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Genealogy's Star: A Conversation About Genealogy Programs

Genealogy's Star: A Conversation About Genealogy Programs | Genealogy Technology | Scoop.it

Interesting opposing viewpoints overheard in a conversation.

 

The author concludes: "There seems to be no way to convincingly demonstrate that keep records on a computer is inherently superior to using a paper based system. Both can be inaccurate and both can be accurate. Both can be sourced properly or both can ignore sources. It is only when you look to modern values of time savings and are convinced that computerized records are more convenient, can you make a good case for computerization. I say let well enough alone. I you want to work with paper records, you should be allowed to do so without feeling inferior in any way. On the other hand, just because you use a computer does not validate your genealogy any more than the genealogy of those who do all their work by hand."

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Genealogy - Technology Links in My Pocket

What used to be a regular post has turned into an ongoing video series highlighting some of the bookmarks that Caroline Pointer has made during her weekly postings in my Pocket app.


These are links to newer blog posts on technology that could be useful to the researcher. Below are some links highlighted in this episode. Subscribe to her YouTube channel to learn more. Enjoy!

Ditch the PDF headaches: Three safer, speedier Adobe Reader alternatives by Brad Chacos on pcworld.comHow to recover lost form data in your Web browser by Rick Broida on pcworld.comSugarSync 2.0 goes public, we go hands-on by Alex Castle on pcworld.comOur Valentine to You: Wunderlist 2 for iPad from the 6wunderkinder.com blogQuickBooks Online For iPad Isn’t A Boring Accounting App – It’s A Simple CRM by Sarah Perez on techcrunch.comMailstrom Helps You Clear Out Thousands of Messages from Your Inbox in About an Hour by Adam Dachis on lifehacker.com
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Why Facebook Home bothers me: It destroys any notion of privacy

Why Facebook Home bothers me: It destroys any notion of privacy | Genealogy Technology | Scoop.it
Facebook’s history as a repeat offender on privacy, and playing loose and easy with our data means that need to be even more vigilant about privacy issues, thanks to this Home app/faux-OS.
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Facebook Home should put privacy advocates on alert, for this application erodes any idea of privacy. If you install this, then it is very likely that Facebook is going to be able to track your every move, and every little action. Read more...

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Leaked Details Of Facebook’s New Chat Rooms Feature | TechCrunch

Leaked Details Of Facebook’s New Chat Rooms Feature | TechCrunch | Genealogy Technology | Scoop.it
Facebook has built a new feature codenamed Host Chat that lets people set up chat rooms their friends can join without an invitation, a source familiar with the feature tells us.
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Apps mix history with technology at the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

Apps mix history with technology at the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg | Genealogy Technology | Scoop.it
Apps mix #history with #technology at the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg | History News Network http://t.co/IubfZK9FR0
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New From The Vault - FamilySearch.org

New collections are added each week to FamilySearch. Collections that are marked with a camera indicate collections for which digitized images are available. Collections marked with the term "Browse Images" have not been indexed yet but are available for browsing. These collections include "helps" to assist you in narrowing your search down to specific times, places, and record types.

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Best Internet Resources for African American Genealogy - a Preview

Uploaded on Sep 1, 2011 

Internet sites are often sought when beginners start exploring family history. The challenge is where to turn to when researching African American ancestry. This webinar examines resources that provide guidance for the unique problems facing descendants of slaves. The webinar begins with a full introduction to Afrigeneas, the oldest continually operating African American genealogy website. 

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10 Mobile Apps No Conference Attendee Should Be Without | Social Media Examiner

10 Mobile Apps No Conference Attendee Should Be Without | Social Media Examiner | Genealogy Technology | Scoop.it
Mobile Apps for Conferences: Discover mobile apps that can help you maximize your time and results when attending your next real-world conference.
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Google Forms for Genealogists with Thomas MacEntee - a Preview

Uploaded on Aug 29, 2011

Learn how to use Google Forms which is part of Google Docs - a free application complete with spreadsheets, word processing and more - to your advantage. While a basic understanding of Google Docs is not necessary, it helps if you know how to access the Google Docs program (see the Google Docs for Genealogists webinar recording). We'll cover how to create new forms, how to add templates, how to embed forms in blogs and websites, how to share forms, and how to be notified each time a form is competed.

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Scottish Genealogy Research Tool (FREE!)

Scottish Genealogy Research Tool is Free software that allows you to search over 50 genealogy archives, family tree sites, forums, and search engines in a si...
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Genealogy's Star: Accessing a Deceased Relative's Digital Accounts -- A Response

Genealogy's Star: Accessing a Deceased Relative's Digital Accounts -- A Response | Genealogy Technology | Scoop.it

"So despite the advice given in the article, the tips given do NOT start you out in the right direction. First and foremost before access any deceased person's online accounts, you must determine if you have the legal right to do so. If you have any question at all about this issue, you need to consult competent legal authority. The online accounts are definitely considered an asset of the deceased person's estate. If you do not have the legal right or authority to access those accounts you could be liable for damages in an action brought by the estate or the rightful heirs or both. Jumping in and accessing a deceased online records without the proper legal authority to do so, may even be considered theft or conversion."

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RootsMagic syncs sources to FamilySearch Family Tree

RootsMagic syncs sources to FamilySearch Family Tree | Genealogy Technology | Scoop.it
For some time now, we have been waiting for the third-party programs to synchronize data with FamilySearch.org's Family Tree program. RootsMagic announced that it is the first program to synchronize sources.
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Genealogy -- Connecting to the Web

Genealogy -- Connecting to the Web | Genealogy Technology | Scoop.it
We can all use the copy/paste method of obtaining information from the Web, but genealogy programs are carrying that function a lot further.
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Technology Tamers: Date Calculator...in Windows 7...Way Cool...

