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Louis Kessler
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The new genetic genealogy standards.
Today, at the first annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Colloquium, the final draft of the Genetic Genealogy Standards were officially announced and released! The standards are the work of a wonderful group of people, and have been in the works… Continue Reading →
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It seems the Genealogy Do-Over #gendover is the hot trend of early 2015. This is the idea that most of us who started doing our genealogy long ago, did not do it the correct way. We were name collectors and took anything and everything we could find and assembled it into our tree.
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Awesome.  Thank you!
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Very interesting, Bob.

Many programs lie about the GEDCOM version they use, because only 245 claim 5.5.1 but 1,269 use UTF-8 which was only allowed in 5.5.1. PAF, for example does it. Tamura has an article about this.

What is the INDI-BIRT-MOON tag? I didn't think the Moon supported life.

Also it looks like you have illegal level 0 records for CONT (10), DATE (2), FAMC (31), FAMS (31), OCCU (12) and RESI (36).

What is somewhat disappointing is that you only have 40 level 0 OBJE (object) records.

Why aren't any level 0 REPO records listed?

Do you assign RINs to each INDI yourself? Otherwise, I find it amazing that there are so many level 1 RINs, with only 97 out of 13,024,696 missing.

Do your 13,024,696 INDI records only have 3,440 level 1 SOUR links? I know most SOUR links are at level 2 under level 1 events, but still, I thought there are many programs allowing sources to be attached to the individual, so I'm surprised that number 3,440 is so low.

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The GEDCOM parser of Genealogie Online needed a rewrite. The code base had grown out of proportion, resulting in inefficient code and cumbersome maintenance. A big difference between the start of coding the GEDCOM parser and ...
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+Louis Kessler The tag tree page for GEDCOM 5.5 was the 'root cause' of the Errata Sheet search. See https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BobCoret/posts/VXLa4obX8GR
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Do you tremble every time you type your credit card onto a website?
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As long as you're on a "secure site" (lock icon in the browser), web use is really no more dangerous anymore than swiping at a terminal.  Both go into the corporate files, and that's what hackers are targeting most these days
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You likely might not have caught the relevance of the two announcements made on Monday and Tuesday that rocked the genealogy software world. ... +MyHeritage 
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That is a very subtle one indeed, because you need an account to evaluate them. Some can then be accepted or rejected for free, but most can not, leaving a non paying user like myself with a load of pending hints, mostly related to indexes that I can get for free elsewhere, and profiles maintained by other MH members.

Basing on my RM 7 experience, it looks like desktop programs can only get the number of pending hints, no details of individual ones, effectively forcing users to either switch off these hints, like I do, or pay for one of My Heritage's subscription plans. That's why I think that the whole alliance is more marketing than feature now, where I recognize that for the social part, MH is more affordable than Ancestry. I can't say that for source scans though, because I know that Ancestry has some that I can't get anywhere else, and is actually more affordable then, because I can buy an Ancestry subscription for one month, and keep the scans after that. I can then still view them on-line, and download them with FTM.

In other words, right now, I think that most of the advantage goes to the site, and not to the allies, desktop or site (Genealogie Online). This may change when more parts of the API become available to allies, where like on Ancestry and FamilySearch I don't expect that full source details will be available anytime soon. Downloading person details and citation elements would be a plus though.
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My phone app says today would be my 95th day of working on Behold since I came back very motivated from Gaenovium. I've tried to put at least some work into Behold each day, and I likely missed fewer than 10 days over that time. I put in a significant amount of work (sometimes staying up until 2 ...
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Looking Good ! Don't begrudge yourself a break - you deserve it!
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No thinking allowed.
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20 Do's and Don'ts of DNA
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have a prediction! 2015 is going to be a phenomenal year for everyone who
partakes in genetic genealogy. The interest in genealogy has really catapulted
over the past five years, and many people are turning to DNA technology to try
to find the answers t...
  I have a prediction! 2015 is going to be a phenomenal year for everyone who partakes in genetic genealogy. The interest in genealogy has really catapulted over the past five years, and many people are turning to DNA tech...
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Behold wins a GenSoftReviews User Award.

GEDCOM File Finder wins a GeneAward.
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I was able to get a copy of the GEDCOM 5.5 Errata from Brian Madsen and I have emailed it to you.

See my blog post about this:  More GEDCOM Archaeological Discoveries: http://www.beholdgenealogy.com/blog/?p=1456
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+Andrew - We're genealogists. This is what we do. :-)
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If I were going to RootsTech Innovator's Summit this year, I'd especially want to go to this talk by Ancestry.

Notice they say "...how every aspect of its product development is geared toward the customer experience".

If you look at www.gensoftreviews.com, you'll see Family Tree Maker rated 1.52 out of 5, and Family Tree Maker for Mac rated 1.45 out of 5, where 1 out of 5 is the lowest score possible. This isn't an anomaly. It's because of over 400 really bad reviews by real users.

So are they planning to explain how every aspect of Ancestry's product development is geared toward a VERY BAD customer experience?  

Seriously, though:  Why is it that Ancestry are NOT listening to their customers' complaints and fixing the problems?  Mature products shouldn't crash. They shouldn't bring fast computers to their knees. They shouldn't lose data. Sync should work. These are basic problems that should have been fixed years ago after FTM 2008 came out, and shouldn't have been getting worse and worse each year. WTF  :-(
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I must REALLY be in the minority,  my FTM 2014 isn't crashing,  my sync seems to be working fine.  I make sure I do my backups and compression of my files on a regular basis.   I've exported and imported Gedcom's to/from several other people without issues.   But then again, I'm pretty diligent to keep MALWARE off my PC,  make sure my virus defs are up-to-date, make sure my Win 8.0 and my applications have all the latest updates.......   Hmmmm, just saying.     
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I'm a Programmer and Genealogist. See my own genealogy program Behold at: www.beholdgenealogy.com  User reviews of genealogy software at: www.gensoftreviews.com  Oh, and I had an (at the time) world class chess program named Brute Force.
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