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James Tanner's Blog – May 2010 Archive (20)

File formats for saving "original" photos -- Part Four

Choosing an image file format for storing original photographs and scans

raises a number of major fundamental issues including most importantly,

the survivability of the format in the long term. The most recent issue

of the Family Tree

magazine
has an article on Endangered Sources by Lisa A. Alzo. The article identifies various… Continue

Added by James Tanner on May 29, 2010 at 8:15pm — No Comments

Who owns the genealogy companies? Additional Information

Two items:



First, please notice the links in the sidebar to the individual articles

in each series. I will work at keeping them up to date.



Second:



Ian Tester from findmypast.com left

the following comment:

Just FYI, brightsolid online publishing have also recently acquired the FriendsReunited group, including genesreunited.co.uk which is the number 2 player in the UK market (behind…
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Added by James Tanner on May 28, 2010 at 6:11pm — No Comments

File formats for saving "original" photos -- Part Three

Continuing the discussion about image file formats, you may have noticed

that I put the term "original" in quotes. The reason for that is

simple, what is an "original"? In pre-computer, pre-copy machine days,

the concept of an original was very much an issue. For example, in court

proceedings, we would often get into discussions about whether or not

the original document was being presented in court and whether a copy

could be substituted for the original. Those… Continue

Added by James Tanner on May 25, 2010 at 6:12pm — No Comments

File formats for saving "original" photos -- Part Two

In my previous

post
on this subject, I covered some of my experiences with getting

into digital cameras. The point of that discussion was that the file

format used to store digital images depends on the availability of those

formats both from the hardware (the camera or scanner) and the

software. Before I can discuss this further, I need a few definitions.

First of… Continue

Added by James Tanner on May 25, 2010 at 8:04am — No Comments

Who owns the genealogy companies? Part Four

In the past

installments
of this series, I have been examining the ownership of

the larger genealogy oriented companies. In this post I examine GenealogyBank.com. Corporate

offices of the GenealogyBank are in Naples, Florida and their

"Operations and Production Facility" is located in Chester, Vermont.

They characterize there… Continue

Added by James Tanner on May 24, 2010 at 8:26am — No Comments

File formats for saving "original" photos -- Part One

A recent Blog post by Dick Eastman, "Never

Save Original Photos in JPEG Format!
"

got me thinking again about the format for storing digital images. One

of the first issues that came to mind was the limitations imposed by the

camera you select. Many of the consumer… Continue

Added by James Tanner on May 23, 2010 at 12:53pm — No Comments

Guardian of research resources -- The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions

The International Federation of Library

Associations and Institutions
or IFLA characterizes itself as the

"global voice of the library and information profession." The

Genealogical and Local History Section
of the IFLA has as its scope:

Our mission is to be a voice for genealogy and local history librarians in the international information community, to…
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Added by James Tanner on May 22, 2010 at 8:03pm — No Comments

In pursuit of Kerlin's Well -- a breakthrough

One of the most interesting things about the Internet is the connectivity of people around the world. A couple of

days ago, I was checking voice mail and found a message from Jack Beale

Smith. Mr. Smith is the author of a book on Kerlin's Well. In… Continue

Added by James Tanner on May 21, 2010 at 6:17pm — No Comments

Who owns the genealogy companies? Part Three

Looking at the larger genealogy companies is an interesting challenge.

Publicly owned corporations (even if only part of the stock is owned by

the public) have a whole stack of legal rules to follow concerning

financial reporting and ownership. For example, Ancestry.com's reports

are on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) website.… Continue

Added by James Tanner on May 18, 2010 at 6:21pm — No Comments

Scanning old film negatives

Among the thousands of photos I have been scanning for the past few years, I have accumulated a large number of negatives.

