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Who Do You Think You Are? Inside scoop!!!

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Wasn’t that Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods’ second-highest-charting single, which reached #15 on Billboard Magazine’s US Top Pop 100 chart in the summer of 1974?  It was a follow-up to their #1 Billy Don’t Be A Hero that spring.  THAT Who Do You Think You Are??

Then that’s it.  That’s all I know about it.

Anyway, there’s supposed to be this show on television – the name of which escapes me now – that’s a cross between Roots and Antiques Roadshow with a heavy dose of The Amazing Race.  But subscribing to basic cable, I don’t get the “special channel” it’s on.  (Didn’t it used to be on NBC??)

But I see on their website, which shall remain nameless, the first three full episodes of the season.  So I watched.  All three.  Not at once.  Consecutively.

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[Meanwhile, after viewing 135 minutes of the afore-non-mentioned show…]

Wow.  Unfortunately, the “easily hopping from one set of original records to the next” isn’t a reality for most of us.  Yeah, we HOPE to get there “one day”, but by the time we’ve climbed up several generations, that’s dozens of locations spanning either the country, or most likely, the globe.

Anyway, that’s what struck me the most after watching the shows.  And that some genealogy newbie will assume it’s “that simple” and quickly done, when it usually isn’t.  Which, to me, is the best part of genealogy!

The hunt and subsequent challenge of piecing together pieces and parts of a particular person.  Giving them a biography that they would’ve never had otherwise, as most were certainly not famous or extraordinary. “Jus’ normal folk like you and me!”

I always wonder if they’re “somewhere” cheering us on, like they “know” we’re researching them.  I’ve had some INEXPLICABLE genealogical finds over the years, where I’m left thinking “Getting a little help, perhaps?”  Hmmmmm…  (Whole other blog post…)

And now you’re left going “What the %@!!# is he talkin‘ about?”, as I seemed to have gotten off track there somewhat.  Though, I’m sure you’ve all had at least one of those moments.

…Oh yeah, opinion of the shows – which I fully refuse to promote for free!!…

Eh, they were OK.

 

And if you think genealogy is also OK, but you can’t fly around the world to research, like on that SHOW there; hire ME!!  I’ll do the virtual flying around for you!!  (And yes, despite the naysayers, it can be done.)

TOG WEB

johnbrugliera@theonlinegenealogist.com

 

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The Online Genealogist is tired of hearing “Only 10% of the genealogy records can be researched online”

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Nearly any time a “traditional” genealogist bashes the majority of research being done online, this is often used to back up their argument.  “Yeah!  Just a TIP of the ICEBERG!!”

Where are the citations to back up this wonderful graphic?  How is the tip size being calculated?  Where is the research and study data?  I’ve heard no crunching numbers.  And who keeps passing this along as fact?

First off, the 10% figure is nowhere to be found in this blog post.  Must be one of those extras added as the tale traveled.  Looks to be less than that on the iceberg itself, but as I won’t be breaking out my compass and protractor; 10% will work.

And I believe we’re strictly talking about United States records here?  The worldwide figure for records online is probably a tiny .0010% number.

With that, how accurate do I believe the iceberg portrayal to be?  Oh, about 10%.

First off, did you notice the date of that blog post?  Being into genealogy, of course you did!

27 Mar 2009

This was created over five years ago.  As a poster.  Which is still being sold online.

Genealogy records are being digitized as I type.  (And surely much much faster.)  Can you count how many have been added over the last 5 years?

No, I didn’t think so.  Neither can I, but I’d bet the big bucks that massive mystery number will at least double going into the next 5 years!

So, what percentage would I give the iceberg tip now?25Seriously!

But wait – it’s going to grow even more!…

There should be adjusted percentage points when the USEFULNESS of each record set is taken into account.  Which records will be most beneficial for the largest number of researchers?

Many of the biggies are online now.  Most US censuses, a nice variety of vital records, lots of city directories, a huge selection of newspapers and hundreds of wonderful historic maps are easily accessible via the internet for the viewing!

Q:  Which would be more likely to help us in our research, the 1880 Federal Census for Chicago -or- Member Directory of the Greene Street Philatelist Club of Beaufort, South Carolina, Autumn, 1727?

A:  Duh!

Q:  Shouldn’t census records alone make that iceberg tip even larger?

A:  Why, yes.  Yes, they should.

With the Usefulness Factor included, how large should the iceberg tip be NOW?

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Not much of an iceberg tip now, is it?

There’s more information online than you think.  WAY more.  I know this because I keep finding more things online!

How many have gone to ancestry.com, typed in a name, got only a couple of search results and then cried “Online genealogy researching SUCKS!”.  Or they do a quickie Google search, not realizing how much of the internet Google can actually get at?  Isn’t it something like…10%?

No big secret to online family history research.  You have to know where to look.  And be able to get there quickly.  Oh yeah, and know genealogy.

OK, so maybe that 50% is slightly high, but regardless – that iceberg tip is no longer a valid analogy for online genealogy research material availability.  (You knew I had to be going somewhere with this fuzzy math.)

