Tuesday, September 10, 2013

North County Genealogical Society--San Diego Genealogical Society Seminar--Family Tree Maker 2014 Released--Joint Ancestry and FamilySearch Effort Announced

San Diego Genealogical Society Seminar

September 21 is approaching quickly, so don’t put off signing up for this great seminar being presented by the San Diego Genealogical Society.    They have two great speakers in Geoff Rasmussen and Karen Clifford. 

Geoff Rasmussen 

Geoff Rasmussen                                       
            --Digital Imaging Essentials
            --Timelines and Chronologies

Karen Clifford

Karen Clifford
            --Slow Down and Pick up Speed (genealogists’ research cycle—pathway to success)
            --Digging Deeper:  Using Essential Pre-1850 Records

With the summer coming to an end, take the opportunity now to sign up.  You have two ways to register.

First, there is a new method of signing up online.  Click here, click on the “Register” button and follow the instructions.  You can pay by credit card or register and select to pay by check.

Secondly, you can visit the SDGS website at http://casdgs.org, click on Meetings and Events.  All that is left then is to print the form, fill it out, attach a check, and mail it. 

Remember this event will be at a relatively new venue, Marina Village in the Mission Bay area.  Your $40 registration fee ($45 for non-members) includes—coffee/tea and pastries when you arrive for check-in.  There will also be a wonderful buffet lunch catered by Ranch Events, featuring Baron of Beef and Roasted Chicken as the main entrees.  There will also be a great selection of Opportunity Drawing prizes that have been donated by generous San Diego area merchants.  As an added bonus—parking is free!
North San Diego County Genealogy Society Computer Oriented Genealogy Group  (COGG)

I had the pleasure today of speaking to the COGG, which is a part of the North San Diego County Genealogy Society.  I enjoy speaking to the group as they always have a good turnout and are very engaging.  

Their scheduled speaker for September encountered some family problems and couldn't make it, so I filled in.  I gave an overview of the MyHeritage Genealogy Web Site.  This is my third time speaking to their group; thus, although I don't know all the names, I recognize a lot of familiar faces!  I will be going back again in February to speak.
Ancestry.com and FamilySearch Announce Initiative to Make a Billion Global Records Available 

Granite Mountain Vault

I am a couple days behind on posting my blog, so this announcement may be old news to some of you.  All of the details aren't entirely clear yet; but it appears that Ancestry is investing over $60 M over the next five years to digitize, index and publish records from the existing FamilySearch vault.  In addition to making the records available, FamilySearch will facilitate thousands of hours of volunteer efforts towards the project.

We have frequently heard that it would take the LDS Church many, many years to digitize and publish the more than "3.5 billion images on microfilm, microfiche and digital media" they have in the Granite Mountain vault from their collection efforts throughout the world.  At first glance, this appears to be an effort to expedite that process.  

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch to Make a Billion Global Records Available Online Posted by Crista Cowan on September 5, 2013 in Company News, Content, Digitization The following press release was issued this afternoon by Ancestry.com and FamilySearch. Groundbreaking Agreement to Deliver Valuable Historical Content Over the Next Five Years PROVO, Utah, September 5, 2013 – Ancestry.com and FamilySearch International (online at FamilySearch.org), the two largest providers of family history resources, announced today an agreement that is expected to make approximately 1 billion global historical records available online and more easily accessible to the public for the first time. With this long-term strategic agreement, the two services will work together with the archive community over the next five years to digitize, index and publish these records from the FamilySearch vault. The access to the global collection of records marks a major investment in international content as Ancestry.com continues to invest in expanding family history interest in its current markets and worldwide. Ancestry.com expects to invest more than $60 million over the next five years in the project alongside thousands of hours of volunteer efforts facilitated by FamilySearch. “This agreement sets a path for the future for Ancestry.com and FamilySearch to increasingly share international sets of records more collaboratively,” said Tim Sullivan, CEO of Ancestry.com. “A significant part of our vision for family history is helping provide a rich, engaging experience on a global scale. We are excited about the opportunities it will bring to help benefit the family history community and look forward to collaborating with FamilySearch to identify other opportunities to help people discover and share their family history.” The organizations will also be looking at other ways to share content across the two organizations. Both organizations expect to add to the already digitized records shared across the two websites in addition to new record projects to be completed over the next five years. “We are excited to work with Ancestry.com on a vision we both share,” said Dennis Brimhall, President of FamilySearch. “Expanding online access to historical records through this type of collaboration can help millions more people discover and share their family’s history.” This marks a groundbreaking agreement between the two services. But the two organizations aren’t strangers to working with each other; hundreds of millions of records have already been shared and are available on Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org. The companies also announced in early 2013 an additional project where they plan to publish 140 million U.S. Wills & Probate images and indexes over the next three years—creating a national database of wills and other probate documents spanning 1800-1930 online for the very first time. - See more at: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/09/05/ancestry-com-and-familysearch-to-make-a-billion-global-records-available-online/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ancestry+%28Ancestry.com+blog%29#sthash.Hg3U6gUk.dpuf
Ancestry Announces Release of 2014 Version

Ancestry has announced a new version of Family Tree Maker! There was an earlier announcement about a pre-purchase option; but the new version is now available for downloading and shipment has begun.  Previously, the only option was to purchase the new full version; but they are now offering a cheaper renewal option. Additional details are available and you can order at  http://www.ancestry.com/cs/apps/products.

Following are some of the details, as announced by Ancestry, of the new 2014 version:
  • New Family View — see your family tree in a new way. This additional view makes navigating easier, especially when you want to see extended family members.
  • Improved TreeSync — lets you easily synchronize your tree in Family Tree Maker with an online Ancestry.com tree.
    • A more robust TreeSync™ lets you sync even more of your family tree info.
    • Easily share your tree with your family and work on it together. Family and friends can view the online version of your tree without software or a subscription.
    • Collaborate with the largest, most active family history community in the world. Keep your online tree private or make it public so that others researching your family can find you. You may connect with others who have insight on your ancestors, discover rare family photos, or even find relatives you didn’t know you had.
  • More organizational tools — stay organized with new tools that let you sort children automatically by birth order and view people by location, grouping them by country, state, county, and city.
  • New and improved charts and reports — more options and views let you display an individual’s ancestors, spouses, and children together. Also, the Index of Individuals Report has been expanded with options for anniversary, birthday, and contact lists, and more.
  • New tree branch export — a new export option makes it much simpler to export a single branch of your tree.
  • More editing options — save time with the ability to copy and paste facts including related source citations, media items, and notes.