28 September 2012

October is Family History Month

I'm excited for October to come not only for all those yummy homemade goodies that I'll be baking for Halloween but it is also Family History Month.
Archives.com is celebrating Family History Month in a cool way. They created a fun and informative interactive graphic. The 1940 US Census is also free to view.

24 September 2012

Rootstech 2013

Are you going? I'm already registered to go and totally excited!! I attended last year which was my first time at the Rootstech conference. I had a blast learning the latest genealogy tools, talking with experts and learning new techniques. I'm totally looking forward to going this March 2013. I hope to see some Polys there. I didn't see any last year. If they did attend I never bumped into them. So, Poly's if you are attending hit me up, let me know, I'd like to meet you and talk some gafa.

 Check out the links to the learn more about Rootstech.

20 September 2012

Million Short: A Different Kind Of Search Engine.

Back in January of this year I blogged about a family member that shared with me a website that cut her time down in half for researching her Polynesian genealogy online. Since then I've used this website called 'Genealogy In Time Magazine' website I've had some good hits on family genealogy.  Now they have a new search engine called Million Short its designed to search for less popular items online. 

Here are words from their website that tell more about the new search engine
"Now there is a third way to perform searches on the internet for your ancestors. It is called Million Short. It is a search engine that specializes in searching less-common websites. Million Short is ideal for anyone looking for ancestral records because archived ancestral records are often found in the obscure corners of the internet.

The name Million Short derives from the fact that this search engine basically ignores the 1 million most popular websites on the internet. Instead, it focuses on less-common websites. Basically, it specializes in what are known as long-tail searches, which focusses on the obscure and the uncommon. Many genealogy records are obscure.

Most estimates suggest there are over 100 million websites on the internet and some estimates place the number at over 200 million websites. Traffic on the internet, however, is not evenly distributed. The internet is very much a popularity contest. The top 1 million websites account for the vast lion’s share of traffic on the internet. Google search results focus on the most popular results from the most popular websites (this is the basis of the famous Google PageRank algorithm that helped make Google the most popular search engine). Thus, Google results tend to be clustered around the one million most popular websites. 

Entering a query into A Million Short is just the same as entering a query into a Google search engine or the Genealogy Search Engine. You simply enter ancestral queries as described in our various search articles devoted to genealogy, such as A Guide to Performing Online Genealogy Searches - see the complete list under Genealogy Articles). You don’t even need to remove the top 1 million websites from your search results at a Million Short. A drop-down list gives you the option of removing the top 1 million, top 100k, 10k, 1000 or even just the top 100 websites. You also have the option of not removing any websites at all from the search results."

Here is the link to the A Million Short Search Engine

Under manage settings you  can also put on an adult filter, my included sites, my excluded sites, your favorite sites and country. 

This site is great for even Samoan Genealogy researching. So try it out! I'd love to hear the results you got back. If it worked for you or didn't.

11 September 2012

Remembering 9-11

In Memory of September 11th

September 11, 2001 I was at work. I worked at a retail store and was catching up on my projects.  A co worker comes running in the back receiving room where I was working and screamed, "The towers!" She said, "Come, come quickly!!" We ran with her to home entertainment and changed the channel on one TV display. I couldn't believe my eyes. I saw the twin towers in smoke. People running through the streets in terror. I was trembling as I thought of all the people in those towers and in the surrounding areas. I remembering seeing the second plane hit one of the twin towers. Tears filled as my eyes as I saw the horror on people's faces.
My parents and family lived close by my work. I called all of them to see how they were doing. They were fine yet so sad and worried at the events that unfolded.
I almost left work that day to go home. I couldn't stop trembling. I couldn't concentrate on my work. I couldn't sleep for many nights.

07 September 2012

Put your Family History Online

When I went to visit my Hawaiian auntie we talked about genealogy. She had a desire to put her family history online. I really like the article that Kimberly Powell wrote about the, "Top 10 Places to Put Your Family History Online". She choose Geni.com. Oohhhh eeee! My auntie is smokin on her Geni tree already!!!

Here is the article that I shared with my auntie,

By Kimberly Powell, About.com Guide

The Internet is a great way to connect with family, and the perfect medium for collaborating on your shared family history. Putting your family tree on the Web allows other relatives to view your information and add their own. It is also a great way to exchange family photos, recipes and stories.

These sites and software options include the tools you need to put your family tree online, along with photos, sources and pedigree charts. Some offer additional features such as chat, message boards and password protection. Many are free!

1. RootsWeb WorldConnect
If you like to keep things pretty simple, then RootsWeb WorldConnect is a wonderful (and free) option. Just upload your GEDCOM and your family tree will be available online for anyone searching the WorldConnect database. There is no option for private Web sites, but you can use controls to easily protect the privacy of living people. One caveat! WorldConnect sites often don't rank very well in Google search results unless you add a lot of keyword-rich text!

