Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Innovator Summit features Nathan Furr

The following is from FamilySearch. I did already post a similar announcement. I didn't realize the official press release provided more information. 

FamilySearch Press ReleaseDecember 15, 2014

Nathan Furr, PhD, Coauthor of The Innovator’s Method, to Headline the RootsTech Innovator Summit
Nathan Furr
Salt Lake City, Utah—For the second year in a row, the world’s largest family history and technology conference, RootsTech, is getting a jump-start a day early with Innovator Summit, a full-day event featuring Nathan Furr, coauthor ofThe Innovator’s Method and Nail It Then Scale It. The event, sponsored by Ancestry.com, will be held onWednesday, February 11, 2015, at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Nathan Furr is a recognized expert and a professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at Brigham Young University and a visiting scholar at INSEAD and ESSEC. His new book, The Innovator’s Method (Harvard Business Review Press, Sept. 2014) combines the two, bringing the radical “lean start-up” approach to innovation into established organizations. His previous book, Nail It Then Scale It (NISI Institute, 2011), underscores that the seeds to entrepreneurial success are sown before you build anything. He will kick off the day with his keynote address titled “How to Apply the Innovator’s Method to Increase Your Success and Decrease Your Risk.”

By bringing in keynote speakers such as Furr, Innovator Summit aims to inspire new ideas, new discussions, and new connections that will drive technology and business opportunities both inside and outside the traditional genealogy marketplace. “We are excited to bring technology leaders, innovation experts, and entrepreneurs together once again to better understand and discuss opportunities in a rapidly growing market segment,” said David Pugmire, event manager. “RootsTech Innovator Summit is a one-of-a-kind event. Thought leaders like Furr can distill their recipe for success and those interested in this space can network with others that can help bring projects to reality.”

The Innovator Summit offers developers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs access to the latest content and resources that provide insight on family history data, services and inspiration for current and future projects. A full lineup of classes are offered on Wednesday, February 11, with additional classes offered on Thursday and Friday. The Wednesday event includes the keynote address, a lunch combined with the semifinal round of the RootsTech Shark Tank, an evening mingle, and a late-night hack-a-thon event. In addition to Furr, other business and technology speakers at Innovator Summit include:
  • Harrison Tang, cofounder and chief executive officer of Family.me.
  • Mike Davis, cofounder and chief executive officer of StoryPress.
  • Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, director of the Great Migration Study Project at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
Though Innovator Summit innovation competitions have been included in the past, this year RootsTech is upping the ante with $25,000 in total cash prizes. This RootsTech Innovator Showdown event will include a live audience; judging by genealogy, technology, and business gurus; and a people’s choice award. New apps, software, or other products will be unveiled, and three winners will receive cash prizes and the chance to show their winning entries to media, bloggers, and thousands of RootsTech attendees. Past winners, such as last year’s grand prize winner, Harvey and Jane Baker of Saving Memories Forever , have gone on to successfully capitalize on the $4 billion family history market and stake a claim for themselves.

For more information about Innovator Summit or to get registered for the conference, please visit RootsTech.org/innovator.

Nathan Furr at Innovator Summit

The following is from RootsTech.

RootsTech - February 12-14, 2015

Nathan Furr, Ph.D., Author of The Innovator’s Method,to Headline RootsTech Innovator Summit

Nathan Furr at Innovator SummitOne of the world’s leading authors and recognized experts in innovation and entrepreneurship will be part of the largest family history conference in the world. Nathan Furr, Ph.D., will be joining RootsTech as a keynote speaker on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at the Innovator Summit. His keynote address, titled “How to Apply the Innovator’s Method to Increase Your Success and Decrease Your Risk,” will zero in on how to capture new opportunities, how to balance the need for execution and flexibility, how startups develop innovative business models, and the impact of learning on new market success.

Nathan Furr is a Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Brigham Young University and has a Ph.D. from Stanford University. His new book,The Innovator’s Method (Harvard Business Review Press, September 2014) combines the two, bringing the radical “lean start-up” approach to innovation into established organizations. His previous book, Nail It Then Scale It (NISI Institute, 2011), underscores that the seeds to entrepreneurial success are sown before you build anything.

Nathan Furr is just one of the many exciting and inspiring speakers at RootsTech Innovator Summit. The Innovator Summit offers developers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs access to the latest content and resources that provide insight on family history data, services, and inspiration for current and future projects. A full lineup of classes are offered on Wednesday, February 11, with additional classes offered on Thursday and Friday. The Wednesday event includes Furr's keynote address, a lunch combined with the semifinal round of the RootsTech Innovator Challenge, an evening mingle, and a late-night hack-a-thon event. If you are a developer, business leader, or entrepreneur, you won't want to miss this event.

