My Biggest Brick Wall
Behold Genealogy Blog
by Louis Kessler
6d ago
Will I break it now? Today on Facebook, Alex Krakovsky posted:   Alex Krakovsky  34m · Yes, it’s true. FamilySearch started publishing Jewish metrical records from the Odesa archive. Something that all of us were waiting for many many many years. So far they have published 81 books. 69 of them were never ever available online. 12 books from inventory 5 we published before. I published all the references on Wikisource pages so you can now instantly access them with a blink of an eye. I’m glad we came this far. Here’s the list for your delight. Fond 39 Inventory 2 https://uk.wikisource ..read more
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Retesting my DNA at MyHeritage
Behold Genealogy Blog
by Louis Kessler
1M ago
I took my first MyHeritage DNA test at RootsTech 2017 in Salt Lake City. At RootsTech 2024 last March, MyHeritage announced Ethnicity Estimation 2.0 which is to be released this June. There are many good reasons to get their new estimates. The estimates will be a free update for all users who tested on MyHeritage’s Illumina GSA (Global Screening Array) chip (mid 2019 onwards). Unfortunately, my test was from 2017 and used the Illumina OmniExpress Microarray Chip. So I would not get the new ethnicity estimates, and that got me  thinking that their might be other updates in the future that ..read more
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Honoring My Parents’ 100th Birthdays
Behold Genealogy Blog
by Louis Kessler
1M ago
Bertha German was born April 1, 1924 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The youngest of 7 children, living together in a small house at 524 Flora Avenue. Toby Braunstein was born on April 7th, 6 days later and 600 km (370 miles) to the west on the farm in the rural municipality of Tullymet, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was the youngest of 4 children. Toby’s father died of Tuberculosis when he was just 7 months old. Toby’s older siblings went to the Jewish Orphanage in Winnipeg, but Toby being still a baby, was allowed to stay with his mother. The matchmakers of the community went to work and just over ..read more
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Remembering What You’ve Searched
Behold Genealogy Blog
by Louis Kessler
2M ago
Do you often go to a genealogy site and do a specific search (e.g. surnames and places) for your family records? And then do you go back a few weeks later and search for the same information again because you forgot that you searched for it a few weeks ago? And then do you go back a month later and search again because you wanted to see if there’s anything new thinking you last did that search 6 months ago? One of our big timewasters can be doing the same search over and over. We as genealogists want to be organized and search our favorite indexes in a systematic manner. We don’t want to miss ..read more
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A New(?) Genealogy Program –Treebard
Behold Genealogy Blog
by Louis Kessler
3M ago
One of the reasons why I closed GenSoftReviews last year was because the development of new programs for genealogy had been drying up. There are so many full featured genealogy programs available to choose from that there is hardly any task that at least some of them could do. And with the onset about 10 years ago of genealogy software that could provide you record hints and tree matches automatically, anything less would be a no-go for most people. Treebard So to my surprise, yesterday I learned about a program that I had not heard of previously in a Facebook post from Tamura Jones. The prog ..read more
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Behold, My Genealogy, and Syncing
Behold Genealogy Blog
by Louis Kessler
3M ago
Over the past several months, I’ve been back to work on the next version of Behold. I’m hoping to release the next major version in the next …  - okay, a programmer knows better than to promise a release date, but let’s say as soon as it’s ready. Keep an eye on Behold’s Future page to follow my progress. The last major release of Behold was Version 1.2.1 which I released in March 2016. Since then, I’ve released 6 additional point versions made up mostly of fixes and small improvements, with the last point release being Version 1.2.7 in September 2021. So it’s been almost 8 years since the ..read more
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Can Artificial Intelligence Read Russian Handwriting?
Behold Genealogy Blog
by Louis Kessler
3M ago
There’s been a lot of talk the last year or so about the use of Artificial Intelligence for Genealogy. I’ve basically taken a laissez faire wait-and-see attitude towards it. Most of the applications of AI for genealogy are designed to save you time, maybe by drafting out a biography for you or doing image creation, repair or animation. But I’m looking for something that can help me, and help me specifically with regards to one particular task. The task I’m interested in is reading handwriting – not just any handwriting, but the handwriting in Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records from the ..read more
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Testing Out MyHeritage’s New AI Biographer
Behold Genealogy Blog
by Louis Kessler
5M ago
My previous post ran through MyHeritage’s new AI Record Finder tool. Now I’m going to try out the other tool MyHeritage released today. You can find their blog post describing the AI Biographer here: Introducing AI Biographer™: Create a Wikipedia-like biography for any ancestor using AI, enriched with historical context - MyHeritage Blog A Biography by MyHeritage’s Deep Story Tool Before I go into their new tool, I should mention that MyHeritage already had a very innovative AI biography tool. It’s available from the Photos menu and is called DeepStory. I have tried this tool and it produces ..read more
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A Quick Attempt of MyHeritage’s New AI Record Finder
Behold Genealogy Blog
by Louis Kessler
5M ago
You may not have heard of this yet, but MyHeritage has just launched their new AI Record Finder. I got the email from them about it earlier today. Rather than me describe it, you can read about it on MyHeritage’s blog post:  Introducing AI Record Finder™, the World’s First AI Chat-Based Search Engine for Historical Records - MyHeritage Blog I’ve not personally gone much into the AI (Artificial Intelligence) aspect of genealogy. I am a member of the Genealogy and Artificial Intelligence Facebook group led by Blaine Bettinger, but I haven’t yet tried ChatGPT or any other AI tools with respe ..read more
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Ranking Genealogy Websites
Behold Genealogy Blog
by Louis Kessler
6M ago
Here’s a fun activity. Jarrett Ross, the @GeneaVlogger today posted a video where he ranks Genealogy Websites. He uses an interesting site I’ve never seen before called Tiermaker to do this. The site lets you drag and drop genealogy website logos into tiers that can mean whatever you want. The site includes the category “genealogy sites” which has 52 pre-defined logos of some of most popular websites for genealogy. Jarrett in his 3 hour video goes through the sites one by one and explains how he uses each site and decides where he plans to put them. My Own Ranking Jarrett debated how he wante ..read more
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