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Genealogy Research Process Map – Version 2

Thursday, 31 Jul 2008 | by Mark Tucker

Genealogy Research Process Map - Version 2

In the last two and a half months alone, the original Genealogy Research Process Map post received 500 pageviews.  Version 2 of the map has only a few changes.  Besides fixing two typos, the arrows separating the 6 process steps where moved up next to the step headers.  I did this to help it look more like a timeline.  Looking at the map, there are three main “rows”: the circle diagram, the process timeline, and the process details.  The idea is to start in the middle of the diagram to understand the steps in the process: Define, Search, Cite, Analyze, Resolve, and Conclude

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Live from Family History Class

Tuesday, 29 Jul 2008 | by Mark Tucker

Live Blog sign

We are in class right now talking about blogs and podcasts.

The first line of this blog article was written during our weekly Family History class held during the Sunday School hour at church.  These last two Sundays I was asked to substitute teach the class.  Last week we had each class member bring some documents about their ancestors and we talked about them.  It was fun to see the different types of documents that others had and to learn a little about their ancestors.  That first week, we also talked about the difference between original and derivative sources and primary and secondary information.

This week using an older Dell Inspiron B120 notebook, Sony LCD projector, and a class member’s Blackberry 8330 with internet connectivity, we were able to browse the internet in class and talk about blogs and podcasts.  To illustrate how easy it is to create a blog entry, I started this post during class.  We didn’t have time to write more than the first line.  Our discussion of blogs and podcasts started with a post I wrote back in January highlighting some of the best genealogy blogs and podcasts.  We followed some of the links to give the 9 class members in attendence an idea of what blogging and podcasts are all about.  We first started with the blogs and in addition to those from my previous post, we looked at Stephen Danko’s blog and how he uses it as a research log.  We also talked about how easy it would be to use a site such as WordPress or Blogger to create your own personal or public blog.

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RootsMagic 4 Mystery Tab Spoiler

Sunday, 20 Jul 2008 | by Mark Tucker

I can’t believe I figured it out! 

In a recent post, Bruce Buzbee teased the genealogy software community by smudging the text of a mysterious 4th tab.  In a way I hate to be the spoiler and steal Bruce’s thunder, but I can’t help myself.  Actually it is Bruce’s fault.  He threw down the gauntlet and issued the challenge.  Maybe after Bruce is finished getting mad at me, he will give me a copy of RootsMagic 4 for being so clever.

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Slowly Unveiling RootsMagic 4

Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | by Mark Tucker

Earlier this month, Bruce Buzbee of RootsMagic started his own blog. Welcome to the genealogy blogging community and the blogosphere! I met Bruce back in March of this year and he is a very nice person. I’m looking forward to reading as he shares the inside scoop on what is happening at RootsMagic.

In the last few posts at RootsMagic Blog, Bruce has leaked some new features of the upcoming RootsMagic 4. He says he will start small and progressively reveal more. The buzz is starting and you can sense the excitement as you read the comments. Some readers are trying to guess what the new features will be while others are hoping that their wishlist items will be included. Not all of the new features hinted at in the screen shots are explained by Bruce, so I thought that I would get in on the fun and use my keen eye to try and figure things out.

I honestly have no inside information myself, so don’t take my guesses as fact.  I simply opened my copy of RootsMagic 3 and compared it to the screen shots of RootsMagic 4.  It was almost like trying to solve one of those puzzles you would find in the Highlights magazine.

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ThinkGenealogy – Anniversary #1

Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | by Mark Tucker

On July 19, 2007, I made my first blog post at ThinkGenealogy.com.  This Saturday will be the 1 year anniversary.  This has been a great experience so far and I am pleased that so many have stopped by to both read and contribute. 

Since this blog would be nothing without its readers, I’ve decided to share my site statistics that show just how many people are thinking about genealogy. 

My web host uses AWStats to track site statistics and below you can see the first year report:

AWStats Report for ThinkGenealogy.com (Aug 2007 to July 2008)

Although somewhat useful, I definately prefer the experience I get with Google Analytics.  I didn’t get Analytics set up on the site until May 17, 2008, but here is my dashboard since then:

Google Analytics Report

Note that the week of June 17 I was on vacation and the blog went down which results in the low number of visits for those six days.

The following countries have over 100 visits:

  • United States – 1,833
  • Canada – 127
  • United Kingdom – 119
  • Netherlands – 111
  • Australia – 104

In the United States, there are visitors from each of the 50 states as well as the Washington D.C.:

 Google Analytics Map Report

So far, this site is most popular in California and Texas.

The top 10 posts for the last two months are:

  1. Genealogy Research Map
  2. ThinkGenealogy Mission Statement – Draft #1
  3. Family Tree Maker 2008 is ready for future, built with Microsoft technology
  4. ProGen Study Group #1
  5. Genealogy Magazines at Barnes & Noble Online Newsstand?
  6. What if Genealogy had a TED Conference?
  7. ProGen Study Group #3
  8. 10 Things Genealogy Software Should Do
  9. ProGen Study Group #2
  10. Genealogy Research Process Map – Desktop Wallpaper

I am looking forward to another year of thinking about genealogy and innovation with others in the genealogy software community.

Thank you!

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