Thu, 30 August 2007
George delivers this week's significant news items, and the Guys follow with listener e-mail items, including a definition of the cemetery inscription, "DoP."
This is followed by a discussion of three newer "social networking" sites for genealogists: Geni (http://www.geni.com); Famillion (http://www.famillion.com/); and MyHeritage (http://www.myheritage.com/).
The Guys discuss the new Family Tree Maker 2008. They then talk about concerns over the Internet Biographical Collection made available at Ancestry.com and some issues associated with caching of Web sites by both Web search engines and corporations offering aggregated collections of Web sites for topical use. (Note that Ancestry.com has since withdrawn the collection in question.)
Sat, 25 August 2007
The distribution of this week's podcast was delayed due to problems with the U.S. Domain Name Server (DNS) and our podcast network. We apologize for the delay.
George's news items include: details about the LDS' FamilySearch Genesis digitization project; Family Tree Maker 2008 has just been released for sale; the new portable digital microfilm scanner called the ST Genie from S-T Imaging; and two big conferences coming in 2008. This week's listener mail includes R.J.'s quandary about his Sommerfelt line. Drew asks listeners to check out R.J.'s blog at http://schulzresearch.blogspot.com and to consider the challenge, and to send us e-mail suggestions for him.
The guys discuss the FGS Conference held in Ft. Wayne on August 15-18, and describe their experiences in the new Allen County Public Library's genealogy collection. They then discuss the much anticipated book by Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. It is the most complete reference about source citations ever written, and is brilliantly organized. It is available from Genealogy Publishing Co. in hardcover and in electronic format at Footnote.com.
Mon, 13 August 2007
George's news report this week includes: the announcement of the non-exclusive agreement between NARA and CustomFlix Labs (a part of the Amazon.com group) to make thousands of NARA's historic films available for sale through Amazon.com in DVD-on-Demand format; The National Archives (U.K.) and Ancestry.co.uk have reached an agreement to make the digitized pension records of more than 1 million soldiers who fought in WWI (catalogue group WO 364) available for search and download at the Ancestry Web site; and The Generations Network will sponsor a Youth Fair at the FGS Conference in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, this coming week. In addition, George announces Irish Fest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on August 16-19, 2007, at Henry W. Maier Festival Park. Fly Away Travel has announced its Genealogy Seminar at Sea, October 25-November 1, 2008, at www.genealogycruises.com aboard the fabulous new Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas. Steve Danko has begun a blog for the United Polish Genealogical Societies Conference 2008 to be held in Salt Lake City on April 18-21, 2008.
George introduces a new feature, the Web Site of the Week. This week's site is IPUMS USA's U.S. federal census enumeration forms (1850-2000) and enumerator instructions AND census questions for the population schedules 1850 to present (except 1890). The site is at http://usa.ipums.org/usa/voliii/tEnumForms.shtml.
Drew discusses comparisons of four major genealogical software packages for PC users in the U.S.
Drew also presents his second installment of his new feature, Genealogy Society Tip of the Week.
The Guys conclude with a discussion of identity theft, genealogy, and the relationship or non-relationship between the two.
Wed, 8 August 2007
George reports on stories about: Footnote.com's new partnership with ACPL; new content at HistoryKat; ScotlandsPeople's Registers; The Remembering Site; the launch of StoryofMyLife.com; and the release of Elizabeth Shown Mills' new book, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace.
Listener mail includes: Jungle Disk, an application to help store your data at Amazon.com's S3 ™ Storage Service; and a directory of Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records (http://www.deathindexes.com/).
Drew launches a new feature on the podcast, "Society Tip of the Week."
George discusses conference syllabi, why it is important to retain them in your personal reference library, and how to purchase surplus syllabi from NGS and FGS in the U.S. after their conferences. Drew shares information about the thorn, a letter used in the Anglo-Saxon and Icelandic alphabets.
Drew and George discuss the discovery of an historical cemetery survey performed by the Hillsborough County [Florida] Historical Commission and published in 1954. The survey had been almost completely forgotten, but the Guys are going to investigate the contents for a project that their local genealogical society is doing on Find-a-Grave. How will you preserve your ancestors' cemetery information?