Friday, April 19, 2013

Speaker Profile-David S. Barss, AG

Thursday, 4:00 p.m., T259, "FamilySearch Community Trees: What, Where, How to use them, and Why I want to?"

The Community Trees Project is an effort to identify and publish the genealogy of a whole town (or community) from automated records for that place.  This class will demonstrate the magic of family reconstitution and how it allows us to get more from the records than can be accomplished by simple indexing and extraction.  It will introduce you to the Community Trees Website and will show you how to access what has already been gathered and published.  We currently have ninety-five Community Trees available, representing twenty-three regions of the world, containing over 8.6 million lineage-linked records.  We also have published over 6,000 oral genealogies from Africa (mostly Ghana) and the Pacific Islands, some include audio recordings, pictures of the interviewee, transcripts of the audio (in their native language and in English), and individual lineage charts or a family tree for that person.

David S. Barss, AG (accredited for New England and Mid-Western States Research), thirty five years' experience with lineage-linked databases, including twenty years at FamilySearch.  I have worked as a professional genealogist, a reference consultant and supervisor for the US and Canada reference area of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, as a data specialist with the database that generated the data published as the International Genealogical Index (IGI), and for the last eight years as a record linkage specials and Project Manager with the Community Trees Project.


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