In any case, the above outdated and misleading poster needs to be TOSSED!!!!!

Or modified, at the very least…

Genealogy Research 2014with apologies to Elizabeth Gorrell

Others say it’s only 5%…*sigh*

 

If you don’t believe this, put me to the test.  I’m always up for a challenge!

 TOG WEB

johnbrugliera@theonlinegenealogist.com

Congratulations, FamilySearch.org!!!!

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On Monday, July 21, Familysearch.org held their Worldwide Indexing Event.   The goal was to get 50,000 batches keyed; at least one batch per contributor.  By the end of the 24 hours, they had over 66,000 batches submitted, 16,000 over their goal – NICE!!!!!!!

Of course, being The Online Genealogist, I contributed a few batches and subsequently part of that total.  So, yes…

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Or, if I knew Italian…

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Congrats to FamilySearch and to all who contributed!!!!

Your reward (besides one of these badges)?…

A genealogy-related funny that I came across the other day!

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Yuk, yuk, yuk!!

And if your family tree has MORE than one branch, you’ll need some help…from ME!!!!

TOG WEB

johnbrugliera@theonlinegenealogist.com

Join The Worldwide Indexing Event Tonight Into Tomorrow!!!

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Just helping to get the word out on FamilySearch.org‘s Worldwide Indexing Event.

The LDS’ goal is to get participants to transcribe ONE BATCH for indexing.  Of course, you can do as many as you like, but they figure if EVERYONE that’s into genealogy does that one batch, it will help IMMENSELY with their ongoing effort to have indexes available for many of their wonderful FamilySearch collections.

And you KNOW The Online Genealogist will be there!  As I’m not huge on data entry, I’ve requested to be an arbitrator.  A tie-breaker, if you will.  As I can actually read many of these records (though not ALL are handwritten), I find it more to my liking and skill level.

Also, if you’d like to get all social at any time during those 24 hours, you can join DearMyrtle’s GeneaSleepOver!

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There, you can drop in and say hi (via headset and video or on the sidelines with typed-in comments) to many others who will be joining this ambitious undertaking!

If you use FamilySearch.org at all (their website is FREE; no yearly subscription!), then it is your OBLIGATION to key in that one batch.  As that is ALL they are asking.

And most importantly – have some FUN while you’re doing so!!

 

But if you have NO interest at all in doing anything genealogy-related online, then I’m your man!!!

TOG WEB

johnbrugliera@theonlinegenealogist.com

 

 

 

FREE ONLINE ANCESTOR SEARCH!!! FREE ONLINE ANCESTOR SEARCH!!!

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Yes, you read that correctly…it says FREE!!!

One of my favorite words… FREEEEEEEEEEE

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FREE ONLINE ANCESTOR SEARCH!!! 

FREE ONLINE ANCESTOR SEARCH!!!

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Yes, I am offering a GRAND OPENING SPECIAL of a FREE Online Quickie Search for ONE ancestor.  You give me the FULL NAME and one other dated fact including a known relative and off I’ll go to dig up anything I can online in about in hour.  (That means you give me no partial info or name guesses here.)  Whether it’s a long lost aunt or a brick wall ancestor; I’m game!!

From what I discover (or don’t), you’ll be able to see how skillful I am (or not) with “pulling stuff out of my azz” (as a friend so eloquently put it), with regard to the ancestors I’ve discovered.  All online.

So, give me a shot!  You have nothing to lose!  And, hey, I might even find a juicy piece of info you’ve been searching THIRTY YEARS for!

Though, chances are I won’t; but wouldn’t it be cool if I DID??

I await any and all challenges.

Also, if you have any genealogy-related topic or questions you’d like me to do a posting on, I’m up for that as well!

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TOG WEB

 

Internet Archive is THE internet archive

Internet Archive has everything!!!!!!

OK, not really; but close to everything – and all in one place!

It’s one very impressive website and MASSIVE undertaking.

And that is not an exaggeration!

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This recent Mother Jones posting nailed it.

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With regard to most of their stats, those numbers fully written out would take several pages each to print!

“Uhhhhhmm, how many digits are in a gazillion??”

Anyway, find a category on here and browse, browse, browse!

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The DOAR is always wiiiiiiiide open at OpenDOAR!

This is one of those directory websites you could easily spend the day browsing through.

The OpenDOAR is the largest collection of links to most of the world’s major libraries, with an emphasis on college library eCollections and other online offerings.

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Listed mainly by continent, there’s a large page for each of them!

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The great thing here is that the link goes directly to the homepage for that repository’s online electronic databases.

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All sorts of genealogical nuggets to be found here for SURE!

I have yet to get the dreaded “404 Error” via an OpenDOAR link, so it’s well-maintained. And as alluded to above, I’ve already hit several of them!

This is as far as I go for the show.  The fun here of course is BROWSING!  Just knowing what’s available for your specific research areas for future use is huge.

So, if you’re sitting around one rainy day and need an escape…

“Let’s go to FIJI!!…”

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Thank you, University of Nottingham!!!!

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OpenDOAR is DEFINITELY one to keep at the top of your bookmarks list!

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