Sunday, July 24, 2011

DearREADERS,
While searcing through YouTube, I stumbled across this BYU Virtual Tour of the Family History Library. Thought you'd like to take a peek.



Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

IE and Bing: Microsoft trying to regain market share?

DearREADERS,
Following the installation of Google Chrome, making it my default browser and setting Google as my default search engine, Ol' Myrt here had to jump through all sorts of hoops today to retain that preference the next time I opened Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

It would appear that my Internet Explorer (version 9.0.1) really and truly wants to be my default browser (not!) and pushes Bing as my default home page (not!) and default search engine (arrgh)

WHY is Ol' Myrt using Internet Explorer? Quite simply because viewing Ancestry.com digital images works better with IE. My DearREADERS, mostly intrepid genealogy researchers, will likely encounter the same problem, so I'll take you through those hoops. 

Guess Microsoft thinks we need more keyboard and mouse exercises, eh? Silly Microsoft.

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Here's what happened...
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Five minutes after my Chrome install and a phone call, I opened IE and received a startling message:

First silly message from IE.

From this screen shot I am lead to wonder just what program in Microsoft's estimation had "corrupted your default search provider setting for Internet Explorer" Well, remember, I had just installed Chrome 5 minutes earlier on this machine and set Google as my default search provider as is my preference. But that wasn't corrupting my file, it was setting my preferences. Really now, Microsoft!

Check out that second line that says "Internet Explorer has reset this setting to your original search provider, Bing." Really now? MY original? How about telling it like it is, Microsoft? Bing has never been my original choice. Bing is merely the default when IE came pre-installed on this computer. And every time I receive an update, IE has reverted back to the setting where Bing is my home page and default browser and default search engine. 

Consequently, each time IE updates, I have to reset the default settings to my preference for Google. It is no consolation that the dialog box states IE will "now open Search Settings, where I can change this setting or install more search providers." IE should not have changed my choice made five minutes earlier, nor should Microsoft use inflammatory words like "corrupted" to describe my choice to use "another program" Google Chrome. Inflammatory words can upset folks, especially mild mannered genealogists.

OK, that being said, I clicked the X, to get out of the false warning dialog box, but found the "X" didn't exit, but acted the same as if I had clicked the OK button. Bad form, Microsoft. 


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Here is the second screen shot where I blissfully removed Bing as my default search provider and added Google as my preference. Me thought clicking "close" would close the matter altogether, but no! Silly me.


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 ANOTHER HOOP
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Ol' Myrt was then taken to a page on the Internet (screen shot below), probably the last one I had visited prior to opening IE for this hoop jumping today. 



Now really, Microsoft. You know that people look at the top of the screen. You are hoping that folks will miss that little message  across the bottom of the screen that reads "Would you like to make Internet Explorer your default browser? Yes or No." After the hoops you've jumped me through today, I wonder what ignoring that will do to my preferences?






Ol' Myrt here noticed the "down arrow" button to the right of the "No" button where I was offered a way out of the hoop loop by selecting "Don't ask again."

I won't be holding my breath. Wonder what will happen if I install Safari?


All I can say is that with all this hoop jumping, it is obvious Microsoft is desperately attempting to regain market share. Instead of winning me back, Microsoft wasted my time and made me mad. The only think I'll jump for is JOY when Microsoft quits such pervasive practices.

Maybe next time around, I should get a Mac?

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Last night for Google+ Workshop Webinar

DearREADERS,
AWESOME is the word for it!  Genealogists from all over the world have been meeting each night to share tips and tricks about Google+ including Tamura's suggestion for how to prioritize your circles (a work-around for now!) GREAT SHARING from everyone, without egos getting in the way -- just a hunger to learn how to tackle this new social media Google+ thing.

Last night we discussed the concept of possible malware add-ons to avoid. Tonight I'll have info about Google-trusted sites. Who knows what else others will bring to the table? This is the last of the 4-session Google+ Workshop Webinars marathon hosted by Ol' Myrt here. I'll be AFK (away from my keyboard) while we take two grandchildren on a whirlwind tour of DC over the next few days.

Join with other Google+ users TONIGHT to share tips and tricks you've discovered as we go through this "early adopters of G+" learning curve. Come with your new discoveries, and be willing to share. DearMYRTLE anticipates sharing the presentation view and mic with other attendees.

