1) On Source Citations Created by Ancestry.com Mobile App (2 August 2012):
* Kendall Hulet (of Ancestry.com) said: "Thanks for this feedback, Randy - we're looking into it."
My comment: Great, thanks, Kendall. My experience in recent years is that Ancestry has been fairly responsive to squeaky wheels like me on issues pertaining to their products.
2) On Tuesday's Tip - Use ArchiveGrid to Find Archival Collections (7 August 2012):
* Celia Lewis asked: "am I right that this site is only open to subscriptions by organizations, libraries, societies, etc.? Searching it was interesting, found a few relevant items... Well worth the effort."
* Gena Ortega helpfully responded: "The beta version of Archive Grid is open to everyone. Just access it at http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/ It's a wonderful source."
My comment: Thank you Gena for the explanation. I got the tip from Gena, of course! This is only a finding aid, of course. You have to access the specific archive wherever it is located.
3) On The Value of a One-Name Study (7 August 2012):
* Gerald noted: " Interesting blog. I wondered if you are aware of the SEAVER people in Gloucestershire, England? Here is a link to post 1837 BDM. http://ww3.gloucestershire.gov.uk/bmd/MainMenu.aspx "
* Corinne noted: " Great to see reference to the Guild of One-Name Studies. Its been a wonderful resource to me for my own surname study (SENNETT). I've found the whole one-name study thing incredibly interesting and I'd strongly encourage other people who want to broaden their research beyond their own families to start one-name studies and register them with the Guild. "
"I respect Kerry's judgment that a pending sale might have an influence on Ancestry's current behavior. But I would also bet that Ancestry has been developing a revised version of FTM ever since it released FTM 2012 last year, and that such a revised product is being or has already been beta tested internally. Ancestry's standard practice is to refresh FTM every year, sprinkling it with just enough marketable "enhancements" to justify a Gregorian goosing and a fresh new coat of paint. Family Tree Maker is a key conduit to what I presume is Ancestry's biggest money maker, the Ancestry.com web site. If Ancestry is seeking a buyer, I would think the image of a vibrant company actively enhancing its underlying value would make it a far more attractive prospect.
"In that light, I can imagine that Ancestry might tap the brakes a bit on an FTM update if it believed that doing so made sense from a packaging and marketing standpoint, and that such a change was imminent. I would be surprised, however, if we don't see a Family Tree Maker 2013 well before Christmas, regardless of which corporate logo appears on the box.
"If you think I sound cynical, then I plead guilty. Yes, I think that Ancestry.com is probably the most commercially savvy genealogy biz out there. But I'm not so cynical that I dislike either Family Tree Maker or Ancestry.com. In fact, I pony up for an Ancestry.com membership annually, and for FTM about every other year. I have my gripes, but I don't let them spoil the love."