The continual march of technology assists and strengthens modern genealogical research. Though not always free to the user, many new innovations work with existing foundational technologies such as FamilySearch and Ancestry.com.
Karen Clifford, an accredited genealogist and a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association, outlined many of these new technologies at the 2015 BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy, held July 28-31 in Provo, Utah. Clifford provided the following resources to assist the modern genealogist.
The wonderfully innovative ArgusSearch searches scanned documents and returns results. This proprietary software searches historical machine printed and even handwritten documents to find matching areas within written text. Queries are returned with a calculated confidence value.
What is genealogy without the stories behind the data? Yet, many personal and family histories go unwritten because of expense, time constraints, or not knowing how to begin or continue. Authoring biographies and autobiographies is a daunting task. Enter PoppyProse. PoppyProse allows writers to break down life events into single subjects like passions, achievements, hobbies or quirks through a questionnaire style template. The program allows would-be writers to connect with specialists in creative nonfiction writing, story coaches and editors.
Do you have Dutch ancestry? During the colonial period, when many Dutch settlers were coming to America, Dutch names were patronymic-derived from the name of the father or male ancestor (example: Johnson). Open archives allows researchers to harvest data of Dutch archivists who know the naming customs of the country. A visual diagram of family relations is generated, though it can be complex and difficult to follow.