In my early 20′s, on hiatus from college, I was working in Fort Wayne, Indiana as a web developer. Being near the Allen County Public Library, which has one of the bigger genealogy collections in the United States, I started looking into my family history. I took many trips to the library to look through microfilms and microfiche. I began contacting distant relatives who were also working on family history, and soon began making use of the extensive resources available from the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I caught the genealogy bug and have yet to recover.
During graduate school, I took classes in user interface design, usability, and information visualization. For the projects in these classes, I often chose to do something genealogy related. Two such projects can be found on my website. In these projects, I spent a lot of time thinking about genealogy software, interviewing users, looking at other genealogy software, and experimenting by writing various software tools.
Now almost four years since I’ve taken any classes, I still enjoy doing this as a hobby and I think I have some insights and innovations to offer the genealogy industry. I have started this blog in order to share some of my thoughts with the genealogy software community. In my limited free time, I have also been writing my own software to try out some of my ideas. I will likely release it as open source, but it’s not quite up to par yet, so you’ll have to wait for that. Although, if people are interested in trying it out, that would give me to the impetus to clean it up and release it sooner rather than later. Welcome to my blog. My hope is that this blog can generate some discussion that will be useful to the community.