Monday, March 13, 2006

Volume 19, Issue 1, Spring 2006 - The President's Message

Hello everyone,

This year we have seen a bigger swing toward more virtual genealogy than ever before. This doesn't mean you can't do genealogy unless you have the use of a computer connected to the Internet (after all, it's been done without computers for centuries). However, it does mean you will probably miss out on a great deal of new and valuable research material and help from other researchers if you don't.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have supported the portion of their organization quite well. The changes we see are clearly toward providing digital information rather than on microfilm as in the past. This includes the digitization of all the microfilms in their mountain vaults and the indexing of major databases of genealogical information, to the scanning, indexing and making available on the Internet a large number of family history books.

If you add their efforts to provide interactive collaboration online for genealogists working on the same family ancestors, it is quite a large bite for them to take. Wish them success because we will be the beneficiaries. This effort will significantly reduce the "poor", "undocumented" and just plain "incorrect" data on the web. While much of this data will still be out there, it will start being ignored except by the uneducated.

All of this is coming very fast. We may be faced with information over dose instead of brick walls. So which would you rather have, too much data or be slaving away sifting through huge books and other manuscripts hoping of a little piece of information which might tie one ancestor to another? I believe I'd rather be overwhelmed than data starved.

If you are looking to kick your online research up another notch, please let us know. Many of us can help. After all, the major goal of our society is education and all it takes is a little learning to access that which is already there, not to mention the wealth of what is to come.

Happy hunting to all of you.....

Peter Bradish, President

A friend noticed this before I did and I thought I'd pass it on to all of you. As we tend to do more and more of our research on-line, this is probably a timely magazine. You can download a 24 page preview issue in PDF format for free to see if you like it. The PDF file is about 1MB in size.
Have fun with it... Peter Bradish

From Ancestry Daily News of 15 February 2006

INTERNET GENEALOGY -- Download a FREE Preview Issue!” Internet Genealogy" is a new magazine from the publishers of "Family Chronicle" and "History Magazine." The first issue will be on newsstands at the end of February and will carry a cover date of April/May 2006. For a limited time, you can download a FREE preview issue of "Internet Genealogy." You can also take advantage of a limited time introductory subscription offer of $20 (U.S.) or $23 (Cdn) for one year. Visit.....


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