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A look at the just-released data on the popularity of girls names in Israel, broken down by city, from 2014.
Israel's Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) released some statistics on names given to children in 2014. The report (in Hebrew) they released is a bit of a hodgepodge of information, giving the most popular Jewish boys names for the country in a table, but not giving that information for girls. There are some nice charts…
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My father's family lived in Cracow. lso from Galicia, if Cracow is there.
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A look at some of the options in transitioning from FTM to other software, and what other companies are offering to help make that transition easier...
It's certainly an interesting story about Ancestry dropping their desktop genealogy software Family Tree Maker (FTM). Ancestry themselves claimed the software was "The #1 Selling Family Tree Program". It would seem unusual that the #1 selling program would be discontinued. It's possible FTM was some kind of loss-leader to get people to sign up to Ancestry.com, although…
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Thanks for the update.
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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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Looks good.
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Hmmm. I see my posts from the blog never made it to G+ in the past couple of years. Don't want to back-fill everything. Guess I'll post a few recent ones.
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A look at some of the options in transitioning from FTM to other software, and what other companies are offering to help make that transition easier...
It's certainly an interesting story about Ancestry dropping their desktop genealogy software Family Tree Maker (FTM). Ancestry themselves claimed the software was "The #1 Selling Family Tree Program". It would seem unusual that the #1 selling program would be discontinued. It's possible FTM was some kind of loss-leader to get people to sign up to Ancestry.com, although…
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If your interested in some additional images and explanation on Jewish gravestones, see http://bloodandfrogs.com/2011/04/jewish-gravestone-symbols.html
 
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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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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