Technical momentum – Gaenovium and FHISO

It is a busy time in the world of genealogy technology.

Gaenovium 2014

On 7 October 2104, Gaenovium, a conference “exclusively for academics, developers and visionaries at the forefront of genealogy technology” takes place in Leiden, The Netherlands.  I have been wanting to meet and exchange ideas with just such a group of people for some time.  The arrival of my renewed passport this week gives me the final green light.

The Family History Information Standards Organisation (FHISO) has also been active recently, as I reported on my regular monthly slot at Worldwide Genealogy, with FHISO is back in action. User input needed.

The role of the archival catalogue as a fundamental research tool is a theme to which I keep returning.  Efficient, accurate resource discovery whether online, in a physical archive or in my personal archive, is essential.  In Criteria for Assessing the Quality of Genealogy Websites and Online Data, I stated that the catalogue was the most important feature of genealogical websites that offer access to digital copies of original records.  In Provenance of a Personal Collection – Archival Accession, Arrangement and Description, I demonstrated the use of a prototype archival-style catalogue in support of a piece of genealogical research.

© Sue Adams 2014

Worldwide Genealogy – A Blogging Collaboration

Since January I have been contributing an article on the 22nd of each month to Worldwide Genealogy – A Genealogical Collaboration.

Today’s post is There Be Dragons – Finding Tithe Maps for England and Wales.  It includes some examples of good archive catalogue entries that help genealogists to properly assess sources.

Last month’s article, Criteria for Assessing the Quality of Genealogy Websites and Online Data, advocated for the inclusion of more comprehensive archive style catalogue functionality in genealogy data vendor’s websites.

In March and February I examined two quality websites created by academic historians that offer interesting and colourful records:

Soundtoll Registers Online – Danish Maritime Tax Records and

Global Reach of the Old Bailey Online, thanks to the Collaboration of Academic Historians

Finally, it all started with a tale of bloggers helping one another to solve a question:

A Blogging Collaboration Leads to the Answer