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Review: Family Trees by François Weil

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Weil, François. Family Trees: A History of Genealogy in America. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press. 2013. ISBN 9780674045835.

Family Trees begins by detailing the basis for keeping many of the records that our ancestors kept. He goes on from there to detail the large pictures over the next several hundred years of genealogical research. Weil goes into some detail to discuss how the people and the methods they use are changing over time.

The book is well organized. He weaves each major section of the book together expertly and places each major player in their respective time lines: the record keepers, fraudsters, and reformers all have their places.

The discussion toward the end of the last chapter is especially pertinent today as it deals with the democratization and commercialization of genealogy and family history research. Weil details the industry and its effect on genealogists.

Written by N. P. Maling

26 September 2013 at 11:11

Sunday’s Obituary: Albert W. Worthen, Portland, Oregon

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ALBERT W. WORTHEN

Funeral services for Albert W. Worthen of Los Angeles, former Portland resident, who died on his way to visit relatives here, will be held Saturday at 2:30 P.M. in the Holman & Lutz Colonial mortuary. Rev. Paul G. Dickey of Parkrose Community church will officiate. Commitment will be private at the Portland crematorium.

Worthen’s death occurred in a tourist camp in Arcata, Cal. He had been head of the personnel department of Douglas Aircraft company the past three years in Los Angeles. Between 1912 and 1917 he was assistant claim agent for the Portland Electric Power company in Portland.

Surviving him are his brother, E. H. Worthen, and three sisters, Mrs. Hazel Walker, Mrs. Etta Kruger and Mrs. Myrtle Harrer.

The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), 8 September 1945, page 7.

The Oregonian, 8 September 1945, page 7.

The Oregonian, 8 September 1945, page 7.

Written by N. P. Maling

22 September 2013 at 00:01

Sunday’s Obituary: J. Walter Williams, Portland, Oregon

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J. WALTER WILLIAMS

James Walter Williams, 53, of 9234 S. W. 31st avenue, died early Friday at a Portland hospital after a few days’ illness. He had been an employe of Western Union since 1916, the year he came to Oregon, where his work was that of a Morse operator. For several years he had been stationed as operator for Western Union in the newsroom of The Oregonian.

He was born September 5, 1891, in Delavan, Wis. Surviving him are the widow, Mrs. Minnie Williams; a son, PFC Gerald L. Williams, 22, with the 313th engineers, 88th division of the army in Italy, and a daughter, Beverly Ann, 6. The son at present is home on furlough.

Funeral arrangements are in charge of J. P. Finley & Son, the time still to be set.

The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), 8 September 1945, page 7.

 

The Oregonian, 8 September 1945, page 7

The Oregonian, 8 September 1945, page 7

Written by N. P. Maling

15 September 2013 at 00:01

Physical version of the Genealogical Data Model

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I just posted my interpretation of the GDM on Google’s Code Hosting platform. It is a SQL script to create an empty database. It’s primary purpose is to elicit comments and perhaps criticism from others prior to finalizing the layout of the database and beginning programming on it.

NPM

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7 March 2013 at 11:20

An Introduction to GeneaLogicNG

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I’ve posted a simple vision and scope document to Google Code Hosting for public review. If you are interested, you can find it through the link.

GeneaLogicNG is in the analysis and design stage at the moment so there is no code to be downloaded. I do plan to post some of the SQL materials that I’ve got, sometime soon. I’ll let you know when that happens.

NPM

 

 

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28 February 2013 at 11:11

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What I’ve been up to

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After a hiatus of almost four months, I’m contemplating writing here again. Maybe a couple more months of break? Hmmm.

In the meantime I’ve been working on an off-line project called GenealogicNG, a replacement for my current genealogy program. It is being written in Java so will work on all the major platforms (Windows, Macintosh, Linux). It’s an interesting exercise for someone who isn’t really a programmer. :-)

NPM

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26 January 2013 at 11:30

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2012 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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31 December 2012 at 13:24

Posted in Genealogy