Global Online Event to Make It Easier to Find Ancestors : World Indexing days !

(English version-Below)

Du 20 au 22 Octobre 2017 se tiendra un évenement mondial d’envergure organisé par FamilySearch : l’indexation par des milliers de personnes à travers le monde de données généalogiques qui seront ainsi ensuite accessibles pour le plus grand bonheur de nous !

Que vous ayez une heure, cinq ou les deux jours entiers, lancez vous ! Au plus, nous serons à indexer, au plus la base de donnée pourra s’étoffer et nous serons nombreux à en bénéficier.

FamilySearch est surtout à la recherche de non-anglophones ( français, néerlandais, espagnol, portuguais, allemand et j’en passe 🙂 ) , notamment pour

RDV sur FamilySearch pour vous inscrire et vous mettre à la tâche !

Alors, on indexe ? 😉

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« Global Online Event Aims to Make It Easier to Find Ancestors

The FamilySearch Worldwide Indexing Event engages online volunteers to make the historic genealogical records freely and easily searchable online.FamilySearch International announced its Worldwide Indexing Event held October 20 through October 22, 2017. The annual 3-day initiative unites individuals and online communities globally to create awareness and help make billions of historic records freely searchable online by family history seekers. Whether an experienced online volunteer indexer or first timer, interested individuals are invited to participate at FamilySearch.org/indexingevent2017. (Find and easily share this news release online in the FamilySearch Newsroom).

Indexing is the web-based process of entering information from the world’s digitally scanned historical documents into an online database, making them easily searchable online. Familyhistory sleuths around the world can then search these volunteer-indexed records to quickly discover their ancestors. Anyone with a computer and internet connection can help index historic records and offer meaningful community service to those seeking their elusive ancestors.

The 2016 event far surpassed expectations. “From its beginning on Thursday in Southeast Asia and Australia to its conclusion Sunday night in the Pacific, the event attracted a wide range of participants. Volunteers contributed online from home or participated in locally organized events from Zurich, Switzerland, to the Rocky Mountains in the United States,” said Allison Hadley, FamilySearch indexing marketing specialist.

Over 100,000 volunteers indexed more than 10 million historic records during the 2016 event. Hadley explained that every record contains the names and stories of real people—the deceased ancestors of millions of living descendants today—just waiting to be discovered and added to the family tree by their posterity. The 3-day event and continued efforts by volunteers throughout the year create millions of personal ancestry discoveries for others.

Hadley said volunteers with non-English language skills are particularly needed at this time. She said FamilySearch currently has over 200 digital camera teams photographing historic records of our ancestors worldwide from non-English speaking countries. It has created a huge need and opportunity for indexers to make these records freely searchable online. Volunteers can choose from projects of interest from all over the world.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to serve people worldwide,” said Hadley. “Indexing is a fun and engaging way to provide meaningful community service, to get involved in family history and historic records preservation and access.”

The web-based tool and event are available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Polish, Swedish, and Dutch. »

Le programme des ateliers de RootsTech 2018 est connu!

…et le moins qu’on puisse dire est que ca va être extrement difficile de faire un choix !

Entre « Family History 5 minute a day », « Discover your nordic ancestors with MyHeritage », « Dropbox Basics » et Find your family history in US Church Records »,  et « Behind your DNA results », les ateliers se comptent par dizaines, pour tous les niveaux de généalogie et pour tous les goûts. Il va falloir décider et faire un sérieux planning. De manière générale, l’organisation est le maître-mot de la participation à RootsTech.

Le mieux est de faire un équilibre entre sessions consacrées aux nouvelles technologies ( Les logiciels, les pratiques,les techniques…) , aux sujets généalogiques de fond en n’oubliant pas au passage les sessions plenières, la visite des stands de l’expo hall, les différentes démonstrations auxquelles on peut assister , les rencontres avec les amis de longue date et les nouvelles rencontres…et bien évidemment les recherches dans la bibliothèque généalogique la plus grande du monde !

Je vous parlerais bientôt de comment survivre à tout ca sans tomber en catalepsie à la fin du congrès !

