Thursday, March 29, 2007

The Generations Network: BELLEVUE

The Generations Network: BELLEVUE Senior UEX Designer job in Bellevue, WA: Arts/Entertainment/Publishing and Internet/New Media careers - Yahoo HotJobs: "

* Relocation from any U.S. location to Washington.
* For additional information regarding our benefits and career information, please visit our website at

Key Responsibilities / Performance Requirements:

* Work and lead within a small, talented design team to conceive and build the user experience for
* Identify interaction design opportunities and innovate to create a best-of-breed user experience for a fresh Web 2.0 product
* Apply user-centered design methods to ensure an engaging, appropriate and usable social software and collaborative multimedia authoring applications
* Work closely with the Creative Director, product managers and developers to define overall product direction and UI requirements
* Help define direction and briefs for understanding users through usability and ethnographic research studies
* Translate research findings into compelling interface designs
* Develop and document structural design paradigms, structures and paper prototypes
* Design and produce graphics and pages for the final product

Required Skills:
  • Bachelors Degree in relevant field (Graphic Design, Interaction Design, Human Factors, Cognitive Psychology ) or equivalent work experience.
  • 5+ years web experience; ability to design both structure and look and feel of data-driven web sites and web applications for ongoing production and maintenance.
  • Extremely strong knowledge of and experience in, interaction design, information architecture and graphic design.
  • Experience with user centered design and user research (ethnography, usability testing)
  • Deep working knowledge of cross-browser xHTML, CSS, and industry standard design software.
  • Love the web as much as we do!
  • Excellent writing and communication skills; with an outstanding portfolio.
" 2.0 beta – Create a private family website to share photos and stories: "Since 1998, has provided private family web sites to help millions of people stay connected with those who matter most. Continuing that tradition, 2.0 beta introduces a new generation of FREE family web sites for sharing photos, stories, news, and more." - Google Search "About

With 23,000 searchable databases and titles, is the No. 1 online source for family history information. Since its launch in 1997, has been the premier resource for family history, simplifying genealogical research for millions of people by providing them with many easy-to-use tools and resources to build their own unique family trees. is part of The Generations Network, Inc, a leading network of family-focused interactive properties, including,,, and Family Tree Maker. In total,
The Generations Network properties receive 9.6 million unique visitors worldwide and over 380 million page views a month

((C) comScore Media Metrix, February, 2007)."


comScore Networks, Inc.: " maintains massive proprietary databases that provide a continuous, real-time measurement of the myriad ways in which the Internet is used and the wide variety of activities that are occurring online.

Mission-critical information relating to both offline and online activities is collected through comScore's innovative use of the Internet as a timely and powerfu
l data collection medium.

comScore's products and services are utilized by many of the world's leading corporations to better understand, leverage and profit from the rapidly evolving worldwide Web."

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The Generations Network: a job in Provo

The Book Publications Manager will be a dynamic leader on the Editorial and Publications team, actively managing the production of book and other printed projects. He or she will work closely with the editorial director to ensure that all projects are sent to press at a high standard of quality and on time.

The publications manager must be a self-starter, deadline-driven, and detail-oriented. He or she must demonstrate organizational skills and have the ability to coordinate multiple projects at a time and interface with authors, other editors, and designers. He or she will also be responsible for working with printers to ensure the best quality and price for new and reprint book products. The publications manager must be experienced in diplomatically dealing with authors, editors, and designers to create the best possible product.

The publications manager will be required to work full time in the Provo, Utah offices of The Generations Network, Inc."

If you follow the vacancies in The Generations Network Jobs - Yahoo! HotJobs you get an idea of what is going on

The Generations Network: Italian - Speaking Customer Support Consultants

an experienced web developer you will help build our next-generation web site where millions of family members already connect with each other on a daily basis to share photos, news, recipes and other information. We are moving to a state-of-the-art .NET 2.0 + AJAX development environment and need a developer with a solid track record of shipping high-quality consumer web sites and services.

with relocation from any U.S. location to Utah or Washington.
Location Ottawa, Ontario, Canada — Toronto, Ontario, Canada

a pivotal role in Canada for The Generation Network. The key candidate will be responsible for identifying and obtaining rights to significant genealogical collections from private and public institutions in Canada. This position will report to the Regional Content Manager at company headquarters in Provo, Utah.

La version française sera bientôt disponible - Drouin Collection: "With cooperation and support from experts at the University of Montreal, Ancestry is in the process of indexing the collection.

Currently, all of the images are accessible by browsing through time periods and locations. Ancestry will post the index and provide a French interface for improved searching as soon as they become available"

Friday, March 23, 2007

E-petition: census

Thank you for signing the e-petition calling for the closure period on census data to be reduced from its present 100 years to 70 years for the 1911, 1921 and 1931 censuses.

