Thursday, January 31, 2008

Otra clase se ver por Roots Television

Imagino que casi todos ustedes se han olvidado de la conferencia de Genealogía e Historia Familiar Hispana del pasado octubre. Hace poco, estuve pensando en Roots Television y que las clases restantes todavía no se han puesto en el sitio web. Pensé que las clases que se enseñaron fueron buenas, y hubo mucho interés.


Esta mañana recibí un mensaje electrónico de Marcy Brown (dueña y fundadora de Roots Television) para hacerme saber que otro discurso se había puesto en el sitio web. La clase es: La búsqueda genealógica en Mexico. La clase se enseñó en español.

Además de hacerme saber que esta nueva clase fue puesta en su sitio, Marcy compartió algo interesante de las otras clases. Hay dos clases más (que yo hice) que ya están en el sitio web, una está en inglés, y la otra en español. Debe ser que mi español es tan débil o la falta de publicidad… sea la razón que sea, la clase en inglés ha tenido más de 75% más de tráfico. Aunque no hablo por Marcy Brown y Roots Television, esta puede ser una buena razón de por qué no han puesto o publicado las otras clases (en español) en su sitio web.

Al oír de la diferencia en popularidad entre la clase en inglés y la clase en español, me sentí desalentado. Me alegra saber que tuvimos 11 personas que participaron en la conferencia/feria por el Internet FHLO; sin embargo, me parecería que más la hubiesen visitado. Yo he escrito de esto antes, y creo que todos saben lo que siento al respecto así que no voy a hablar más de esto… simplemente, ¡pasemos la voz!!

Para los que no han visitado
Roots Television, se pueden acceder las clases así:

Para su informacion, las siguientes clases hispanas se pueden encontrar en Roots Television:

  1. Buscando ancestros Mexicanos en el Internet
  2. Spanish Paleography: making sense of Spanish parish registers
  3. Mexico: Genealogical Research (in Spanish)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Another Class Posted on Roots Television

I imagine that most of you have forgotten about the Hispanic Family History and Genealogy conference last October. Recently I have been thinking about Roots Television and wondering why the rest of the classes have not been posted yet. I thought that the classes taught were good, and there was a lot of interest.

This morning I received an email from Marcy Brown (owner/founder of Roots Television) letting me know that another lecture has been posted. The class is: Genealogical Research in Mexico. The class is taught in Spanish.

In addition to letting me know about this new class being posted on her site, Marcy shared some interesting information on the other classes. There are two other classes (that I did) already on the site, one in English, and the other in Spanish. It must be my poor Spanish, or lack of 'word of mouth'...whatever the reason the English class has had more than 75% more traffic. Although I can't speak for Marcy Brown and Roots Television, this could be a good reason why they haven't posted/published the other classes (taught in Spanish) on their site.

Hearing about the difference between the traffic between the English class and the Spanish class I was disheartened. I'm glad that we had 11 people participate in the FHLO online conference/fair, however, I would have thought that more would have attended it as well. I've blogged about this before, and I believe everyone knows how I feel about it so I won't discuss it anymore...let's just get the word out!!

For those of you that have not visited Roots Television here is how you can access the classes:
For your information the following Hispanic Classes are currently on Roots Television:
  1. Buscando ancestros Mexicanos en el Internet
  2. Spanish Paleography: making sense of Spanish parish registers
  3. Mexico: Genealogical Research (in Spanish)
Traducción a Español esta en el proceso...gracias por su paciencia.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Capacitaciones de FamilySearch Indexing

English

I love my job...but sometimes I have to stop and scratch my head. FamilySearch has launched and will be launching Spanish indexing projects. I don't imagine that anyone will argue with me that native Spanish speakers would make the best indexers for the projects, however, the FamilySearch Indexing site is only in English. The only Spanish language help on the site is buried in each project tutorial pages, which can only be accessed if you know English. Most readers of my blog are most likely fully aware of these issues, and I am thankful that you still find a way to use FamilySearch resources and contribute hours of your time on indexing projects.

