Thursday, April 22, 2010

Rencher & newFamilySearch

Whilst Ol' Myrt here has been speaking and touring up here in Alaska, Randy Seaver and Dick Eastman have been busy interviewing David Rencher concerning next week's NGS National Genealogical Society Conference. See:

Of particular interest in Randy's interview with David is the possibility that "newFamilySearch" will debut for world-wide access. It is a mega-database now only available to members of the LDS Church, in particular to facilitate clearing ancestral names for temple work.

NewFamilySearch provides for the combining of duplicate ancestral entries among the Ancestral File, IGI, and other databases available as separate entities on the current FamilySearch website.

OPINIONS ABOUT newFamilySearch
Ol' Myrt here "newFamilySearch" will be a great resource for the genealogy community to find previously compiled research. It will never replace our individual genealogy databases.

Of course the QUALITY of the "newFamilySearch" compilation will vary from submitter to submitter. It's all in the notes and attached documents -- as indicated by those all-important source citations.

We cannot accept a compiled genealogy without checking the sources to determine if we'd arrive at the same conclusions.

Looking at the compiled source documents in the context of all known surviving record groups for the area will change as:

  • The experience level of the researcher improves.
  • Time marches forward and additional record groups come to light.
I believe "newFamilySearch" is a great idea, but there is no substitute for maintaining my own genealogy database.

Thankfully, there is a variety of genealogy database programs that interface readily with

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

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