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Digitalkamera löst Mikrofilmkamera ab

Ein Ausblick in die (nahe) Zukunft

This seems to be an article translated from English into German, and it makes no sense to translate it back. Anyone able to find the original English article and put it here??


In den Church News erschien am 18. Januar 2006 ein Artikel von John L. Hart, der auf der Homepage der Mormonen in Deutschland auch in einer übersetzten Fassung nachzulesen ist. Dieser Artikel ist überschrieben mit "Nach vielen Jahren im Rampenlicht wird der Mikrofilm langsam ausgemustert" und beginnt folgendermaßen:

"Seit 1938 nutzt die Kirche Mikrofilm zur Vervielfältigung personenstandlicher Unterlagen. Jetzt steht das langlebige Medium kurz vor der Ausmusterung. Zusammen mit dem Mikrofilm werden auch die klobigen Kameras und die dazugehörigen Filmschachteln aussortiert, die bisher in Holzkisten in die Welt hinausgesandt wurden, wo man sie auspackte, testete, Aufnahmen machte, diese entwickelte, begutachtete und dann die Aufnahmen eventuell wiederholen musste.

Digitalkameras, die beinahe in die Hosentasche eines Kameramanns passen, finden immer mehr ihren Platz auf den Stativen der Kirche. Mit ihnen kann man Aufnahmen sofort begutachten und diese sogleich auf der herausnehmbaren Festplatte eines Computers speichern. Erneute Aufnahmen gehören somit größtenteils der Vergangenheit an.

"Immer mehr Archivare erkennen, wozu es gut ist, elektronischen Zugang zu Dokumenten anzubieten", sagt Wayne J. Metcalfe, der Einkaufsleiter des Family and Church History Departments. Laut seiner Aussage sind derzeit etwa 65 Digitalkameras im Einsatz. Das macht ein Drittel der Gesamtzahl der Kameras aus. In drei bis fünf Jahren wird die Mikrofilmkamera nahezu verschwunden sein. Die Mikrofilmbestände, die im Moment noch massenweise die Schubladen im Genealogie-Archiv füllen, werden natürlich noch viele Jahre lang weiterhin in Lesegeräte geschoben und von Ahnenforschern akribisch durchgesehen, ehe auch sie durch elektronische Medien ersetzt werden."

Den vollständigen Text finden Sie unter folgender Adresse:
http://www.kirche-jesu-christi.org/html/2/?show=full&id=129

Viele unserer Leser sind sicher auch Benutzer von Forschungsstellen (der Mormonen). Bitte lesen Sie den Artikeltext genau. Und gehen Sie lieber nicht gleich morgen in die nächstgelegene Forschungsstelle, um zu fragen, wann denn die Mikrofilmlesegeräte ausgemustert werden.

Texte im Internet werden oft nur flüchtig gelesen. Wer nur die Hälfte liest, dem entgeht vielleicht, dass dort steht, dass "der Mikrofilm langsam ausgemustert" wird, dass Mikrofilmbestände "noch viele Jahre lang weiterhin in Lesegeräte geschoben und von Ahnenforschern akribisch durchgesehen" werden. Und weiter: "Die dauerhafte Sicherung digitaler Daten ist nach wie vor ein Problem. Aber wir sind zuversichtlich, dass in den nächsten drei bis fünf Jahren eine langfristige Lösung gefunden wird."

Also: Lassen wir uns überraschen, was die Zukunft tatsächlich bringt! (bw)


New Software for the Forum at Ahnenforschung.net

New "look and feel" of the former entries
For a short while the ahnenforschung.net forum has been running under new software. Existing entries have been integrated, as well as existing user accounts. A few new forums have been added, but most of it is rather similar to the former version so that it should be easy to cope with it. Important changes: Only registered users are allowed to write articles; guests are no longer allowed to do this. Registration is FREE, and no data is passed on to any third parties.

At the main portal http://forum.ahnenforschung.net/ you can find an overview of all existing forums and the latest articles. The main categories are:

  • General discussion forums
  • Software and technology
  • Forums for the states of today’s Germany
  • Forums for former German areas
  • Forum for genealogy in other countries
  • News, hints, and helps

You can search in the newsgroups separately or using the main Ahnenforschung.net website. They are integrated into the existing meta search, which looks into the Ahnenforschung.net web directories, shops, and different dictionaries. Questions about the handling of the newsgroups are answered in the FAQ (frequently asked questions). The fact that the user keeps full control over his entries is one major advantage of the forums, compared to other internet newsgroups. He/she can edit them afterwards or even delete them. (bw)


Do you know Anton Fahne?

