Roots Tech, seeing ancestry clearly and birdwatching genealogists.
1. Roots Tech 2012
IIn the genealogy world, the buzz words are currently ROOTS TECH 2012. Its all happening here, so why not find out more?
2. Seeing ancestry clearly - Updated image viewer in beta for ancestry
Apart from a major upgrade a number of years back I've never really noticed much difference between the image viewers released by ancestry. I use it, like everyone else, to see original documents. That's it. However, this new version which is currently in beta, looks pretty good. It has some interesting features:
- highlighting the name of the person you are searching for plus their family members. Not that it takes long to find them normally but it saves the a few seconds of scanning, especially if you are looking for an individual. The only problem with this is that you may miss other relations who lived in the same street.
- Inverting colours also catches the eye - anything that may improve visibility of occupations (especially difficult to read at times) is a major bonus.
The rest is good but nothing unusual. I'm not sure how much flipping a document will assist in researching ancestry but I'm sure they done their market research!
Anyway, check it out. It can be tested on
3. The Birdwatcher's Guide to Genealogy
Something fun for Friday - entertaining little post here about the types of ancestry researcher.
4. Scottish ancestors on Find my Past
Find my Past releases 1881 Scottish census online. This is a great addition for them, with their collection now encompassing 1841-1881.
5. Census scam.
Thanks to the Society of Genealogists and others for the heads up about a census scam. Asking for the usual information this is one email that could fool quite a few people. Please watch out!