Just in time for memorial day, Ancestry.com has made available new military records. The two new databases, “U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949″ and “U.S. Navy Cruise Books Index, 1918-2009″ offer a glimpse into the lives of our military ancestors. If you have ancestors in these online genealogy databases you will want to enter the records in your genealogy software. If you use Reunion for Mac, I’ll show you how its done in the accompanying video.
The amount of genealogy information available online is increasing. So is the importance of a good, basic citation format for online genealogy databases. As usual, I’ve been implementing GEDCOM safe versions of the citation formats genealogy expert Elizabeth Shown Mills recommends. The source type for databases online is based on one of her basic formats. Following the suggested full reference format for online databases, helps you and other genealogists find the cited database in the future, indicates the quality of your work, and can be used as a basis for more specific source types.
The census image online source type we created previously for genealogy software Reunion for Mac closely follows the recommendations of genealogy expert Elizabeth Shown Mills from her book, “Evidence Explained:Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace 2nd Edition” and her very handy, laminated Quicksheet for Citing Online Historical Resources Unfortunately many of the fields won’t be transferred should you share your database as a GEDCOM or move to different genealogy software.
This is because the GEDCOM (Genealogical Data Communications) standard doesn’t have fields for schedule, ward, enumeration district, dwelling, family, and person of interest.
I’m more interested in my research being preserved than following ESM to the letter. I invested at least eight hours figuring out the simplest way to show you how to make your census image online source type and citations GEDCOM safe. I recommend you move your source citations into this source type too.
As you saw in a previous video about the dangers of free-form citations, genealogy software Reunion for Mac allows you to create source citations by entering source information into a free-form text field, but there are pitfalls to entering citations this way.
The free-form citation field in Reunion for Mac is exported with a GEDCOM tag that may not import as desired. Most of the source fields on the other hand, will export with well supported tags. Moving your free-form citations into source fields will help you preserve the effort you’ve put into your genealogy research.
In this video I show you a process I developed for safely moving free-form citations to source fields. It even works when the source is used for multiple people and events.
Reunion for Mac allows you to create source citations by either entering discrete source information into structured fields, entering all of it in a free-form text field, or a combination of both. Entering a citation in just the format you want using the freeform edit box can be an appealing idea; however, you ought to be aware of dangers of entering citations this way.
In this video I show you examples of what can go wrong down the road if you use free-form citations in Reunion for Mac.
Are you using the source template feature introduced in genealogy software Family Tree Maker 2011? It can help you and other genealogists locate the sources you’ve cited and determine the quality of the source. These important capabilities are the result of having the necessary information about the source.
The new feature makes available source templates for the quick formats created by genealogy expert Elizabeth Shown Mills and published in her book, “Evidence Explained:Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace 2nd Edition”.
In a previous video we created a source type for books in Reunion for Mac and improved it here. We are using the format genealogy expert Elizabeth Shown Mills recommends in her book, “Evidence Explained:Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace 2nd Edition”. The source type for directories is based on the basic format for books. Following the suggested full reference format for directories, helps you and other genealogists find the cited directory in the future and indicates the quality of your work.
The new Firefox 4 browser is out. It has a couple of features that can help you stay organized when researching your genealogy on the web. Firstly, related tabs can be organized in groups called, you guessed it, group tabs. With group tabs, only the tabs in the currently selected group appear on the tab bar. Secondly, app tabs narrow the tab and make it appear in the tab bar for all groups. It sounds more complicated than it is which is why I make these videos.
In this video I show you how to create a genealogy tab group and app tabs for commonly used web applications like Gmail.
Don’t forget to cite the artifacts held by private parties, including yourself. Genealogy expert Elizabeth Shown Mills recommends a citation format for these in her book, “Evidence Explained:Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace 2nd Edition”. Following her suggested full reference format helps you and other genealogists understand the provenance and find the owner of the artifact in the future. These are the fields recommended for the full reference citation of a privately held artifact:
- Item ID
- Artifact ID
- Creation Date
- Current or Last Known Owner
- Owner’s Location
- Year Owned
- Descriptive Detail
You may be surprised by the number of different ways you’ve entered the same place-name in your RootsMagic 4 software. This is especially true if you don’t routinely check for and correct duplicate place-names. I recommend putting this on your calendar to do periodically just like checking for “duplicate people.”
In this video you’ll learn how to quickly detect and clean up duplicate place-names.