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Structural Genealogy

Genealogy – it’s not just for people

Clooz 2.0 Is Out

I haven’t been paying attention – one of my favorite genealogy applications, Clooz, has left it’s 2.0 beta testing and has now been formally released. The author refers to it as an “electronic filing cabinet ” for genealogy documents and files, and that’s pretty much an apt description.

The 2.0 series had a complete rewrite – in “.Net”, meaning it requires Windows XP unfortunately. Among the significant updates – new templates, census substitutions (for those times you can’t find somebody in the census, this is a good way to document where they were around then), and map tracking/information/storage, and most importantly, GEDCOM importing.

One thing I thought was pretty cool, they’ve added what is basically a building history area to track buildings and land that were important to your ancestors – I’ve mentioned before that people are starting to get into doing research on places and structures.

Experts to Offer Free Appraisals of Attic Treasures (Pittsburgh)

Bethany Hoffstetter has an article, Experts to offer free appraisals of attic ‘treasures’, in the Pittsburg Tribune-Review, about the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center hosting an interesting event, “Fling or Keep? What to Do with Your Attic Treasures”, this weekened (saturday to be precise). Hopefully it won’t cause people to go out and sell family heirlooms.

Most-Wanted Time Capsules

The International Time Capsule Society has listed their most-wanted time capsules. They list nine time capsules that go back to the 1790s (including one involving George Washington as well as one that concerns the MASH TV series) that are missing, and that they hope to recover or at least document.

Clooz Beta, House History, and Genealogy

I see that Clooz 2.0 is undergoing beta testing. Clooz is billed as a “electronic filing cabinet that assists you with search and retrieval of important facts you have found during the ancestor hunt” by its developers, and they’ve certainly added a few interesting things.

Three things about this new version of Clooz jumped out at me (and they certainly helped me decide to add this to my collection of genealogy software)

Historic Preservation 101: Tips to Improve the Odds

Great article at the Grand Forks Herald (ND), Historic Preservation 101: Tips to improve the odds, about a topic that doesn’t get covered enough – preserving old buildings. Peg O’Leary, the Grand Forks Historic Preservation Commission coordinator, and Dale Bentley, who is the executive director of Preservation North Dakota, mention some good ideas and information if you want to get involved with preserving an old building that you are interested in.