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:
This week RootsTelevision is featuring the video,”A Better Way to Cite Online Sources“. I appreciate their help in getting the word out. While you are there check out some of the other great videos they are featuring. Here is a link to the Og Blog post.
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.
The Og Blog at Root Television has showcased both of the first two videos created by ThinkGenealogy on its weekly New Roots Tuesday post.
- DNA Channel: Are You Smarter than a Grade School Genealogist? Episode 1 – Introduction to DNA
- How To Channel: 10 Things Genealogy Software Should Do
We are having fun coming up with other ideas that we want to share in video.
Are You Smarter than a Grade School Genealogist?
Episode 1 – Introduction to DNA
Match your genealogy knowledge against a grade schooler to determine: Are You Smarter than a Grade School Genealogist? In this episode, Nathan, a 4th grader from Arizona introduces DNA for the genealogist.
Video – YouTube (4:04)
A few days ago I created and posted to the internet my first genealogy video entitled: 10 Things Genealogy Software Should Do
I submitted it to Roots Television and am happy to announce that it is currently being featured on the RootsTube channel.