My ProGen Group is the BEST!

Tuesday, 30 Sep 2008 | by Mark Tucker


I have been posting for the last 6 months about the ProGen study group and my experiences.  It has been a wonderful experience.  The content is great but what is even better is getting to know the members of your group.  We have formed friendships over these months. 

Well, today my group did something wonderful for me and I truly appreciate it.  I won’t go into the details but I did want to publically tell them “Thank you!”  If we weren’t spread out across the nation, I would bake you a yummy batch of brownies.  Thank you Sheri, Elissa, Randy, Tina, and Jeff.

Where are all the Genealogy Wikis?

Monday, 29 Sep 2008 | by Mark Tucker

This is a call out to all bloggers and blog readers.  In the last few years, wikis have become popular as a way for many people to collaborate and share information.  Particularly interesting to the genealogy community are genealogy wikis.  Two of the most well known are Dick Eastman’s Encyclopedia of Genealogy and FamilySearch’s Research Wiki

There are three main uses for wiki’s in genealogy:

  1. Articles about genealogy and family history (ex: Encyclopedia of Genealogy & FamilySearch Research Wiki)
  2. Personal genealogy (ex: Genealogy Wikia, WeRelate)
  3. Links to genealogy sites but no articles

I have done a search on Google for the keywords “genealogy” and “wiki” but I am interested in the sites being used by the genealogy community.  That is where you come in.  If you use a genealogy wiki, please provide the following:

  • Wiki Name
  • Link
  • Type (article, personal, link, or other)
  • What you like
  • What feature would you like to see added
  • How frequently do you use it (occasionally, monthly, weekly, daily)

Thank you.

Just Feeling the Love

Friday, 26 Sep 2008 | by Mark Tucker

Blogger Friends Forever

I Heart Your Blog

Blogger Friends Forever

Wow, I don’t know what to say.  I sure am feeling loved lately.  It actually started back in August when Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings gave me the Blogger Friends Forever award.  Randy posted the award and purposefully didn’t tell me about it so that I would be surprised.  Well, I discovered the award about an hour after he posted it and haven’t done anything about it until now.  Thank you Randy!

The rules for accepting this award state that I must pass it on as follows:

1. Only five people are allowed to receive the award.
2. Four of them must be followers of your blog.
3. One has to be new to your blog and live in another part of the world.
4. You must link back to whoever gave you the award.

It was hard to narrow my list down to 5, but here they are:


The legacy of ‘The Last Lecture’ published in Digital Genealogist

Monday, 8 Sep 2008 | by Mark Tucker
The Last Lecture


The September/October 2008 issue of Digital Genealogist was sent out this last weekend and I am pleased to announce that I have an article published in it.  The article is titled The legacy of ‘The Last Lecture’ and talks about the story of Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University professor, that inspired millions through a talk he gave while he was dying of pancreatic cancer.  The content of his lecture and some of the backstory has been released as a book called The Last Lecture.

I first heard Randy’s story back in April 2008.  Soon after that I felt compelled to write about how his story inspired me and how I felt it related to family history.  When I wrote the article, I gave no thought about publishing it.  After a few months, I felt like I wanted to share it with others so I contacted Digital Genealogist who agreed to publish it. 


Chrome, Google’s new browser eyes web applications

Friday, 5 Sep 2008 | by Mark Tucker

What? Google has a browser!  

That was my feeling on Tuesday when a co-worker sent me an e-mail about the unveiling of Chrome.  Now Chrome enters the browser arena with Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and other browsers of which I am unaware.  Chrome is open source and is currently available as a beta for Windows Vista/XP SP2.  According to reports from Market Share, in less than a week Chrome’s market share is already more than 1 percent.  Compare this to the top browsers’ market share: 72.15 percent for IE, 19.73 percent for Firefox, 6.34 percent for Safari, and 0.74 percent for Opera.

In the past I have been a two-browser guy.  I use IE7 mostly at work except when it flakes out on a site and then I switch to Firefox.  That is pretty much the same pattern for home.  Don’t get me wrong, I really do like Firefox.  Its a great browser.  Its just that I have been using IE for so long and specific tasks at work requires it.  Now I am a three-browser guy.  In fact, this is my first blog post written with Chrome.  What is so special about Chrome and why is Google reinventing this wheel?  What impact will this have on us as family historians and genealogists?



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