The Government understands the frustrations this delay can cause, particularly to people who are researching their family history. But these frustrations have to be balanced against the assurances given to people at the time about confidentiality. This also has implications today, for public confidence in the privacy of information which people provide in future censuses.

Clearly, the importance of the personal information provided in the census is that it enables a detailed and accurate picture to be built up of our society. This is of great assistance to Government and to the community as a whole in helping shape policies and set priorities for the future. But unless people believe that the personal data they provide - which includes details of their occupation and who is living with them - will remain confidential and secure as they have been promised, the danger is that they might feel reluctant to give sensitive information.

It is for this reason that there is a policy of a 100-year delay before releasing the personal data in the census. The purpose is to minimise the risk of embarrassment both to those living and to their immediate descendants. The Government does not believe this policy should be altered or the explicit assurances given to people at the time broken.

You might like to know, however, that the 1911 census was not taken under this Act. The census returns are held by the National Archives, not the Office for National Statistics. Plans are underway to set up an on-line search service of the 1911 census by 2009, although again personally sensitive material will not be released until 2011. The National Archives will also respond to certain requests for information on the 1911 census under the Freedom of Information Act.

On a sadder note, the 1931 census records were destroyed by fire during the Second World War.

We know this reply will disappoint many people, but hope you will understand that in the long-term, the reasons given are in the best interests of preserving the census for future generations.

a new law could be taken

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to reduce the classified period for census data from 100 years to 70 years.: "This would allow census information from 1911, 1921 and 1931 to be used by the general public researching their family history in the absense (or failing memories) of their elderly relatives. Birth, Marriage and Death information is already available so why is information about where people lived hidden."

it is already available in Electoral Rolls and old telephone directories

Napoleonic Wars 1798 to 1815

Navy List: "For nearly two decades Patrick Marioné has been collecting information on the commissioned sea officers of the Royal Navy of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 1793-1815, known to the British participants simply as the Great War.
This quarter of a century of war, whose apogee was the Campaign of Trafalgar in 1805, saw the Victory of Sea Power and set the course of European and world history for the next 100 years.

The Complete Navy List contains the names of more than 11,000 commissioned officers who served in the Royal Navy from 1787 onwards, up to those who entered the service before 1817.
The information, which has been collected comprises individual’s careers, their personal lives, their parents and families, the honours and pensions they earned, and much more, and extends into what they did after the Great War."

Thursday, March 22, 2007

good parish maps

A vision of Britain through time | Your national on-line library for local history:
"between 1801 and 2001.
Including maps, statistical trends and historical descriptions."

Vision of Britain | News: "The Joint Information Systems Committee — a joint committee of the UK further and higher education funding bodies — has awarded the University of Portsmouth £398,700 (about $US 780,000) to support a new project, Historic Boundaries of Britain, to create computerised boundaries for the system of Parliamentary Constituencies from before the First Reform Act (1831/2) up to 1974.

These will then be used within the Vision of Britain web site to allow us to present detailed election results — numbers of votes for each party in each constituency in each election — from the mid-nineteenth century onwards."


VMTN Blog: "VDI, or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, is quickly entering the buzzword danger zone. At the most basic level, VDI technology is a new method for delivering desktops to users.

Of course users have been using desktops for years, at first running locally on their own PCs, and more recently by accessing remote server-based computing (SBC) desktops running on Microsoft terminal servers or Citrix Presentation Servers."

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Burke's Peerage and Gentry

A brand new website for Burke's Peerage has just been launched. Specialists in Irish and British online genealogy,

The Origins Network ( have totally re-designed the Burke's Peerage Online service (, making it much easier to search the rich genealogical database and to access an extraordinary range of detailed articles and essays on many aspects of the culture and traditions of the British Isles.

Definitive historical and genealogical guide to the major families.: "There are more than 1 million names in our 15,000+ records of British, Irish and American royalty, the peerage, presidential and other important families. Each has been meticulously researched by a team of professional genealogists to ensure the information is accurate, reliable and up-to-date. "

from the following collections:

Burkes Peerage & Baronetage 107th Edition, including Knights, Scottish Chiefs and Scottish Feudal Barons

Burke's Landed Gentry 19th Edition: The Kingdom in Scotland; The Ridings of York; The North West; The Principality of Wales

Burke's Landed Gentry 18th Edition

Burke's Landed Gentry Irish Families (Irish supplement to the 15th Edition of Burke's Landed Gentry)

American Families with British Ancestry

American Presidential Families

British Prime Ministers

The Atavus Subscriber Library