2. Ancestry Member Trees
Free, but no records access without subscription 
While access to most records at Ancestry.com requires a subscription, Ancestry Member Trees is a free service - and one of the largest and fastest growing collections of family trees on the Web. Trees can be made public or kept private from other Ancestry subscribers, and you can also give family members free access to your trees without the need for an Ancestry subscription. While you don't need a subscription to create a tree, upload photos, etc., you will need one if you want to search, use and attach records from Ancestry.com to your online trees.

3. TNG - The Next Generation
$29.99 for the software
Want to have complete control over the look and feel of your online family tree? Ready to tackle your own Web site? If so, then TNG (The Next Generation) is one of the best self-publishing options available for genealogists. Just import a GEDCOM file and TNG gives you the tools to publish it online, complete with photos, sources and even tagged Google Maps. For those of you Master Genealogist users, check out Second Site ($29.95) - a great tool for getting information out of your TMG database and onto the Web! For both options, you will need your own Web site.

4. WeRelate
This free, public service genealogy Wiki (Wikipedia is type of Wiki) allows you to create a profile to tell others about your research interests, to receive and respond to emails from other users without publishing your email address, to create online family trees and personal research pages, and to collaborate with other users. The service is completely free, thanks to the Foundation for Online Genealogy, Inc. and the Allen County Public Library, and very easy to use. But if you're looking for a private family Web site option, WeRelate isn't the place for you. This is a collaborative Web site, which means others will be able to add to and edit your work.

5. FamilyLink.com & We're Related on Facebook
Facebook users have a great family tree option from FamilyLink.com which offers one of Facebook's most popular free applications - We're Related - which helps individuals stay in touch with their families through photo sharing, a news feed, birthday reminders, and an online family tree function. For a more robust online family tree, FamilyLink.com also offers the free WebTree.com service.

6. FreePages at RootsWeb
Free unlimited Web space for family history sites is the premise behind Freepages at RootsWeb. The site options are basic and not password protected, but they are entirely free. You can FTP your own HTML files (great for family trees created by your family history software) or use the online editor. Ancestry.com, which owns and operates RootsWeb, will display banner ads on your Web site.

7. Geni.com
Free for basic version 
This social networking site's primary focus is connecting family, allowing you to easily create a family tree and invite other family members to join you. Each individual in the tree has a profile; family members can work together to build profiles for common ancestors. Other features include a Family Calender, an editable Family Timeline and a Family News feature which highlights new additions and upcoming events from sites within a user's Family Group. All of the basic functions are completely free, although they do offer a pro version with extra tools.

8. MyHeritage
Free (limited) 
A host of free genealogy tools enable you to lets you create your family's own meeting place on the Internet where you can share family photos, post your family tree online, trace the family's medical history and keep track of important family events. Plus, free Family Tree Builder genealogy software and a genealogy search engine to help you expand your family history research. The basic level of online Family Pages (limited to 250 people and 250MB of storage) is free, but you'll have to put up with advertisements. Two subscription levels offer great storage and no ads (only one family member needs the paid subscription). All Family Pages (even the free ones) allow you to use the free software, make your site public or private, share photos and videos and use the applications such as calendar and message boards.

9. MyFamily.com
$9.95 per family group the first year, $29.95 per year thereafter
A modest annual subscription fee (per family group, not per person) gives you up to 1GB per member in monthly uploads. The extras at MyFamily.com make the fee more than reasonable. A standard site includes email acccounts for unlimited family members, space for sharing photos and family history files, and no popup ads. The sites are safe and password protected, and also feature a private message board and chatroom, a family calendar, blog, iPhone app, and even space for video and voice clips!

10. Tribal Pages
Tribal Pages provides 10 MB of free Web space just for family history sites. Your genealogy data is stored securely, and you can set an optional password for viewing your site. Each free family history site allows you to upload a GEDCOM file and photos and comes with ancestor and descendant charts, ahnentafel reports, an events page, photo album and a relationship tool. You can include your family names in their database so your Web site can be found by other researchers, or keep it private.

Share the GOLD!!

Yesterday my uncle and auntie were in town and stopped by to visit me. It has been awhile since I last seen them. They had been living in Samoa for over a year and now back in the United States.

Genealogy came into the conversation. I shared some of my genealogy opportunities with them. They were happy that I have such a great love for genealogy.

In the conversation we talked about how the older generation has a hard time letting go the genealogy. My uncle said, “Genealogy to them (the older generation) is precious. Genealogy to them is gold. They treat it like gold, because it’s theirs.”

I thought about his words, “Genealogy to them is gold....because it's theirs.”

It’s not unusual for me to come across Samoans (younger generation) who have living parents or relatives that will not share family genealogy. So, they (younger generation) try it out on their own and go online, post inquires and search genealogy databases hoping to find something on their family history.

For myself  at times my relatives don't take me serious as the older folks say to me, "You're to young to know dear."

I do genealogy cause I want to know who I am and where I come from that I may pass on what I know to future generations so they don't have to guess.

I just hope that our older generation who has the genealogy will have soften hearts and share what precious knowledge they have with the younger generations.

That sharing what they know with us (younger generation) will only make that GOLD even more precious.

Share the GOLD!!