Louis Kessler (lkessler) Entries, Comments and Posts
Genealogy and Programming: Both Challenging and Fun - Blog entry by lkessler - 4 days ago
I’m very lucky, being both a genealogist and a programmer programming genealogy. The two tasks are similar in many respects. You run into problems that are difficult to solve, you need to prove if something is correct or why it isn’t, and some days you make lots of progress whereas other days… well, you ...
Gaenovium Final Thoughts - Blog entry by lkessler - 12 Oct 2014
I had a whirlwind 3 days in Leiden Netherlands to attend the one day Gaenovium genealogy technology conference. Gaenovium 2014 was the first time this conference was put on. It was intended to be small with a highly technical audience interested in getting together to discuss aspects of genealogy programming ...
#Gaenovium and #Famillement in Tweets - Blog entry by lkessler - 11 Oct 2014
I had a wonderful couple of days in Leiden, Netherlands. I live tweeted the two events I attended and included pictures of some of the people I had the pleasure to meet. Here are the highlights of Gaenovium on Tuesday through some of my tweets and tweets of others: Heading over to the Pviljoen in ...
A Bit of History as GEDCOM Approaches Its 30th Year - Blog comment by lkessler - 19 Sep 2014
Keith, Tamura Jones was the first one I checked with. All the specs that are available are at: http://www.tamurajones.net/FamilySearchGEDCOMSpecifications.xhtml Louis
A Bit of History as GEDCOM Approaches Its 30th Year - Blog entry by lkessler - 18 Sep 2014
I was looking for the early GEDCOM specifications prior to GEDCOM 5.3 from 1993, so I thought I’d contact some people I knew who I thought might have some of the early GEDCOM material laying around. One of those I contacted was Bill Harten, sometimes referred to as “the father of GEDCOM”, who I met and ...
Standardizing Sources and Citation Templates - Blog comment by lkessler - 11 Sep 2014
Jan, I'm happy enough to ultimately let FHISO define what a Repository is. The cataloging and indexing of the raw source materials can ultimately be done by the staff a the repositories, the staff of the publishers or crowd-sourced by the users - whatever works best. The key point is that if the method to ...
It’s About Time for Version 1.1 - Blog comment by lkessler - 8 Sep 2014
Keith, Thanks for asking. I'm now going to try to aim for November. I've now updated my future plans. Louis
Saving Web Pages - Blog entry by lkessler - 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 - Blog comment by lkessler - 31 Aug 2014
Enno, Using source types based on generalized media types as you mention is one way to do it that would work. I agree that going to the micro level is way too much and unnecessary. Doing so can be done by those who create the citation templates as a separate step from the creation of the data transfer ...
Standardizing Sources and Citation Templates - Blog comment by lkessler - 29 Aug 2014
Enno, Got your countries fixed. The cache was stuck. Took me a while to find where it was hidden, but I did and cleaned it out. Louis