Technology Tamers: Date Calculator...in Windows 7...Way Cool... | Genealogy Technology | Scoop.it

In the Facebook group, Technology for Genealogy, Michelle de la Chevrotiere-Eber pointed out that the calculator that's built into Windows 7 is genealogy friendly. I got curious and started clicking and Michelle has unearthed an interesting little item. So here are the instructions.

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RootsTech | Where Families Connect

RootsTech | Where Families Connect | Genealogy Technology | Scoop.it
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RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is the largest family history conference in the North America. Whether you’re just beginning your family tree, an avid hobbyist, or an experienced researcher, RootsTech is the perfect conference to help you connect with your family—past, present, and future!

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Leaky Apps Raise Privacy Concerns in This Week's Dangerous Android Apps

Leaky Apps Raise Privacy Concerns in This Week's Dangerous Android Apps | Genealogy Technology | Scoop.it
Bad Android apps aren't just about aggressive ad networks or sneakily signing users up for premium-rate SMS messaging services. There are also privacy concerns, too.
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Flowboard for iPad now lets you add YouTube videos and PDFs to your multimedia mixes

Flowboard for iPad now lets you add YouTube videos and PDFs to your multimedia mixes | Genealogy Technology | Scoop.it

Launched in April 2013, Flowboard has been gaining a reputation as a potential game-changer in the mobile publishing space.

In a nutshell, Flowboard offers a ridiculously easy way to create presentations, photo albums, magazines, and just about any kind of multimedia entity directly from your iPad. Indeed, your side-scrolling creations can contain as much text, images, videos, links, and photos as you like.

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Cybercrime Fueled by Mature Digital Underground

Cybercrime Fueled by Mature Digital Underground | Genealogy Technology | Scoop.it

Cybercrime is on the rise, spurred by a robust underground economy that's industrialized the making and delivery of tools for criminal behavior, says a report released Wednesday by a maker of device recognition and intelligence solutions.

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Family Reunions and the Digital Age: Getting the Most Out Of Your Gathering

Family Reunions and the Digital Age: Getting the Most Out Of Your Gathering | Genealogy Technology | Scoop.it
When my ancestors took this family reunion photo in 1932, they didn’t have our generation in mind as much as they did what was for lunch, where little Melvin had disappeared to, and what time they ...
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Why Subscribe to 4YourFamilyStory?

Published on Mar 8, 2013

Why subscribe? From pre-recorded tutorials to live shows, there is a little something for everyone. Like...

• Tutorials on how to do family history research, how to use technology while researching, and how to share your research
 • The NEW live news/interview show called What's Up Genealogy? on Fridays starting March 15th at 8PM CT

For more help with your family history research visit Caroline Pointer's website: www.4YourFamilyStory.com

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Copyright, terms of use and Pinterest

Copyright, terms of use and Pinterest | Genealogy Technology | Scoop.it
Next in an occasional series on copyright and terms of use Every so often, the subject comes up… what about Pinterest? Millions of people use the site — which describes itself as “a too...
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In short, you can get sued, and you don’t have a defense. If Pinterest gets sued, it does.

 

So does that mean you should stop using Pinterest? No. It means you need to be careful and stop and think about what it is you’re pinning.

Some things out on the Internet are fair game; others are not. Things that likely won’t get you into trouble include:

     • things that are in the public domain;9

     • things that are covered by a Creative Commons license as long as you stay within the precise terms of the license;10 and

     • anything where you have permission to copy it — and that should include anything that has a “Pin this!” button or link on the site where you originally saw it.

 

And when it doubt? Ask. You absolutely can never go wrong asking for permission.

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How To Access A Deceased Relative’s Digital Accounts

How To Access A Deceased Relative’s Digital Accounts | Genealogy Technology | Scoop.it
While the Internet has already provided for ways to remove your deceased loved one’s digital accounts , there is occasionally the need to access them. Sometimes it’s for will information – other times it has to deal with financial reasons.
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A Tablet will never replace my 27" monitor.

A Tablet will never replace my 27" monitor. | Genealogy Technology | Scoop.it
There are two things that I can say with absolute certainty about my future in computers; I will never give up a full-size, good action keyboard and I will never give up a large screen monitor (or two or more).
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Please Update Your Address for this Blog

Please Update Your Address for this Blog | Genealogy Technology | Scoop.it
The Genealogy Gems News Blog is moving!
The new Genealogy Gems website is up and running and it's finally time to tape up the last boxes, I mean posts, and move this blog to its new home.
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Atiz BookDrive Mini Book Scanner - Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

Atiz BookDrive Mini Book Scanner - Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter | Genealogy Technology | Scoop.it
Do you have a lot of books that you would like to digitize? Perhaps your local genealogy society or library has the same? A book scanner is much easier to use than a typical flatbed scanner or a handheld scanner.
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QR Codes On Headstones Give Cemeteries A High-Tech Update

QR Codes On Headstones Give Cemeteries A High-Tech Update | Genealogy Technology | Scoop.it
They adorn billboards, T-shirts, business cards and now headstones?

 

Graveyards are becoming interactive with the addition of small Quick Response (QR) codes. Visitors can scan the codes with a smartphone and access memorial pages, obituaries and online photo albums of the deceased.

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