Thursday, January 8, 2009

Genealogy and Internet Security

We cannot be reminded too often about securing our personal data online. Based on his own personal experience with hackers and security violations, Alan Smith, in his most recent article, "Genealogy and Internet Security," offers a few specifics for ensuring your personal information when working online. One point was addressed specifically to those who publish, which the average researcher might not have considered previously: "If you publish a book or a newsletter on family history, include a copyrighted message and warning that information in your publication is not to be posted on the Internet." Of course, that does not guarantee it won't be done, but it's a start. 

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

A review of basic Web resources

Genealogy research on the Internet is changing at a rapid pace. Keeping up with what's new on the Web and reviewing those that have been around awhile is the focus of Alan Smith's article, "Web Sites for Genealogical Research." Certainly, more web sites are available than can be outlined in a single article, but this article offers a starting place, especially for new researchers.

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Monday, April 2, 2007

Roots Television - watch, learn, participate

An article today on About.com summarizes Roots Television, a privately owned company founded by professional genealogist Megan Smolenyak and media producer Marcy Brown. Roots Television is an Internet-based viewing channel dedicated to genealogy. According the site's itself, "Roots Television™ is by and for avid genealogists and family history lovers of all stripes. . . . You’ll find everything from DNA Stories, to Flat Stanley’s Family Tree, to the lectures from the latest Genealogy and Technology Conference." Not only can you watch and learn, but Roots Television also accepts user-submitted content on its new "Roots Tube" Channel, and to get people interested is holding a WildRoots contest, where users tell the craziest thing they've done in pursuit of their family tree. It's a brave new world!

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Ancestry.com appoints Megan Smolenyak

Ancestry.com announced in a press release today the appointment of Megan Smolenyak as Chief Family Historian. An award-winning professional, author and co-author of four books, Smolenyak most recently "rewrote history" by uncovering the true story of Annie Moore, the first immigrant to come through Ellis Island. "We couldn't be more pleased to expand our relationship with Megan and have her join our stellar research team led by noted Loretto Dennis Szucs (Lou)," said Tim Sullivan, CEO of The Generations.

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

TribalPages Genealogy site makes change to benefit users

In a recent press release, the family tree web site, TribalPages.com announced a change to its web site, allowing users to share up to 1,000 high resolution photos regardless of the storage space consumed. With the recent explosion in the use of digital cameras and the drop in the cost of storage space, this move simply makes sense, " said Vandana Rao of TribalPages. Users of TribalPages.com family tree websites can take advantage of the new policy immediately.

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