Find DearMYRTLE on G+ as Pat Richley-Erickson, since they blocked my DearMYRTLE account because Google+ believes I am a commercial entity.

So, if you need a G+ invite, send email to: Myrt@DearMYRTLE.com or PatRichleyE@gmail.com.

Room capacity = 100
5-6 mics will be open at once for more immediate feedback.


If you don't have a headset, please view using GoToWebinar, but call in using your phone to hear and speak.
Sat, Sun, Mon and Tues 16, 17, 18 and 19 July 2011 


10pm Eastern
9pm Central
8pm Mountain
7pm Pacific US

When registering, GoToWebinar permits clicking to view the time zone for your part of the world.  Alternately use www.timeanddate.com to make your calculations.

REMEMBER, the room fills up at 100, although GoToWebinar permits higher registration numbers, so the early arrivals will be able to "get in the door."

 
THANKS for being part of the exciting roll-out of this new technology
This is the last in the webinar series.
Register Now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/251582856
Once registered for the webinar, you will receive an email confirming your registration with information you need to join the Webinar.
System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer


Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Google+ Workshop Webinar continues tonight

DearREADERS,
If you are curious but haven't yet dabbled with G+ yet, check out tonight's workshop webinar. We will focus on my setting up a Google+ account from scratch, and then we will figure out what "Sparks" are all about.

This "workshop webinar" format worked incredibly well last night, as we all shared. From our collective experience we were able to piece together interpretations of how to use the "circles" to create separate streams of postings from various groups of our friends. I suggested one for "Quilters" in addition to a "Genealogy" circle where I've added friends who may not be interested in the quilting circle's postings.


This G+ technology is so new, no single person knows it all. So BRAINSTORMING is the name of the game.

THANKS to everyone who participated in last night's first of four (count 'em 4) free webinars for our group discussion of Google+. Everyone was open to learning every bit of the new social network tool, and thankfully we had participants like GeneJ, Russ, Geoff, Ericka and others who shared their comments. A few demonstrated how they use G+ as I switched the "presenter" option one by one to others on the panel.


While it is true that DearMYRTLE's G+ profile has been blocked (as they believe I am a company rather than an individual with a nom de plume) that didn't hold us back one bit -- THANKS to the help of the other participants.


Room capacity = 100
Like last night, we'll continue with the format of having 5-6 mics open at once for more immediate feedback. If you don't have a headset, please view using GoToWebinar, but call in using your phone to hear and speak.

Sat, Sun, Mon and Tues
16, 17, 18 and 19 July 2011
10pm Eastern US
9pm Central US
8pm Mountain US
7pm Pacific US


When registering, GoToWebinar permits clicking to view the time zone for your part of the world.  Alternately use www.timeanddate.com to make your calculations.

REMEMBER, the room fills up at 100, although GoToWEbinar permits higher registration numbers, so the early arrivals will be able to "get in the door."

THANKS for being part of the exciting roll-out of this new technology.

Register now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/251582856

Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration with information you need to join the Webinar.


System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Google+ Workshop webinar TONIGHT through Tuesday

DearREADERS,
Join with other Google+ users to share tips and tricks you've discovered as we go through this "early adopters of G+" learning curve. Come with your new discoveries, and be willing to share. DearMYRTLE will host this, but anticipates sharing the presentation view and mic with other attendees. Myrt will summarize our findings in her blog to help those who join Google+ later.

Room capacity = 100
5-6 mics will be open at once for more immediate feedback.
If you don't have a headset, please view using GoToWebinar, but call in using your phone to hear and speak.

Sat, Sun, Mon and Tues
16, 17, 18 and 19 July 2011
10pm Eastern US
9pm Central US
8pm Mountain US
7pm Pacific US


When registering, GoToWebinar permits clicking to view the time zone for your part of the world.  Alternately use www.timeanddate.com to make your calculations.

REMEMBER, the room fills up at 100, although GoToWEbinar permits higher registration numbers, so the early arrivals will be able to "get in the door."

THANKS for being part of the exciting roll-out of this new technology.

This Webinar is held every weekday, from:
Jul 18, 2011 to Jul 19, 2011 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM MDT

Register now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/251582856

Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration with information you need to join the Webinar.


