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29 April 2006 @ 11:23 pm
Hey, That's Me Up There!  
It's such a novelty to see your name up in lights. All right not the kind of lights your thinking of, but it was still lights. I'm talking about my visit to the Family History Seminar, held today by the Salt Lake Granger West Stake, in West Valley City,UT. I went there to attend another genealogy conference. Just can't get enough of them. All right, all right, I'm an addict but I'm proud of it. My name in lights appeared during Alan Mann's presentations. He was kind enough to use Renee's Genealogy Blog as an example of what blogging is. It's really nice to know you are appreciated for your efforts. I guess I'm getting "recognized" by my picture being all over this website. Almost wore the same dress today - that would of been tragic. I know word of mouth has spread my blog site around and it's been really fun. I've even heard from people in Canada, Australia, and France. I'm being translated into French. I can honestly say now I am a translated being! (he,he)

Well now to the important stuff - what I learned today. I just have to say first it was a wonderful Seminar. Lots of people, not good at estimating, full but not over crowded. We filled the chapel comfortably. The only crowd was in the line to the women's restroom. Seems everyone went to the restroom with only one stall. Gee, Irene, if your reading this it made me think of you. You would of got the masses in control. I was lucky - first in line, well no line for me. Enough said.

The Family History Seminar had a comfortable 5 class periods with 6 classes offered at a time. They had Alan Mann's two classes repeated so everyone had a chance to attend. The Guest Speaker was Stephen Valentine, from the LDS Church. He gave a presentation on FamilySearch Indexing. This is part of the Scanstone project. They are digitizing all the records in the granite vault all 2 1/2 million rolls, that contain 5 billion documents. An estimated 19,234,000,000,000,000 bytes of information. The Church is enlisting a worldwide army of volunteers to extract the records that are digitized and index them for the web. This all being done in your jammies at 2:00 a.m. - well it is when the site is the most active. Anyone can join the pajama party, you don't have to be LDS to do it. Seriously they are working with the Genealogical Societies out there to index the records. If I have my figures right the old indexing way took approximately 1,300 people 40 days to index 100,000 records. It now will take 2,000 people 3 1/2 DAYS to do the same amount of work. That is fantastic!

We all want these records available on line, and indexed. If you feel inclined to assist you can help with the Ohio Tax Project. The work is being coordinated through the Ohio Historical Society. Your contact is Amy Johnson Crowe and her email address: indexing@ogs.org I've heard it takes about 40 minutes to do a batch of records. Go help them you'll get genealogy brownie points for it!

After Stephen Valentine's presentation we broke into our classes. My first class was with Mary Hill. You might remember her from her video "Family Roots Organizer" http://123genealogy.com/organizer/instructions/index.htm. But she didn't teach on organizing your stuff. I went to her class on the "Big Four" - An Overview of the Census, Vital Records, Probate and Land Records. I saw this really nifty paper I have to have. It's called the "U.S. & Canada Research Checklist" it's only available at the FHL in Salt Lake at the Reference Desk. I need to remember to pick a copy up. To bad they don't have them at the distribution center or on line. She had a website http://www.genealogy-links.org that she showed us, I'd seen it before but never really used it. I want to do that but the link isn't working, hopefully it's only down for maintenance.

I attended Mary's other class Vital Records. I noted to remember to ask for both the marriage license and certificate so I can get the complete information available. My other note is to purchase the book "Researchers Guide to American Genealogy" by Val Greenwood. That book has a very tragic story for me. I wanted the book years ago and was excitedly able to purchase it at a used book store. I put it in my built in book case and there is stood for a few years when I had a break from genealogy. One day I was cleaning and pulled out the book (and others) and found them ruined all mildewed. We later found out that our cinder block home had no insulation but drywall right up against it. The built in bookcase just devoured my books. Really, really sad lost that book so I need to get a new copy.

I'm not going to repeat any classes syllabus information to you, just the highlights of what I learned. But I did strike gold at the FH Seminar. They printed the syllabus and then ran out when more people registered. (The FH Seminar was free just had to register if you wanted a copy of the syllabus or order lunch.) When they found themselves short for syllabus' they made a CD of it. I was thrilled to exchange my paper copy syllabus for a CD. (More people need to offer a CD in my opinion.) When I put the CD in tonight I found not only this years syllabus but it has the last three previous years syllabus' too! You just have to buy one of these CD's it's only $10.00. I know they were offering it after the Seminar so email them at GrangerWestFHC@gmail.com and see about ordering a copy. This is a treasure and a find.

I also attended a class by Russell Lynch on Probate Records. I was finally able to answer a question I had but was to lazy to find the answer for. I have old family records that next to the death date they have W.P. I wasn't sure what the "P" stood for. I also had some notes saying Will Dated. I wanted an answer to know if these dates are before or after death. Simply answer "Will Dated" is always done before death. It's not the date of anything at the court itself. Anything W.P. is dealing with Probate. It could stand for Will Proved or Will Probated. In either case the answer is the same - record the date as after death.
So my Death Date Field Key is:
Will Dated - after (date given)
W.P. - before (date given)

Hope that makes sense and doesn't confuse you. Now on to some fun stuff I learned from Alan Mann. He taught two classes 1. What's New in Family History Research and 2. New Technologies & the Future of F H Research. I just have to say he gives the best classes. I just love to listen to him project the future and the way things are going. I always wonder why didn't I see that coming? He can take current trends and project some fantastic application toward genealogy with them. I already know I can't do him justice he said in a few days he will have his info on line for us at http://www.alanmann.com/articles/new.htm. If you look at it now it's lasts years vision. You can also read his blog at http://www.genlib.blogspot.com/.