Le programme est à consulter sur

http://www.rootstech.org/schedule

FamilySearch’s New Web Tool Makes Ancestry Records Easier to Find!

« FamilySearch International, a leader in historical records preservation, has launched its new web-based indexing tool. Indexing is a technology used to make the world’s historical records freely searchable online for family history research. The new program makes it easier for online volunteers to participate using web-enabled computers, laptops, or tablets, and enables FamilySearch to expedite its online publishing of completed indexes.

New features enable volunteers to work on tablets, modify the layout of their dashboard based on personal preferences, set and track individual goals, and create groups with friends or others interested in working on a common project.

Global nonprofit FamilySearch digitally preserves billions of historical records online to help individuals with their family history research. It has published billions of images of historic records from all over the world online. Researchers can find the record images in FamilySearch’s Catalog or Historic Records Collections online. But searching through billions of images online in search of one’s elusive ancestors is not fun for the average person. They want to type in an ancestor’s name and known context, press Enter, and voilà, see highly matched results from their search query.

« That requires an index, » said Jim Ericson, marketing manager for FamilySearch Indexing. « Until the records are indexed online, they can only be discovered by browsing through often enormous collections of digital images. With a digital index, researchers can locate records in seconds by using a person’s name and other helpful information as search terms. A searchable index saves researchers time and effort by returning search results from the entire collection in a matter of seconds. »

Ericson says the new web-based indexing platform will enable more volunteers to participate worldwide and increase the rate at which FamilySearch can make indexed records accessible online. « It is a straight-forward experience that no longer requires people to download software, » said Ericson.

Using the new tool enables volunteer indexers to help make it possible for millions of people to have personal family history discoveries quickly with just a few keystrokes. Indexing also fuels hints, a new feature on FamilySearch.org that makes finding records even easier by mapping indexed records against a person’s family tree and sharing high probability ancestral matches with them.

The web-based indexing program also has new built-in helps, plus a lab section that allows you to test upcoming product features and enhancements for the new program.

For first-time volunteers, simple training provides step-by-step instructions. To participate, go to FamilySearch.org/indexing, and click the link to web indexing. »

(FamilySearch)

Plus que 7 jours…

….pour bénéficier de la location des microfilms organisée par FamilySearch.

Après cela, il vous faudra compter sur les archives scannées et la patience de voir les microfilms désirés scannés. Il existera encore la possibilité de demander à ce que l’archive désirée obtienne une bonne place sur la liste prioritaire des travaux à scanner, mais il faudra s’armer de beaucoup de…

patience ! 🙂

 

 

FamilySearch Digital Records Access Replacing Microfilm

FamilySearch Digital Records Access Replacing Microfilm

« Salt Lake City, Utah (30 August 2017), Thursday, September 7, 2017, marks the closing of an 80-year era of historic records access to usher in a new, digital model. FamilySearch is discontinuing its microfilm circulation services in concert with its commitment to make billions of the world’s historic records readily accessible digitally online. (See FamilySearch Digital Records Access Replacing Microfilm). As its remaining microfilms are digitized, FamilySearch has provided additional information to users of its historic microfilm program. Find and share this news announcement easily online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

FamilySearch, a global leader in historic records preservation and access, began microfilming historic records in 1938. Advancements in technology have enabled it to be more efficient, making an unbelievable tide of digital images of historic records accessible much quicker online and to a far greater customer base.

FamilySearch released a list of helpful facts and tips to help patrons better navigate the transition from microfilm to digital.

QUICK FACTS AND TIPS

  • Patrons can still order microfilms online until Thursday, September 7, 2017.
  • After film ordering ends, if customers need access to a particular film yet to be digitized, they can express interest to have it added to the priority digitization list by contacting FamilySearch Support (Toll Free: 1-866-406-1830).
  • All of the microfilm rented by patrons in the past 5 years have now been digitized by FamilySearch—over 1.5 million microfilms (ca. 1.5 billion images).
  • The remaining microfilms are being digitally scanned at a rate of 1,000 films per day and are projected to be complete by 2020.
  • New digital images are available as they are scanned in the FamilySearch.org Catalog.
  • Films currently on loan in family history centers and affiliate libraries are automatically granted extended loan status.
  • Affiliate libraries now have access to nearly all of the restricted image collections as family history centers.
  • Visitors to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City will still be able to order needed microfilms to use during their research visits.

