Tuesday, July 31, 2007

2008 FTM program

The new 2008 Family Tree Maker program is evidently going to be using Google Maps so that we can place our families where they were at various times. Did I hear that correctly?

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Differences Between Ancestry.com and Ancestry Library Edition

From Suzanne Russo Adams at Ancestry:

User Experience
Ancestry.com is designed for the individual so there is a lot of personalized functionality and there are personalized options available to individual subscribers that aren’t available on our institutional sites. The following is a list of the major features and functionality that Ancestry.com subscribers have available that are not included in the institutional versions of Ancestry:

My Ancestry
The MyAncestry section of the site allows you to save the names and vital information of people you are looking for in your family tree in Personal and Public Member Trees. The website will initiate a perpetual search of Ancestry.com’s databases. This is not only great for the search capability, but also can be used as a research log of sorts to monitor the ancestors you have found on the site.

Ancestry Community
Browse or search millions of messages on thousands of surname, locality and topic-centric boards to connect and learn from long lost relatives and newfound friends. Use the “Member Directory” to search for other members of the Ancestry community who have common family history interests.

Learning Center
Search the best collection of family history how-to and genealogy learning materials on the Internet. Browse or search archives of Ancestry Magazine, the Ancestry Daily News, and popular Ancestry.com online columnists.

Buy your favorite Ancestry and other genealogical publisher’s books, magazines and CDs--including Ancestry’s The Source, Redbook, Printed Sources and more!

OneWorldTree gathers family trees and family history records for millions of people, analyzes the birth, death and marriage data and then displays the most probable matches.

Family Trees
This section of the site has many great ways to share and manage all the great information you find at Ancestry.com. Newly added is the ability to upload photos, documents and add stories about ancestors in the Personal and Public Member Trees.

Family Trees Search Tab
A tab that allows one to search the family trees on Ancestry.

Additionally, there are certain databases that are available on Ancestry.com, that are NOT available on Ancestry Library Edition:
  • Historical Newspaper Collection
  • Family and Local History Collection
  • Obituary Collection
  • Periodical Source Index (PERSI)
  • Filby’s Passenger and Immigration Lists Index (PILI)
  • Biography & Genealogy Master Index (BGMI)
  • Freedman’s Bank Records

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Harold Hinds to Lecture August 11th

History and genealogy professor Dr. Harold E. Hinds, Jr., PhD from the University of Minnesota will present a free lecture on "Expanding Your Research Into a Family History." This special summer one-hour lecture will be held Saturday, August 11th, at 1:00 PM in the main floor meeting rooms at the Downtown Library, 906 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Washington, courtesy of the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society. You need not be a society member to enjoy this lecture, nor do you need to register for the program.

Limited paid parking is available in the library basement, accessed from the rear of the building on Spokane Falls Boulevard. Paid parking is also available in the block to the east in River Park Square. Attendees can use the skywalk across Lincoln Street from the parking garage to the second floor of the library.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Welcome to the EWGS Blog!

Welcome to the blog of the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society in Spokane, Washington, USA! As of this date, this blog is not an official medium of the EWGS, but is a template to be viewed by our board for approval.