Notes from the past…


52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week # 47: Small Genealogy Vendors

52-Weeks-AbundantWhich small genealogy vendor is your favorite one to see at genealogy conferences? What does this vendor offer to the genealogy community? Why do you like visiting this vendor in the exhibit hall? Share web site links or contact information for this vendor so others can benefit from their products.

While probably not technically a vendor, I would like to meet the folks behind the BetterGEDCOM project:

BetterGEDCOMBetterGEDCOM was organized in the fall of 2010, by DearMyrtle, Greg Lamberson and Russ Worthington, after Myrt and Russ had problems sharing genealogical information about a mutual line. Their data had become lost or mangled in the transfer. Knowing many others shared the same frustrations, these dedicated technologists and users fostered the BetterGEDCOM grassroots effort. The project’s original goal was to develop a standard for genealogy data archiving and transfer that would be accepted internationally.

I know that when I moved my database from Family Tree Maker to RootsMagic 4 years ago, the GEDCOM file that I exported from FTM and then imported into RootsMagic brought with it some rather odd added characters that to me were gibberish. Non-seamless transfer seems to be a common problem between the different genealogy programs.

And wouldn’t it be nice to be able to sync an online database, such as Geni, with my desktop RootsMagic program?

DearMYRTLE discusses the BetterGEDCOM project here.



52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.


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1940 Census Saturday: Carrie R Burton

1940 censusPrior to the release of the 1940 U S Census, I created a list of everyone in my database who should be in that census. Each Saturday I hope to be able to introduce an ancestor and his/her enumeration sheet from my 1940 Census “Wish List”:

Carrie Burton (1878-1943) was the second wife of my great-grandaunt Edna Lenora Turner’s husband, James Arthur Matthews, Sr.

JasAMatthews 1940

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The iPad Challenge: Day 3

The Challenge: use my iPad alone (no other computer) to do my genealogical research for 1 week!

5-impatient-annoyed.thumbnailLet me just start this post by stating…


That being said, let me make an observation about the iPad…


I have been working almost exclusively with my iPad 2 for the past 3 days and I think I’ve come to the end of this Challenge… or to the end of my sanity!

My conclusions:

  1. The iPad alone can be used for online genealogical research and records and database management.
  2. The iPad needs an option to be able to disable finger gestures and use a mouse or similar device.

I will definitely take my iPad with me on my next research trip. It is small and light-weight and can easily be carried in a backpack or large purse. Any images or documents that I find can easily be saved via Evernote or photographed with the iPad’s camera. Using Splashtop 2, I can connect to my home desktop computer via wi-fi (if available) to have access to those records.

I’m still hoping to see the iOs version of RootsMagic sometime in the near future.

For me, the iPad doesn’t work well for daily online genealogical research. It is just too slow, or I am just too slow, or both.

Also in this series:

  1. The iPad Challenge!
  2. The iPad Challenge: Day 1
  3. The iPad Challenge: Day 1 (cont)
  4. The iPad Challenge: Day 2