HOW TO FIND DIGITAL IMAGES ON FAMILYSEARCH

Digital image collections can be accessed today in 3 places on FamilySearch.org, all under Search.

  • Catalog. Includes a description of all the microfilms and digital images in the FamilySearch collection. This is where all of FamilySearch’s digitized microfilm and new digital images from its global camera operations are being published. A camera icon appears in the Catalog adjacent to a microfilm listing when it is available digitally.
  • Records includes collections that have been indexed by name or published with additional waypoints to help browse the unindexed images.
  • Books include digital copies of books from the Family History Library and other libraries, including many books that were previously copied to microfilm.

For additional help, see Finding Digital Images of Records on FamilySearch.org, or watch this how-to video “Where are the digitized records on FamilySearch?

“FamilySearch is committed to meeting customers’ needs as much as possible during this transition to digital access,” said Diane Loosle, FamilySearch’s Director of Patron Services. “We really appreciate the wonderful feedback we have received since the initial announcement. It is helping us better facilitate customer experiences during this next phase.”

Loosle said FamilySearch’s over 5,000 family history centers will continue to provide access to relevant technology, premium subscription services, and digital records, including restricted content not available at home. Centers have the option to return microfilm that is available online or otherwise not needed. As more images are published online, centers may reevaluate whether to retain microfilm holdings.

See Frequently Asked Questions: Digital Access Replacing Microfilms for more information. »

RootsTech 2017 : Des ancetres, des archives…

et des passionnés. PLEIN de passionés !

Et voilà ! Roots Tech 2017 a éteint ses derniers projecteurs, l’avion a atteri et il est temps de vider sa besace et de faire le bilan de cette édition,riche en émotions et en apprentissages que ce soit par les différentes sessions organisées que par les « grands évenements » en marge du show.

Qu’en retenir ? Comme le souligne Guillaume de Morant ici , la généalogie génétique a le vent en poupe aux USA. Peut-être un peu trop à nos yeux d’Européens? Cela reste à voir. Ce qui est en tout cas avéré c’est que l’ampleur d’une manifestation telle que RootsTech démontre d’un engouement du public américain pour la généalogie, fort loin de faiblir et ce alors que le marché est établi depuis plusieurs années maintenant.

Le show « à l’américaine », rodé à la seconde près et avec des invités de renom plaisant au grand public achève une impression générale extrèmement positive, véhiculeur de messages forts axés sur l’importance de la famille, la transmission inter-générationnelle et le souvenir. Et au fond, pourquoi pas? C’est certes à des années-lumières de la façon de faire de la généalogie en Belgique ou en France par exemple, ou en tout cas jusqu’au début du XXIe siècle mais c’est,je pense, un exemple intéressant à explorer et exploiter.

D’autant que la dite « keynote »  se déroule le matin et qu’il donne le ton d’une journée thématique : la journée dédiée à l’héritage afro-américaine ( avec un moment fort émouvant quand Thom Reed de FamilySearch a donné à l’acteur LeVar Burton des informations sur son histoire familiale :

( c) Mormon Newsroom )

la journée des familles et la généalogie biologique le samedi.

Le hall dévoué aux exposants,plein les trois jours, permet de se familiariser avec les entreprises, leaders du marché ou challengers, tous rivalisant d’imagination pour susciter l’interet des visiteurs.

A noter une belle présence internationale ! ( coucou Famicity, Geneanet, Filae, Into The Past, Museo Del Cognome… ) , une super ambiance au sein de l’équipe « média/reseaux sociaux » ( Et PLEIN de matos ramenés pour des futurs articles et réflexions!) et des chouettes fêtes en marge de ce jours de folies!

A très vite RootsTech!