Genealogy on the Macintosh Computer

May 4, 2012 by · Comments Off on Genealogy on the Macintosh Computer 

Try as I might, I just can’t be 100% business on my Mac—either at work, or in this column (not that my media center articles had a whole lot to do with business….). Like many of us, I have a number of hobbies. Some (especially members of my family) say I have too many, but today I’ll focus on just one of them: genealogy. Read more

Using DNA in Genealogical Research

March 18, 2012 by · Comments Off on Using DNA in Genealogical Research 

I’ve been involved in genealogy for the last 20 years or so, and have performed extensive research on my branch of the Rhode Island-based Grinnell family. Over the years, I edited the Grinnell Family Association newsletter, served as its president for far too long, edited the second edition of their published genealogy, posted the genealogy on the Grinnell Family Association website, and am currently putting together a third edition of the Grinnell genealogy in book form. Read more

Genealogy-Based Websites

March 17, 2012 by · Comments Off on Genealogy-Based Websites 

I have been the webmaster for the Grinnell Family Association of America website since its inception. I’ve gone through a number of designs and implementations since our first site in 1998. Most of these designs were static in nature, which made them difficult to update and enhance. Our genealogical database contained data on almost 40,000 individuals and 14,000 families. I tried a number of tools that created individual static pages, resulting in tens of thousands of individual HTML files. Every time the database was updated, the genealogy HTML pages had to be regenerated and uploaded to the server–a process that could take all day. Read more