Monthly Archives: May 2012

Afterthoughts on the NGS 2012 Family History Conference

Looking back at my first multi-day genealogy conference, the NGS 2012 Family History Conference, I’m glad I went, but the highlights were maybe a bit different than what I expected.  The main sessions I liked were the talks by Tom … Continue reading

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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

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Jacksonville Man Finds Relation to Charlemagne – YouTube

Jacksonville Man Finds Relation to Charlemagne – YouTube. I try real hard not to grumble about things on my blog, but I couldn’t let this story about a descendant of Charlemagne go.  On what must have been a slow news … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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Taking conference notes with Evernote #ngs2012

I’ve been using Evernote to take my notes during sessions and it has been very handy.  The key is getting the syllabus and my notes in the same place, but that turns out to be easy to do on my … Continue reading

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Documentation: The What, Why, and Where #ngs2012

One of my other sessions this morning was Tom Jones’ talk Documentation: The What, Why, and Where.  Tom BELIEVES in documentation for genealogical assertions.  This is not just because it is good for you and others to see where you … Continue reading

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After “Okay, I “Got the Neighbors” Now What Do I Do with Them?!” #ngs2012

Elizabeth Shown Mills‘ presentation on working with the neighbors is over and it was well worth getting up early for.  I think this is one of her set speeches, as the title has a copyright symbol next to it in … Continue reading

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The Istanbul Cafe #ngs2012

This is a bit off-topic, but part of going to a new city is finding good restaurants.  So far my favorite one in the area of the NGS conference is the Istanbul Cafe.  This is a Turkish restaurant that has … Continue reading

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