New excellent article at GenWiki

Anton Fahne was an active patron and also a writer, musician, composer, historian, genealogist, and archaeologist.

Marie-Luise Carl has written a comprehensive article in GenWiki about the life and work of Anton Fahne.

There she states among other things: "The historical and genealogical work of Anton Fahne is controversial and will remain so. Being a thorn in the flesh for wholehearted genealogists and historians, his sugarcoated genealogies and idealised historiography accommodate many who want to look back proudly on the great past of their ancestors."

This very interesting article is complemented by extensive references and by a list of his political and genealogical publications as well.

The article can be read here at http://wiki-de.genealogy.net/wiki/Anton_Fahne (unfortunately to date in German only)
and has been proclaimed an "excellent article". (kpw)


Local Heritage Book Südheide

New OFB Online

There is a new OFB online, this time from the Südheide area in Celle County (Lüneburger Heide):
http://www.online-ofb.de/suedheide.

The database includes 7,252 names from the parishes of Munster, Eimke, Wriedel, Gerdau, Ebstorf, Dorfmark, Müden/Oertze, Hermannsburg, and Eschede, which belonged to the former departments of Ebstorf, Bergen, Winsen/Aller, or to the prefecture of Hermannsburg (all of them situated between the cities of Soltau, Uelzen, and Celle).

The database is based on the comprehensive research of Heinrich- Hermann von der Ohe (1898 - 1979) covering "The pedigree of the family Ohe zu Ober-Ohe," published in 1968. This publication is not a complete local family heritage book, but is rather a collection of persons and families affiliated by kin. Parish registers of all surrounding parishes have served as sources; however, the principal source has been the registers of legal acts stored in the Hannover State Archive, which he used in the 1920s during his years of study before acts of war caused their partial loss.

The collection passed into the hands of his son Helmcke von der Ohe of Achim near Bremen, has been digitized, and now released for publication as an online OFB.

A list of all on-line OFBs can be viewed at http://www.online-ofb.de.




Google Video

Historical films online from Heise Newsticker (translated): The National Archives (NARA) of the USA has started a pilot project with Google Video: For the first time about 100 historic films in special demand are being made available to all. Among them is a very special film shot in 1894: Carmencita -- Spanish Dance by Thomas Armat, the oldest film that NARA has archived. The other films come from three areas: a choice of US weekly news during World War II, a collection of documentaries covering the history of the space program, and cinema documentary films mainly from the 1930s about the development of the US National Parks.

Here you can read the complete message:
http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/70067

NARA on Google Video:
http://video.google.com/nara.html

Similar news on this topic:
http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/netzkultur/0,1518,403167,00.html
http://www.golem.de/0602/43606.html
http://www.sueddeutsche.de/computer/artikel/19/70948/ (bw)


Software

GenealogyJ 2.4

New version of the freeware program now available
Since Feb 26, 2006, there is a new version of the freeware program GenealogyJ. The author, Nils Meier, describes his program as follows (translated): "GenealogyJ is an application for viewing and editing genealogical data, suitable for amateur genealogists, as well as for researchers dealing with family history and ancestry research. GenJ supports the GedCom standard, is entirely written in JAVA, and offers family trees, tables, historical views, and more. GenJ is freeware, may be given to others, or even modified under the conditions of the GNU General Public Licence (as published by the Free Software Foundation)."

Quote (translated from German) from:
http://genj.sourceforge.net/
There you can also find additional information and the download zone.

A user report is available in Wiki at http://wiki.genealogy.net/wiki/Computergenealogie/2003/08#Software. (bw)



TMG-Tips

Instruction for (new) Users of "The Master Genealogist"

Visit the website of Terrys TMG Tips

This site contains over 75 articles about TMG on topics ranging from understanding the basics, to providing suggestions on using the customization features to achieve the results you want, to more advanced topics. There are also some suggestions on using companion products to complement TMG's built-in capabilities.

There is also a German Version available : http://tmg.reigelridge.com/de/index.htm
(bw)


Knowledge

Digitalization – An honorary post for seniors

About the work of the ‘Virtuelle Geschichtswerkstatt’ (virtual historical project)
Sources in the form of original documents, scripts, or deliverances are the bases of the work of historical sciences and thus also for regional and family research. But these scripts can only be used effectively after having been made available in a way that can be understood today, or – in the case of old handwriting – after transcription.

