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Saving Web Pages - Wed, 3 Sep 2014

Here’s a quick tip for genealogists or other online researchers. When you find information of interest on a website, don’t just print it or save a link to the website somewhere. Instead, save the whole webpage complete. Even if you use a note-taking tool such as OneNote or Evernote, you still may find ...

Standardizing Sources and Citation Templates - Wed, 27 Aug 2014

Note: This article has been submitted to FHISO’s Call For Papers as CFPS 114. Thank you to the people who provided comments and feedback that helped me finalize this paper: Tamura Jones, Enno Borgsteede, Tony Proctor, Randy Seaver, Richard Smith, and Tom Wetmore.   Contents Abstract Introduction ...

From Ancient GEDCOM to Prehistoric GEDCOM - Sun, 17 Aug 2014

A few hours ago, I posted an article wondering if I may have found the world’s oldest GEDCOM file. Tamura Jones in response emailed me one that he thought may be older. Instead of beginning with a 0 HEAD record as all GEDCOMs do, this file begins with a 0HH record (no space between the 0 and the HH). It ...

The World’s Oldest GEDCOM File? - Sun, 17 Aug 2014

While preparing my presentation of Reading Wrong GEDCOM Right for the Gaenovium Conference, I wanted to see if I had in my collection of over 600 test GEDCOM files some early GEDCOMs from the pre-GEDCOM 5.0 era. I searched my files for some of the pre-GEDCOM 5.0 tags outlined by Tamura Jones in his GEDCOM Tags ...

Genealogy Technology – Random Thoughts - Wed, 13 Aug 2014

Lots going on in the technical genealogy world, and so much incorrect thinking in my opinion. The major online services are quietly going about their business: Ancestry, FamilySearch and MyHeritage (which now includes Geni) are the big three, but there are scores of others such as GeneaNet and WikiTree. ...

Off To Gaenovium - Thu, 24 Jul 2014

The official announcement is out. And I now can announce that I’ll be flying to the city of Leiden, Netherlands in early October. Gaenovium will be a small one day conference on October 7 for genealogy technology creators, so it will give me a wonderful opportunity to meet, share, discuss and argue with ...

It’s About Time for Version 1.1 - Mon, 5 May 2014

This is starting to get ridiculous. I’ve spent the close to 2 years trying to design and implement all the complexities of 3 new features that I think will be really important to help you with your genealogical research, which I’ve called: Ages Everywhere, Life Events, and Who’s Alive at Events. The work ...

Almost 800 Genealogy Programs. You’ve Tried How Many? - Sun, 27 Apr 2014

How many have you even heard of? Over at GenSoftReviews, where I maintain a website allowing users to rate and review their genealogy software, I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the genealogy programs that is approaching 800. In the last month alone, I’ve found, or people have told me about 14 16 new ...

Benchmarks - Tue, 25 Mar 2014

One thing I’ve tried to do with Behold is optimize its speed. I want it to load your GEDCOM and display the Everything Report for you as fast as possible. I’ve worked hard to do this and have made it a program that is notable for its loading speed. Every version prior to release, I check both the speed and ...

Don’t Wait Too Long - Sat, 22 Mar 2014

I’ve saved all my important emails since 2002. This is my 2nd or 3rd computer upgrade since then. The other times, I was able to transfer my email easily into the mail program on my new computer. But I ran into a slight glitch this time. My old computer was Windows Vista and my email program was Windows ...

Setting up a Solid State Drive with Windows 8.1 - Mon, 17 Mar 2014

Ready for an adventure? Anything that should be easy usually isn’t, especially when it comes to computers and hardware. A new computer is expected to result in a boost to productivity … but only after the dust settles. Why is there always so much dust? The first step is setting up the hardware. I thought it ...

