10 Things Genealogy Software Should Do

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  • 1. Mark Tucker [email_address]
  • 2. Software Genealogy Mark Tucker [email_address] 10 Things DO Should
  • 3. The Genealogy Software Community
    • People who use genealogy software
      • Personal Family Historians
      • Professional Genealogists
      • Certified Genealogists
    • People who create & sell genealogy software
      • Software Developers
      • Designers – graphic, UI, IxD, UX, HCI
      • Business – analyst, manager, CEO
  • 4. How do we learn to do Family History?
    • Friend or Mentor
    • Books
    • Courses
    • The software we use
  • 5. Genealogy Software c. 1991 Source: Personal Ancestral File 2.2
  • 6. Things 10 Wish List Requirements
  • 7. 1. Genealogical Proof Standard
    • The Board for Certification of Genealogists
    • Available since 1997
    • Not just for Certified Genealogists
    • Helps us
      • Come as close to the truth as possible
      • Navigate the research process
      • Build a solid foundation for future research
      • Overcome brick walls
      • Arrive at conclusions we couldn’t before
      • Gives credibility to our research
    • Allows us to research, not re-search
  • 8. Steps of the GPS
    • a reasonably exhaustive search;
    • complete and accurate source citations;
    • analysis and correlation of the collected information;
    • resolution of any conflicting evidence; and
    • a soundly reasoned, coherently written conclusion.
  • 9. Genealogy Research Process Map
  • 10. 2. Organize Source: Photoshop Elements 6 Albums Tags Stacks
  • 11. Organizer Views & Timelines Source: Photoshop Elements 6
    • Group by
      • Source Type
      • Surname
      • Family
    • Source date on timeline
  • 12. 3. Transcribe
  • 13. Highlight & Annotate Source: FamilySearch Indexing, Footnote
  • 14. 4. Source Citation
    • Vital, needs to be easy
    • Works by Elizabeth Shown Mills
      • 1997 Evidence!
      • 2007 Evidence Explained
      • Considered by many as the “Bible” of source citation
    • Feature of Legacy Family Tree, version 7
  • 15. Online Source Citation Following format in Evidence Explained FamilySearch Ancestry
  • 16. Citation Model Source: Evidence Explained
  • 17. Citation XML
    • Define Source Types and Fields
    • Define Citation Style
      • Citation Style Language
    • Zotero
    • Download like Quicken or Money
  • 18. Requirements Specifications
  • 19. 5. Stress-free Imports
  • 20. 6. Link and Layer Source: Photoshop Elements 6
  • 21. Source Layers
  • 22. 7. Source Provenance Source Generation Type Sub Type Census Taker 0 Original Transcript sent to federal census office 1 Derivative Transcript Microfilmed copy 2 Derivative Image Copy Digital image at Ancestry.com 3 Derivative Image Copy Printout of digital image 4 Derivative Image Copy
  • 23. Source Provenance - Design
  • 24. 8. Visualize Source: SmartMoney.com, Family.Show
  • 25. 9. Remember
    • Research Goals
    • Research Log
    • Audit Trail per Person
    • Web site visits
    • Dashboard
    • Quickly start again after 2 weeks or 2 years
  • 26. 10. Share
    • Keep some information private
    • Share some with a group
    • Share some publically
    • Share between desktop apps and online
    • Share with genealogy social networking sites
  • 27. Format for Sharing
    • Currently GEDCOM 5.5
      • Released in 1996
      • Limited support for media types
    • Word Processing
      • txt > rtf > doc > docx
    • Genealogy
      • ged > xml?
  • 28. Design & Software Development Source: About Face 3 : The Essentials of Interaction Design by Alan Cooper, et. al., page 6.
  • 29. Community Gathering Place
    • We are part of the Genealogy Software Community
    • Where do we meet?
    • How do we make significant contributions?
    • How do we invite?
    • We can
      • Share ideas
      • Innovate
      • Design the genealogy software of tomorrow