Since the year 2000, the ‘Virtuelle Geschichtswerkstatt’ has been occupied with that topic. Under the lead of Bodo Stratmann this group cares about the digitalization of such sources, transcription of handwritings, or making available the contents by directories and indices.

‘Mainly we want to find easy to use and inexpensive techniques and methods that can allow volunteers to do transcriptions from their homes and thus protect the original sources from excessive handling," says Bodo Stratmann.

Second, the digitalized documents can be used for training and further education. On the one hand, interested volunteers can improve their own skills at recording and analyzing sources (e.g., data collection from church records). On the other hand, they can share their knowledge with other volunteers who can also do transcriptions.

‘The group we aim at are people who can still read the old handwriting and younger colleagues who are familiar with PCs to support the exchange of knowledge.’ The majority of the people were the “reading old handwriting” – group, so the “Virtuelle Geschichtswerkstatt” contributed in organizing PC courses for the senior generation and offered opportunities to the younger people to learn more about the old handwriting. This done, they could start with the real work.

"Until now we have used two methods for the digitalization of source material” reports Bodo Stratmann. "We started with digitizing existing backup microfiches and microfilm in black and white. Unfortunately, the quality of the films was sometimes rather poor." In a second step, we made color films of old archive material – of course being very careful. ‘Besides the high resolution of the digital camera, the depth of focus of the optic was important for us, since we wanted to do it without mechanical methods to smooth the sheets, when we dealt with bound pieces. The curvature of the opened sheets of bound or folded documents had to be compensated for by the depth of focus of the lens. This required a minimal distance between the lens and the document, which was adjusted by a “Reprostativ” (special tripod). The most important means used for digitizing were:

  • Krokus Reprostativ, 70 cm high and 4 x 60 Watt lamps
  • Digital camera with at least 4 megapixels and 3X optical zoom.

Software used for further processing on the computer:

  • Adobe-Photoshop 6.0,
  • FastStone Image Viewer as freeware image processing software
  • Adobe Acrobat 7.0 to create pdf datasets with directories

In addition to courses and digitalization the “Virtuelle Geschichtswerkstatt” realized the following ideas:

  • Weekly local internet cafe,
  • Weekly meeting with regional and family researchers,
  • Periodical hotline

This example in Recklinghausen shows how you can build work groups composed of people of different generations. By combining family research experience with PC and Internet knowhow, it is possible to realize even complex projects very fast and effectively.

This pilot project should be followed by others. Feel free to ask for tips and suggestions at any time on how to create working groups. Contact Bodo Stratmann (bodo-stratmann@heimatvest.de) (kpw).


I have a problem!?!

Writing useful inquires and describing problems all the best

original German version can be seen here:
http://wiki-de.genealogy.net/wiki/Computergenealogie/2006/03#Ich_habe_ein_Problem.21.3F.21

You use the World Wide Web (WWW) for researching your family history. Do you have technical problems there? You'll think it's no problem. ... Most users also think so and write just quickly an email. The supposed correct addressee is found out easily and what you mean will be known by the addressee without a problem.

Do you really think so?

Let's have as example Society for Computergenealogy (= Verein fuer Computergenealogie) that maintains various databases and extensive webpages. It's great that a lot of researchers of family history use it. Of course, by using you'll have questions or you can get problems. It's not so good that we often don't know what is meant by the sender of an email in a lot of inquires.

"I can't log in at the moment!" (Where do you want to log in, please? Which database is meant?)

"On your webpages I found interesting information about XYZ. But you should correct ..." (Where shall we correct something? Which URL/address is meant?)

As to that, dear reader, maybe it doesn't concern to you. If YOU write emails, probably you don't make mistakes and everybody knows what you have meant. All of the others who are new in using the WWW can find a short guide for inquires here.

  • Choose the correct addressee

Use a little bit more time for finding out the correct addressee. Read the imprint (or similar pages) exactly. Otherwise it can happen that your inquire has to pass on several times. So it takes longer before you get an answer. Maybe it can also happen that you'll never get an answer.

  • Write a powerful reference

Words like "inquire", "question", "searching for ancestors" and so on are too general. Please, write a short subject into the reference to show others with which subject your email deals with. If your emails haven't a reference it's too bad, because it can happen that nobody will read your email.

  • Say the reference

Most people aren't pleased when the sender of an email blurts out without an introduction. Please, make a short statement why you're writing to this (mostly unknown) person. It won't do any harm. "I've found your dates about the yxz-family into "FOKO" (or "GedBas") and I'm interested in an data exchange." That sounds better than "My Schrader family is also from ABC-village. Do you know more about Johann [John] Heinrich?"

