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News and Information 21 May 2011 01:20 #30

I recently subscribed to findmypast.co.uk and have been very impressed with it as a complementary site to ancestry.co.uk. They have very good quality UK data and their searches work slightly differently, and their data is not just a copy of ancestry.co.uk but has been re-entered, so where you get mistakes on one site the other may have the correct transcription which enables the data to be found. Their search software for marriages on the BMD indexes is excellent - it attempts to find the "other person" in the marriage - something ancestry.co.uk doesn't do. I find it an easier site to use than ancestry as well. However, ancestry has the advantage of having a lot more data at this stage, especially when it comes to family trees submitted by subscribers. I find this very useful for when I am stuck - I look to see if anyone else has done work on this tree. Although there are many mistakes in these family trees, they can be very helpful. I have made some excellent contacts with very good genealogists via this facility and we have done a lot to help each other.

I have been told by findmypast.co.uk that in the next couple of months they will have a major upgrade of their family tree software - the one that allows users to upload their family tree via GEDCOM and display/maintain that tree. This is then available to be viewed for free by other people (not just findmypast subscribers).

I want to use TMG on my PC to maintain my data, but I would like to upload ("publish") the data in something like ancestry.co.uk or findmypast.co.uk as a means of making it available to others. There is a long way to go for ancestry or findmypast to be able to take the TMG data and correctly display it. The GEDCOM transfer works well for the basic data (names, birth, marriage, death dates, etc) but does not handle well things like anecdotes, citations, occupations, residences, etc. I hope they are working at improving it.
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News and Information 21 May 2011 02:41 #33

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Geoff,

It sounds like findmypast is getting better. I think that you will find that uploading your data to Ancestry or Findmypast has benefits for finding connections with other reseachers but is a bit limited for allowing others (particularly non ancestry subscribers) to view your data.

Have a squiz at the example sites on John Cardinal's Second Site page www.johncardinal.com/ss/index.htm and also at the link to Family History Hosting on the same page.
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News and Information 07 Oct 2011 20:41 #92

Has anybody heard any news about when TMG version 8 becomes available? The beta test version was months ago.

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Geoff
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News and Information 07 Oct 2011 20:56 #93

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Geoff

Frustration all round I think. Nothing much more has been posted on the Whollygenes site since they released the beta version for wider testing some time ago.

I can only assume that they thought they were close and have since run into some issues that have been difficult to resolve.
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News and Information 29 Oct 2011 03:05 #116

Just want to report that I have done a GEDCOM extract of my TMG data and loaded it up on the Rootsweb site and I am very, very impressed at how accurately the data has been interpreted and displayed on the web site - much better that ancestry.com or findmypast.co.uk. It displays my tags: wills, residences, occupations, etc with memo fields retained plus full citations - all very clearly laid out.
If you are looking for a public repository for your data then this is the best I have found so far (although I don't claim to be an expert).
It is also very easy to navigate around the data via pedigree charts, decendency charts, etc.

See you all on Saturday.

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Geoff
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News and Information 21 Aug 2015 08:28 #1179

For anyone interested, I am giving a talk on my book "Barber alias Nynne" at the WAGS mix n mingle on Tuesday 13 October at 7pm.
Details at:

membership.wags.org.au/membership-mainme.../1217-mix-and-mingle

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Geoff
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News and Information 22 Aug 2015 12:37 #1181

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That should be an interesting talk! My apologies that I can't attend but hope you have a great evening. :cheer:
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News and Information 09 Dec 2015 08:39 #1245

Just heard that Ancestry is going to retire the Family Tree Maker software and will not be selling it beyond 31 Dec 2015.
I should say they saw it as a competitor to their web based services.
Interesting to see how how all this evolves.
Anyone heard of any further developments with RootsMagic and their efforts to absorb TMG data?
Geoff
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