Category Archives: Genealogy Computer Aids

Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) – New Technology

Vicki’s note – here’s to the future of Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR).  What exciting possibilities are awaiting us in the future technologies to assist genealogy research.  This works better than Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and will enable keyword searches of handwritten material.

March 15, 2018

 

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Article from Adam Matthew Digital, a Sage Company:

Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR)

 

Artificial intelligence transforms discoverability of handwritten manuscripts.

“Handwritten Text Recognition is going to transform scholarship and the types of questions researchers can ask. The technology has tremendous potential.”
Dr Patrick Spero, Director, American Philosophical Society Library

Adam Matthew Digital is currently the only publisher to utilize artificial intelligence to offer Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) for its handwritten manuscript collections.

The HTR application takes advantage of the latest advances in neural networks and uses complex algorithms to determine probable combinations of characters to find the search term.

This enables relevant handwritten text to be identified at document level with automated searches deployed through the metadata, allowing users to easily navigate between highlighted search results.

Now available in Colonial America, East India Company and Medical Services and Warfare, HTR will be extended to Mass Observation Online during 2018.

Hear from scholars and librarians on the impact of HTR:

 

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Vicki’s note – here’s the newest from Legacy Family Tree and RootsTech 2018 on MyHeritage.com and Genealogy DNA testing and syncing:

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Perspectives on Combining Genealogy and Genetics

Join MyHeritage’s founder and CEO, Gilad Japhet, as he reveals many first-time-ever technologies that take the lead in and shapes the future of both traditional and genetic genealogy.

Presented live at RootsTech 2018 (and concluded with a rousing standing ovation), Gilad announced the immediate availability of:

He also announced what’s coming soon at MyHeritage including the interactive Pedigree View, the “Big Tree” and the Theory of Family Relativity.

 

Click here to view the presentation.

https://familytreewebinars.com/download.php?webinar_id=826

Another Chance to Get Training on How to Use Familysearch.org – Saturday March 3, 2018

Another Chance to Get Training on How to Use Familysearch.org – Saturday March 3, 2018

3-1-2018

Vicki Ruthe Hahn

I just got this notification:

WBCGS Winnebago & Boone Counties Genealogical Society will be having a meeting Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at the Spring Creek United Church of Christ, 4500 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, Illinois, free to all.  (Directions Here.)

The program is on Familysearch.org, by Lori Bessler, Reference Librarian at WHS Wisconsin Historical Society Library.  Lori does a nice job training on genealogy topics.  It will be worth the drive down to Rockford, IL.

Here is your chance if you missed the snowed out (Feb. 9) and rescheduled (Feb. 16) Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library program on How to Use Familysearch.org, by Nancy Ritter.  We really learned a lot, and even practiced afterwards by setting up our own Family Trees on the Computer Class computers, with Nancy’s help.

The most interesting thing that I learned was that all of the family trees are held in common, and contributed to by users – similar to a wikipedia.  Users that make corrections put in a source or reason (i.e. “personal knowledge”, etc.) for why they change information on any person already listed on the website.  FamilySearch.org monitors any difficulties in doing that.

FamilySearch.org is a free site with access to many sources.  You can search there, even if you decide that you don’t want to create/add to a family tree.

Nancy Ritter is available for further help, and to use research databases  at the Beloit Family History Center.

 

 

Interpreting what it says on a death certificate

Interpreting what it says on a death certificate

February 3, 2018

Vicki’s note – some helpful genealogical links that can help you interpret what it says on a death certificate. The death code numbers make the cause of death clear if you can’t read  the Doctor’s handwriting.  I got the link to Will Moneymaker’s AncestralFinding.com article from Facebook postings that I get. You can sign up for a  free on-line newsletter:

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International List of Causes of Death, Revision 3 (1920):

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International Classification of Diseases    http://www.wolfbane.com/icd/index.html

(Tells what the 3 digit code of disease means, if you cannot read what disease/cause of death is written on the ancestor’s death certificate.)

Rootsweb Genealogists, who seem to be willing to answer any question. https://www.facebook.com/groups/17834741205/

 

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Death Records Research

Death Certificates: Your Doorway to Your Ancestor’s Life

https://ancestralfindings.com/death-certificates-doorway-ancestors-life/

“It might seem strange that a death certificate, which is a document of an ending, could be the beginning of your journey into your ancestor’s life. However, a death certificate can hold a wealth of information that either directly tells you things about your ancestor that you didn’t know, or points you to where you can find more substantial and important information. You’ve got to study the death certificate closely, though. Don’t skim over or ignore any line. Each line on the certificate has the potential to tell you something useful about your ancestor. Here are the top things you should be examining (but again, remember not to ignore any line)…”

Marital Status, Full Name, Names and Birthplaces of Parents, Informant, Cause of Death, Name of the Attending Physician, Method of Disposal, Place of Burial, and Name of the Undertaker.

Will Moneymaker founded Ancestral Findings back in 1995. He has been involved in genealogy research for over 20 years. The thrill of the hunt, the adventure, and the excitement begin when he started investigating the meaning of his surname. Why I Love Genealogy (And You Should, Too!)

