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Google Doodle for Ancestry

Sunday, 3 Apr 2011 | by Mark Tucker

 

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Google Doodle

When searching Google, it is fun to be greeted by a redesign of the Google logo to celebrate an important individual or event. These are called doodles:

Doodles are known as the decorative changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists and scientists. Whether it is the beginning of Spring, Albert Einstein’s birthday, or the 50th anniversary of understanding DNA, the doodle team never fails to find artistic ways to celebrate these unique events.

Having a little bit of fun with the corporate logo by redesigning it from time to time is unheard of at many companies but at Google, it is a part of the brand. While the doodle is primarily a fun way for the company to recognize events and notable people, it also illustrates the creative and innovative personality of the company itself.

You can learn more about Google Doodle history and see past logos at this link.

I don’t have any samples of Google Doodles in this post due to the following request by Google:

Although we’d like to accommodate all the requests we receive from users who want to add a touch of Google to their sites, we are passionate about protecting the reputation of our brand as an objective and fair provider of search results. We allow use of the Google logo by express permission only.

 

Ancestry Doodle

I know that Ancestry.com takes their branding very seriously and might not appreciate me messing with their logo.  What I want to accomplish is to show how an Ancestry Doodle might look and how it could be used to promote not only the Ancestry brand but also special occasions or promotions of the company.

Yesterday I received an e-mail from Ancestry about free access to Civil War records:

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What if (in addition to the e-mail) Ancestry were to change it’s logo from April 7-14th as a way to promote the free access to records?  The logo might look like the one shown at the top of this post.

What do you think? Do you think Ancestry will do it? What events do you suggest should be represented? Any graphic-talented people willing to create some sample Ancestry Doodles in the same fashion as Google Doodles? Why leave all the fun to Ancestry, what other family history company logos deserve a doodle?

 

The Making of the Ancestry Doodle

I must confess that my graphics talent is somewhat limited, so to make the Ancestry Doodle, I used tracing paper. Here are links to where I got the original images that I traced.

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GenPerfect 3

Sunday, 20 Mar 2011 | by Mark Tucker

GenPerfect is connected and social.

 

Facebook

In my first GenPerfect post I mentioned that you could add living members to your database via Facebook. Lately my third cousin has added me to two closed Facebook groups for common ancestors: Thomas Tucker Family & William Henry Dollar Family

Members of these groups include living descendants of a common ancestor. Messages include the lineage of members back to the common ancestor as well as photos and digitized documents. What if GenPerfect could be pointed to these groups? You could see the list of your messages inside your genealogy software on the dashboard. The messages could be parsed and the mini-lineage added to your database citing Facebook as the source. Any photos added to the group would be imported as part of your media collection. GenPerfect would even allow you to update your Facebook status without leaving the application. You could configure the software to automatically prompt you for a Facebook status update at key moment such as when you add a photo or document or when you enter a conclusion and close out a research project. You could choose to post these to a group or your wall.

 

Twitter

Similar to updating your Facebook status, you could also choose to tweet from inside GenPerfect. When prompted to update your status, you could choose to also post to Twitter.

 

Blogs

By selecting a photo, some information in a database, or a research project and clicking a “Quick Post” link, a blog post would be assembled ready for you to edit and post to your blog. All without leaving GenPerfect.

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9 Genealogy Predictions for 2009 Reviewed

Tuesday, 29 Dec 2009 | by Mark Tucker

In December 2008, I wrote a blog post titled 9 Genealogy Predictions for 2009.  It is now time to review that list and see how well the predictions matched reality.

1.  Two more desktop genealogy applications will support source citation templates from Elizabeth Shown Mills’ Evidence Explained. Currently Legacy 7 and RootsMagic 4 support this. The other two might likely be Family Tree Maker and The Master Genealogist.

Family Tree Maker 2009 now supports source citation templates following Evidence Explained.  To my knowledge, no other desktop genealogy applications have announced this support.

2.  One major online database (Ancestry, WorldVitalRecords, FamilySearch, Footnote) will announce upcoming support for Evidence Explained source citations.  Other sites will soon follow with their own announcements.

I am disappointed that none of the mentioned online databases support Evidence Explained source citations.  Please correct me if I am mistaken.  If GenSeek is released in 2010, maybe it will be the first.

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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

Dick Eastman Spreads the News about Online Source Citation Video

Wednesday, 6 May 2009 | by Mark Tucker

I would like to give Dick Eastman a big “Thank you” for blogging about the online citation video. It appeared in today’s post titled “Video Teaches Correct Citations of Online Sources.” I very much appreciate his willingness to spread the word on this important issue.

There is one point of clarification that I would like to make: although the technology exists today to do this type of “one click” citation it has not been implemented. What I showed was a prototype proving that it was possible. What needs to happen next is for online organizations (like Ancestry, FamilySearch, World Vital Records, Footnote, GenSeek, etc.) and genealogy software companies (like the makers of RootsMagic, Legacy, and Family Tree Maker) to agree on a file format and implement it. The online organizations would need to start providing a file with a download link for each source on their site and the genealogy database applications would need to support importing of the files. One could view the video as a tutorial of how things could be. That is precisely why it is so important to get the word out.

This is a grassroots effort from the genealogy community to let genealogy software and service providers know what we want. Citing sources is important to us. There are inconsistencies and other problems that need to be solved. Let’s find a way to get together and solve them. I am just one voice trying to spotlight an issue and provide a way for others to get their voices heard. We have had 200 respondents to the individual survey with
83% classifying themselves as non-professional genealogists.

Here are a few more statistics:

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People from the genealogy community that I would like to meet in person

Friday, 3 Aug 2007 | by Mark Tucker

There are a number of people from the genealogy community that I would like to meet in person.  So much can be learned from listening to the ideas and experiences of others.  As a genealogy community, we can imagine and then implement the software, services, and methodology that will continue to advance the field of genealogy/family history.

One of the people that I would really enjoy meeting is Paul Allen.  He is an internet entrepreneur, co-founder of Ancestry.com, and is currently CEO of WorldVitalRecords.com with its genealogy social networking site, FamilyLink.com.

I would also love to meet Elizabeth Shown Mills.  She has made great contributions to the genealogy community especially in the areas of source citation, evidence, and analysis.

These are just two of the people I would like to meet.  I am keeping a list of People to Meet and when I meet them I will put the date and location.

I appreciate the interviews that the Genealogy Guys do so that I can get to know more people in the genealogy community.  Drew and George are also on my list.

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