Genealogy

Here you’ll find some of my thoughts on genealogy.

  • Genealogy with three or more parents December 16, 2016
    Today I read an article from MIT Technology Review about “The British government has given the green light for a technique that will let parents-to-be ...
  • Mathematical genealogy April 12, 2016
    Like family history, mathematics has a genealogical history as well.  One mathematician in history can influence several others in future generations.  Recently, researchers used that ...
  • Jewish genealogy research tips April 12, 2016
    JewishGen posted a list of Mythbusters, which is essentially tips in doing Jewish genealogy research.  I have found these to be useful in my endeavors ...
  • Genealogy television shows March 11, 2016
    You can see a good partial list of genealogy television shows on the Larimer County Genealogical Society’s website. Another show I would add is “Long Lost Family” ...
  • Innovative approaches to genealogy January 18, 2016
    If you are a beginner in genealogical research, often every article on the subject introduces something new.  But once you get to a certain level ...
  • “Science Fiction: Genetics” November 18, 2015
    See Amazon.com for “Science Fiction: Genetics”.  This is my first genetics-related anthology of my stories.  I enjoy following advances in genetic and epigenetic research, so I’m ...
  • Genealogy – predicting what ancestors looked like September 24, 2015
    Buried in an article about “A genomic entrepreneur plans to sell genetic workups for as little as $250” is perhaps an even more striking claim ...
  • UTM and Geographic Coordinates May 29, 2015
    Whether you are encountering UTM mapping coordinates because of genealogy or some other kind of research, it helps to know how to convert between UTM ...
  • Did Kirk and Scott travel to 1841? April 29, 2015
    Did James T. Kirk and Montgomery Scott from “Star Trek” travel back in time from to 1841? Did they know each other in 2263, a ...
  • A face is not just a face January 5, 2015
    I was excited to see a number of articles last year on the subject of pattern recognition, particularly as it relates to human faces.  Face pattern recognition ...
  • Ancestry reduncancy December 12, 2014
    Have you ever seen one of those charts that shows how you should have more ancestors in the year 1300 than were alive in the year ...
  • Genealogy translation tools September 26, 2014
    Family Tree Magazine blog listed some good tools for genealogy language translation.  The tools for entering foreign text are very handy, especially for translating tombstones.  I’d add, ...
  • Science fiction meets medicine and genealogy April 4, 2014
    Mocavo recently blogged about “s Genealogy a Thing of the Past?”  This is the stuff of science fiction. I don’t remember the name of the story, ...
  • Genealogy and handwriting detection March 21, 2014
    Mocavo announced that they are introducing online transcription using handwriting detection techniques.  As a genealogist and programmer, I will be interested to see how well this works.
  • Genealogy and searching at RootsTech 2014 February 17, 2014
    RootsTech 2014 is over, but people with an interest in genealogy can view some of the speeches on the RootsTech website.  I particularly liked watching ...
  • Top genealogy websites January 24, 2014
    GenealogyInTime listed their “Top 100 Genealogy Websites” for 2014.
  • Genealogy – name changes January 16, 2014
    Many people who enjoy genealogy research have reached a brick wall when attempting to learn about ancestors who changed the spelling of their last name ...
  • Genealogy – Best U.S. state websites December 9, 2013
    Family Tree Magazine has been blogging about a number of useful genealogy web sites recently.  Now they list the 75 best state (U.S.) sites 2013.
  • Phone camera and headstone translation November 7, 2013
    I’ve noticed several phone apps that promise camera-pointing translation.  You point your camera at an object, such as a sign or headstone, and it is suppose ...
  • Family Tree Magazine: 101 Best Genealogy Websites November 4, 2013
    Family Tree Magazine published a list of the “101 Best Websites for Genealogy in 2013“.  As an amateur genealogy enthusiast, I enjoy using a fair number of the ...
  • Ancestry buys “Find A Grave” October 4, 2013
    The Genealogy Insider blogger on Family Tree Magazine reports that Ancestry.com has purchased “Find A Grave”.  While this may not have much immediate impact, perhaps ...
