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Technology Tip: Google Goggles

Today I learned about new technology which will change the way we "Google". For years, to search for something on the Internet, we used a search engine, typed in our phrase, and were shown a list of search results. Google is once again revolutionizing the way we find things.

With Google Goggles, there is no need to type your search anymore. Just take a picture, and Google will tell you about it. For example, using Google Goggles, if you take a picture of a famous landmark, Google analyzes it and then displays information about that landmark. They say it works well for landmarks, covers of books, business cards, artwork, places, logos and more.

The more I think about this, the more excited I get about its genealogical implications. Say you have a picture of an unidentified ancestor. Would Google Goggles be able to tell me who it is, where they lived, and who their parents are? Probably not now. But future development could very well lead to this.

I took hundreds of pictures of buildings and landmarks on our last Legacy Genealogy Cruise. At the time the buildings meant something to me, but looking at all of the pictures today, I do not remember their significance. Using Google Goggles, Google could probably tell much about these pictures.

Still in its infancy, Google Goggles is currently only available via the Android cell phone. Those with an Android can take pictures and Google Goggles will tell you about it. I hope that in the future I can simply choose a picture from my computer and put Google Goggles to work.

To learn more about Google Goggles, click here.


How to best prepare for Legacy 7.5 and the FamilySearch interface - Post #3

This article is the third in a series of articles which will help you prepare your family file for better use with the upcoming Legacy 7.5 and its interface with FamilySearch. Even if you do not plan on synchronizing your data with FamilySearch, these articles will provide valuable insights on cleaning up and standardizing your data. Click here for the first article. Click here for the second article.

Goal: Reduce duplication

One of FamilySearch's goals is to help reduce duplication both in original research and in LDS ordinance submissions. Its new software at http://new.familysearch.org incorporates tools to check for duplicates. Clicking on the new Possible Duplicates tab checks to see if the current individual is listed elsewhere in their databases. The user then has the choice to combine any duplicates.

Before working with new FamilySearch

When Legacy 7.5 is available, users will be able to backup, search and optionally synchronize their Legacy family file with information at FamilySearch. The benefits are numerous, but the information at FamilySearch is only as good as the information that is submitted by the researcher. Therefore, treat the information online as a good starting point and as a means of collaborating with other researchers.

Therefore, before working with FamilySearch, cleaning up and standardizing your Legacy family file is important. Searching your family file for duplicate individuals is an important part of maintaining a well-kept family file. You may have duplicate individuals in your family file for many reasons. Using Legacy's Merge tool, you can easily identify and combine duplicates. Here's how....

1) With your family file open, go to Tools > Merge > Find Duplicates.

Merge1 

2)   It's a great idea to make a backup of your family file before merging. After clicking on the Backup button, come back to this screen and click Continue:

Merge2 

3)   Now you see the Merge Options screen. Most of the time, just leave everything the way it is and click on the Continue button. If you just want to see a report of potential duplicates, click on the Print button.

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4)  Below is the Merge screen. At the far bottom left it shows the number of sets of potential duplicates and which number you are currently viewing. In this case, there are four sets of potential duplicates, and we are viewing the first set.

Now, compare the person on the left with the person on the right. The top part of the screen shows the basic information about each person. The bottom half of the screen shows any differences between the two. In this example, the left person's given name is Asa Clark and the right person's given name is Asa. Using the radio buttons, you can select one or the other, but I usually opt to keep both. To keep both, just click on the small black box to the left of the Given Name label where I can choose to copy the right person's name to the notes or to an alternate name field.

If you decide that the two individuals are the same, click on the Merge Right Individual into Left Individual button. Legacy then displays the next set of potential duplicates.

If, after comparing the two, you decide that they are NOT the same person, click on the small button in the lower right with the crossed-out circle. This will add this set to the Not Duplicates List, and they will not appear in future Match/Merge sessions.

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If you need to pause your merge session because you need to sleep or eat (don't those two things always get in the way of our genealogy time?) just click on the Close button. Legacy will save your place in the merge session. The next time you start Legacy, it will ask you if you want to continue merging.

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Now that your family file's duplicates are cleaned up, you are better prepared to work with FamilySearch or any other database.


You know you are living in the year 2009 when...

Technology I'm not in charge of holiday decorations at my home, but yesterday I thought I'd surprise my wife. I found a 9-foot string of pre-lit garland and I knew just the spot for it. After the cashier scanned the garland, she asked, "would you like to purchase a 2-year warranty?" I declined, but smiled as I thought to myself, "a warranty for garland! Only in the 21st century...."

A few years back my mom forwarded me this email entitled "You know you are living in the year 2003 when..." I thought you'd all enjoy this.

  1. Your reason for not staying in touch with family is because they do not have e-mail.
  2. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.
  3. Your grandmother asks you to send her a JPEG file of your newborn so she can create a screen saver.
  4. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home.
  5. Every commercial on television has a web site address at the bottom of the screen.
  6. You buy a computer and 2 months later it's out of date and sells for half the price you paid.
  7. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go get it.
  8. Using real money, instead of credit or debit card, to make a purchase would be a hassle and take planning.
  9. You just tried to enter your password on the microwave.
  10. You consider second-day air delivery painfully slow.
  11. Your dining room table is now your flat filing cabinet.
  12. Your idea of being organized is multiple-colored Post-it notes.
  13. You hear most of your jokes via e-mail instead of in person.
  14. You get an extra phone line so you can get phone calls.
  15. You disconnect from the Internet and get this awful feeling, as if you just pulled the plug on a loved one.
  16. You get up in the morning and go online before getting your coffee.
  17. You wake up at 2 AM to go to the bathroom and check your E-mail on your way back to bed.
  18. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. :)
  19. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.
  20. Even worse; you know exactly who you are going to forward this to...

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Legacysanta Just in time for the holidays - all Legacy Family Tree 7.0 software is $10 off until December 31, 2009.

Aren't the holidays great? I really like giving fun gifts to loved ones. We appreciate all of our Legacy users so much and we thank each of you for all of your support over the years. We would like to offer each of you a gift that we think your family and friends will really enjoy.

Through December 31st, we are offering four great ways to save:

  1. Save $10 off any new Legacy 7.0 software purchase for yourself.
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