13 August 2014

Social Disgrace III

The more I see social media's so-called "experts" at work the more I am convinced they are the snake oil salesmen of our generation. They convince unwitting suits that they have the cure for all their company's ills while knowing nothing about the company's products or services. Managing social media is needed for many companies so there must be people competent at it. Unfortunately they don't work for Ancestry.com.
Ancestry.com has a number of knowledgeable genealogists on staff. Unfortunately knowing anything at all about genealogy, the Ancestry.com website or Ancestry's other products is not a requirement for employment in Ancestry's other departments. Sometimes it seems as if Ancestry prefers to hire people who know nothing at all about genealogy. It would be nice, however, if they at least knew something about their field of expertise.

Can you spot the errors? If you found more than I did add them in the comments. My list and much more after the jump.

14 July 2014

Kan u hep me fine my famly?

Usually in genealogy we say that spelling doesn't count. That applies to searches and records created before the advent of Social Security, not to Facebook and message board posts. If you want to be taken seriously, in life not just in the genealogy world, learn to proofread. Spelling, grammar, capitalization (especially of surnames)...it all matters.
This is especially important if you're posting on a page/group/message board where the language used is not one you are fluent in. If you don't use an online translator before you post another user will use one after. They may be able to help you break down a brick wall but if you can't write a coherent post you won't be able to communicate with them.
If you are posting, or reading posts, on Facebook I would recommend not using the Bing translator that automatically appears on some Facebook posts. If there are minor misspellings Google Translate will suggest possibilities. I pasted the title of this post into Google Translate and while it detected the sentence as Norwegian it also asked if I meant, "Can u help me find my family?" Bing, on the other hand, detected English and the translation was the exact same thing I pasted in to be translated. I have also seen the "see translation" option under Facebook comments that were entirely in well written English.
One last tip, no online translator is perfect. If you are going to publish something in another language try to find an actual person to proofread your work. Otherwise you could end up with something like this.

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13 June 2014

Bottomless Pit

Thanks to Claire for the link to this profile! I wanted to thank her right at the top because you may never get to the bottom of this post. Seriously. I think this tree owner has added every event from their entire tree to this one profile.
Some of the more amusing notes are on events that have no date. If you want to skip to those you may want to start at the end of the post and scroll up.
If you see events not in chronological order they are not typos on my part. I think Ancestry's computer just threw up its metaphorical hands in despair. With almost 2000 marriage events who can blame it?
These are the records/sources attached to the profile:
1870 U.S. Federal Census
James Sanford, born abt 1836 in Michigan; living in Lansing, Mower, Minnesota
Civil War Service Records
James Sanford, 11th Wisconsin Infantry, Company B
U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index
William Anderson, arrived in Maryland in 1659
U.S. Civil War Soldiers
James Sanford, 11th Wisconsin Infantry, Company B
U.S. Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files
James M. Sanford, 11th Wisconsin Infantry, Company B; widow Annie C. Sanford
U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles
James M. Sanford, enlistment date 12 Sep 1861, 11th Wisconsin Infantry, Company B
Ancestry Family Trees
Profiles included in this "source" are for Luna Elizabeth Sanford, Benjamin Albee, Luanna Rutledge, Charles Thurston Capwell, Henry Talladay, Charles Byron Andrews, John Milroy, James Austin Criswell, James Burns, Betty Ann POTTS, and George David Shannon

The entire profile is after the jump.

23 May 2014


I'm sorry I haven't been posting much lately. My computer is dying and it takes forever to get anything done. I'm hoping to get a new one at the end of summer and have an iPad mini in the meantime. Unfortunately writing blog posts on the mini is a royal PITA. Yeah, I know, First World problems ;-) I'll post when I can.
For now here's a profile from a typical clickophile tree. How many offenses can you find?

 Dagobert I Austrasia
 Birth abt 602 in Soissons, Aisne, Picardie, France
 Death 19 Jan in St Denis, Paris, Ile-de-France, France

 Birth in Metz, Marion, West Virginia, United States
 Death in Y, Somme, Picardie, France

 Ragentrude Berthilde
 ✿ Chlodovech Clovis II of Neustria
 ✿ R├Ęginotrude De Neustria (0637-0697)
 ✿ Ragnetrud The Franks (1893- )

 Nantilde DeNeustria (610-642)
 ✿ Adela Austrasia
 ✿ Chlodovech Clovis Neustria DeNeustria
 ✿ Clovis DeNeustria DeBurgundy
 ✿ Ragnetrud The Franks
 ✿ Sigebert Austrasia

 Ancestry Member Trees

Thanks to Aggie for the link to this tree ;-)
If you have a tree or profile to suggest please email me a link at buwtree(at)gmail(dot)com.

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09 May 2014

No Leeway, The Photos

Here, finally, are the photos from the tree that contains this profile.
The tree has 705 photos. The photos below are 561 of them.
The "maybe" images should be yellow on a white background. I have no idea why the colors have changed. Also, most of the image files are much smaller here. On Ancestry.com they are wasting much more space.

Title: Yes
Uploaded 1 time.

 ✿ ✿ ✿

Title: Maybe
Uploaded 6 times.
 ✿ ✿ ✿
Title: no
Uploaded 17 times.

 ✿ ✿ ✿

Title: maybe
Uploaded 35 times.
 ✿ ✿ ✿
Title: yes
Uploaded 58 times.
✿ ✿ ✿
Title: Maybe
Uploaded 105 times.
✿ ✿ ✿
Title: no
Uploaded 113 times.
✿ ✿ ✿
Title: No
Uploaded 226 times.

Thanks to Kristin for the link ;-)
If you have a profile or photo to suggest please send a link to buwtree(at)gmail(dot)com.

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