Which books on the topics of genealogy, design, innovation, presentations, etc. would I recommend? Check out the ThinkGenealogy Store. I will only add products to the store that I have read, used, or otherwise feel comfortable recommending.
The store is hosted by Amazon which is a company I have used for years. Purchasing an item through the store does not cost you any more than from the main Amazon site. However, your purchase helps pay the costs of hosting the ThinkGenealogy site.
ThinkGenealogy wants to recognize innovation in genealogy and family history. So, if you find a book, software feature, methodology approach or otherwise that you think is innovative then send an e-mail to: mail at thinkgenealogy dot com. If enough nominations come in for a specific item, then it will be recognized with an Innovator award.
There are two types of awards: Thinker’s Pick and Community Choice.
The Thinker’s Pick award is given for innovation that I want to personally recognize whereas Community Choice comes from nominations received from the genealogy community. It is possible for a specific innovation to receive both types of awards and for an item (like a software application) to receive more than one award for different features. I want to make it clear that these awards are not limited to software. I am sure there will be plenty of software nominations, but please keep your eyes open for other areas of innovation in genealogy.
Last month was my first experience with a conference hosted by Family History Expos.com and I was impressed. I attended many sessions and had a chance to present. Everything went well for my presentation and more than 40 people attended. The feedback for the class was very positive.
So, I’m doing it again in St. George, Utah. The conference will be held February 27-28, 2009 at the Dixie Center.
My session is planned for Friday, February 27 at 10:00am in Entrada A:
Navigating Research with the Genealogical Proof Standard
(Beginner-Experienced) Do you want to learn to successfully do genealogy research like the professionals? It is easier than you might think. Whether or not you have heard about the Genealogical Proof Standard, this class will help you through the research process by way of a visualization called the Genealogy Research Process map. Each step is explored through case study and uses traditional and online resources.
If you are in the area, I hope you will consider attending the conference. Also consider attending my presentation or at least saying hello when you see me.
My article titled, “The Last Lecture” has been published in the Oct-Dec 2008 issue of NGS Magazine. This is the same article that appeared in Digital Genealogist back in the Sept/Oct 2008 issue and which was discussed in a blog post back in September. I am pleased to share the perspective that I gained from Randy Pausch with an additional 10,000 genealogists that subscribe to NGS Magazine. In case your are wondering why I am calling it NGS Magazine instead of NGS NewsMagazine, starting with this issue the publication name has changed.