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FamilySearch Pilot adds Dutch Records

I would like to thank Renee Zamora for her recent article.  I’ve been checking out the new FamilySearch Labs for updates but hadn’t seen anything that really stuck out about the Doddema names; at least names that I didn’t have.  That changed today.  FamilySearch Labs has added over a million births, 374,000 marriages and 206,000 deaths.  WOW!!!!  That’s a alot!  So what happens when I type in the Doddema name?  7 pages of search results!  It’s extraordinary!

Right off the top, Hindrik Dodde also used the name Hendrik Doddema!  Emmo Doddema was also known as Onno Doddema.  The list goes on.  I’m excited if you can’t tell.

Although I will continue to use Genlias, I will also be using this resource.  Hopefully it will continue to mature.  From all indications, it will.  According to Renee’s article, over 40 million new records have been added since Jan 9, 2009!!  Jaw-dropping!  So, it looks like I will be busy for quite some time.  I guess WoW will have to do without me for some time to come.

FYI: I was a little confused with one item in Renee’s entry.  She mentions going to the old FamilySearch page and going thru a couple steps to get to the new search site.  I’m going to eliminate that and point you directly to the page: FamilySearch Pilot.

Little Updates

It’s been awhile since I last wrote.  One holiday has come and gone and others are fast approaching.  In fact, today in the Netherlands is Sinterklaasavond! Usually my family does a little celebration of this by giving some small gift, usually costing less than a couple dollars.  Some of the Doddema family have submitted their Sinterklaas memories (check December 2006 archives).

As mentioned in a previous post, I’ve created a Facebook page.  I remember reading somewhere that it was a good way to advertise.  I was amazed to see so many Doddema’s.  I’ve been able to correspond with some of them and have gained some valuable information, mostly corrections at this point.  One of my Dutch relatives also suggested a Dutch version of Facebook called Hyve.  It’s pretty similar to Facebook but alas, in a different language which makes it a little more difficult for me to use.  I’m pushing through though.  There are over a hundred Doddemas on the Hyve network!!!!!  Most of them are teenagers that I have never heard of.  What an amazing find!  Thanks goes to Dievertje for that one!!!!

I’m currently at work on integrating my genealogy page with my WordPress theme which means I need to update TNG (my genealogy software) to the latest version.  Expect this to be finished by the end of the month.  One integration that I have already added is a WordPress widget that allows you to search the genealogy database from the sidebar.  Very nice!  It looks like it needs some CSS work but otherwise works great.

I’m also going to be changing how I handle tags.  Tags will now be done using surnames making it easier to find posts related by surname.  The categories will become a little more expanded to fill the gap.

While I’d like to add some additional plugins, I’m going to wait until the release of WP 2.7.  No reason using something for a week only to find that it won’t work after the upgrade.  The theme will probably have to be modified to allow for the comment threading and whatever additional changes.  I am looking forward to 2.7 though.  It looks like it incorporates many “friendly” improvements.

Lastly, my wife is going to be taking over the our family posts.  I figure people have heard enough from me.  I’ll continue to write about site updates, genealogy news and finds.  Until next time.

Genealogists know how important that obituaries are to documentation. seems to have come up with a way to help with that.  Instead of working through countless newspapers, you can have the site alert you to whenever an obituary appears with the last name you specified.  Useful?  Oh yeah.  I’ve signed up and will try it out.  It’s in beta right now but looks like it could be the next….which is who created the site.  We know the power behind that biggie.

Thanks to Renee Zamora for sharing this site.  Her article can be found here: Tributes – Because every life has a story

Obituaries and new indexes

Legacy has released some interesting news/tidbits.  My favorite is recording obituaries.  I’m not the brightest bulb in the bunch but I’m no dummy.  If someone gives me advice, I take it.  Legacy has given some cool hints on how to record obituaries.  I’m taking this one to the bank!  It’s a keeper!  Read it here.

The Washington State Index from 1907-1960 is now available online.  Read the story here.

37 million French-Canadian names have recently become available online spanning 346 years.  Wow!  Unfortunately, it comes with a pricetag.  If you’re a subscriber to, you’re in luck!  Check here if interested.