My goal here today is to give you a completely new way to look at the process of doing genealogy research. I want to show you how Henry Ford would do genealogy, using specialization and cooperation, and the huge efficiencies that come along with industrial cooperation processes, and then see if I can convince some of you to change your procedures a little bit and join in a cooperative project. I use the term “industrial strength cooperation” to describe the new process.  More…

As we start up ProgenyLink for public use, there are numerous features which we are unable to provide at the moment, but plan to incorporate at a later date. However, as a temporary workaround, there are many other websites which can supply some of these features, which can be used to augment the ProgenyLink website. One interesting new option is the “shoebox” iPhone app which turns your iPhone into a portable scanner, and allows you to upload images of family photos and documents to the website. From there, you should be able to copy them to your ProgenyLink account. We will try to describe these new features as they become available somewhere on the web, and how one can use them in conjunction with ProgenyLink until we can provide our own integrated version. More….

We have explored numerous powerful features at the feasibility and design level, and for some of them we have done a test implementation, just to be sure they can be made to work. However, we surely have not thought of everything, so we will invite serious users to suggest future generations of improvements.

A partial list of future features: semi-automated research assistance, bulk uploads and downloads, high-quality printed output. More….  

“Finishing” your genealogy is simply impossible using today’s methods, assuming you want to get back more than five generations on all surname lines. (It appears that finishing a full five generations of genealogy is a lifetime project for most researchers.)  However, it is quite possible to finish a full 10-generations of genealogy, relatively easily, if researchers are willing to participate in a cooperative project. We should note that completing 10 generations of genealogy requires 32 times as much data as completing 5 generations. Since most people do not have 32 normal lifetimes to devote to this kind of work, we need to use a different procedure if we want to do more.

This article demonstrates that each individual researcher can receive back more than 1000 times the data which they submit, making it possible to complete research on the 1024 surnames required to complete a 10 generation pedigree. 
Diagram of relative research results — (PDF – 9 pages)

“The Encyclopedia of Humanity” envisioned for this grand project will be an individual-level history of the nation and of the world. It will become a national and world resource of great spiritual and practical value.
The Encyclopedia of Humanity — (PDF – 2 pages)

If you want to read about the many problems that need to be solved in the genealogy industry, how they should be solved in general, and also some of the internal details on how it has been implemented, here is the current version of the 82-page book that explains it. There is an important section on the mathematics of genealogy. It contains numerous diagrams, and even includes a quick look at the contents of the patent which is pending. (One patent has already been issued) 
Doing Genealogy the Henry Ford Way — (PDF – 82 pages)

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