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Navigating Research with the GPS – July 2009 Update

Tuesday, 28 Jul 2009 | by Mark Tucker

In preparation for my presentation this Friday at the BYU Genealogy Conference, I updated my slides and posted them on SlideShare:

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This slide presentation goes with the syllabus material that I posted earlier.

Hope to see some of you on Friday at 1:30pm.

Puzzle the Past

Monday, 27 Jul 2009 | by Mark Tucker

As genealogists we spend many hours unpuzzling the past of our ancestors.  Maybe we should spend some time puzzling it!

A great way to share the past with the next generation of family historians is to create picture puzzles of ancestor photos.  One tool that can do this is a web site called PuzzleTouch.

After going to http://puzzletouch.com/ click the Create Puzzle button in the section on the right:

Create Puzzle

The next screen asks you to upload a photo.  This is a picture of my grandmother when she was a little girl in Largo, New Mexico.  The family lovingly refers to her as the “Largo Kid”.

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Interactive Kinship Calculator

Saturday, 25 Jul 2009 | by Mark Tucker

Standard Relationship Chart

Let’s say you just met someone who shares a common ancestor with you. How are you related? To determine this, its time to consult a relationship chart like the one shown below:

Relationship Chart

Interactive Kinship Calculator

Charts like this have been around for decades.  I wondered what a chart like this might look like updated for the Internet age.  What should an interactive relationship chart be able to do?  I thought it should at least let you specify the gender of  each person involved.  Adding names would make it more personal.  It should also include an easy way of specifying relationships.  After some thought and experimentation, I developed the interactive Kinship Calculator:

Kinship Calculator

In the picture shown above, Mark Tucker is the 2nd Great Grandson of Moses Tucker and Della May Tucker is Moses’ granddaughter.  So what relationship is Mark to Della May?  They are 1st cousins twice removed.

The chart shows the common ancestor at the top and two decendants below.  Each person is represented by an image (indicating gender) and a name.  To set the gender for an individual, double click the image to switch between male and female.  To set a person’s name, select the text and enter the name.  Each decendant’s image is also a slider that moves side to side. Simply position each descendant image under the number indicating how many generations they are from the common ancestor.  The text in the brown and green colored bands indicate the relationship between each decendant and the common ancestor.  The double-headed arrow on the far right shows the relationship between both decendants.

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Ancestry.com Name Change Comic

Monday, 13 Jul 2009 | by Mark Tucker

When Dick Eastman announced that The Generations Network changed its name back to Ancestry.com, I thought of this comic.  All in good fun.

TGN Name Change Comic

GenealogyWise StatShot #2

Thursday, 9 Jul 2009 | by Mark Tucker

GenealogyWise Logo

Here is another statistics snapshot of GenealogyWise just 25.5 hours from the last one.  It is amazing how fast it is growing.

July 9, 2009, 8:00 PM MST

Members: 1157 (+685)
Forums: 26 (+16)
Groups: 361 (+162)
Blog Posts: 50 (+26)
Videos: 150 (+33)

Not bad for a single day.

GenealogyWise StatShot

Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | by Mark Tucker

GenealogyWise Logo

If you haven’t already heard, FamilyLink has created a Facebook clone specifically for genealogists. It is called GenealogyWise.  When I found out about it yesterday, there were already 130+ people registered ahead of me.

I thought it would be interesting to capture some of the site’s statistics so that we have something to compare it against later.

July 8, 2009, 6:30 PM MST

Members: 472
Forums: 10
Groups: 199
Blog Posts: 24
Videos: 117

Not bad for a site that won’t officially release until Friday, July 17.

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