Since FamilySearch has not translated any of its training materials yet I will direct you to a training guide done by a dedicated FamilySearch Indexer. Ana Montalvo has put together a little training tailored specifically for the Mexico 1930 indexing project, but it can also be used to help you with registration, finding other Spanish language projects, and changing the FamilySearch Indexing software pages into Spanish. You can find the PDF and Powerpoint versions of the training guide at: http://www.royert.org/FSI.html

Español

Yo amo mi trabajo pero a veces lo me hace pensar. FamilySearch ha comenzado y comezará proyectos de indexación en Español/Castellano. Yo no imagino que no hay nadie en el mundo que me contestaría que las personas que hablan Español como su primera idioma serian los mejores trabajadores para los proyectos de indexación en Español sin embargo el sitio FamilySearch Indexing solo esta en Ingles. Hay paginas en Español pero estan escondidos en las paginas de capacitaciones de cada proyecto, pero se necesita saber Ingles para encontrarlas. La mayoria que leen este blog saben de estes asuntos y estoy agradecido que encuentren una manera de usar los recursos de FamilySearch y contribuir horas de su tiempo en los proyectos de indexación.

Por razon que FamilySearch no ha traducido sus capacitaciones a Español les voy a dirigir a otra guia o capacitación hecho por una voluntaria de FamilySearch Indexing. Ana Montalvo ha creado una pequeña capacitación especificamente para el proyecto de indexación del Censo de México de 1930, pero la capacitación les ayudaria con: Inscribirse (registration), como encontrar proyectos de indexación en Español, y como cambiar el software de FamilySearch Indexing a Español. La capacitación de Ana esta en la pagina: http://www.royert.org/FSI.html

Espero que Uds. aprecien que yo estoy tratando de escribir en Español...Vamos a ver si FamilySearch me sigue (y hace sus traducciones mejor que yo).


Thursday, January 17, 2008

FamilySearch Indexing Spanish Projects

It's been a busy week, and I plan on writing a short summary of my Nuevos Recursos del Internet online course I taught via FamilyHistoryLiveOnline, but there is a more immediate need right now...

As many of you know I work for FamilySearch. One of my responsibilities is to initiate indexing projects for Spain, Portugal, and South America. To make a long story short we are about to launch two indexing projects for Spain, but before we do it we need 6-12 volunteers to help us test the project.

The main responsibilities of the testers will be:
  • Log onto FamilySearch Indexing with a special account and do a some batches
  • Give feedback FamilySearch Indexing on your likes and dislikes (poor grammar in the instructions, more detailed instructions, questions about the fields being indexed, etc.)
  • No time commitment is necessary, however, we would like help from those that are willing to dedicate some time and provide good feedback so we can make the changes.
The testing period will last for about 1 week or so, then we will go through the feedback, and make any necessary changes. After the changes have been made the project will be available for the general public to work on. You can reach me via email at: lynnturner428@gmail.com if you are interested in helping

Mí Traducción (no laughing please!)

Esta semana ha sido muy ocupado, y planeo en escribir un resume de mi clase de Nuevos Recursos del Internet que enseñe en la conferencia en linea por medio de FamilyHistoryLiveONline, pero hay una otra cosa más imediata...

Algunos de Ustedes saben que yo trabajo por FamilySearch. Uno de mis responsibilidades es comenzar proyectos de indexación para Portugal, España, y Sud América. Estamos al punto de comenzar dos proyectos de indexación para España, pero antes de lo comenzemos el primer proyecto necesitamos de hacer una ronda de prueba/probación.

