- Citing your sources
- Know where you got a fact (you will NOT remember!)
- Allow you and others to evaluate your reasoning and compare conflicting sources
- Help others find possibly relevant sources
- “Citation is an art, not a science.” (EE, pg 41)
- General format:
- Identifying info (Item type, creation date, ID number)
- Repository & location (unpublished)
- Publisher & location
- Mnemonic: Who, What, When, Where in, Where is
- Do you ever write notes about a source in your citation?
- Quality of a microfilmed or digital image, difficult handwriting
- Note spelling differences or date discrepancies and why this is or is not critical
- Where do you discuss conflicts with other sources? Minor ones in citations, major ones in main text or a separate note
- Do you use the templates in your genealogy software?
- Pros — help with formatting, may be able to reuse sources
- Cons — probably won’t transfer if you need to switch software using GEDCOM, may be harder to use templates than to just write the citation directly
- Evidence Explained, by Elizabeth Shown Mills
- Book (3rd edition, Sep 2015)
- Quick Reference Sheets — we really liked the one Bob brought to show. Available on Amazon
- Facebook: Citing your sources group facebook.com/citesources
- Thomas MacEntee’s quick reference guide: http://www.geneabloggers.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Genealogy-Source-Citations-Quick-Reference.pdf
- A free book on citation: http://www.capitalareagenealogy.org/documents/Guide_to_Documentation.pdf
- Cyndi’s List: http://www.cyndislist.com/citing/citations-in-genealogy/
- An EE alternative for Rootsmagic users: http://www.simplecitations.com/index.html
- Randy Seaver’s Rootsmagic tutorial (part 1 of several): http://www.geneamusings.com/2016/01/creating-source-citations-in-rootsmagic.html
- Randy Seaver’s Family Tree Maker tutorial: http://www.geneamusings.com/2014/01/a-family-tree-maker-2014-source.html
- Evidence Explained, by Elizabeth Shown Mills
- Genealogical Methods
- Locations – genealogy, history
- Topics – land, military, probate
- Social history, historical fiction
- Books & magazines
- Published by societies and universities
- More current than books. Still have to be stored (unless digital)
- National Genealogical Society Quarterly: http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/ngsq
- The American Genealogist: http://americangenealogist.com/
- New England Historical & Genealogical Register: http://www.americanancestors.org/browse/publications/the-register
- Blogs & websites
- Very current, but quality varies widely!
- Easton’s Online Genealogy Newsletter: https://blog.eogn.com/
- Randy Seaver’s Geneamusings: http://www.geneamusings.com/
- Thomas McEntee’s Geneabloggers: http://www.geneabloggers.com/
- The Ancestry Insider: http://www.ancestryinsider.org/
- FamilySearch Wiki: https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Main_Page
- Classes you take over the internet. Usually combine video and text chat, maybe a message board or Facebook group. More interactive than just a video
- Can be 1 hour, or many segments
- Need good internet connection and may need to download software
- Master calendar: http://blog.geneawebinars.com/
- Good, old fashioned in-person classes
- Regional, national, international
- Fleeting, exhilarating, exhausting, and sometimes expensive
- National conferences good for sampling lots of topics and speakers
- National Genealogical Society: http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org
- Federation of Genealogical Societies: http://www.fgs.org/cpage.php?pt=43
- Southern California GenSoc Jamboree: http://genealogyjamboree.com/
- Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies: http://www.kcgs.us/2017-genealogy-conference/
- Wichita Genealogical Society: http://wichitagensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=17
- Usually a week or long weekend.
- Intensive – take one class rather than attend several lectures or short workshops, work with same small group the whole time
- Usually focus on more advanced topics. May include homework and archive or library time
- Midwest African American Genealogy Institute: http://www.maagi-stl.org/
- Genealogical Institute on Federal Records: http://www.gen-fed.org/
- Genealogical Research of Pittsburgh: http://www.gripitt.org/
- Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research: https://www.facebook.com/Samford.IGHR/
- Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy: http://ugagenealogy.com/aem.php?eid=16
- Home Study
- National Genealogical Society: http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/educational_courses
- Historical Societies & Museums
- Wichita History From My Perspective: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1536039336677412/
- To find other local history groups, search in Facebook for XXX or XXX history. Groups with names like “You know you grew up in …” or “You know you’re from …” are likely nostalgia groups, but there’s probably some history to be learned there, too.
