Salt Lake Family History Expo
Dear Ancestry Insider,
A couple quick questions - I took a long at the outline - many open TBA spots - how does one decide to attend (if from out of town) when so much is up in the air one month before conference?Also checked out the blog you referenced - how do you get pictures (when clicked on) to open in another window full size? *
Good questions, both.
As I write this, my session doesn’t show up on the presentation schedule. More is filled in than when you first checked. I must agree with you; it makes it difficult to make a decision with so many open slots.
A blog author can decide what happens when a visitor clicks on an image. The three most common options are:
- Open a larger copy of the image, either in the current window or a different window. For an example, see “Salt Lake City 10th Ward, 1851” on the Ancestors of Wickliff Clayton Raymond example website. Click the map and a larger, more legible copy opens in the current window. As you mention, the author can also have the image open in a different window.
- Do nothing. An example is the image of “Ireta Pitcher Raymond.”
- Link to somewhere on the Internet. When I wrote an article about receiving the Family Tree Magazine 101 Best Websites for 2010 award, I linked the award image to the article on their website. I sometimes link to articles on my own website.
I invite your capable co-readers to explain how to use your browser to enlarge an image when the blog author hasn’t supplied a larger, more legible copy.
-- The Insider
What Genealogy Program Do You Use?
Dear Ancestry Insider,
So AI, what are you using these days to manage your trees on your desktop?
I have been using TMG 7 for some time now, but have become intrigued with Legacy 7 of late.
I have enough family members doing genealogy that we have an “archivist” who is willing to maintain a master copy of our desktop genealogy database. We use one of the FamilySearch Certified desktop genealogy programs. Yes, I know there are online trees that make it more convenient to share a tree among physically separate individuals. Suffice it to say that inertia plays a big role in the practices of large, physically distributed families.
That’s not to say that we aren’t doing any online collaborating. We have an Ancestry.com Public Member Tree for sharing photographs, biographies, and scanned documents. I would not be surprised if the number of scanned source documents in our tree is surpassed by only a few other trees. (Photographs are another story; I think there are dozens or hundreds of people that have uploaded more photographs.)
As these documents quickly spread across the Internet, I’m sure we’re killing more than one genealogical myth… whether we get the credit or not.
Someone will ask about the New FamilySearch Tree (NFS), so let me tell you my current approach. I ignore the bad data… for now. FamilySearch talks about a future time when it will be easier to keep corrections from being undone. If the correct data is not present, I add it. Why wait? Just as I can’t currently delete the bad data added by others, they can’t delete the good data added by me.
I even add sources in situations where persistent myths exist. Sure, I’ll wait for a better citation system before I enter citations to uncontested data. Why not wait?
I hope your co-readers will ring in with their feelings about desktop genealogy programs. Click Comments at the end of this article. (Please don’t use Reply; no one else will benefit from your response besides me.)
Thanks for your question, Jesse!
-- The Insider
(Letters are modified for editorial style and to fit in your television screen.)