Jan 27, 2008
This week’s news items include: James LeVoy
Sorenson, renowned medical device inventor, entrepreneur, and
philanthropist died on 20 January 2008 at 86 – his companies list
includes the non-profit Sorenson Molecular
Genealogy Foundation which provides DNA testing; Genealogical.com
has launched a new blog at http://GenealogyandFamilyHistory.com;
a wiki is available for users of FamilySearch and the LDS Family
History Centers, at http://www.familysearchwiki.org.
The Guys respond to listener e-mail, including: genealogy software questions about DNA information and the GEDCOM 5.5 format standard; a site for sharing serialized family history information, with a sample at http://wwar1.blogspot.com; a suggestion to visit the extensive Genealogy and Family History Links Library at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~genealogylinks/; Bryan Mawer’s Sugar Refiners and Sugarbakers website at http://home.clara.net/mawer/intro.html about the sugar industry, primarily in the UK (16th-20th centuries); and a question about when ships’ crew were included on manifests (and other forms), including information about INS requirements – at http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/maritime/great-lakes-crew-lists.html.
Drew and George discuss the explosion of
social networking sites for genealogists and some of the issues
regarding choosing one or more to use. The list includes: Geni.com
ItsOurTree.com (http://www.itsourtree.com/ and
available in multiple languages), Amiglia.com (http://www.amiglia.com),
Kindo.com (http://kindo.com/), and TreeX.com
include KinCafe (http://www.kincafe.com/), FamilyLink
formerly WorldVitalRecords.com), OurStory.com (http://www.ourstory.com/),
WeRelate (http://www.werelate.org), and Famiva
Drew has revived his personal blog with a new name, Internet domain, and a new look. The blog, called Rootsmithing, can be found at http://rootsmithing.com.