GenPerfect is connected and social.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve been immersed in technology for so long, that sometimes I forget that not everyone has a high-speed internet connection. Thanks A A Bowen for reminding me of that. Below you will find the text of the video, A Better Way to Cite Online Sources, in script form. Before I recorded the video of the PowerPoint and demo using Camtasia Studio 6, I wrote a script to get my thoughts together and try to be more concise. The text is likely not 100% of what was said on the video, but it is close. That is why I am calling it a script instead of a transcript.
Between the script and the detailed description of the demo, you should be in a good position to answer the survey questions without the need to see the video.
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.
As 2008 closes, we stop to ponder what awaits genealogy in 2009. In coming up with this list, I have no insider information. I simply looked at the information publically available and tried to determine what is possible or likely for the upcoming year.
So here is my list of 9 genealogy predictions for 2009:
In a continuing effort to have the best user experience possible, Footnote is making visits to a few homes in Arizona cities this week. I heard about this back in early February from Dick Eastman’s newsletter and decided to volunteer. Today I received a visit from Dick and members of the Footnote team. The group had representatives from software development, design, management, business, and marketing. The visit lasted a little over an hour and I enjoyed the chance to participate and provide my feedback. Everyone was very nice and interested in my opinions. I had only used the Footnote site a few times before the visit, but I was able to navigate around and uncover most of its features. The group asked me questions and let me think out loud as I used the site.
One point that I brought up in today’s visit that is an issue with not just Footnote, but also FamilySearch, Ancestry, World Vital Records, and other online database/document sites is that there is a lack of consistency with source citations. For example, the same census document could have different citations on different sites and none of the citations follow the format in either of Elizabeth Shown Mills’ works: Evidence! or Evidence Explained. When I download an image from one of these sites, I should get automatic source citation in my desktop genealogy application as well as additional details such as source provenance. It should be very easy. To modify a phrase from an action movie: “With great source repositories, comes great responsibility.”
It is very encouraging to see companies like Footnote take an interest in what its members and potential members care about. I was impressed by the Footnote team and site and get the feeling that the innovation hasn’t stopped yet.
As an added bonus, I got to meet Dick Eastman. Overall, what a great experience!