Saturday, July 01, 2006

19,234,000,000,000,000 Bytes Required

19,234,000,000,000,000 bytes is the amount of computer storage the Mormon Family and Church History Department (FCHD) says will be required for their planned digitized version of the 2.5 million rolls of microfilm in their possession. The rolls contain three billion frames of information about an estimated 12 billion people. If you are having trouble counting the zeros, the number is 19 quadrillon bytes.

Growing the GENETIC FAMILY TREE one branch at a time

The Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to building the world's foremost collection of DNA and corresponding genealogical information.

SMGF is making their collection available for searching on this web site. Finding matching DNA results and pedigrees in the Sorenson Database can help you make new family connections throughout the world and across generations.

The Foundation is a world leader in DNA research with direct application to genealogy. Their work complements other studies that focus on the "deep ancestry" of humankind.

SMGF was inspired by discussions in 1999 between philanthropist James LeVoy Sorenson and BYU Professor Scott Woodward about using DNA in genealogy.
Since that time, SMGF has collected more than 60,000 DNA samples, together with four-generation pedigree charts, from volunteers in more than 100 countries around the world.

Y-chromosome DNA results and pedigree charts are available for searching in the Sorenson Database. Y-DNA results and pedigrees help you trace your direct paternal line.

SMGF plans to release the Sorenson Mitochondrial Database in the second half of 2006. mtDNA results and pedigrees can help you trace your direct maternal line.

The Foundation is also conducting research on autosomal DNA, and plans to release the Sorenson Autosomal Database in the near future. Autosomal DNA results and pedigrees can help you trace both family lines.

"I can't think of anything that matters more than reminding people everywhere that in a very real sense, we are all brothers and sisters," says Mr. Sorenson about our genetic connections.

We invite you to participate in the SMGF project and search the Sorenson Database. Help grow the genetic family tree, one branch at a time

Friday, June 30, 2006

Downloadable Book

This is a PDF file for the first edition of Idiots Guide to Genealogy Online. There are some useful tips, and it's free. Be advised that the download is quite large, 10 Meg, so it's probably better to pass if you have a dial-up connection. I may be able to burn a few CDs for people if the demand isn't too great. --gk

Sunday, June 25, 2006

PAF-LUG Yahoo! Groups NEW email format

Get ready for a new look for your Yahoo! Groups email.
We've made your Daily Digest and Individual group emails easier to follow and more engaging than ever.

And this is just the beginning. Be sure to keep an eye out for more great additions to Yahoo! Groups.