Las responsibilidades de los probadores serán (los probadores necesitan experiencia con FamilySearch Indexing):
  • Entrar al FamilySearch Indexing con una cuenta que le damos y hacer algunos lotes
  • Dar comentarios a FamilySearch Indexing de las cosas que gusta y no le gusta (por ejemplo - correciones a las instrucciones, darnos mas detalles en las instrucciones, preguntas en general de los campos que estamos indexando, etc.)
  • No tiene que dedicar todo su tiempo a la prueba, pero necesitamos personas dedicadas y estan dispuestos de hacer comentarios para que podamos dar el proyecto al publico para que hagan la indexación.
El período de la prueba será mas o menos una semana, luego leeremos los comentarios y hacer los cambios necesarios despues de los cambios hayan hechos el proyecto será disponible al público para indexar. Si estan interesados comuniquan conmigo por medio de email: lynnturner428@gmail.com

Monday, January 7, 2008

Emigrantes Riojanos a América, 1880-1936

I ran into this site today, and thought I would share it with everyone. The site is really well done, and the research seems to be very sound. The researchers scoured archives (municipal, provincial, etc.) throughout the region of La Rioja, and compiled this beautiful database.

The database can be browsed or searched by emigrant and/or by locality. The database includes the following information
  • Emigrants name / nombre de emigrante
  • Names of the emigrant's parents / nombres de los padres del emigrante
  • Birthplace / lugar de nacimiento
  • Year of emigration / Año de salida (no lo tiene para cada emigrante)
  • Destination City / Ciudad de destino
  • Destination Country / País de destino
  • Notes / Observaciones
Basically the database gives you almost everything you need to identify your ancestor and begin researching them in parish registers and other records. You can click on the picture to get the website or you can click here.

Friday, January 4, 2008

FamilyHistoryLive Hispanic Genealogy Online Conference Update

I met with the FamilyHistoryLiveOnline last night to discuss the conference/fair on January 12th. Lack of time to prepare and get their site 'Spanish' ready only three classes will be offered. It feels like this conference/fair will be informal and a good learning experience for everyone involved. Here is what you can expect:
  • The conference/fair will begin at 9am (Mountain Time)
  • You will need to visit the website and download their ReGL viewer. Spanish instructions on how to do this will be made available shortly. You will also need to register (it's free) on the website so that access codes and instructions can be emailed to you.
  • The 3 classes that will be offered are:
    • Nuevos recursos del Internet - por Lynn Turner
    • Catálogo de la biblioteca de historia familiar (Family History Library Catalog) - por Jonathan Walker
    • FamilySearch Indexing en Español - por Ana Montalvo
  • Each class will be 45 minutes of instruction with about 15 minutes for questions and answers
I'm looking forward to the conference/fair and I hope you are as well...it should be a lot of fun!! Come help the conference/fair be a success. I hope this is the first of many online classes to come.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

FamilyHistoryLive Hispanic Genealogy Online Conference Invitation

Well, it took us a little longer to get everything together, but I would like to invite everyone to the first FamilyHistoryLive.com Hispanic genealogy conference. I'm excited to try this newer technology to see if we can reach a wider audience. Please join us...it will be a learning experience for all. Here are some of the details...did I mention that it's free?

When: 12 Jan 2007 10am to 2pm (Mountain Standard Time)

Where: Any computer with internet connection. You will need to download a viewer, which can be done by going to http://www.familyhistoryliveonline.com and clicking on the download viewer option located in the bottom right hand corner of your screen. The link will actually download a PDF file with instructions on it. The PDF file will also have the link where you will download the viewer. If you have questions about downloading the viewer and how the conference will work you can visit the site Sunday (Jan 6) at 7pm and Jonathan Walker will help you out. You can also contact Jonathan via email at: mexicanfhr@gmail.com

What: At least 6 classes will be offered on Hispanic genealogy research topics. I will be teaching: a) El Censo-guia de Archivos - b) Registros de Inmigracion de Espana - and possibly c) FamilySearch Indexing en Espanol (may be taught by someone else). Other classes will inlcude basic Hispanic research classes (visit website for more information).


For more details please visit the Familyhistoryliveonline.com website. They tell me that the Spanish page will be translated by the end of this week, and all the details on the conference will be available. Hopefully all will be able to attend...remember the more that participate the more likely there will be similar conferences and/or classes on the same topic.

If you have any questions let me know by posting comments at the end of this post, or email Jonathan. Please tell others about the conference...all are welcome to participate!!