Thursday, February 05, 2009

Family History Library Cataloge 2.0

GenSeek - Family History Catalogue 2.0 - FamilyLink

GenSeek.com is an upcoming FamilyLink website. Paul Allen recently mentioned the site in several tweets. Geneablogger Mark Tucker guessed that it might the website for the Family History Catalogue 2.0 that had been mentioned in the past, and Paul Allen commented on his blog post to confirm that.

Googling and Guessing

There is a bit more information in some of Paul Allen's tweets, and there is a job posting on the new corporate site for Chief Genealogy Officer for GenSeek.com.

Paul Allen seemed unwilling to reveal more. That's understandable for a work in progress, but it is amazing how much a little bit of investigative journalism, nothing more than some googling and guessing, will uncover.

Public Information

There is a lot that is public already. If you follow me on twitter, or read Mark Tucker's blog post, you will have noticed my question about genseek.net. Let's start with that.

MORE INFO

Digitizing Granite Mountain Records Schedule

From: "Nancy Scott"
Subject: Re: [LDS-WC] Sources/checking routine

The schedule for digitizing the church records at the Granite Mountain is 5 years according to Steve Brey, our Area Family History Manager from the Salt Lake City Library, who spoke at a FH conference this past October held in Kentucky. That will be wonderful news in regards to lag time in searching, funding the transportation of films, and ability to search most productively.

As it is, if you go to the library catalog and search for a film number, there will be some sort of red bar come across the screen and if this is the case you can look at the film online at that very moment. I have not been so lucky to have had the ones I am searching appear but I keep checking before ordering the films anyway.

Nancy Scott
Cincinnati, Ohio

The Ancestry Insider continues: That was news to me! Several people inside FamilySearch have told me that no such links exist from the catalog into Record Search because it is still a pilot. But if you search for film Film 953959, you will indeed see a red message, shown in the illustration above or to the right, and a link to the Record Search pilot.

However, this may have been an isolated test. The catalog actually needs separate links to the 1855 and 1865 Massachusetts State Censuses. And when the pilot is over, any links entered into the catalog will have to be fixed. Further, I've checked close to a dozen of the other collections from Record Search and none have the red notice.

So don't feel bad, Nancy. You're not the only one who isn't lucky enough to see this link.

FamilySearch Alpha

Visitors to the FamilySearch Labs website can also find a link to see a sneak preview of the current concept design for the FamilySearch Alpha website. As work proceeds, updates will be made every 2 to 4 weeks.

Create a Family Tree Chart in PowerPoint 2007

Want to illustrate your family background and ancestors? You can create a family tree in a SmartArt graphic, and format it to look just how you want. Creating a Family Tree Chart in PowerPoint 2007 is simple and Wendy Russell in an article on About.com: Presentation Software shows you step by step how to make your own Family tree. It is created using the the SmartArt icon on the Title and Content slide layout in PowerPoint 2007. You can also watch the following video from Microsoft to do the same thing: Microsoft Office 2007.