FamilySearch.org “Homework” for Stateline Genealogy Club Program February 9, 2018

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Finding Elusive Records on FamilySearch

Relatives Around Me

Free Family History/Genealogy Forms & Charts from The Family Historian.com

January 21, 2018

Vicki’s note – click on the link below to download free forms that you can edit.  I trust this source.  The Family Historian Warwick Lyons will send you updated versions of the fillable Family History/Genealogy Forms & Charts , and tutorials on how to fill them in, by email if you want to subscribe (at no cost.)  You can unsubscribe from email updates at any time.

Fillable Versions of Your Forms and Charts Now Available by clicking this link –

The Family Historian.com

100% FREE and TOTALLY EDITABLE
Family History and Genealogy Forms and Charts

 

Organizing Genealogy Digital or Paper Files by Using a Uniform Labeling System

 

Organizing Genealogy Digital or Paper Files

by Using a Uniform Labeling System

Dec 29, 2017

Vicki’s Note – this is a December 17, 2013 article “DIGITAL FOLDER ORGANIZING & NAMING MADE EASY” , by Diane Gould Hall from her MichiganFamilyTrails.com BLOG

Click HERE for her full article.

Diane includes samples.  I will be using her method in further organizing my genealogy.  She has added some refinements to what I use already.

The main hint is to be consistent in how you label and organize your genealogy files and records.  It is easiest to stay consistent if you keep a master Filing Cheat Sheet near your genealogy office area so that you can repeatedly refer to it as you add files whether they are paper files, photographs, or digital computer files.  Keep your cheat Sheets in plastic protective sleeves, in a special notebook, or laminate it.  Files grow so quickly that organizing them can get overwhelming if you don’t have a method.

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DIGITAL FOLDER ORGANIZING & NAMING MADE EASY

“WHO DOESN’T WANT TO BE ABLE TO LOCATE THAT BIRTH, DEATH, MARRIAGE, PROBATE, LAND RECORD OR PHOTO WITH A CLICK OR TWO OF YOUR MOUSE? 

These rules apply to ALL photos and to documents.
 
Whether you are scanning & saving them, or you grab them from a website. Whether they are census records, birth records, probate records or family photos.

There MUST be a file naming standard.

I use this rule for naming all of my files.

WHO, WHAT, WHEN AND WHERE …”
 

Ancestry.com – big data leak

12-29-2017

Vicki’s Note: 12-28-2017 Article By Francis Navarro, Komando.com – Kim Komando, “America’s digital Goddess”.  Sounds like most problems are with people who used Rootsweb surname searches.  Maybe worth changing your Ancestry.com password if you subscribe.  To read the full article click HERE. :

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“Ancestry.com suffers big data leak – 300,000 user credentials exposed

Ancestry.com has confirmed that a server on its RootsWeb service exposed a file that has usernames, email addresses and passwords of 300,000 registered users. RootsWeb is Ancestry.com’s free collection of community-driven tools for sharing genealogical information such as user forums and mailing lists.

According to data breach tracking website HaveIbeenPwned’s Troy Hunt, the stolen information was leaked and posted online in plain text. Hunt also believes that the breach occurred in 2015.

In an official statement released by Ancestry.com’s Chief Information Security Officer Tony Blackham, they were informed by Hunt about the file on December 20 and they have confirmed that the file does contain the login credentials of the users of RootWeb’s surname list information. Yikes….

To read Ancestry.com’s official statement, click here.

Read this article to help you create the perfect passwords….”

ALT Codes for Foreign Language Letters with Accents

 

12-27-2017

Vicki’s note – another great site I found.  There is a chart of  foreign language letters, as well as multiple other charts – currency, Spanish, Greek, math, symbols, etc.  I am book-marking this site on my computer!  

There is also a link to instructions below (and on the site.)  Simply hold down the “ALT” key on your keyboard while keying in the number indicated for each letter/symbol.

See also My  BLOG Page “Genealogical Links and Electronic Helps – scroll down to look under the alphabetical categories “Latino Ancestors” and “Translations and Foreign Languages in Genealogy”.  :

ALT Codes for Foreign Language Letters with Accents

https://usefulshortcuts.com/alt-codes/accents-alt-codes.php

Welcome to Useful Shortcuts, THE Alt Code resource!

If you are already familiar with using alt codes, simply select the alt code category you need from the table below.

If you need help using alt codes find and note down the alt code you need then visit our instructions for using alt codes page.

List of Alt Codes for entering characters with accents

Rootsweb Surname List Ends Oct 24, 2017!

Vicki’s note – I just found this out.  Be sure and use this resource before it disappears. 

Rootsweb.com is the oldest & largest free award-winning Internet Genealogical community.  Searchable database.  Submit Your Family Tree free to WorldConnect Project (by using a GEDCOM).

I notice that it is now “an ancestry.com community”.  FindAGrave.com is also now owned by Ancestry.com.  So far it is still free.  I hope that Rootsweb.com continues to be free. 

10-22-2017

Rootsweb Surname List Ends Oct 24, 2017!

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http://home.rootsweb.ancestry.com/

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“We will be discontinuing

the Rootsweb Surname List (RSL)

and Genealogy Forum

(found at http://genforum.rootsweb.ancestry.com)

features on Tuesday Oct 24, 2017.”

 

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Or it may just be moving to a different site:

 

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