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James Tanner's Blog – March 2010 Archive (23)

Genealogy e-Book publishing

You have your genealogy book already to publish and then start finding

out the cost of self-publishing a bound book. It is sort-of like the

sticker shock of trying to buy a new car. Now all that is in the past.

With the advent of the new e-readers like the Amazon

Kindle
, Apple… Continue

Added by James Tanner on March 31, 2010 at 9:18pm — No Comments

Finding Kerlin's Well -- the search continues

After finding a picture, a video and a few other references to Kerlin's Well,

we drove north out of Phoenix by way of Prescott to the small community

of Ashfork

which is west of Flagstaff on I40. The only directions we had to the

rock where my great-grandfather carved his name in 1877 was the brief

description of "9 miles north of… Continue

Added by James Tanner on March 30, 2010 at 8:15am — No Comments

Several new features in update of New FamilySearch

The March 2010 update of New FamilySearch includes several changes to

the program in addition to the mandatory use of the LDS Account and

User Profile. See previous post. These new changes are outlined in the PDF document,

"What's New in the New… Continue

Added by James Tanner on March 29, 2010 at 8:35pm — No Comments

New FamilySearch password upgrade mandatory today



As of today, 29 March 2010, you must register for the new LDS Account to

gain access to New FamilySearch. Quoting from the New FamilySearch startup page,

We are changing the sign-in system…
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Added by James Tanner on March 29, 2010 at 8:36am — No Comments

Changes in New FamilySearch's API force updates to connecting programs

If you are using a program to connect to New FamilySearch,

you will likely see a notice of an upgrade. Programs connecting to the

New FamilySearch

program are all being substantially changed by changes in the API or

application programming interface. Quoting from… Continue

Added by James Tanner on March 29, 2010 at 8:16am — No Comments

Developing a metageanalogy

As metaphilosophy

is the study of the nature, aims and methods of philosophy. I would

submit that, in the same vein, a metagenealogy would be the study of the

nature, aims and methods of genealogy. I did not originate the term "metagenealogy"

but its previous use, as far as I can… Continue

Added by James Tanner on March 28, 2010 at 9:49pm — No Comments

Finding Kerlin's Well -- I begin the search

Kerlin's Well, where my great-grandfather carved his name into the rock in 1877,

turns out to be very elusive. March in northern Arizona is an

interesting month. Warm sunny days can turn icy cold and very windy. Our

first expedition turned out to have all types of weather.

Read… Continue

Added by James Tanner on March 28, 2010 at 2:43pm — No Comments

Finding Kerlin's Well -- a study in genealogy research

Finding Kerlin's

Well is real departure from my usual topics and format. This story

begins about 130 years ago in northern Arizona on the Beale Wagon Road.

Henry Martin Tanner, my great-grandfather was traveling across Arizona

in a wagon to settle on the Little Colorado River at a place called

Allen's Camp. Along the way they suffered greatly from lack of water,

not an unusual problem in Arizona at the… Continue

Added by James Tanner on March 24, 2010 at 9:23pm — No Comments

Over 60,000 books scanned in Family History Archive

The FamilySearch
Family History Archive
passed the 60,000 mark for items scanned into
the free online digital library. As of March 24, 2010 the total was
60,144 items. As described by the Family History Archives Website
Read more...

Added by James Tanner on March 24, 2010 at 8:28am — No Comments

Fair use and genealogy

A common complaint among genealogists is that someone has used their

information without permission. Genealogy is made up of two large

components; narratives and facts. Names, birth dates, death dates,

relationships, and other "facts" are not subject to a claim of

copyright. Writings, interpretations, narratives, photographs, designs,

drawings and many other original works are subject to a claim of

copyright. In addition, ideas are not subject to copyright. A list… Continue

Added by James Tanner on March 21, 2010 at 4:28pm — 1 Comment

Claiming a copyright

As genealogists, we constantly refer to historical documents. In many

cases, those documents many be subject to claims of copyright. It is far

easier to claim a copyright to an old document than to actually prove a

claim for breach of copyright. It is not uncommon to find references to

a copyright for documents that are clearly, legally not subject to any

possible copyright. Unfortunately, most discussions of copyright issues

are rather more inclusive than… Continue

Added by James Tanner on March 18, 2010 at 9:13am — No Comments

New Registration and Sign-in for FamilySearch Websites

FamilySearch,

the genealogical organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is moving towards using a unified sign-in system for all of their Websites. This change will allow users to have the same

user name and password, not only for all FamilySearch Websites, but for other general LDS Church Websites as well. Because some of the sites have information specific to members of the Church, there

are two basic systems; an "LDS Account" for those who are Church… Continue

Added by James Tanner on March 17, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Almost 2.5 million records added to Record Search

FamilySearch's
Record Search
has added nearly 2.5 million images of the
Netherlands, Zuid-Holland Province Civil Registrations from 1811 to 1942
and additional records to the Netherlands, Gelderland Province Civil
Registrations from 1811 to 1950.
Read more...

Added by James Tanner on March 16, 2010 at 8:52am — No Comments

Free online classes from the Family History Library

The world famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah recently

announced that it is making its popular classes available for free on FamilySearch.org.

Now you can access these classes at anytime you wish. Quoting from an

article in the… Continue

Added by James Tanner on March 15, 2010 at 6:28pm — No Comments

Should New FamilySearch be a wiki?

In my frequent visits to the New FamilySearch Website, I find that one or

another of my many, many relatives has added yet another set of birth

dates or death dates to one of my grandfathers, great-grandfathers or

great-great-grandfathers (or grandmothers). These regular additions to

the existing information in New FamilySearch would not be nearly… Continue

Added by James Tanner on March 12, 2010 at 10:19pm — No Comments

More thoughts on the 10 generation issue

I am intrigued by the issues raised in a series of blogs about

documenting 10 generations. Please see "Documenting

10 Generations Revisited
" by Randy Seaver and

follow his links. I realize that the topic died a rather quick death in

the blog community. But there is an underlying issue, what kind of

documentation is… Continue

Added by James Tanner on March 10, 2010 at 8:57am — No Comments

Can you document 10 generations?

Randy Seaver's

post on Genea-Musings

entitled "Can you document all names back 10 generations" highlights a

few interesting issues. One of the first is the fact that I write this

blog from way outside the "in" group of genealogy… Continue

Added by James Tanner on March 9, 2010 at 8:59am — 1 Comment

TV Show has huge impact on Google searches

No matter what you think about the recent TV show "Who Do You Think You

Are?," one thing is very evident, Google searches on the term

"genealogy" have spiked in the last couple of days. At the bottom of

this Blog page there is an app that shows the number of Google searches

for two terms, "genealogy" and "family history." Both terms show a

decided upswing in the last few days. The increase in searching for

"genealogy" is dramatic given the recent history.…

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Added by James Tanner on March 8, 2010 at 8:08am — No Comments

10.4 million free records added to RecordSearch

The numbers of records added to online databases are getting into the

astronomical scale. FamilySearch's

Record Search
announces the addition of New York State to the 1920

U.S. Census records already online. This addition constitutes an

additional 10.4 million names. With all of the other records being added

daily to the Internet, why… Continue

Added by James Tanner on March 8, 2010 at 7:56am — No Comments

Record Search adds more Mexican States to the Catholic Church Records







FamilySearch's Record

Search Pilot
has just added Baja Sur, Nuevo Leon, Sinaloa and

Sonora to the Mexico Catholic Church records. This brings the total

number of states and regions contained in the collection to twelve. If

you are unaware, Mexico… Continue

Added by James Tanner on March 7, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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