System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.

Friday, July 15, 2011

GeneaSong Challenge: If I only had a clue

DearREADERS,
This parody was first sung at the Manasota PAF Users Group, back in 1998, where it wasn't just about PAF. Our creative group was into sharing, and I merely had the joy of coordinating our learning efforts. I'll share this song TONIGHT as guest host of the GeneaBloggers Radio show audience. Click here to find out how to log in, listen and chat.
Ol' Myrt here is hereby challenging Geneabloggers BlogTalk Radio's usual host, Thomas MacEntee, to a GeneaSong Challenge. The rules are simple: Each participant must come up with a GeneaSong, and be willing to share it on GeneaBloggers BlogTalk Radio show. I just know Thomas, the Genealogy Ninja is up to the challenge, as we have heard him sing during previous broadcasts.

Here's Ol' Myrt's entry into the contest. (Fortunately I won't be judged on my costume or stage presence!) Let's just hope Piers Morgan isn't listening in tonight.

 My apologies to the Wizard of Oz Folks…

IF I ONLY HAD A CLUE…
By DearMYRTLE, Your friend in genealogy.
http://blog.DearMYRTLE.com
© 1998, 2011 All Rights Reserved

I could while away the hours
Consulting with some web sites
Of family history fame

I could save the data to my disc
And share it my Uncle Fritz
If I only had a clue!

There’s my mother’s second cousin
Our e-mails would be buzzing
If I could understand

How to trace things back to Adam
Or at least beyond my Gramma
If I only had a clue!

OH WHY, just tell me why
The internet is popular with some
I can’t find a thing perhaps because
I am all THUMBS….
And haven’t begun.

I’d be absolutely grateful
When tackling the plateful
Of family history sites

If you’d be so very gentle
When discussing things potential
So I’d surely get a clue!

Though I wrote this parody 13 years ago, it seems the challenges of learning new technology seem just are the same. Dealing with GEDCOM data import issues and choosing Google Plus over Facebook have hit us just this past week. Gosh with Google Hangouts becoming the norm, I'll have to put on my makeup just to look presentable to my peeps. (I never did favor video phones back in 1998 when I first heard about them.) Who knows what the next 13 years will bring?!!

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE, 
Your friend in genealogy.

Don't Forget: GeneaBloggers Radio TONIGHT

DearREADERS,
Be sure to join me tonight for the 2-hour GeneaBloggers Radio show tonight! Did I remember to say the show is TONIGHT? 

This is the link to the show notes page, with my bios of my guests:

Call In Number: +1 213 286 6709


Friday, July 15, 2011

10pm-12:00am Eastern US

9-11:00pm Central US

8-10:00pm Mountain US

7-9:00pm Pacific US
See also international listeners, see the Time Zone Converter

Join us for another episode of GeneaBloggers Radio on Friday, July 15, 2011 starting at 10pm Eastern, 9pm Central, 8pm Mountain and 7pm Pacific with guest hostess DearMYRTLE. This week we’ll be discussing Cool Ideas for Involving Youth in Genealogy.

Our special guests will include: Drusilla Pair “Professor Dru” of the Find Your Folks blog discussing a youth historical research project she just completed in Newport News, Virginia; Nicka Smith of the Atlas Family blog who has been teaching high school students in Alameda County, California, how to trace their family histories; Jari Honora of Bayou Roots, a college student who will share with us his experience as a young genealogist/family historian who began researching when he was about 10 years of age; and Elyse Doerflinger of Elyse’s Genealogy Blog, who will also share her experience as a young genealogist/family historian.

And, as usual, you never know what other aspects of genealogy and family history will be covered at GeneaBloggers Radio so tune in! GeneaBloggers Radio is about the most fun you can have with your genealogy on a Friday night!
Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Granite Mountain Video - Part 2

DearREADERS,
You'll get a kick out of some of the old black and white film segments contrasting with segments showing how the 21st century digitization of microfilm is accomplished. I like that digital technology is a prefect copy, not a copy of a copy, making it easier for us to view the cryptic handwriting on each image, especially those mentioning my ancestors.




THANKS, FamilySearch for all you do to bring our ancestral documents to light!

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.

