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Weekly Chat: using 'born digital' databases and index-only databases | week of 18 Nov 2016

Let's talk about the challenges of using online databases that don't have any images attached. two new sites which are a huge boon for those of us studying family history in England, Wales, and the ...
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Weekly Topic challenge: correlating military service records with other sources?

In honor of Remembrance Day / Armistice Day / Veterans Day -- This topic challenge is about taking clues found in military records and following them up in other records, and / or using identifiers ...
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Answering off-topic and/or bad questions — what is our stance and recommendation for how to handle?

I've recently observed an off-topic question (maybe -- the jury is still out) being answered and the answer accepted or up-voted; I've seen the same happen with 'bad' questions that ought to be ...
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How are we using geographic tags?

This topic was brought up right at the start of beta: Applying geographic tags to questions? But I think it is worth revisiting, as there seems little consistency these days when it comes to ...
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Would some industry tags be useful?

Seeing Records of miners in the California Gold Rush? this morning, and having personally asked several mining industry questions, got me thinking that the occupation tag might sometimes be well ...
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Weekly Chat: Turning the model upside down | week of 29 July 2016

Inspired by a post from The Ancestry Insider: Turning the Model Upside Down, who was reporting on Steve Rockwood's keynote address given at the 2016 BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy. ...
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Weekly Chat: DNA Research — the Good, The Bad, The Ugly | week of 15 July 2016

If you could design the ideal genealogical DNA-testing and match-analying service, what would it be? What features are great, which not-so-good, which are really ugly? Explain your "If I were master ...
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Weekly Chat / Challenge: Have you reviewed your research lately?

For this week's chat, a challenge: Have you reviewed your prior research lately? What about your questions and answers here on G&FH.SE -- have you learned about new resources that have come ...
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Problems with citing profiles from collaborative trees and other non-static websites?

What can we do to improve questions which include references to trees on other websites, especially sites that have large collaborative trees like FamilySearch and Geni.com? I would like to see any ...
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Should we reduce the 100 year privacy rule to something a bit more flexible?

Should we reduce our privacy rule from a firm 100 year rule to something a little bit more flexible without becoming too complex to manage (such as maybe a 75 year rule)? Any if so to how would you ...
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What makes a question (and its answers) worth sharing?

This is a spinoff from Brainstorming solutions to grow this site?. From the Stack Overflow blog A Recipe to Promote Your Site: Encourage your community to share links to outstanding questions and ...
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Will MyHeritage Q&A impact GF&H SE's plans to expand?

James Tanner posted: MyHeritage Creates New Community-Powered Question and Answer Hub The new MyHeritage Community is at: https://www.myheritage.com/community Will the new MyHeritage Q&A impact ...
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Brainstorming solutions to grow this site?

The site is now approaching four years into beta. However, over the past year or two there has been little, if any, improvement in the number of questions per day and the number of active users. I'm ...
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Processing brief generic questions?

This comes out of a comment on an answer to Researching Cohen de Murcia in Spain? When a brief generic question like the one linked above is asked, how could it be processed?
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Weekly Chat: | What I learned at the 2016 SCGS Genealogy Jamboree | week of 10 Jun 2016

Each June, the Southern California Genealogical Society holds their annual conference, the Genealogy Jamboree. This year's Jamboree is from 3 to 5 June. Some sessions are streamed live and are ...
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Cleaning up the DNA tags

Seeing an influx of DNA questions recently (by influx I mean 1 question a day as opposed to the usual 0), I thought it might be worth cleaning up the DNA tags a bit. We have: dna mitochondrial-dna ...
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Weekly Chat: Finding hidden records | week of 20 May 2016

Our weekly chat and topic challenge this week is to explore how we can find records in unexpected places. For instance -- if you can't find someone's marriage in BMDs or vital records, there may be ...
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Weekly Chat: Organizing your DNA research | week of 13 May 2016

AncestryDNA changed the algorithm that they use to show matches recently (see AncestryDNA’s Cutting-Edge Science Gets Even Sharper posted by Ancestry Team on May 2, 2016, tagged AncestryDNA, on the ...
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Steering questions away from unproductive approaches?

I'd like to have something on the site we can point people to when they make basic beginner mistakes, along the lines of F. Warren Bittner's lecture "Ten Genealogical Lessons I Learned the Hard Way". ...
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Refining “I'm stuck” posts from newbies?

Prompted by this question on the main site: Resources for researching family from Greene County, Tennessee? As I write this, our only edits have been adding tags and editing the title. However, to ...
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Proving hypotheses to level of Genealogical Proof and similar standards?

As I understand it, the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) is the backbone of Genealogy today, and yet it has not been mentioned in a question asked here for over three years, and only in 20 questions ...
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“Research” tag: define usage guidance or remove?

I know that this has been brought up before (see some previous questions at the bottom of this post), but as far as I can tell there has not been a question devoted specifically to this tag. It would ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 25 December 2015 | New Genealogy Toys?

Did you discover new websites, get new software or hardware, a new subscription or new records, or receive new DNA test results? Come chat about what's new in the Conference Room -- ask questions, ...
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Questions about the New Ancestry transition?

We have a question Getting Ancestry.com to show "view relationship to me" on profiles? about a problem which was caused by the transition from what is called "Classic" Ancestry to "New ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 18 December 2015 | Location, Location, Location

Place names and boundaries change over time, but our genealogy software often encourages us to standardize on a particular set of place names. But knowing the historical jurisdictions of the time can ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 11 December 2015 | Data migration and transitioning to new genealogy software

This week Ancestry.com announced that its desktop software Family Tree Maker will no longer be sold as of 31 December 2015, and that support will end after a year (1 January 2017). Let's talk about ...
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Do we want hats? Announcing the 2015 Winter Bash!

