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BOOK - Guide to Wolfram|Alpha for Genealogy and Family History Research
By Thomas MacEntee
Published by Unlock the Past, Australia , 2014
This edition printed and bound in Canada by GlobalGenealogy.com Inc.
Most genealogists and family historians these days are familiar with a variety of search engines used to locate information on the internet. These include Google, Bing, and Yahoo as well as specialty search engines such as Mocavo. The process is pretty straight forward: you enter your search terms, and you get back a list of links to relevant websites.
But what if there were a search engine that allowed queries in the form of a question and, in fact, preferred that format? You could classify the resulting search engine as more of an answer engine that anything else. And what if you could take the concept one step further and have this answer engine calculate information based on set input parameters? Great concept, right?
Well such a search engine does exist: Wolfram|Alpha. What sets this computational engine apart from other search engines is the ability to pull data from external sources (meaning websites outside of Wolfram|Alpha) that are curated (meaning selected for their data reliability and sources).
Paperback: 32 pages
- Wolfram|Alpha: an introduction
- Wolfram|Alpha: the basics
- Input field
- Sources for Wolfram|Alpha results
- Wolfram|Alpha data
- Determining sources at Wolfram|Alpha
- Family relationships
- Basic family relationship information
- Computer family relationship information
- Words and text
- Determine missing letters in a word
- Historical dates of holidays
- Calculate a date based on another date
- Calculate a date based on a previous day of the week
- Calculate Julian calendar dates
- Determine a day of the week for a historical date
- Generate a calendar for a specific year
- Current value of historical money
- Historical equivalent value of today's money
- Convert historical quantities of money
- Local historical weather
- Historical weather for specific locales
- Genealogy and History Research Assistant for iPhone and iPad
- Fun stuff
- Occupation: genealogist
- Wolfram|Alpha easter eggs
Product Dimensions: 5 x 8"
Softcover - staple-bound on spine
Published by Unlock the Past, Australia, 2014
About the author: Thomas MacEntee|
Thomas MacEntee is a genealogy professional specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community. He lives in Chicago. As well as being a genealogy professional, Thomas is also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, marketer, network builder and more. He has built his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy and also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavour, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who likes to teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. He offers a variety of skills and services to others: speaking and lecturing, education, self-publishing, marketing, networking, market analysis, coaching, mentoring, and entrepreneurship. Thomas has written seven books and is editor of close to 100 books and guides.
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