Granite Mountain Video - Part 1

DearREADERS,
A good friend asked if I could locate the totally awesome "Granite Mountain Vault" video presented at the National Genealogical Society in 2010. Her copy died with her laptop, though fortunately, we had made a copy of her genealogy data and photos on flash drives when I visited this past May. With a bit of searching, using Google, of course, here is part 1 of 2 posted on YouTube.p,


Thought you'd like to see how FamilySearch preserves the copies of 3.5 billion images of documents mentioning our ancestors, from over 100 countries and representing 170 languages.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.

Having a complete copy of your data elsewhere

DearREADERS,
Yesterday I mentioned my friend who experienced the sad passing of her old laptop. Fortunately we had made copies of her genealogy database and all accompanying photos and scanned images of attached source documents on flash drives when I visited last May. But what if she had added lots of data in the interim? She would have lost all that work without a reliable system for keeping complete copies of her data elsewhere.

ELSEWHERE
With all the earthquake and tsunami struggles we've seen the world over, having a copy of our data at a place other than our homes is all the more urgent. It isn't practical to manually make CDs and send them to distant relatives, when there are reasonable alternatives, using the internet.

MY CHOICE IS DROP BOX
Unlike backup services where data must be "restored", Dropbox is a folder with sub folders that exists on the web in a private area, exactly duplicating (syncing) with every file placed in the Dropbox folder on my computer. I've previously written about how Dropbox actually works.
I especially like that all my data file (genealogy and otherwise) are there at Dropbox.com, readily accessible from ANY computer. When I got my new desktop computer last year in Virginia, I merely downloaded the Dropbox program, and then sat back and watched as the files quickly filed in from my original computer back in Utah.
My only mistake is that I FORGOT to place my June and July Organization Checklists in my Dropbox, and so I cannot access them until I get back to that computer in Virginia. <sigh> OK, so usually, I am pretty good with this technology stuff.

Invite your friends to Dropbox!

For every friend who joins and installs Dropbox, the Dropbox folks give you 500 MB and your friend 250MB of bonus space (up to a limit of 16 GB)!  This means if you use Ol' Myrt Dropbox sign-up link, I'll receive 500MB of addition space, and you'll receive 250 MG of free space on top of your free

Always have your stuff when you need it with @Dropbox.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.

Show notes for Friday's GeneaBloggers BlogTalk Radio Show

DearREADERS,
Once again, Ol' Myrt here will have the pleasure of hosting the *live* GeneaBloggers Radio Friday night as we discuss Cool Ideas for Involving Youth in Genealogy. Since the world of online genealogy is popping with new options, we've expanded this episode to run *2 hours* in length. Be sure to tune in for a quirky musical parody and a challenge from Ol' Myrt to Thomas MacEntee, our usual host, who will be out of town on a speaking assignment. 

WHEN
Friday, July 15, 2011 at  the following US times: 10pm Eastern US, 9pm Central, 8pm Mountain, 7pm Pacific. For our international listeners, see the Time Zone Converter to calculate the broadcast time for your region on the world.

MY GUESTS
Scheduled to appear are Drusilla Pair “Professor Dru” of the Find Your Folks blog discussing a youth historical research project she just completed in Newport News, Virginia; Nicka Smith of the Atlas Family blog who has been teaching high school students in Alameda County, California, how to trace their family histories; Jari Honora of Bayou Roots, a college student who will share with us his experience as a young genealogist/family historian who began researching when he was about 10 years of age; and Elyse Doerflinger of Elyse’s Genealogy Blog, who will also share her experience as a young genealogist/family historian.

BIOS
Drusilla Pair “Professor Dru” of the Find Your Folks Blog is a genealogist, technologist, educator, and lecturer who has been tracing her family history in Virginia and North Carolina since 1994. She is a native of Newport News, VA and is the author of several blogs including Professor Dru’s Blog, www.professordru.com, Find Your Folks, www.findyourfolks.blogspot.com, and Let Freedom Ring, www.freedom150.blogspot.com.  Her most recent genealogy accomplishment is the development and teaching of the Back in the Day, a Faith-Based Institution Historical Research Program for youth in her community. Find Professor Dru’s Blog at http://www.professordru.com. See her work also at the Find Your Folks Blog and at the Let Freedom Ring Blog.