  • Describe your problem exactly

If you have a problem, please, describe it as exactly as it's ever possible.

"The information on your webpage which works with xyz is wrong." (Which information on which webpage do you mean? What's the exact URL of this webpage?)
"I want to know where are the old photos of C-town from." (Which photos on which webpage are meant? What's the exact URL/address of this webpage?)
"My email address changed." (Well and good, but what does it mean? [Where] Do you need help with changing the email address?)
"Please, now send the newsletter to 'osterhasi_1978@something.com' and not to my old email address." (What was your old email address?)

  • Be patient

Of course, your question is necessary for yourself. But do you know with how many emails the addressee has to deal with? Do you know what else the addressee has to do? Perhaps he/she is going on a short trip at the moment or he/she is ill or has to do a lot of other work so that he/she isn't able to deal with all of his/her emails although he/she wants to do it. Please, give your correspondent a little bit time although it won't be easy for you. :-(

  • A polite inquire if it's necessary

If you haven't got an answer in the foreseeable future, you can inquire polite again. Perhaps the addressee of your email will get "twinges" ;-) He/She would really answer. Impolite and/or impatient inquires are a boomerang to yourself. You showed all your frustration to the addressee, but maybe now you'll never get an answer, too.


If you bear all these points in mind then actually can't happen a lot of negative things. ... ;-)
Of course, it's easier said than done ... but, please, just try! (bw)

Societies

Passenger lists from Bremen now recorded completely

Projectreport and future plans
At their monthly meeting on December 29, 2005, the last copies of the passenger lists for the period 1920 to 1939 were issued for data acquisition to the "Aus-Wanderer-Mäuse." Exactly 5 years and 5 months from its beginning, the project "passenger lists" is drawing to a close. A total of 3,100 lists with 630,000 passengers have been recorded. The Bremen passengerlists 1920-1939 can be searched at: http://www.passagierlisten.de

We are quite proud of ourselves. Such a comprehensive project, based on volunteer work and pushed through gratuitously, shows the immense interest and commitment to the topic and pleasure in the Mouse- Society. I want to thank everyone very much, particularly the "hard core," the 25 most diligent "Aus-Wanderer-Mäuse," but unfortunately it would go too far to state all their names here. Altogether 45 people participated in this project.

Special thanks go to Dr. Herbert Juling, who put the excellent presentation and update up on the Internet.

Not a week goes by that we do not get additional queries, beyond the simple inquiries, which we are pleased to handle. Since this database is present in the "German Auswanderer House" (DAH) in Bremerhaven, there has been a steady increase in inquiries with the MAUS (Homepage: http://maus.genealogy.net ).

But anyone who thinks that the "Aus-Wanderer-Mäuse" are taking a break now are mistaken. Already last fall, members of the group started asking: "And what are we going to do now?"

A new project has started already. In the public record office in Bremen the passport registers of the police authorities of Bremen are stored. All in all, 49 books with the registrations of the applications for passports. The books cover the time period from 1862 to 1936. As these books - other than the passenger lists - can`t be taken home, there will be digital photos taken of each and every page, CDs burned, and then the file of the photos will be transcribed at home into a computer-readable chart.

We have high hopes of finishing this project quite fast. Anyone interested in taking part should send e-mail to: kwesling@gmx.de (Karl Wesling).



computergenealogie.org

computer genealogy in the Netherlands

Look at http://www.computergenealogie.org/ !!

Here you may find on the left side a link labelled with Download oude CGV blad. Here you may download the first number of our new "sister journal" in the Netherlands. For saving costs it will be offered only online.

And here is the management of the new Computer genealogischen Vereniging:

  • Ton te Meij - voorzitter
  • mr. Willem van Winterswijk - secretaris
  • Eric Veltkamp - penningmeester
  • Dick Brinkman - bestuurslid
  • Frank D.P.M. Lether - public relations officer

(gj)

Media

Titelthema Digitalisierung

Heft 1/2006 in Vorbereitung

Zum Ende des 1. Quartals 2006 (Ende März bzw. Anfang April) erscheint die neue Ausgabe der Computergenealogie (Printversion). Das Titelthema lautet "Digitalisierung von Dokumenten". Hierzu gibt es einige sehr interessante Artikel, u.a.:

  • Karteikarten gehen online - die Entstehung einer digitalen Genealogie-Bibliothek
  • Die Ancestry-Datenbanken
  • Familienhistorische Literatur online - BYU Family History Archive
  • Googles stattliche Online-Bibliothek - der ideale Zugang zu raren historischen Werken
  • Digitalisierung – Ein Ehrenamt für Senioren
  • Alle Quellen per Mausklick erreichbar - Digitalisierung des privaten Quellenarchivs

Mitglieder des Vereins für Computergenealogie und Abonnenten erhalten das Heft (nach Fertigstellung! in wenigen Wochen) automatisch zugestellt. Wer weder Mitglied noch Abonnent der Zeitschrift ist, kann die Hefte auch einzeln kaufen. Einzelhefte kosten 5,-- EUR (plus 1,50 EUR für Porto & Verpackung) und können online im Ahnenforschung.Net-Shop bestellt werden.


