Sunday, August 31, 2014

New Database Up.

Posting Member: Jenn & Mark
Topic: Switching trees.
Family Name Associations: All of 'em.
Location: In the land of oppressing heat!
Mood: Overcooked.
So, Project Armageddon is progressing, despite various interruptions and mad nonsense, we're only about two weeks to being complete - the total re-copy of written data.  We're missing stuff, we know we are, but still at this point we don't know exactly how much.  We do know the Keffer Tree originally hosted about 3000 people according to number sequencing, and after copying it, it has about 950.  Once the information for the Boxall - Graham lines was added it was just a bit over 1000, but that's a whole lot of people that got shuffled right out of the picture at one point or another.  I have about 3 written pages of missing notes from information that just isn't there anymore.  But we hope we can figure out what was originally there one way or another.
The New Database that is fully accessible:
We're looking at having the Berry-Miller lines complete within the next two weeks, and after that the mass uploading of documents and photographs will begin.  That will likely take until Spring, given there's over 5500 of them.  And then there's 22 pages of updates to process.  But who's counting?!
The Old Database that is going to remain online until Spring probably, at least until we've completed document transfers and uploads:
I will note that in geocoding some of the old database locations aren't displaying properly.  I realized that there were some folks getting married in a cemetery and had to make sure it was clear that we do know the old database has a pile of things wrong with it.  We've stopped trying to fix anything that's broken there and are focusing all of our energy on getting it right in the new database.
Ohhh, and because a few people have asked, I did get a reply e-mail from a rather apologetic Ancestry employee who confirmed she was just doing her job by checking into claims about those photographs.  She's making a note on our page to confirm we did take the pictures we said we did.  Makes you wonder who was all on about accusing us of 'lifting' pictures though, doesn't it?  Anyways, we keep records of every cemetery we photograph on our server.  When we complete a photo request we often offer the original images to the family...  Despite it being time/space consuming, I guess there's a reason I'm this neurotic about how we do what we do.
We'll write as there's more updates for ya'll. :)

Saturday, August 23, 2014 Copyright Violation Complaint

Posting Member: Jenn.  Mark's in on this, but I'm writing.
Topic: Copyright Violation Complaint.
Mood: Not bloody amused.

Today is Kefferfest.  Admittedly, it's been a gongshow of a week.  My e-mail is being a spaz.  Write at if you can't get a hold of my through normal channels.  Completing Project Armageddon is behind schedule by about a week and a half.  I'm personally currently in the Walker - Nickle lines.  While I was there, I was linking together additional memorials on FindAGrave.  As well, the kitchen has been a hotbed of it's usual wonder.  No one will go hungry, that's for sure.

Today we got an e-mail from suggesting that someone had accused us of a copyright violation. We aren't being told who is accusing us of 'lifting images', which I think is interesting. However, to be perfectly crystal flipping clear:

Not I, or any member of Closet Skeletons Genealogical Society in ANY circumstance have posted memorial photographs to that one of our members didn't personally take.  Lynda & Gary were in Halifax in October 2012.  They took photographs of the memorial that Private John Arthur Bentley is memorialized on after having been Killed in Action aboard the Hospital Ship, the Llandovery Castle.

The site we supposedly 'lifted' these pictures from was:
But again, I'm all for being clear, so here are my parent's original images.

The images on our website are attributed to who took them or who sent them to us.  The fonts stock photos we use are from noted sites.  We have posted obituaries in the past and newspaper articles, we also strive to make note of which paper and the date for every article.
Some of the people and places that our tools are from are no longer with us, that's a sad fact of having outlived some of our sources.
None of us are perfect, but this research has taken lifetimes to compile.  Really, if you want to be specific, this is family research started some 200 odd years before I was even born, and this is their work that this team is simply putting into an organized and digital format.
Maybe I'm being over sensitive.  I know being over worked burns people out, but once again, Armageddon wasn't planned.  Maybe I shouldn't be insulted, but then, that's our integrity being questioned.  We stand behind our work.

Monday, August 11, 2014

BHC First World War Commemoration Ceremony

Posting Member: Jake
Topic: Follow Up Post

As we have connections scattered near and far, not everyone was able to attend the ceremony.  Here is the service in it's entirety, including the guest speakers mentioned in our previous post.  It was very surreal going through the footage, and hit home with the same force the second time.