Those of you who are a little older may recall that when you took your

black and white film to be developed, you… Continue

Added by James Tanner on May 17, 2010 at 8:37am — No Comments

Who owns the genealogy companies? Part Two

It is very difficult to rank the size of genealogy companies because there is no real category in the business world for genealogy. In a real sense, the genealogy companies are all information and service

companies. They either sell a service, such as printing charts, or

information, like databases of source documents and indexes. Although

Ancestry.com is clearly the leader, second place is a little more

problematical since Ancestry.com has several large sub-brand names…

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Added by James Tanner on May 16, 2010 at 5:58pm — No Comments

Google Language Tools -- a boon to genealogists

Google announced enhancements to its Google Translate program called Google Language Tools.

You can type a search phrase in your own language, then Google Language

Tools will translate your search terms into the target language and

find results in the target language. Then translate the results back

into your own language for you to read. Google gives the following

example:…

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Added by James Tanner on May 15, 2010 at 5:09pm — No Comments

Who owns the genealogy companies? -- a comment

In my last post, I

talked about Ancestry.com. One of my readers pointed out that

Ancestry.com is now publicly

traded on the Nasdaq stock exchange
. Underwriters for the deal included Morgan Stanley,

Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, BMO Capital Markets Corp., Jefferies

& Co. and Piper Jaffray & Co. It will trade under…
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Added by James Tanner on May 13, 2010 at 8:24am — No Comments

Who owns the genealogy companies?

One of the trends of modern society is the centralization of the

production, transportation and sale of goods and services, particularly

information services, in larger and larger international corporations.

The Internet reflects the world at large in concentrating a lot of

resources under the control of a few very large organizations. Perhaps,

finding out who owns and runs these organizations and where they are

located would be an eye opener. To discover this… Continue

Added by James Tanner on May 12, 2010 at 10:13pm — No Comments

Genealogy's Star among MyHeritage.com’s Top 100 Genealogy Sites

I have been having an interesting conversation with the representatives

of MyHeritage.com. As you can see from the

badge, Genealogy's Star was selected among the top

100 genealogy sites in the world
. If you were to go back in my

archives, you would find that I have been… Continue

Added by James Tanner on May 12, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

Doing Research in Real Time

In a presentation given by FamilySearch staff "Doing Research in Real

Time-An Exhilarating Collaboration Experience!" (F308), at the text" title="http://www.ngsgenealogy.org" rel="nofollow"">National

Genealogical Society
2010 conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. ,

presented by… Continue

Added by James Tanner on May 11, 2010 at 11:11am — No Comments

Google Chrome vs. Firefox -- a genealogist's perspective

With a few stellar exceptions, most of the genealogists I know are far

more interested in genealogy than they are in technology per se. Since both

avocations take a great deal of time, it is not surprising that they

would make decisions more in favor of doing genealogy than tinkering

around with the newest technological whiz bang. Some times I think my

brain is going explode trying to keep up even partially… Continue

Added by James Tanner on May 9, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Bing vs. Google revisited for genealogists

In working with the computers at the Mesa Regional Family History Center

in Mesa, Arizona, I frequently find that the Microsoft Bing search

engine has been activated on different computers. Bing was unveiled by

Microsoft on May 28, 2009 and went online on June 3, 2009, so it is

almost one year old. In one year, Bing has risen to become the third

largest search engine on the web by query volume. … Continue

Added by James Tanner on May 7, 2010 at 6:21pm — No Comments

Graphics in Genealogy Programs -- a review

One of the attractive features of genealogy programs since Personal Ancestral File (PAF) version 5.2, is the ability to attach specific graphic files to a source. For example, attaching a digitized copy of a death certificate to the source for the death date and place. The advantage of attaching copies of the… Continue

Added by James Tanner on May 5, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

New Web services may impact finding your family history

In an article reported in Mormon

Times by Michael De Groote
, Alan E. Mann, manager of

Genealogical Community Services told an audience at BYU's

Conference on Computerized Family History and Genealogy about ten new

web services that are changing the ways we share… Continue

Added by James Tanner on May 2, 2010 at 2:32pm — 1 Comment

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