Mark Tucker [email_address]
Software Genealogy Mark Tucker [email_address] 10 Things DO Should
The Genealogy Software Community <ul><li>People who use genealogy software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal Family Historian...
How do we learn to do Family History? <ul><li>Friend or Mentor </li></ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>Courses </li></ul...
Genealogy Software c. 1991 Source: Personal Ancestral File 2.2
Things 10 Wish List Requirements
1. Genealogical Proof Standard <ul><li>The Board for Certification of Genealogists </li></ul><ul><li>Available since 1997 ...
Steps of the GPS <ul><li>a reasonably exhaustive search;  </li></ul><ul><li>complete and accurate source citations;  </li>...
Genealogy Research Process Map
2. Organize Source: Photoshop Elements 6 Albums Tags Stacks
Organizer Views & Timelines Source: Photoshop Elements 6 <ul><li>Group by </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Source Type </li></ul></ul...
3. Transcribe
Highlight & Annotate Source: FamilySearch Indexing, Footnote
4. Source Citation <ul><li>Vital, needs to be  easy </li></ul><ul><li>Works by Elizabeth Shown Mills </li></ul><ul><ul><li...
Online Source Citation Following format in  Evidence Explained FamilySearch Ancestry
Citation Model Source:  Evidence Explained
Citation XML <ul><li>Define Source Types and Fields </li></ul><ul><li>Define Citation Style </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Citation...
Requirements Specifications
5. Stress-free Imports
6. Link and Layer Source: Photoshop Elements 6
Source Layers
7. Source Provenance Source Generation Type Sub Type Census Taker 0 Original Transcript sent to federal census office 1 De...
Source Provenance - Design
8. Visualize Source: SmartMoney.com, Family.Show
9. Remember <ul><li>Research Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Research Log </li></ul><ul><li>Audit Trail per Person </li></ul><ul><...
10. Share <ul><li>Keep some information private </li></ul><ul><li>Share some with a group </li></ul><ul><li>Share some pub...
Format for Sharing <ul><li>Currently GEDCOM 5.5 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Released in 1996 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited ...
Design & Software Development Source:  About Face 3 : The Essentials of Interaction Design   by Alan Cooper, et. al., page...
Community Gathering Place <ul><li>We are part of the Genealogy Software Community </li></ul><ul><li>Where do we meet? </li...
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10 Things Genealogy Software Should Do

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

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