1) On Treelines has a Family Storytelling Contest on "Getting Started" (11 June 2013):
* Cormac noted: "Several weeks ago, I requested an invitation. The other night I went there again, because I received an invitation, to see what was there. Btw, I am using Safari v5.1.9 (and Firefox v21.0). I had difficulty reading several articles there using both browsers. I couldn't read all of the articles. Until they improve their website and usability for me, I can't recommend their website."
* Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said: "I posted my first story on Treelines a few days after I first heard of them. It was easy, I was working on my Mom's diary at the time. When I finished Tammy's story, just now, my Pete and Eileen story was one of the several suggestions along the bottom. Neat! I never had any problem with the site, at all. Fun! ;-)"
My comment: Treelines seems to be a one-person operation, and I'm sure that Tammy Hepps will iron out the browser problems eventually.
2) On Reader Issues, Suggestions and Questions for Ancestry.com (6 June 2013):
* Eric Shoup (EVP of Product, of Ancestry.com) said: "Thanks Randy (and all the other posters) for the feedback. We are listening and appreciate the input. It helps us to know where we still need to improve the service."
My comment: Ancestry.com has been very receptive to receiving comments from me and my readers over the past years - I really appreciate that. I emailed the list of reader comments (with several more comments) to Matt Deighton after talking with him at the Genealogy Jamboree.
3) On Dear Randy: How to Resolve Duplicate Entries in RootsMagic 6 (10 June 2013):
* RootsMagic advised: "I would follow the steps Randy provided, except I would leave all the automatic merges selected.
"The ShareMerge option would be useful if the two RM databases both originally started from the same file (for example if a copy was made of the first file to create the second file originally, or if a GEDCOM was exported from the first database and imported into a new database to create the second file).
"Then after running the automatic merges, I would do Tools > Merge > Duplicate search to have RM list any additional possible duplicates that it wasn't sure whether to merge or not, and you can manually choose whether to have RM merge them."
"It might help to actually rename the file 1,2 and 3 that Randy mentioned to actually file1.rmgc, file2.rmgc and file3.rmgc. That way there is no confusion to where you are. After all of the corrections are made to file3 it can be renamed to your preferred family file name."
"It's really not all that difficult ;) There are a lot of misconceptions out there about research in Eastern Europe, and the big ones are that either a) all of the records are destroyed, or b) the records are difficult to access. Of course, it varies based on locality as to completeness and access to records, but some places have made huge strides in making records available.
"One would often think that because of the wars that the region has endured over the past century that there would be a lot of document loss, but my experience (predominantly in Latvian records) is that it isn't the case. That's the thing with totalitarian powers like the Soviets and the Nazis - they like knowing things about people, so they wouldn't destroy documents that could come in handy in tracking and tracing people and finding out who they are and who their families were. Now, the storage standards that they kept the documents in could be considered questionable, but the documents are still mostly intact.
"Archives all over Eastern Europe are digitizing their collections at exponential rates. The leader in digitization as far as I've seen is Estonia, whose archives have digitized not only church records and revision lists (which were tax lists kept by the Russian Empire), but also list of parish residents, information on military service, name changes and so on.
"I've constructed tours for a number of my clients, and several of them have had success in finding long-lost relatives when arriving to their ancestral home parishes. So much is possible!"
"And each program should be allowed to create the citation any way they want. If they use Evidence Explained, then so be it. They may interpret EE differently than another program, and they should be allowed to do so their own way, and display it their own way. They may even give you, if they want, other options, e.g. Richard Lackey or even bibliographic methods such as APA or Chicago. Again, it should be up to the program, and not up to the standard to force it to one interpretation of one methodology.
"The important thing is that your source data can be transferred. And GEDCOM does that reasonably."
"The current version is far from being able to be any 'standard'. It is yet to be seen whether future design will ably integrate evidentiary citations with events."