Research Goals and Process
Preparation, organizing, editing, publishing and more!
Questions to ask yourself before you hit the road.
What’s a genealogy toolbox?
- Websites and computer tools that make research easier
The Power-Up Special Interest Group met on March 8 to discuss organizing our paper and digital files. Here are the notes from that meeting:
The Power Up Your Genealogy SIG met on February 9 to discuss genealogy software. Here are notes from that meeting:
Who are the players?
Online – Ancestry, FamilySearch, MyHeritage/Geni, WikiTree
Most of us are using at least a couple of these to host our trees.
One big difference — some (Ancestry) allow you to control your entire tree, while some (FamilySearch, WikiTree) are trying to create one master tree, so you can only control your most recent, living relatives and anyone can edit those relatives further back in time. While the idea of everyone contributing to one master tree is an appealing way to reduce duplicated effort, the current reality is messy.
The NEHGS has made a handy chart http://admin.americanancestors.org:8080/uploadedFiles/Content/Education/Learning_Resources/Program%20chart.pdf
Most of our members use Family Tree Maker, which was discontinued by Ancestry.com last fall; some are still using FTM, and some have started using RootsMagic. We also have some folks using PAF, The Master Genealogist and GRAMPS.
RootsMagic & FamilyTreeMaker both made big announcements at RootsTech. Ancestry.com announced that Family Tree Maker will be transferred to MacKiev, who will continue to support and develop it (http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2016/02/02/good-news-for-users-of-family-tree-maker/). RootsMagic announced that it will be adding the ability to sync to Ancestry.com (http://blog.rootsmagic.com/?p=2612)
Randy Seaver has dug a little deeper into how the syncing will probably work (http://www.geneamusings.com/2016/02/more-information-about-family-tree.html)
How do you pick?
• How do you use software? What are your goals?
• Download free demos and import a small GEDCOM to play with
Those members who have worked with both FTM and RootsMagic agree that each has strengths and flaws. You’ll have to play with both to decide which fits your needs better.
One issue we discussed was whether you need to consider the stability of the company producing your software — is a small company like RootsMagic more like to go away, leaving you stranded? Unfortunately, there’s really no way to know, and no really strong, stable company to rely on.
Do you need more than one?
No one really felt the need to use more than one software program. This is not the same as keeping more than one online tree — almost everyone has trees on several sites.
Security, privacy & backups
No one seemed too worried about security. Jim mentioned some issues with RootsMagic and private media files. If we are to be believed, we are all backing up our files; most on thumb drives and external hard drives, some on DVD and some on cloud services. We talked a little about the difference between creating a copy of your program’s project files, having your program make a backup of your project, and creating a GEDCOM file. GEDCOMS can be transferred between programs, but are also most likely to omit data when transferring from one program to another.
• Online. We all use some online support resources.
• Phone. A few of us have used phone support. A problem is that the phone tech usually wants to just send a link to online support resources, so you have to be persistant.
• Local user groups. We’re not aware of any local user groups for FTM, although the MHGS group Genealogy on the Internet frequently discusses FTM. There is a new RootsMagic user group starting at the Andover Public Library; they will be meeting at 6pm on the third Wednesday of each month. All RootsMagic users are welcome.
Useful non-tree software
Spreadsheets – Excel, Google Sheets:
Useful for keeping track of source documents, complicated trees, sorting out conflicting evidence.
GedMagic will translate GEDcoms to Excel Worksheets or .CSV
Photo editing & organizing – Photoshop, Lightroom, GIMP, IrfanView, Picasa
Several folks use Lightroom for managing big image collections.
Picasa is being rolled into Google Photos. Here’s an article on how to make the move
XnView can be used to convert files between formats
One member has used scrapbooking software, which is easier to use than Word if you’re trying to combine words and images.
Authoring – Word, Google Docs, Scrivener, LibreOffice
We’re all using word processing software.
Note-taking – Evernote, OneNote
Not much use here
Presentation – Powerpoint, Google Slides
Nobody really using this for genealogy
We like the idea, but it scares most of us. Vince and Rex are working on a scheme to provide professional level conversion of tape to digital; expect more info in coming months.