Links, 2.21.11

The Archaeologist has been attempting a number of winter sports this weekend. Links were scheduled before she left, in case her typing abilities were compromised during these adventures.

RootsTech Reverberations: No denying the sense of excited discovery that continues to bubble up about an event for which the operative term appears to be “rock concert”. I’m sure there will be many more references to RootsTech in our futures, but here are some recaps:

Kerry Scott of Clue Wagon found her tribe (of collegial feeling) there.

Marian at Roots and Rambles states succinctly What Genealogists Want! — Conference Organizers Take Note.

Conference blogger Joan Miller puts up an interview with Genealogy Gems podcaster Lisa Louise Cooke.

RootsTech inspired Taneya Koonce  to create an iPhone App.

More wrap-up action from Amy Coffin, Dick Eastman, Illya at Genealogy Today and DearMyrtle (also Myrt’s further ideas on RootsTech’s message to NGS and FGS).

And while we’re talking tech: OK, so I managed to miss Randy Seaver’s initial post about genealogy’s three (or more) worlds, which kills me, because I love meta-think. And his observations of the traditional, transitional and technical genealogy populations so perfectly capture today’s overlapping colonies of genealogy enthusiasts. Not surprisingly, this sparked some lively responses and observations, so do not miss the follow-up post. A genealogy society considering how to extend its reach should find much food for thought here.

Myths and realities: Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates gave a speech in Evanston, Ill.,  recently, listing and debunking three myths of African American genealogy. The Daily Northwestern has the details.

Bad Change! Bad! After all the cutting-edge excitement out of RootsTech, it was an odd change of pace to read James Tanner’s acerbic post Family Search hits a goldmine of luddite comments. A useful reminder that, however exciting it is to many of us, innovation and tension often go hand in hand.

May your week be full of spring thaws and major discoveries.


Links, 2.14.11

Lead of the week: “Many brush it aside as a hobby for lonely old cat ladies, but genealogy is for everyone.” Oh yay! (This was in a college newspaper, so I’m not going to pile on with a link. But I couldn’t resist quoting. And picturing people flashing their Lonely Old Cat Lady Membership Cards.)

Techie Time: Yay, RootsTech! Wish I could have been there. But since I wasn’t, I liked this article covering one of their sessions, about how to make a genealogy podcast. (Maybe the nine-year-old can produce mine, after she finishes redesigning my business cards.) In other RootsTech news and notes:

Joan Miller at Luxegen Genealogy comments on the conference’s fast pace and lively vibeKimberly Powell shares photos of the goings-on, as does Banai at the Ginger Jewish Genealogist … Curt Hopkins at ReadWriteWeb considers the implications of social media/family history mashupsRonnie Tyler at Black And Married With Kids  found some great-great-great grandparents … and Audrey Collins at The Family Recorder reveled in the emphasis on hands-on experience — “This wasn’t an event where you just sat in a room to be talked at.”

Interesting: DearMYRTLE passes on the news that the National Institute for Genealogical Studies has acquired GenealogyWise, “a place to network with other researchers and make discoveries about your family history.” Many intriguing features involved here, including a Live Meeting for members.

Useful: Need to look up a Roman Catholic record in the borough of Manhattan? This is a nice list of Manhattan churches and their holdings. (h/t to Pat Connors on the NY-IRISH list.)

Late update: To the two people who haven’t heard: Kate Middleton and Ellen DeGeneres are distant cousins. If you were holding your hands over your ears so that you wouldn’t hear, um, sorry.

Happy Valentine’s Day … and have a happy week.


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