Here's the highlights

1. This is brand new today on FamilySearch. If you look on the website http://www.FamilySearch.org and under the big blue SEARCH button is a green box with Family History Library News & Events. You will see a link to "English Probate Jurisdiction Maps now have Search". So you click on it and say, big deal maps. BIG DEAL MAPS! http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Library/FHL/frameset_library.asp?PAGE=english_probate_jurisdictions.asp Did you realize they are going to make these maps for all over the world. You can see the color coding to the court jurisdictions for all the Parishes in England. Letting you know what court to look for your records. The vision is to have this contain links to the actual records themselves. That's what this digitizing project is aiming for. Cool, hun.

2. If you haven't heard about it before BYU has a website Family History Archives. They are digitizing by computer 5,000 books they are all indexed and linked to the FHLC. You will see them as red links to click on in FamilySearch or you can browse them at http://www.lib.byu.edu/fhc

3. Linkpedium.com is 10 times bigger than Cyndislist.com. I didn't realize that. It's organized better - geographically. I need to look at the NY stuff there. http://linkpedium.com

4. Search Systems.net - The largest collection of U.S. State Databases that are online. I want to check this out to see what it might show up on me and my family currently. Scary thought! http://www.searchsystems.net

5. If your planning on publishing your genealogy into a book - go "Printing on Demand." Lulu Publishing http://www.lulu.com is the way to go. You don't have to pay for any books published up front. In fact when they print on demand a book for you, you get 80% of the profit. That just makes me want to put something in writing.

6. The LDS Church is now working with Archives on digitize their records, they will create an index and if people want to view the original they will get charged a fee. That's they way they can still bring you these indexes for free. It's in the works.

7. Ask.com was chosen the best Search Engine by librarians. It is better than Google. You might remember it better as AskJeeves.com but they changed the name. http://www.ask.com

8. MyHeritage.com - You can upload all your family pictures and it will help you identify by it's face recognition those you are unable to identify. http://www.myheritage.com

9. Exalead.com a huge clustered search engine. You have to take a look at this site and see the related items on the left hand side. http://www.exalead.com

10. Box.net - you can store 1 gig of information for free. (Alan told us 50 gigs but I see only 1gig offered) You are able to access your stuff anywhere with an internet connection. Lets you share big files. Now I can feel like I'm carrying 2 flash drives around. http://www.box.net

11. YouTube.com - store and share video on the internet http://www.youtube.com

12. WeRelate.org - Access the FHLC and maps and it's a wiki http://www.werelate.org

13. Scanr.com - you can send a photo of a document by your camera phone to this site and it will create a searchable PDF for you out of it. I think I need to get a camera phone now. http://scanr.com

14. Encyclopedia of Genealogy - Dick Eastman's creation - it's a Wiki http://www.eogen.com

15. Phpgedview - http://sourceforge.net/projects/phpgedview will take GEDCOM 5.5 genealogy files and displays them on the internet in formats and charts that you are familiar with. It also allows relatives to edit their genealogy on-line and collaborate together on their research. I have to play with this one.

16. Blog Eatslikeahuman http://www.eatslikeahuman.blogspot.com/ I'm going to add this to my list of blogs to read every day.

17. Terrafly.com you can virtually "Fly" over the entire United States. Can you see this someday letting you fly to a cemetery and read a tombstone? http://terrafly.com

18. Magic Lens - This was really something. It was a program where it was trained to read this old handwritten script. You put the Magic Lens over it and it turned it into readable text. It was new in development and not ready for release. It was also going to be able to translate into different languages too.

Well that's my notes of the things I'm going to play with. I'll let you know if I discover anything in more detail. Like I said earlier you need to get a copy of this CD. Alan Mann's notes are especially worth reading. It cost $10.00 and the email address is GrangerWestFHC@gmail.com. I have no idea about shipping but you can ask.

It's been a long day off to bed for me!
See ya tomorrow, for tomorrow is always another genealogy day!
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trogers1trogers1 on April 30th, 2006 06:12 am (UTC)
Sounds like this was a great conference. I'm sorry that I wasnt able to go with you, but was still not feeling up to it this morning. I would miss the best one. Thanks for all of the good info!!! Wish I could find my niche. I'll just always be the friend of a famous blogger and not one myself. LOL Love, Teresa
Marieradiochick on April 30th, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)
Way to go Mommy! :D teehee!

guess what, I'm goin' on a MISSION! 2 weeks and I'll get my call. Wanna come to the temple?
Reneerzamor1 on April 30th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
You bet I wanta go to the temple with you! Can't wait to see where you go. Love Mom
(Anonymous) on April 30th, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC)
Digitizing records
I realize it's early in the game, but was there any indication that the fee structure for viewing digital records would be subscription-based or per record?

Reneerzamor1 on April 30th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Digitizing records
Per record that I remember. The Archive would set the price. It's becoming difficult for the LDS Church to scan these Archive records because Ancestry and others are paying for it. At least we would get the index still for free!
(Anonymous) on May 2nd, 2006 02:01 am (UTC)
conference and your live journal
Just wanted to thank you for all your information. Love reading your journal. I live in B.C. Work in one of the FHC. I was a beta tester and hoping to be included in the next one. Am really exited about all the changes coming and want to be included in the Indexing program as well. Keep up the good work.