In this episode:
- News from the Blogosphere
- Top Tips: Best of 2014
- 101 Best Websites: Genealogy News
- Family Tree University: Best Webinars of 2014
- Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan
- FamilySearch obituaries partnership with GenealogyBank (October), an extension of its obituary indexing project announced in February
- Ancestry.com and FamilySearch expand their partnership to put a billion new records online—Ancestry adds a billion existing records of 67 countries from FamilySearch (January)
- MyHeritage and Billion Graves partner on cemetery indexing initiative (March)
- RootsTech and FGS will be held together in Salt Lake City in February 2015
- Ancestry.com unveils DNA circles (November)
- Ancestry.com retires MyFamily.com, YDNA and mtDNA tests, Genealogy.com subscription records, Mundia.com, and MyCanvas (June)
- Ancestry.com later announced that MyCanvas would be transferred to a printing company called Alexander’s
- Related to the DNA retirement was Ancestry.com’s announcement that Y-DNA samples would be destroyed
- Ancestry.com DDOS attack, which took the site down and caused intermittent outages for several days (June)
- Ancestry.com new search interface, including the “sliders” to adjust exactness of your search terms, and ends access to Old search (March)
Read Diane’s blog posts on the Genealogy Insider blog.
By Blaine Bettinger
Gives real-life examples of how researchers have used DNA to chip away at research problems, such as an adopted father and great-grandmother, unknown origins for American Indian DNA, and figuring out whether a person is really an ancestor when records are inconclusive.
Sometimes it’s just as important to consider what DNA can’t do for your genealogy, as it is to know what it can do.
What DNA can do:
1. Examine deep ancestry (1,000’s of years ago)
2. Examine recent ancestry (within past 500-700
4. Identify unknown genetic relatives
5. Test genealogical hypotheses & answer family mysteries
6. Reveal family secrets!
1. Tests will NOT return a family tree
2. Testing alone cannot always determine relatedness
3. DNA alone rarely solves mysteries – combine DNA and traditional research
2. Making Evernote Effortless by Lisa Louise Cooke
Evernote is an excellent tool for source citations. For instance, you can take a screenshot of citation details on Ancestry.com, and then include a URL back to the webpage.
3. Photo Editing and Retouching for Genealogists by Nancy Hendrickson
Scan your old photos in color, even if the image is black and white. Even a black and white image can have subtle variations in shades of gray. By scanning in color, you are able to better draw out that contrast.
4. Cloud Genealogy Crash Course with Randy Whited
There is so much more to the cloud than just online storage. Of course, backup is a major component, but the uses far surpass the obvious. Randy talks about Google Drive and Evernote, of course, which allow you to access your genealogy notes from any computer with an internet connection. He also discusses apps to pull information off of the internet and save it to review later, such as Pocket, Feedly and the Evernote Web-Clipper. He even goes into photo sharing—saving your old photos to the cloud—and collaborative online family trees.
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