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I've avoided social media for as long as possible.   But now I have been convinced that a more public presence online may help in my research.   "Cousin bait" is the phrase I guess.    I really, really don't like Facebook, and am hoping that Google+ will still reach people.
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It seems like a noble goal, but I wonder how sophisticated the tool will have to be to interpret things like sources for facts. That seems like a giant leap over what software can do now.
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This series, while having actors that engender from me some connection, really lacks in the time-travel writing.

The writers don't seem to want the past to be the past, as in not the present. In almost every episode, the drama is built around running out of time... but with a time machine such scenarios usually contradict themselves.

And our heroes do not come off as very bright. For being supposedly well educated they seem rather slow.

These are the two big flaws I find in this series, which distracts me while watching.
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Interesting story. Thanks for the links; I've looked at an index of the Draper collection before, hoping to find something about some ancestors of mine, but alas they are not in there.

What caught my eye in the 1897 newspaper clipping is this: "buffaloes". By that I assume the author means the North American bison. I'm surprised that there were still bison around Kentucky in the late 18th century. Colonists had hunted the bison into extinction in the south eastern part of the colonies/states by the late 18th century, supposedly. The Boone children (and your 5th great grandfather) probably saw the last of the wild bison in KY.
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From the Terms and Conditions, it appears we give Ancestry the right to use (but not own) anything we submit:

"By submitting User Provided Content on any of the Websites, you grant Ancestry and its Group Companies a perpetual, transferable, sublicenseable, worldwide, royalty-free, license to host, store, copy, publish, distribute, provide access to create derivative works of, and otherwise use User Provided Content submitted by you to the Websites, to the extent and in the form or context we deem appropriate on or through any media or medium and with any technology or devices now known or hereafter developed or discovered.  .... Ancestry may scan, image and/or create an index from the User Provided Content you submit.  ..."

http://www.ancestry.com/cs/legal/termsandconditions

Now of course the question becomes, if Ancestry has access to an uploaded content, can they just add it a member tree if it seems to belong there?

Does not a variant of this happen when we add a record, say a census record, to a person in our tree?  In other words, I do not explicitly add the image of a census page, but that census page image is still there in the profile, accessible, and when I sync with my desktop the image of that record is connected to that record link.   All without me explicitly adding the census image through my own efforts.

Still, I find it a bit strange for Ancestry to go ahead and do what they did your image.

I do notice in the Agreement that Ancestry reserves the right to delete an upload in anyone's tree.
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The conflict in ancestor-control you highlight, such as with Geni, really is a problem; it's why I gave up my brief stint at trying to put my tree on FamilySearch.   I have viewed Geni on several occasions but have always been turned off by its approach.  Perhaps WikiTree is better in some regards and I started out trying that, but there too I became disillusioned quickly.

I don't know if this is a new phrase or not, but I think of all of this conflict as "nibling rivalry" (compare to sibling rivalry) and yet another manifestation of the limitations of our humanity.

Your statement: 

 <blockquote> ... but to believe that evidence analysis is a mechanical process, and that there will always be one unambiguous winner that can be decided by some third-party moderator is just naïve; the same evidence may support more than one view of the truth. </blockquote>

touches on a very important aspect of "history" and the challenges of historiography.   Too often the ambiguities about the past are viewed as something that can be easily resolved, or even resolved at all.   Perhaps we just have to accept that conflicting stories of the past will have  to remain in conflict?
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  What we aim to accomplish in this post: Provide definitions and an overview of methods for finding biological families of those who don’t know one or both biological parents, using tools at AncestryDNA. Discuss possible future methods that may be…
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With today's announcement from ancestry.com that they are ending FTM, I hope at least one session is dedicated to software transition and transition strategies, for those of us who will need to transition to a new desktop database program.

This is going to be a big problem and I suspect Cousin Russ is going to be real busy :-)
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The news that ancestry.com is retiring their desktop based software Family Tree Maker is a bit disturbing:

http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/12/08/ancestry-to-retire-family-tree-maker-software/

I use FTM to sync my trees.

Importantly, FTM has functionality that the online tree software does not.

Also importantly, FTM copies images from the databases of attached facts, into one's own database on one's own computer. 

I suspect this is one reason that ancestry.com is retiring FTM - they don't want any information in their for-pay databases to be duplicated.

I wonder if they will allow a 3rd party to write software that can sync to their online trees?
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