The ancestors and relatives of Schiller

(a new publication about the poet Friedrich Schiller has been published)

Marbach and Stuttgart belong to the most important Schiller-Cities of Schwaben. Apart from this, ancestors and relatives of the poet have been living and working in several places along the Neckar, Rems and Murr. Strikingly quite many of them have been working as a baker. More about this you can get to know in the book "Vorfahren und Familien des Dichters Friedrich Schiller. Eine genealogische Bestandsaufnahme", which has been published in November 2005. Other than the ancestors of Schiller himself, there are also their respective children mentioned.

The book highlights the exact dates, the places of birth and of death as well as the world of Schillers ancestors: One gets to know in what kind of economic and financial circumstances the poet and his forefathers have been living, hears about personal strokes of fate such as deadly accidents or financial failures and learns interesting details - for instance the recipe of Elisabetha Dorethea Kodweis, the mother of Schiller, for cooking "Quittenhüppen". Many a document typical for this time, being reproduced in this publication, is able to illustrate the circumstances quite lively.

The volume is supplemented by an extensive bibliography as well as numerous coloured illustrations (portraits, places of birth, contemporary documents, etc.). There are four tables attached with so-called ancestor communities: Via the reformer Matthäus Alber from Reutlingen one can establish numerous connections with notabilities such as Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Ludwig Uhlang, Wilhelm Hauff, Max Planck, the engineer August Wilhelm Mayback or the federal president Richard v. Weizsäcker. The book addresses the issue what Grace Kelly and Friedrich Schiller have in common too.

The publication is meant for historians and genealogists as much as all others being interested in the person of the poet Friedrich Schiller. (Dr. Wolfgang Caesar and Petra Schön)

The book can be purchased with the Society for Family Research and Heraldry e.V., Postfach 105441, 70047 Stuttgart, e-mail: wappen@wlb-stuttgart.de or in a common bookstore.

Thilo Dinkel, Günther Schweizer in co-operation with Albrect Gühring, Jörg Heinrich and Martin Klöpfer: "Vorfahren und Familie des Dichter Friedrich Schiller. Eine genealogische Bestandsaufnahme". 128 pages, 56 illustrations, 4 tables. author`s edition of the Society for Family research and Heraldry, Stuttgart 2005, 18.00 Euro. ISBN 3-934464-08-4



Local heritage books from the middle of germany

In der Reihe der "Mitteldeutschen Ortsfamilienbücher" der AMF (Arbeitsgemeinschaft für mitteldeutsche Familienforschung) ist erschienen:

  • Band 28, Schreiber, Gert: Familienbuch Jahnshain (Kreis Leipziger Land) 1593 - 1700, 13,50 Euro einschl. Versandkosten

Darüber hinaus sind folgende Publikationen kürzlich erschienen:

  • Band 166, Kriependorf, Günter: Das Regentenbuch der Stadt Buttstädt 1410–1742. In diesem Heft werden Angaben über Personen gemacht, die in dem genannten Zeitraum in der Gemeinde/Stadt Verantwortungen übernommen haben. 9,70 Euro
  • Band 167, Tauscher, Jörg, Regesten zum Gerichtsbuch Amtsgericht Lichtenstein-Callnberg, Mülsen St. Jacob (Nr. 107 ff von 1604 - 1732) Das Buch ist die Reinschrift von mehreren Teilen von Gerichtsbüchern und jeder Abschnitt ist mit einem ausführlichen Namensregister versehen. Das Buch umfasst 299 Seiten. Preis: 19,95 Euro inkl. Versandkosten

Informationen zur gesamten Reihe und Bestellmöglichkeiten finden Sie am elektronischen Büchertisch der AMF unter: http://amf-versand.de

(Günther Unger)


Miscellanous

Events

In March 43 genealogical events can be found in the "genealogical calendar".

Details as time, date, place and organizing society you can find at Genealogical Calendar.

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