GenSeek Wish List

Wednesday, 29 Apr 2009 | by Mark Tucker

GenSeek logo

GenSeek is the Web 2.0 replacement for the Family History Library Catalog. It is expected to release soon, but has no published release date.

I have been thinking of a common way genealogy researchers use the FHLC and how it could be improved in GenSeek. Before a trip to the Family History Library, many researchers use the FHLC to find sources they want to examine. Often each detail page is printed off and taken to the library. Some choose to sort the papers in the order they want to perform their research. At the library, these papers can be used to write notes about what was found or not found in each source.


Better Online Citations Video Spotlighted by Genealogy Gems

Wednesday, 29 Apr 2009 | by Mark Tucker

In Episode 64 of the Genealogy Gems podcast, Lisa calls online downloadable source citations a “Gem of an Idea!”

She explains the issues clearly and interviews genealogy blogger, Stephen Danko to get his opinion. Lisa also gives the outcome of her interview requests with Ancestry and World Vital Records.

I was excited to hear the interview with Stephen as I have been an admirer of his work for years ever since the Genealogy Guys first mentioned him on their podcast.  Stephen’s genealogy blog is in actuality an online research log where he posts document images, transcriptions and translations from his research. Like all genealogists should do, he cites all sources following Evidence Explained. In fact, I had his website in mind when I created the sample site used in the video. For many months, whenever I visited his blog I would imagine a Download link next to each of his source citations. Stephen is somebody I would love to meet. Maybe NGS 2010 in SLC?

Lisa, thanks for getting the word out.  This is truly a grassroots effort and I cannot do it on my own.  Keep spreading the word and contact the providers of the software and services you use.

Thank you!

Better Online Citations – Details Part 1

Tuesday, 28 Apr 2009 | by Mark Tucker

There have been a number of comments from viewers of the video, “A Better Way to Cite Online Sources”, asking about how things work behind the scenes. Being a geek by nature, I tend to be technical in my writing and so I tried to stay away from too many details in the video. The main point was to show what a solution to the online citation problem might look like.

For those who want to know more, here are the details.

We will first start with the QuickCheck models found in Evidence Explained. These models can be used by software developers as a feature specification:

Evidence Explained - Book Basic Format Citation


Video: Better Way to Cite Online Sources

Monday, 20 Apr 2009 | by Mark Tucker


Phoenix, AZ – April 20, 2009. Every genealogist and family historian from beginner to professional will at some time confront the issue of source citations. Although great advances have been made in recent years to standardize and simplify citations, it is still too difficult. Today on a video was released that proposes a better way to cite online sources.

This 7.5 minute video consists of two sections. The first section discusses some of the current issues with citing sources especially when it comes to online sources. The second section demonstrates an approach to quickly and accurately cite online sources. The technology needed to accomplish this exists today. The changes proposed by this video requires collaboration between various providers of genealogy software and services.

As a genealogy community, we have at times united to get our voices heard in such areas as records preservation & access, NARA fees, and other topics of key concern. You are invited to watch the video, provide feedback, and learn how we can work together to make citing online sources approachable to all researchers.

About is a blog created in July 2007 to discuss ideas and innovation in genealogy and genealogy software. It was recently recognized by ProGenealogists, Inc. as one of the 25 Most Popular Genealogy Blogs for 2009. To learn more, visit:

ProGenealogists’ 25 Most Popular Genealogy Blogs of 2009

Tuesday, 7 Apr 2009 | by Mark Tucker

ProGenealogists' 25 Most Popular Genealogy Blogs for 2009

The team at ProGenealogists, Inc. have been hard at work reviewing and ranking the literally millions of genealogy and family history blogs down to a list of 25 (actually 26 including a tie). This list is a “must follow” if you want to stay in tune with the news and trends of genealogy. Back in January 2008, I created a list of the top 10 genealogy blogs and podcasts and know how difficult compiling such a list can be.

I am very pleased to be included on this list and want to thank my fellow GeneaBloggers for the motivation to keep blogging, my blog readers for providing comments and encouragement, and ProGenealogists for the recognition. Thank you!

You can find the complete list of well-deserving recipients here.

Look for the Union Label

Friday, 3 Apr 2009 | by Mark Tucker

Yesterday I was transcribing a document for the current ProGen Study Group assignment. The document I chose was an automobile operator’s license for my paternal grandmother, Hannah Riley Tucker.

My grandfather, Andrew Charles Tucker, was a carpenter by trade and was called to serve a labor mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. His task was to help build the dormitories for the Church College of Hawaii (later renamed to  BYU-Hawaii). So my grandparents and their youngest daughter moved from Utah to Hawaii in the early 1960s.

Now back to the driver’s license. In my effort to transcribe every last word on the document, I noticed a logo at the bottom of the page. The last line was “PD-70″, the logo, and then “14″. On the logo, I could make out the words “Union Label” and “Honolulu”. By scanning the logo at 9600 dpi, I could begin to read the final word on the logo:

Union Label - Typographical Honolulu


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