  • More Florida newspapers to be digitized September 25, 2013
    Gainesville.com reports that the University of Florida will spend the next two years selecting and digitizing about 100,000 Florida and Puerto Rican newspaper pages published between ...
  • Curiosity hasn’t found methane on Mars September 23, 2013
    First, it was believed that orbiting sensors found evidence of methane in the Martian atmosphere.  Then, some speculative articles were written suggesting that the methane ...
  • Genealogy related news September 12, 2013
    Family Tree Magazine reports that “Ancestry.com and FamilySearch have announced a new long-term strategic agreement that’ll bring you a billion international genealogical records.”  Many Family ...
  • Jewish Genealogy September 5, 2013
    שלום Hello What do you do if you don’t remember enough Hebrew or you never learned it, and you would like to translate Hebrew text on ...
  • MyHeritage.com adds photo search August 9, 2013
    Family Tree Magazine recently posted about MyHeritage.com’s new Treasure Family Photos website.  Judging from my first attempt, I think that the search feature needs an ...
  • Genealogy and Genome July 31, 2013
    Curious about what Genealogy conferences are coming up through 2013?  FamilySearch has a list.  Note that the first ever IAJGS Conference LIVE! will use the ...
  • Update on “Who Do You Think You Are?” on TLC July 11, 2013
    As I wrote in an earlier blog, “Who Do You Think You Are?” has moved to The Learning Channel (TLC).  It will begin its new ...
  • The Learning Channel’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” 2013 July 1, 2013
    Family Tree Magazine’s Genealogy Insider blogger Diane Haddad reports that The Learning Channel has announced the celebrities who will appear on “Who Do You Think ...
  • BatchGeo for geocoding and mapping June 26, 2013
    I have been wanting to create a map of where my ancestors lived at various time periods, but I wasn’t sure what tool(s) to use.  ...
  • “Who Do You Think You Are?” returns July 23, 2013 May 23, 2013
    Ancestry.com and Family Tree Magazine report that “Who Do You Think You Are?” is coming to TLC on July 23, 2013.  This is the American ...
  • FamilyLink Military Collections free week May 22, 2013
    FamilyLink is providing free access to their military records until May 28, 2013.
  • Genealogy Roadshow on PBS this Fall May 17, 2013
    You may have seen “Who Do You Think You Are?”, a TV series that examines the family tree of public figures and celebrities.  Now, PBS ...
  • How streets got their names May 9, 2013
    Have you ever discovered a street name somewhere, anywhere, that matches the surname of one of your ancestors or friends?  I enjoy genealogy research, and recently ...
  • Genealogy Blogs 2013 April 19, 2013
    Family Tree Magazine published their list of the “Top 40 Genealogy Blogs in 2013.”  Many of these blogs are handy, whether you are looking for new research ...
  • The most popular baby names in Scotland 2012 April 17, 2013
    The National Records of Scotland reports that Jack, Lewis and Riley are the most popular male baby names in Scotland for 2012.  Sophie, Emily, and Lily ...
  • Family narrative April 1, 2013
    I recently read this New York Times article (“The Stories That Bind Us”) about the power of family narrative in a child’s life.  Genealogy research is a ...
  • PhotoFaceMatch software March 28, 2013
    This may be the genealogy tool I’ve been wanting.  PhotoFaceMatch, still in the development stages, can compare facial features of a person in two or more ...
  • Genealogy and Etymology sometimes go together March 25, 2013
    Mocavo genealogy blog reports on a young genealogist who was researching an ancestor and turned up an old document which used the term “skallewagg”.
  • How does cluster genealogy work? February 28, 2013
    Family Tree Magazine has a good article on how cluster genealogy works.  Genealogists sometimes resort to researching persons in a cluster.  A cluster, in simple ...
  • “Who Do You Think You Are?” coming back to U.S. television? February 28, 2013
    Family Tree Magazine reports that “Who Do You Think You Are?” may be coming to U.S. television on The Learning Channel (TLC).  I would like ...
  • Interesting post on finding Polish records online February 12, 2013
    Finding Polish records online.
  • Some good ideas for Genealogy breakthroughs January 24, 2013
    Family Tree Magazine blog posted some good ideas for breaking through Genealogy brick walls.

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