Nicka Smith of the Atlas Family blog just completed a program teaching high school students in Alameda County, CA how to trace their family histories. Nicka is the chair of the Outreach and Education Committee for the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California (AAGSNC) and the lead researcher and family historian for the Atlas family which originated in Lake Providence, East Carroll, Louisiana. Check out these links to learn more about Nicka's work as a professional photographer; her Atlas Family Website and the AtlasFamily.Org Blog in addition to the AncestryReconnection Program Facebook Page

  
Jari Honora of Bayou Roots has been an avid historian and genealogist since age 11, he has given several workshops and presentations to genealogical and historical gatherings. He serves as Assistant Editor of the LA Creole Journal and has contributed to numerous other publications. Jari has worked with the Archdiocese of New Orleans Archives, aiding with post-Katrina cataloging. He has presented on a wide variety of subjects from nineteenth-century colored Creole newspapers and the African-American community at Camp Parapet, Louisiana to the use of sacramental records and the role of the Catholic Church within the colored Creole community. He is a member of the Louisiana Creole Research Association and several other historical/genealogical societies. Contact him via email at jch@creolegen.com and on the web at www.creolegen.com.
 
Elyse Doerflinger of Elyse’s Genealogy Blog  is a young genealogist with specialties in technology, social media, and organization. She is a genealogy speaker in the Southern California area and has written for Internet Genealogy Magazine and Family Chronicle Magazine. Elyse was also a volunteer at Southern California Genealogy Society's Jamboree Kid's Camp in 2009 and 2011. She has even made a few genealogy YouTube videos, in addition to a well-received "getting organized" presentation in Second Life. Find out more about her research and genealogy adventures on her blog, Elyse's Genealogy Blog.

 

HOW TO LISTEN TO GENEABLOGGERS RADIO

GeneaBloggers Blog Talk Radio
So here is how it all works:
  1. Visit the GeneaBloggers page at Blog Talk Radio.
  2. Click on the Upcoming Episode entitled “Cool Ideas for Involving Youth in Genealogy.”
  3. Then you can sign up for updates and reminders.
  4. At 9:00 pm CST on Friday, July 15, 2011, listen in at the Blog Talk Radio website. The player should start automatically – you will need to turn on your computer speakers or use your headphones.
  5. If you want to call in to the show and share your thoughts and comments with the host or guests, the dial-in number is +1 (213) 286-6709. You can also use your Skype account to call in – click here for instructions.
  6. There will also be a chat room on that same page where you can type and interact with other listeners. [Note: you must login with Facebook or have an account at Blog Talk Radio and sign in to access the chat room! Both are free.]

    The hosts often take cues and suggestions from the chat room so don’t be shy!
SPECIAL: You can now find GeneaBloggers Radio archived episodes in the iTunes store! Click here to download episodes for free!

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

CASE STUDY: Ancestry's paid and FamilySearch's open access book images match - WHY?

DearREADERS,
Researching my family tree at Ancestry.com turned up the scanned images of a book Welsh Founders of Pennsylvania by Thomas Allen Glenn. However, the title page clearly labels the book as having been microfilmed 2-4-71 by the Genealogical Society of Utah, an organization now closely associated with FamilySearch. Those stamped and handwritten notations shown in the screen shot below, threw me  for a second. Ol' Myrt here wondered if I had clicked something different in my iPad and had inadvertently switched from Ancestry.com to FamilySearch.org. But I had not.


QUESTION: Is this a FamilySearch microfilm showing up on Ancestry.com as an Ancestry.com digital collection? Apparently yes.

As soon as I located the Ancestry.com presentation of Welsh Founders of Pennsylvania scanned book collection on my desktop computer, I took the following screen shot, adding red arrows to the title page showing those stamped and handwritten notations.

Image 1 - From Ancestry.com website.



A quick check of the FamilySearch Catalog for microfilm #496948 (corresponding to the same number found on the title page above) does indeed show the book is one of four items on the microfilm. Here is the screen shot from the FamilySearch Catalog:


Image 2 - From FamilySearch.org website.




In fact  "Welsh founders of Pennsylvania" is listed as available in "Digital Images" format. Two clicks later, Ol' Myrt found herself at the open access (freely available) and fully searchable Brigham Young University's Family History Archives presentation of the book. Note the title page of the book from the BYU website (shown below with green arrows) bears the same peculiar Genealogical Society of Utah stamps and handwritten notations found in the Ancestry.com presentation of the book's digital images (shown above.)

