I just received my copy of Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace by Elizabeth Shown Mills and I am so excited! I look forward to studying it in detail. I am very interested in how its contents can be applied to genealogy software. What if this book were used as a requirements document for software? If the knowledge and best practices from this book were coded into a genealogy application, then genealogists and family historians from beginners to professionals would speak the same language. What if all genealogy software encoded these same best practices and they became a standard feature just like the pedigree chart? That would be some real innovation.
The book can be purchased from Genealogical Publishing Company.
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.