For more information, visit RootsTech.org.

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All I Want for Christmas is....New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer

Yup, this would be my dream gift this Christmas season.




The New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer is the first book of its kind. More than 100 experts
have reviewed and contributed content about local and regional resources and key topics in New York family
 history. The result is a book of more than 800 pages with:

  • Chapters on major record groups and research resources
  • Information on major ethnic and religious groups that have lived in New York
  • Gazetteers, maps, and research guides to each of New York’s  62 counties
  • A timeline of key events in New York history 1609–1945 that impact genealogical research
  • An index of place names past and present


“Three years of intensive work culminate in this volume, which serves as a comprehensive guide to the resources available to research the histories of families with New York roots. The Guide is a unique resource which not only supports those interested in New York State, but also provides a model for other states—a true gift to those interested in family history.”

David S. Ferriero • Archivist of the United States

“For centuries, New York has been the New World’s gateway, the first address of families searching for better lives for themselves and their descendants. Now, thanks to the astonishing efforts of the NYG&B, those descendants have a single port of entry for researching the past. This volume is certain to become the standard for the nation and an indispensable resource for anyone hoping to retrace ancestral journeys in—and beyond—the Empire State.”

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. • Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University
“The unrivaled achievement of this volume is its authoritative and accessible coverage of the vast, complex, and challenging domain of genealogical research. The NYG&B – long recognized as a champion of family history -- has provided an indispensable, must-have resource for libraries, historical societies, and their many users.”

Ann Thornton • Andrew W. Mellon Director, The New York Public Library
New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer
2015. Softcover, 8.5 x 11, 809 pages plus index. Retail $85
Special pre-publication pricing for orders guaranteed until January 21, 2015.
Members: $60    Non-Members: $75
Order securely online via our online store, by calling (212) 755-8532, or by mailing your completed order form with a check to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.

Pre-order the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer for delivery in late January.

 

Gift purchases will be announced in a card to the gift recipient. 

Findmypast release the 1890 US census and more

The following is from FindMyPast.


Findmypast release the 1890 US census, over 31 million England and Wales marriages, over 71,000 Irish Petty Sessions Court Registers and new additions to their collection of British Newspapers


Every Friday, thousands of new records are released on our dedicated Findmypast Friday page to explore over the weekend. This week’s new additions also include over 31 million English Marriages, over 131,000 Welsh Marriages, the final instalment of our collection of Irish Petty Session Court Registers, the 1890 US census and new additions to our collection of historic British Newspapers.

In 1921, a fire destroyed nearly all of the records and materials from the US 1890 census that were stored in the basement of the Commerce Building in Washington D.C. Almost all of the original data from the 1890 census is no longer available. About 1,000 pages and fragments survived the fire. These include some records from specific counties in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, and Texas. It is these pages and fragments that make up this collection.
The 1890 census forms provided information about every individual in the house including their name, age, gender, relationship to the head of the household, occupation, marital status, place of birth, parent’s place of birth, level of literacy, number of years spent in the US and whether or not they were a civil war veteran or widow.
Over 31 million International Genealogical Index (IGI) England Marriages 1538-1973 have been added to our collection of UK Marriage records. Spanning the 435 years between 1538 and 1975, each record consists of a transcript of the original document. Each record consists of a transcript of the original document. The amount of information contained varies although the records usually list the couple’s names, place of marriage, date of marriage and the names of the groom’s parents.
Over 131,000 International Genealogical Index (IGI) Wales, Marriages 1541-1900. Each record consists of a transcript of the original document. The amount of information contained varies although the records usually list the couple’s names, place of marriage, date of marriage and the names of the groom’s parents.
Over 710,000 records have been added to complete our collection of Irish Petty Sessions Court Registers 1828-1912. Petty Sessions handled the bulk of lesser criminal and civil legal proceedings. These were presided over by Justices of the Peace, who were unpaid and often lacked any formal legal training. Justices were usually prominent landowners or gentlemen. Justice was pronounced summarily at these courts – i.e. without a jury. Petty Sessions sat daily, weekly or monthly, depending on the volume of cases, and often saw controversial judgements. Every court had a clerk, whose job it was to record the details of each case in the registers.
Now the largest collection of Irish court & prison records available anywhere online, there over 22 million records in the collection. They include details of victims, witnesses and the accused, such as address, date in court, details of the offence, details of the verdict and the sentence.
Over 800,000 new articles have been added to our collection of British Newspapers. Two new titles have also been added, the Aberdeen Weekly Journal, County Chronicle and the Surrey Herald & Weekly Advertiser for Kent.  Substantial updates to existing titles include over 112,000 additional articles from the Sheffield Independent and over 110,000 additional articles from the Western Daily Press. The full collection now stands at over 100 million articles.