Image 3 - From BYU's Family History Archives website.


HAS ANCESTRY DONE IT AGAIN?
Here's a synopsis of my immediate reaction and thought process:
  • Certainly not. 
  • I cannot believe my eyes.
  • Certainly Ancestry.com hasn't taken free content and presented it as their own once again? 
  • I guess they OCR'd it (Optical Character Recognition)
  • Perhaps you've got it all wrong, Myrt, go back to Ancestry.com and check the source citation information.
So I went back to Ancestry.com and did check for a reference to the BYU collection. Nope, there is no reference to this book being in the Brigham Young University Collection. There is no mention of a partnership or agreement with FamilySearch back in 2005 when Ancestry.com apparently added this collection. The "Source" of the scanned images at Ancestry is described on the site as:


Ancestry.com. Welsh founders of Pennsylvania [database on-line]. Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: Glenn, Thomas Allen,. Welsh founders of Pennsylvania. Oxford: Fox, Jones and Co., 1911-1913.

Image 4 - from the Ancestry.com website.


ATTEMPTS TO FIND OUT MORE
 Has Ancestry somehow captured the free digital images of the Welsh Founders of Pennsylvania book and placed them behind the membership wall at Ancestry.com? [That "learn more" button merely divides out the various chapters in of the book for ease of navigation.]

I logged out of Ancestry.com and attempted to view the book collection as a non-subscriber to see if it was available for free. Unfortunately that wasn't possible. I was was given the "Explore the record match you just found -- and much more -- FREE for 14 days by choosing a 14-day free trial membership" screen. Not good! It would appear that indeed this free digital image collection found through FamilySearch and located at Brigham Young University is also part of the "members only" Ancestry.com website. Oh no! Say it ain't so!



Next I went to Google Books and located a free copy of the Welsh Founders of Pennsylvania book here. The title page in this copy is free of any Genealogical Society of Utah stamps or handwritten notations.


I don't know what to make of this, but clearly:
  • There are Genealogical Society of Utah / FamilySearch digital images of Welsh Founders of Pennsylvania available for free at the Brigham Young University Family History Archives website. This is logical, since they are associated organizations.
  • Ancestry.com is presenting digital images of Welsh Founders of Pennsylvania with the same title page, bearing the same distinctive stamps and peculiarly handwritten Genealogical Society of Utah notations behind it's members-only wall, calling itself the source of the data, though listing the original author and title.
  • It is true that the book itself is out of copyright, since it was published in 1911. 
ONE POSSIBILITY
Years ago, perhaps in the 1990s, I received copies of several old books from the Family History Library that had been cut from their spine to facilitate the microfilming process. But clearly this book was microfilmed in 1971, and I doubt the FHLibrary kept copies for ten years or more before moving them out after microfilming.


QUESTIONS REMAIN
  • Does Ancestry.com have an agreement with FamilySearch to present Welsh Founders of Pennsylvania images on the Ancestry.com website in the subscribers-only portion of the site? 
  • If so, why doesn't Ancestry.com credit FamilySearch for the creation of the digital images?
  • How were the images acquired if Ancestry.com doesn't have an agreement to present Welsh Founders of Pennsylvania images on the Ancestry.com website? Were the digital images of the out-of-copyright book made from the FamilySearch microfilm?
  • Why is the Ancestry.com source citation so woefully inadequate? If there is a partnership, Ancestry.com should give FamilySearch at least a nod by stating "though a partnership with" or something like that.


I am not signing off with "Happy family tree climbing" today because I am concerned. I'll bet FamilySearch won't pursue this issue as they are generally non-combative. How on earth is a researcher to keep up? No wonder we need 900+ pages of evidence and citation examples by Elizabeth Shown Mills to keep track of all this. In this case, we are viewing images of an out-of-copyright book presented on our website of choice. I'd prefer to point my readers to the BYU website, since it provides free access to the images Welsh Founders of Pennsylvania images, and Ancestry.com requires a fee for the same images.


I'm stepping away from my desk now to work in my real-world vegetable garden. I've given up on Farmville as my crops there tend to wilt all to soon.


Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.