jewishgen digest: August 17, 2009-- family trees from existing databases #general


Avigdor Ben-Dov <a.bendov@...>
 

Ron Kaminker suggests:
"Could there be a way to 'link up' the records in JRI-Poland so that as opposed to
receiving just a list of records, you would be able to see family trees like in
FTJP?"

I believe I may have posed a similar question much earlier in this forum, but it
boiled down to "who will do it?" or perhaps, is there some PC program that can
"digest" the data and convert it into relationships without too much human
intervention? On the whole it is a great idea as I too have found whole families
scattered thruout the db and for my own interest and clarity, drew my own family
charts and entered the raw data as facts on the chart, including references to the
db. This was very helpful, but it is a very time-consuming task. Granted that it
can be done individually for items or families of interest, in my opinion, it is
not a task anyone can do or do well. It requires skills of discrimination and
extrapolation and familiarity with family names, relationships, and dates. My
conclusion is that it will remain only and idea for a project for a long time
unless a dedicated team of genealogists would assume the burden to work at it on a
regular basis. This might be a mission for another SIG or a unit within a
genealogical society. Any takers?

Avigdor Ben-Dov
Zawada Poland Shtetl co-Coordinator


Erika Herzog
 

This is a great thread / discussion.

I think that listing somewhere on the indexes would be very helpful so that there
is a reduction of duplicated efforts. So if I manage to track down an actual PSA
record and/or a microfilm record, have it translated, then another person looking
at that same record would know the work is already "done".

For the shtetl Golub-Dobrzy, Poland, specifically, some of the records are actually
already translated (I am helping someone who is doing this). How do I (a) let
people know this and (b) share the information in the most organized and efficient
way possible. Especially given the fact that the PSA records are harder to obtain,
I believe this issue is even more important.

Not sure of a mechanical / practical solution to this problem, but it would be very
helpful if there was some way to coordinate this information possibly through Town
Leaders or Co-Op Leaders for individual towns. Maybe as a status update somewhere
on the individual town listing?

Then the next step -- the hardest step (as described below) -- would be feeding
this data into a family tree. Beyond what I am doing now (which is manual input),
something like what commercial genealogy websites (i.e., ancestry.com's leafs,
geni.com's Hot Matches, myheritage.com's Smart Matches) use for matching would be
ideal. I don't work for these companies and mention them to illustrate the
functionality and their common application online.

I would be interested in hearing >from the respective websites (JewishGen and
JRI-Poland) powers that be on the potential for this functionality.

Avigdor Ben-Dov <a.bendov@...> wrote:
Ron Kaminker suggests:
"Could there be a way to 'link up' the records in JRI-Poland so that as opposed
to receiving just a list of records, you would be able to see family trees like
in FTJP?"
Erika Herzog, New York, NY * ID 100768 * erika_herzog@...