Yes, it's that time of year again! Half the world bundles up with cocoa and candy canes for the season and the other half surfs the waves with Santa. Meanwhile, here at Genealogy.SE, we have the ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 27 November 2015 | Searching Ancestry: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Following up on last week's chat topic New Ancestry: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, let's talk about the main areas of the site. Some of the new record collections, like the recently-added collections ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 20 November 2015 | New Ancestry: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Earlier this year, Ancestry introduced "New Ancestry" as a beta. Now they have announced that the new look-and-feel will become permanent on 14 (Australia) and 15 (United States) December. Have you ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 13 November 2015 | Finding and analyzing military records

Remembrance Day / Veterans' Day was this week. Did you find any new information about the service members in your family? Do you need help finding or interpreting something in their records? Come ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 6 November 2015 | Workshop on searching the 1939 Register

Let's chat about the hot topic of the month: the release of the long-awaited 1939 Register. Share your search tips and triangulation strategies -- and if you've unlocked any of the records, talk ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 30 October 2015 | Tales from the graveyard

Do you have a story to tell about tracking down the final resting place of your family members? Come chat with us and talk about what finds you've made (and the misadventures you may have had while ...
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Even more tag cleanup: burials and cemeteries

As I was writing up the Topic Challenge for this week, I noticed that we currently have these tags relating to burials and cemeteries: burial has 9 questions and no usage guidance burial-records has ...
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Topic challenge: Making effective use of burial and cemetery records

For Halloween / The Day of the Dead, let's focus on cemetery records. If you've found them to be helpful in your research, post a self-answered question and show everyone what you discovered. If you'...
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Better defining the palaeography, transcriptions, translation, language(?) tags?

I've noticed there does not seem to be a whole lot of consistency with the palaeography, translation, and transcriptions tags. I think they all have their place, but their use is not yet well defined....
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Genealogy Chat week of 23 October 2015 | Using archives and libraries for your family history research

Have you tried searching for your focus person by name, and come up empty? You've hit all your usual haunts, and don't know what do to next? A wealth of material is waiting for the researcher who ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 16 October 2015 | Getting a clue — mining documents for pointers to other research

As a follow-up to FamilySearch's United States Research Seminar which concluded today, our topic this week picks up from the final lecture, "Some People Really Need to Get a Clue! Document Analyzation ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 9 Oct 2015 | Getting the most out of Electoral Registers

Electoral Registers -- lists of voters -- can be a fantastic resource for filling in gaps in your family's timeline. But they can be a challenge to find and to work with. How do you find them? ...
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Dealing with broad questions that ask for “any information about <person/family/etc>”?

Yesterday I asked Should questions that ask for "any information about family/person/etc" be off-topic? and a quick and comprehensive answer of "No" from @ColeValleyGirl (and a little prompt ...
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Should questions that ask for “any information about family/person/etc” be off-topic?

Currently, our help page on What topics can I ask about here? includes these dot points: and it is not about: - Locating identifiable living individuals - Which genealogy software or website is “...
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Which tag(s) from immigration, emigration and migration do we need?

In the Genealogy Conference Room @vervet pointed out that: As a side note, I noticed the other day when editing a question that there are tags for immigration, emigration, and migration. It's ...
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Topic challenge: Need help with discovering Migration Patterns?

One of the ways we create brick walls for ourselves is by assuming that our people stayed in the same place for their entire lives. If a family suddenly disappears from their community - where did ...
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Why might intended Canonical Q&A on Relationship Mapping have net downvote?

Today we had another relationship-mapping question: How are people who descend from same person related? I went to make it a duplicate of the Community Wiki Q&A (Seeking English term for ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 18 Sep 2015 | Keeping up with the Joneses

How do you keep up with the new record releases from your favorite websites? And how do you incorporate the 'new' collections into your research plans? Share your tips and techniques. The chat will ...
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Weekly Topic Challenge: Finding and using Probate records

It has been a while since we had a Topic Challenge. Let's ask questions -- or share our prior work with self-answered questions -- about probate records. How can you find them? What pointers can ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 14 Aug 2015 | The Genealogical Proof Standard: a soundly reasoned, coherently written conclusion

In Genealogy Chat 12th July 2014 | Working to the Genealogical Proof Standard, ColeValleyGirl asked: What is the Genealogical Proof Standard? Why does it matter? Is it applicable outside the US, ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 7 Aug 2015 | The Genealogical Proof Standard: resolution of any conflicting evidence

In Genealogy Chat 12th July 2014 | Working to the Genealogical Proof Standard, ColeValleyGirl asked: What is the Genealogical Proof Standard? Why does it matter? Is it applicable outside the US, ...
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Style Sheet proposal: Consider sharing, previews when writing question titles

I would like to propose that we tighten up our question titles where possible. I know I've written some long, rambling titles, and I'm trying to go back and shorten them. It's not easy for me, but I ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 24th July 2015 | The Genealogical Proof Standard: source citations

In Genealogy Chat 12th July 2014 | Working to the Genealogical Proof Standard, ColeValleyGirl asked: What is the Genealogical Proof Standard? Why does it matter? Is it applicable outside the US, ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 17th July 2015 | The Genealogical Proof Standard: a reasonably exhaustive search

In Genealogy Chat 12th July 2014 | Working to the Genealogical Proof Standard, ColeValleyGirl asked: What is the Genealogical Proof Standard? Why does it matter? Is it applicable outside the US, ...

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