Genealogy’s Star: How Good are Genealogical Search Engines?. “As a genealogical researcher, in order to do your research, you have two options: use a database program with a searchable index to the content of the digital images of historical documents or search the original documents word by word yourself either from paper or digital copies. If the database (website) you are searching supports user searches, your search is made by using a dedicated search engine.” Check the resource Randy Majors mentions in the first comment.
PBS NewsHour: Genetic genealogy can help solve cold cases. It can also accuse the wrong person.. “From a law enforcement perspective, the case for using genetic genealogy is strong. But experts are also flagging concerns about what the method means for people’s legal and DNA privacy.” Deep dive, good reading.
Wall Street Journal: Census Overhaul Seeks to Avoid Outing Individual Respondent Data. “The Census Bureau is overhauling its systems after it found anyone with sophisticated data tools could use published results to identify millions of individual census respondents, according to agency officials. The new system would prevent anyone—whether policy makers, marketers or data thieves—from using published data to target people based on what they disclose on the census.”
Ancestry: Your Privacy is our Top Priority. “Your privacy is important to us. That’s why we want to share our position on a recent event where a Florida judge issued a search warrant to allow law enforcement to search all of GEDmatch, an open data personal genomics database. Following the issuance of the search warrant, GEDmatch opened its database of nearly one million users — beyond those who had consented to such access — within 24 hours. Ancestry believes that GEDmatch could have done more to protect the privacy of its users, by pushing back on the warrant or even challenging it in court.”
GAO: Digging Deep on the 2020 Census with GAO’s New Podcast Series. “Today we’re introducing a new breed of GAO podcast — Watchdog Report: Deep Dig. While our traditional podcast tends to zero in on the bottom line of one of our new reports, Deep Dig will explore broader issues we examine, and bring you stories from the people behind our reports. The first episode of Deep Dig is on the 2020 Census — one of our High Risk areas.”
Oskaloosa Herald: Family photos connect Iowans to history. “[Bettina] Fabos discovered the original Fortepan photo archive in 2013 in Hungary, where she was a Fulbright scholar. The project began when a group of friends in Budapest rescued a discarded box of old photos and decided to post them online in 2010….Fabos brought the idea home to Iowa and created the world’s first Fortepan archive outside of Hungary. Others are in the works in Minnesota, as well as Denmark, Malta, Romania and India.”
Nebraska Library Commission: Resources for Libraries and the 2020 Census . One of these resources, a Webinar, has already happened. But there’s a lot of other stuff here.