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1000 Genealogy Programs on GenSoftReviews - Blog entry by lkessler - 2 days ago

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 - Blog entry by lkessler - 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 - Blog entry by lkessler - 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 - Blog entry by lkessler - 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 - Blog entry by lkessler - 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 ...

Chess and Artificial Intelligence: The Future Changed Today - Blog entry by lkessler - 6 Dec 2017

The shocking and unbelievable news hit my inbox today, and I just couldn’t be more amazed by what has just happened and what the future effects will be. Today it was announced that DeepMind, a company formed in 2010 and purchased by Google in 2014 to investigate the possibilities of using neural networks for ...

A Year of “Retirement” - Blog entry by lkessler - 24 Nov 2017

One year ago today, I celebrated my 60th birthday and on the same day I retired from my job of 41 years. Since then, it’s been quite a year. I wonder how I ever had time for a day job. I recently got back from my 4th genealogy conference of the year. In February, I was at RootsTech in Salt Lake City, July at ...

Another Estimate of Speed and Balding Figure 2B - Blog entry by lkessler - 15 Nov 2017

Ten days ago, I produced an article: Revisiting Speed and Balding, where I tried to duplicate the results of their Figure 2B. I posted a link to the article on the ISOGG Facebook group, and received a lot of comments, mostly from Andrew Millard and Debbie Kennett. Debbie also provided quite a few comments ...

FTDNA’s 13th IGG Conference Lab Tour - Blog entry by lkessler - 13 Nov 2017

#FTDNA2017 – What a great conference! So many people I could talk to at a technical level and so many that I learned from. I averaged less than 5 hours of sleep per night just because the day was so full, every morning was an early wakeup, and I had to watch Saturday Night Live. I left Winnipeg with 5 cm (2 ...

FTDNA’s 13th International Genetic Genealogy Conf Day 3 - Blog entry by lkessler - 12 Nov 2017

#FTDNA2017 - First up, another breakfast sponsored by FTDNA. This was followed at 8 a.m. by an ISOGG (International Society of Genetic Genealogy) chapter meeting, my first. It was led by Katherine Bodger, the Director and co-founder of the society. ISOGG was founded in 2005 after the first Family Tree DNA ...