTM software to recognize that the people are the sameâDo you or any of your listeners know if I am just missing something or can it not be done??â
If you have an answer to this dilemma please email me at or call in and leave the answer on the voicemail line to be played on the next episode at (925) 272-4021
GEM: Interview with Tukufu Zuberi
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi is an important academic voice. He is the Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations, Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology, and the Faculty Associate Director of the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania
He is best recognized for his research on African and American society, and for developing and expanding the Africana Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania
(Below: A History Detectives episode)
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Tukufu Zuberi will be the Keynote speaker at the Jamboree's Friday evening Banquet. Friday evening, June 26, 2009
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