While I’ve been enjoying time with my family I’ve also been working on a project for you. I’m ready on this special day (my birthday) to extend to my MacGenealogist friends, this invitation:
Please use the evidence driven genealogy application I’m building. I call it Lineascope. It’s an Internet application for recording, analyzing, and presenting chains of genealogical information and the lineages they document. It’s at www.lineascope.com and all you need to start is a free Google user account.
I’m extending this invitation to you as a special preview before I announce it more widely around the middle of April. I’m doing it this way because I love you guys and I trust and want your feedback. Please use Lineascope for a piece of research you’re currently working on or ready to start then let me know what you like and what you want added or changed. Feel free to ask questions too! The following text is taken from the about page. It will tell you more about why you need Lineascope, what it is, and the crucial role you can play in its creation.
Lineascope exists because no one had solved this set of problems:
- How can I preserve entire lines of genealogy evidence?
- How can genealogists minimize duplicate research?
Since the beginning of the use of computers in genealogy, they have been used to capture conclusions about events, characteristics, and relationships and the sources used to draw them. That’s well and good as far as it goes. Unfortunately, there is more to a solid conclusion than a list of sources. To build a solid case you need to analyze sources, information, evidence, and the quality of each in context.
To prevent rework when you locate new information, you want to be able to revisit all the evidence you used to reach the previous conclusion. It’s usually unnecessary to re-consider all the assertions leading up to the evidence. You simply need to make an assertion about the new source, information, and quality of each. Then it’s a matter of resolving any conflicting evidence then considering what the set of assertions tells you about what conclusion to draw. Having past sources, evidence, and information preserved with the proof statement for every event, characteristic, and familial relationship is a great time-saver. Even bigger is the time saving opportunity for other researchers with whom you share your work.
There’s an incredible amount of poorly researched “facts” freely available on the Internet and it’s growing exponentially. Imagine finding a death date for an ancestor you’ve been looking for in someone else’s online tree. Without Lineascope, you’d look at the sources cited then do all the research and reach your own conclusion. Now imagine that the genealogist used Lineascope. You could have access to this event sheet. Take a look! It lists the citations and quality of all the sources, the information obtained from each source and its quality, the evidence the researcher asserted from the information and the quality of that evidence, and a proof statement addressing any conflicts and describing the rationale for the concluded birth date. Would you have to repeat the research? No, you’d be able to look at what was done and decide whether you agree or not. That’s my vision for your research, collaboration, and for Lineacope.
What is Lineascope?
Lineascope is an Internet application for recording, analyzing, and presenting chains of genealogical information and the lineages they document.
Lineascope is also a work in progress. It’s far from done, but it works and solves real genealogy problems. I’m releasing it this way so that you can benefit from using it as it’s developed instead of having to wait a year or two for the finished product. And, since you’ll have input on its development, the end result will be an amazing solution to your genealogy research needs!
You see, one of my principles in creating this tool is to build it with constant feedback from you. As a result, I’m working in short iterations, building functions, getting feedback, then adapting what’s built and future plans accordingly. So changes will be small and frequent.
The roadmap below will give you an idea where I think it’s going in the near term.
- Create a getting started tutorial screencast
- Make the table of events on the event sheet sort chronologically
- Implement characteristics
- Create a research sheet that lists uncompleted search tasks
- Implement family groups
So, there you have it! Check it out and let me know what you think.