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Some Rogue Program on GenSoftReviews - Sun, 1 Apr 2018

I’m not sure exactly how it happened, but a genealogy program named FindMyFamilyHeritageAncestryPastSearch.com appeared on GenSoftReviews this morning: I’ve never heard of this program before. Have you? The program even had two reviews, one good one, and one not so good one. Overall, the two ratings ...

Where is Genealogy Software Headed? - Sun, 25 Mar 2018

This was the topic of a recent Dick Eastman article. The article is from Dick’s plus edition, so you need to subscribe to see it in full and the comments. I did comment and here is my feeling on the subject: The future is definitely the one-trees that FamilySearch, Geni, WikiTree and others have created, ...

A Tale of Four DNA Tests - Wed, 21 Mar 2018

This morning, I received my DNA test results from AncestryDNA. It completes my quadfecta and now gives me results with the big four: Family Tree DNA, 23andMe, MyHeritage DNA and now Ancestry DNA. Living DNA has been working recently to turn the big four into a big five, but to date I haven’t tested there ...

Join Me for #genchatDNA Tomorrow - Fri, 16 Mar 2018

Both #genchat and #genchatDNA are Twitter chat sessions which meet periodically and gather together genealogists to provide their set of insights about the current topic. Tomorrow, I am the #genchatDNA featured “Answerer”. If you are a genealogist who is also on Twitter, join me tomorrow, Saturday ...

DMT Now Reads @MyHeritage DNA Segment Match Files - Wed, 7 Mar 2018

I’ve just released version 2.1 of DMT which includes support for MyHeritage DNA’s new segment download files. MyHeritage DNA made some big announcements last week at #RootsTech, and included among those was the ability to download your match list and your segment match list. Double Match Triangulator ...

Day 4 – #RootsTech –The Final Day (Sob!) - Sat, 3 Mar 2018

Saturday is the most difficult day to have a #NotAtRootsTech day for me, because all of the family is home and I have to excuse myself upstairs to the office and mostly ignore them. But let’s continue. First I tried to catch up on the #RootsTech twitter feeds and blogs which I found impossible to ...

Day 3 – #RootsTech – #NotAtRootsTech – #Genchat - Fri, 2 Mar 2018

Friday. Caught up on my Twitter feed from last night. One tweet from Nicole Dyer led me to her blog post about Diana’s classes on Source Citations and Getting Organized. They made the presentation slides available so I took a look and also downloaded their great handouts from the RootsTech App. ...

Day 2 – #RootsTech – #NotAtRootsTech - Thu, 1 Mar 2018

Thursday. Watched the Live Stream Keynote Speaker: Brandon Stanton. “I get to wake up in the morning and choose the work I want to do.” “Following your dreams, is nothing but hard work.” Took a look at Randy Seaver’s Compendium for new posts I hadn’t seen. Read ...

Day 1 #RootsTech From Afar - Thu, 1 Mar 2018

RootsTech 2018 has started. This year it is a 4 day affair running from Wednesday to Saturday. They added on Wednesday, which last year, was an Innovator Summit day and an extra you had to get a ticket to separately. This year, the day was part of the package. Last year there were a lot of people on Wednesday, ...

1000 Genealogy Programs on GenSoftReviews - Sun, 18 Feb 2018

GenSoftReviews reached a milestone and now has 1000 different genealogy programs listed at the site. The numbers have been creeping up over time. GenSoftReviews started in Sept 2008 with the 355 programs I transferred over from my my old genealogy software links page. The number grew to 466 by the end of ...

Programming is like Songwriting - Sun, 11 Feb 2018

A programmer develops an original idea for a program and spends time writing it. Once you’ve got it working to some point, you put it online and test the waters. If it’s well taken, you go out on tour. A songwriter develops some original ideas for some new songs and spends time putting the tracks together. ...

Double Match Triangulator 2.0 - Tue, 6 Feb 2018

I’ve just released a new version of DMT, with many improvements.   Excel No Longer Required The previous version of DMT used a technique called Excel Automation to generate its Excel files. It used the Excel libraries that would be installed on your computer with Excel, so DMT required that you had ...

The GEDmatch Relationship Tree tool - Wed, 24 Jan 2018

I hadn’t tried this one before. Have you? It’s a Tier 1 tool, so you have to pay GEDmatch the $10 a month to use it. What an imaginative innovative idea. They’re using expected autosomal sharing and expected X sharing between two people to determine relationships and they show a tree for the two ...

Revisiting Missing A-B Matches - Thu, 18 Jan 2018

I’ve been working away the past couple of months to finish off Version 2 of Double Match Triangulator. There’s lots of major improvements, and I’m hoping to find ways to get it to do some of the analysis for you as well. What Double Match Triangulator does differently than other DNA matching tools, is ...

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