Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Tracing back the missing links and lineages in the family can be too tedious and will acquire eons to map out at least two links. This is where genealogy services provided by various on-site or off-site companies serve its purpose and advantage to organizations or any other individual client.
Genealogy services call for robust infrastructure, in-depth knowledge and experience in researching and analyzing various old records and data. The genealogists draw on various old records like family records, census records, financial records, wills, war records, BMD (Birth Marriage Death) records, Parish records, electoral records, etc. Historical, social, and family backdrop is crucial in achieving accurate identification of individuals and relationships.
Some of the basic genealogical services include scanning, indexing and transcription, and data updation process. Companies scan and digitize data from microfilms, microfiche, aperture cards, paper/old books using OCR and other techniques to maintain the legibility of the information throughout the process.
Historical data indexing provides easy access to any information required at any time. Indexing of the genealogy data or record can allow any member of a family to map out the long lost member of the same or related family. The transcription process can reproduce any hard to read document into decipherable document. Some companies also provide the option to update or add any new family link or information to the existing genealogy record.
Based on the family documents and stories collected, the genealogists set forth for further research which includes the examining and evaluating the records to pin down the verification about the ancestors and other family links. Various researches conducted include ancestry research, relationship charts, pedigree charts or biography charts.
Most of the organizations or clients resort on outsourcing their genealogy tasks to other companies to cut their overhead and save time to execute their other core jobs. While some conduct the genealogy research to be informed of the religious belief systems, others have it done out of the desire or curiosity to know the medical and family history of the adopted individual or to be updated on the families who survived poverty, slavery or other natural calamities.
However, the information that the historical data or any other genealogy data houses can be unreliable at times. The unpredictability of the information depends on the mental state or knowledge or any other aspects of the informant or writer. Hence it is imperative for the genealogist to meticulously scrutinize the source of information with eagle-eye attention.
Genealogy software like GRAMPS (Genealogical Research and Analysis Management Programming System) can store the basic information of an individual like first name, family name, place name, occupation, dates of birth, marriage and death, residence, etc. Most programs facilitate the importing and exporting of these data in GEDCOM (Genealogical Data Communication) format. This allows the data to be accessed or opened in any other genealogy software.

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