Thursday, December 20, 2012

Weekly Genealogy Picks: Dec 16-19

Highlights from news stories and blog posts I have read in the past week that deal with my overlapping interests in Genealogy, History, Heritage, and Technology.

Note: I am posting this several days early. Our Weekly Picks will be taking a holiday, and will return Sunday, January 6th.
I did participate in the beta-testing period, but unfortunately, haven't had a great amount of time to test it out, and I don't have the time to write up a full review. However, I liked what I have seen. I feel it would be a great secondary software program for me to focus on gathering and visualizing the evidence for selected brick walls. It would also be useful for creating a database for my family records, and transcriptions. Currently it doesn't allow for attaching files or transcriptions, but I have been told by the creator that that is planned for a future update.

It will not work as a primary genealogy database for me, and I don't believe it is the intent of the creator that it should. Some (perhaps many) will find its inability to import or export into the standard GEDCOM format a deal-breaker. However, GEDCOM doesn't include a standardized method for handling citations. Evidentia is built around evidence and citations. Oil and Water don't mix. Since those with large databases will not want to manually copy information to a new database, those who use Evidentia will likely use it for select individuals. 
There are both PC and Mac verstions, however, if you are a Mac user you need to have the 10.7 OS (Lion) or above. There are screenshots, tutorials, and sample reports on the software site.
Upcoming holidays - religious and secular, national and international - for the next three weeks

Three Week Calendar
  • Dec 20 - International Human Solidarity Day
  • Dec 21 - Pancha Ganapti - Dec 21-25 (Hindu)
  • Dec 21 - Forefathers' Day (Plymouth, MA)
  • Dec 21 - Yule - Northern Hemisphere / Litha - Southern Hemisphere (Pagan)
  • Dec 24 - Christmas Eve (Christian)
  • Dec 25 - Christmas (Christian)
  • Dec 26 - Kwanzaa - Dec 26-Jan 1
  • Dec 26 - Boxing Day
  • Dec 26 - Zarathosht Diso (Zoroastrian)
  • Dec 28 - Holy Innocents (Christian)
  • Dec 30 - Freedom Day (Church of Scientology)
  • Dec 30 - Feast of the Holy Family (Christian)
  • Dec 31 - New Year's Eve
  • Jan 1 - New Year's Day
  • Jan 1 - Gantan-sai (Shinto) 
  • Jan 1 - Global Family Day
  • Jan 1 - Public Domain Day
  • Jan 5 - Twelfth Night (Christian)
  • Jan 5 - Guru Gobindh Singh birthday (Sikh)
  • Jan 6 - Epiphany (Christian)
  • Jan 6 - Feast of the Theophany (Orthodox Christian) 
  • Jan 7 - Nativity of Christ (Orthodox Christian)
  • Jan 7 - The Festival of Seven Herbs (Japan)
  • Jan 13 - Maghi (Sikh)

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