When Is It Time To Get A New Desktop Computer? - Sat, 15 Mar 2014

11. When you’ve still got Windows Vista. 10. When your monitors are so old that one flashes for 30 seconds when it starts up and the other’s color doesn’t match. Yes, you could simply get new monitors if this is your only problem. 9. You can’t connect to your home network because every time you try to ...

Re-evaluating the Future of Genealogy Software - Wed, 12 Mar 2014

I have been busy the past couple of years. Busy trying to assemble my thoughts about the genealogy software of today and the software for tomorrow. I’ve had my eyes open and I’ve been listening intently. The winds are changing somewhat and course corrections for all developers are required if they want to ...

Going Paperless and Laptopless - Sat, 15 Feb 2014

Last week I used #RootsTech to attempt the start of what may become a radical change to the way I work. It started with an experiment. I had said in an earlier blog post what items I would be carrying with me. At RootsTech 2012 the list included my digital camera, my cellphone, my laptop, a pen, a binder ...

13 Genealogy Programs from RootsTech - Mon, 10 Feb 2014

At #RootsTech there were many vendors in the exhibition hall. I’m not sure what the total number of booths was, but it must have been close to 200. I think it took me over 6 hours to thoroughly go through the hall and talk to quite a few of the vendors. I’m always interested in any new genealogy software ...

My Analysis of RootsTech 2014 - Sun, 9 Feb 2014

Four whirlwind days at #RootsTech. Overall it was what I hoped for and what I expected based on my experiences from 2012. The larger half of the Salt Palace Convention Center gave us enough space to mill around. The exhibition hall was almost too large with so many vendors, it was almost impossible to do them ...

RootsTech 2014 Day 3 - Sat, 8 Feb 2014

If you count the Innovators Summit day, this is really my 4th day, and the final day of RootsTech. I have to wrap up and leave by 1 p.m. to catch my flight home. Skipped this morning's #RootsTech keynotes to see the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at the Leonardo Museum in SLC for 6 mo ...

RootsTech 2014 Day 2 - Fri, 7 Feb 2014

We're now starting my third full day of #RootsTech activity. Lots happened again. Here's what: I got to the keynotes in the middle of the Legal Genealogist's talk. She was very dynamic. I liked her stories, but didn't tweet about it, so lets start with my first tweet for the next keynote. Spencer ...

RootsTech 2014 Day 1 - Thu, 6 Feb 2014

Today was the official first day of #RootsTech. Here's what happened according to my tweets: Close to 5000 people listening to Dennis Brimhall's opening keynote at #RootsTech. http://t.co/tZsaupNj2B— Louis Kessler (@louiskessler) February 6, 2014 Annelies Jansen in her #rootstech keynote ...

RootsTech 2014 Innovators Summit - Wed, 5 Feb 2014

Today was the day before the official start of #RootsTech 2014, and it was called the Innovator's Summit. There were probably about 400 people who attended the Keynote, and that was followed by 4 4 sessions with 4 speakers to choose from in each session. Today I was live tweeting a lot at the session using ...

RootsTech Carry Arounds - Fri, 31 Jan 2014

#RootsTech last minute organizing includes figuring out what you’re going to be carrying around with you. I’ve assembled the things I’ll be carrying with me. Lets go clockwise starting from the left. In addition, or maybe instead of the name tag that RootsTech will supply me, I’ll be wearing the ...

The RootsTech Syllabi - Wed, 29 Jan 2014

With #RootsTech 2014 just a week away, the Syllabi from the sessions now are available. I am going to the conference this year. Now that the syllabi are out, I make sure I browse through them to confirm that the sessions I previously planned out still are the ones I want to go to. But even if you’re not ...

How Good are GenSoftReviews Ratings? - Sat, 4 Jan 2014

It’s been over 5 years since I set up GenSoftReviews. My goal was to have a website, sort of like TripAdvisor for travelers, that would allow comparisons of Genealogy software from reviews and ratings by actual users. During that time, users have provided over 1900 reviews for hundreds of different programs. ...

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