Friday, December 9, 2016

Rootstech Innovator Showdown - The Submissions

What sort of app would you like to see developed to solve a genealogy issue you have?

Among the 41 submissions for The 2017 Rootstech Innovator Showdown I can see a few apps or programs that would make my life easier while I wonder about the usefulness of some of the other entries. I enjoyed looking at the programs and wonder which ones will win the generous prizes on offer.

There are programs/apps for several operating systems.  Some are for Windows, some for mobile devices, some are web-based and there's even a Chrome extension. It's interesting to note that seven of the entries were also submitted to the 2016 showdown. Some submissions have been made by individuals while some come from teams with expertise that covers technology and genealogy.

Submissions come from a range of countries including Australia, Canada, England, France, India, Ireland, Morocco, Tunisia and the United States. Some apps integrate with Familysearch and one is an addon to the ShotBox. Quite a number are based around preserving stories while some are unique. There is something for just about every genie.

Of course price is always an issue with cash-strapped genies. Unfortunately it is hard to ascertain the costs associated with many of these programs/apps.

I'd love to know which programs/apps on the list are your favourites. Please take a look and let me know.

GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 9 December 2016

My week has been focused on the living family. We have celebrated a grandchild's birthday, watched two granddaughters perform in their ballet concert, attended speech days/presentations/prizegivings for six grandchildren and watched in pride as the children have made music and collected awards for their academic efforts. We have just one ballet concert and one presentation day next week and these events will become family history. I have been taking photos and diarising these events so that they will be kept alive for future generations.

In my downtime I have enjoyed reading blog posts from several corners of the earth. I have also penned our annual Christmas epistle - another means of preserving our family history.

1. Kudos to John Grenham for correcting his error.

2. Thanks Liz for introducing us to Cedric.

3. Ideas for the bibliophile's Christmas stocking.

4. Fleshing out the family story from Barb.

5. Jo counts down the days.

6. Which would you choose?

7. A new app to try.

8. Welcome home Shauna.

9. Helen's Heirloom.

10. Love being  a member of Alona's tribe.

11. Kerry knows why so many DNA matches are treeless.

12. Christmases past.

And this isn't a blog post but a story of a tree in which my friend Robert Marsh plays a part.

New to Me Blogs

Underneath the flight path

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

It's a Time Thing

I tend to give priority to my DNA links on FTDNA and Gedmatch ... but then there is Ancestry.

Overwhelmed by my DNA matches on Ancestry DNA I've had to find a way to manage them all and get through the 115 pages of "New Matches" for less close matches that I haven't yet examined. At 50 per page that's 5750 matches.

Having had some success recently in finding a 3rd cousin and a 2nd cousin once removed in the Confidence: Moderate range that I had previously ignored I realised that I should further investigate these 115 pages but I am Time Poor.

Whilst I'd love to connect with all potential cousins including the beginners with no trees there is no way I can in this lifetime. So I have had to be ruthless.  

I am going through the new matches page by page. Firstly I check for shared matches as these may give me a clue to a relationship. Just this morning I worked out where a treeless match fitted in by looking at shared matches and then the contributions the user had made to Ancestry Message Boards. His message posts gave me a clue to where the match was. 4th cousin found.

Where they have them I check the matches' online trees (including their full trees) and lists of surnames for something that may ring a bell. If I work out a connection I send off a message, if not I move on. I will continue to respond to each and every message I receive but this is not an onerous task as I get such a paltry number.

In order to tame this beast I have to be cruel so it's if there is  No Shared Match, No Tree, No Surnames there will be no contact from me. Hopefully this will enable me to prune down my list of new matches (some of which are really old).

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Trove Tuesday - Cradle, Altar, Grave

When I posted my recent entry on the Geneadictionary I found more hits than I expected for my search Cradle Altar Grave. Once I added a couple of extra search terms I found what I was seeking for that post. However, I thought some of the other articles I found deserved an airing.

The first article on the list  provides analysis and commentary on statistics from The South Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriage in 1911. The first section of that long article follows, the remainder can be read here.

1912 'CRADLE, ALTAR, AND GRAVE.', Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931), 24 August, p. 34. , viewed 04 Dec 2016,,
This handsome chap, John Ambrose Plunkett was a Deputy Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. The interviewette that accompanies his portrait can be read here

1897 'INTERVIEWETTES.', Quiz and the Lantern (Adelaide, SA : 1890 - 1900), 18 November, p. 4. , viewed 04 Dec 2016,

It was interesting to read that in 1909 the "child harvest" was the highest ever attained in the Commonwealth and the death rate was the lowest on record.

1910 'Cradle, Altar, and Grave.', The Methodist (Sydney, NSW : 1892 - 1954), 25 June, p. 7. , viewed 04 Dec 2016,


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