Ancestry DNA‘s latest revelation that they are removing matches below 8 centimorgans from our DNA match lists has created a new geneafrenzy or phenomenon, Dotting.
Many genealogists are currently in a Dotting frenzy as they try to salvage their small matches before Ancestry’s great purge.
A Dotting Schema
Dotting: the act of categorising our DNA matches with a coloured dot that denotes a group you have created using the Ancestry coloured dot method.
I saw on someone’s twitter account that she described herself as an Infovore. I thought I knew what this meant but, as it was the first time I had come across the term, I consulted other sources and found several mentions. Your Dictionary.com gave this definition:
- A person who indulges in and desires information gathering and interpretation.
Origin: The term was introduced as a scientific term by neuroscientists Irving Biederman and Edward Vessel.
Most genealogists I know could be described as Infovores as we devour information.
Infovores at The Family History Library, Salt Lake City
I’m cheating a little with this post as I am copying a recent post from my GeniAus blog that has a different audience from the Geneadictionary.
It’s not too often that I find a term for The Geneadictionary in Trove. This morning when I was looking for something else I came across the past tense of a verb “Maided” so off I went on a tangent to see if I could find other instances of the word being used in a similar context….and I did.
The clippings that follow illustrate the meaning of Maided.
Ferreting in my Geneadictionary files on Evernote I found this definition I had saved from Bill West.
Genea-bog: When you can’t seem to get yourself going on your research or blog writing.
On reading this Pauleen Cass added “and you’re feet just can’t get out of the quagmire of your research conundra.”
Yesterday I hosted a webinar for The Society of Australian Genealogists with guest speaker Brian Bela Schellenberg (note the title of Brian’s website) from Ancestry Pro Genealogists in Utah. as a lover of genealogisms I was excited by the title of Brian’s presentation.
According to Brian Hapsburgology is all about: Research in the Former Austro-Hungarian Empire.
As I was wandering through my email box I fell down a rabbit hole and ended up at a page on Amy Johnson Crow’s site.
Amy says” WANDER is also an acronym that I’ve come up with to help describe the genealogy research process.”
You can take wander over to Amy’s page and learn about her process here:
Auscestry: The Australian branch of the family tree.
In an old blog post From Cave to Chapel that I wrote in 2016 about the new room I was setting up as my research area I made the comment ” I may call my new room the Chapel because Genealogy is my religion!”
So if Genealogy is your religion you may wish to convert your Geneacave into a Chapel.
I’ve been tidying up my Evernote folder where I try to keep track of my posts on the Geneadictionary and I have unearthed some forgotten ideas.
One of the images I had clipped was a comment from NAACP Santa Fe on a blog post I wrote in 2015 for the Worldwide Genealogy Blog.
It describes how I attack my research. I do Freestyle.
My Genealarm went off this morning as I was playing around. I blogged about the moment here: https://geniaus.blogspot.com/2020/05/waiting-time.html
Genealarm: A sudden realisation that a resource or action will be useful for genealogy research.