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My new FHISO proposal for dealing with names in genealogy documents and databases. For those interested in genealogy standards, I'd appreciate it if you could take a look and comment on the blog. Thanks.
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A nice round up of Jewish newspaper archives available online.
 
Do you have Jewish ancestors? There have been dozens of Jewish-American newspapers published over the last hundred years and more. Check out this list of newspapers that have been made available online. And some extra resources that may help you find information and stories about your ancestors!

Find Your Ancestors in Historic Jewish American Newspapers

http://www.theancestorhunt.com/1/post/2014/01/find-your-ancestors-in-historic-jewish-american-newspapers.html#.UshKMvRDvZU

#genealogy   #familyhistory   #newspapers   #Jewish  
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Thanks +Philip Trauring  for sharing!
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International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) to Meet In Salt Lake City, Utah.

The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) 2014 annual conference is being held in Salt Lake City from July 27-Aug 1. This conference brings together people from all over the world who are interested in  Jewish genealogy. Last years conference in Boston had over 800 people representing  20 different countries, including researchers, archivists, writers and bloggers. In addition to presentations on Jewish genealogy, this years conference will have strong representation on events leading to the beginning of World War I, which approaches the 100th anniversary of it’s beginning. For more conference details, visit their online website.
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I've moved my blog from Blogger to self-hosted Wordpress. This post outlines my experience in doing so, and offers tips for others who are considering doing the same. Hope people find it useful.
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Just got #CamScanner ($4.99) for FREE – #1 document scanning app, super productive! [Go Pro! Giveaway]: http://cn2.me/15ftls
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Interesting, you get the pro features by signing up and linking your account to the app (no ads, no watermarks, etc.) but you need to always be logged in to get those 'features' (unlike the Pro app itself which presumably doesn't need to be logged in to get them). Also, you don't get 'high quality scans' whatever that is, because that's not a Pro feature, but a 'Premium' feature, which requires a monthly or annual subscription.
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An article on how to use your phone as a scanner, with lots of gadgets that can help you get better photos of documents and photo prints (and one for negatives and slides).
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Neither am I, which is why is suggested it :-)
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My new FHISO proposal on dealing with names in genealogy documents and databases. This is an attempt to take in consideration all the possible names a person could have in their lifetime, and account for cultural naming conventions, even multiple conventions used by the same person concurrently.

For those with an interest in genealogical standards, I would appreciate feedback in the comments on my blog. Thanks.
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+Tony Proctor Name inheritance from the father is already assumed by most genealogy programs. My solution partially solves that problem by instituting cultural templates that would take into consideration these differences. Of course, that would be up to the application to implement, but I think it would make sense that if you start a tree with someone who fits into one culture that the rules of that culture would propagate down until a different culture is selected. Obviously a way to override the settings is necessary as well. In the case of a culture that has no pattern, a free-from pattern could be used, but it would still be important to know that it was free-form being used.

The main point of my paper, however, is that simply having a displayed name is actually a very small piece of what many people's name have been in their lives. I see all kinds of things in family trees online or that are shared with me where people insert multiple surnames in the surname field, or nicknames in the given name field, etc. and while it is sometimes useful information, it is usually confusing and contradictory.

My grandfather had several cousins that I heard referred to only by their diminutives. Everyone in my branch of the family only knew them by their diminutives, and no one could tell you what their actual names were, except by guessing. If I have a document that has their legal name, and a letter that is signed using their diminutive, knowing that these are the same person is important. If someone changes their name over time and in different places, that is also important.

I take this to a bit of an extreme example in the paper, but it's not an impossible example. It also takes on an important issue in that in many cultures, people have more than one concurrent name, in different contexts. Sometimes those contexts are formal vs. informal, sometimes they're religious vs. secular, but in any case they're using more than one name and just adding a comment or note to the record probably isn't enough for the person researching to understand it, and certainly is not enough for the next generation looking at your genealogy records to understand what the name context is...

It's possible this kind of cultural understanding is too complex for many instances, but if we can provide the proper context for even a few cultures it's still better than the current one-size-fits-few model that exists today.
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Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging Lara.
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Family Tree Maker for Mac 3
#genealogy #software #FTM #FTMM3
“Family Tree Maker for Mac 3, the latest release of New Family Tree Maker for Mac, is what New Family Tree Maker for Mac should have been from the start; it offers nearly the same features as New Family Tree Maker for Windows, uses the same file format, and sells for the same price.”
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My experience moving my blog from Blogger to a self-hosted Wordpress site. So far all the links work, amazingly... :-) The post explains what I went through and provides tips for others thinking about also making the move.
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Has anyone moved a blog from Blogger to self-hosted Wordpress? I'm playing around with moving my blog over, but am seeing some issues that I'm not sure how to solve. How do I import Pages and have them display in the original location /p/? It's very strange that the Blogger importer converted tags into categories. How do I fix this? Thanks for any insight.
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+Philip Trauring Good post and it really shows how daunting it can be.
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Seems like a great new tool from Google to allow you to run a live lecture with Q&A...
 
Live Q&A for Hangouts On Air: interact with all your viewers

With Hangouts On Air, you can take a group video call and broadcast it to the world. And we've seen everything from concerts to political debates to online classes share their conversations 'On Air.' What's been missing, however, is a way to interact with your live audience (vs. only the people onscreen). Not any more.

Today we're introducing Live Q&A for Hangouts On Air — the first of many features to help you engage with your viewers. If you’re hosting the broadcast, you'll now be able to:

- Solicit questions from up to a million concurrent viewers
- Select and answer questions live
- Timestamp the YouTube recording by marking questions as you answer them

If instead you're watching the Hangout On Air, you'll now be able to ask and vote on questions live, as well as replay the Q&A even after the broadcast is over.

We're rolling out Live Q&A over the next few days (fully on desktop, view-only on Android), so look for the new features the next time you start or watch a Hangout On Air. In the meantime, you can check out these examples to see how Live Q&A can enhance your broadcasts:

- Art and Inquiry by +MoMA Edu: http://goo.gl/hLohOv
- Live Car Talk by +Scotty Kilmer: http://goo.gl/cMZtz4
- Sony vs. Nikon by +Trey Ratcliff: http://goo.gl/4xEFXW

Keep the feedback coming, and keep those broadcasts going!

#googleplusupdate #HangoutsOnAir
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Blood and Frogs: Jewish Genealogy and More is a blog discussing general genealogical research techniques, with a focus on how to apply them to Jewish genealogy research. The name, in case you were wondering, is a reference to the first two plagues in the Exodus story in the Bible. As to what that has to do with genealogy...
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