Identifying the Thought Leaders in Genealogy Evidence Analysis

The consulting company I work for encourages us to be thought leaders in software development. The company encourages us to do more than keep our skills fresh. We are encouraged to find new ways to solve problems using the best tools possible. The goal is to be the “go to” people for software solutions. That got me thinking… Read More »

Edward Thompson

Evidentia and GenSmarts – Match Made in…Cyberland?

Evidentia is a research tool. GenSmarts™ identifies gaps in your research. Does it make sense to use them together? Time to do an experiment. What is GenSmarts? According to the website, “GenSmarts is a utility that uses artificial intelligence to analyze your existing genealogy file and produce research recommendations.” “It works with over a dozen popular genealogy… Read More »

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Time for some Training – Evidentia 3 for Beginners

This Saturday, June 10 at 9AM EDT Evidentia Software is providing a FREE 90 minute “Getting Started” class at Google Hangouts. This 90 minute class will focus on the basic skills required to get the most out of your Evidentia experience. The class will take you from your first source to a proof argument with several stops in… Read More »

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Cousin Tracker Hangout – March 29, 2017

I was invited to share about the new Evidentia Cousin Tracker on Dear Myrtle’s Wacky Wednesday last month. Had a great time talking about Evidentia and answering questions.

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Are We Cousins? Adventures with Evidentia’s New Cousin Tracker

Russ Worthington, known by many in the genealogy community as “Cousin Russ”, is a fan of the new Evidentia Cousin Tracker. He has already written half a dozen blog posts about the Evidentia Cousin Tracker, using it to track “We’re Related” notifications from the Ancestry phone app, and DNA match notifications. You can read his posts at The… Read More »

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Cousin Tracker – Part Two – The Main Screen

In the last tutorial, I demonstrated how you can create a “Possibility Tree” for the Cousin Tracker. In this tutorial, I want to show the features of the Cousin Tracker main screen that help you track you cousin related research. As before, I access the Cousin Tracker from the menu icon. Since I created a cousin log last… Read More »

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New! Evidentia v3.1 Cousin Research Tracker

We are excited to announce Evidentia v3.1 and the new Cousin Research Tracker. Why? Have you ever followed a “shaky leaf”? Did you find a family tree at the end? Did you speculating that you and the owner might share an ancestor? I have. Have you ever gotten a DNA match and wondered what Evidentia can do to… Read More »

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What to Do – Evidentia and My DNA Test Results

Hallelujah! I received my DNA test results!! Uh…now what…?  HOW do I enter then in Evidentia?  For that matter, WHY should I enter them in Evidentia? The answers are clear:  “Same as always”, “It depends”, and “Maybe”.  But I guess that is not very helpful. To really break down the answers, we need to break down the test… Read More »

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Can Evidentia Help You with Your DNA Test Results?

Use of DNA testing in genealogy is on the rise. RootsTech 2017 had at least 4 vendors offering DNA testing kits, and several more offering help with interpreting your DNA test results. The race is on to build the largest database of DNA test results. Evidentia does not yet have a toe in the DNA testing pool. However,… Read More »

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Challenge Yourself with the Evidentia Lineage Challenge

Did You Know That Evidentia v.3 is for Gamers? That’s right! A brand-new feature of version 3 that was quietly rolled out – and you probably haven’t even noticed yet – is the Lineage Challenge. This feature adds a bit of gaming to your Evidentia experience and rewards you for successfully proving each parent-child relationship. Ready to play? 🙂… Read More »