Genealogy Program Next Sunday
MeMeeting Next Sunday:
Sunday, April 19, 2009, 10 a.m. Albert Einstein Residence Center, 1935 Wright St., Sacramento.
Phonetic Matching: An Alternative to Soundex with Fewer False Hits
Genealogist Steve Morse of “one-step” Web site fame will present a program on “Phonetic Matching.” Searching for names in large databases containing spelling variations has always been a problem. One solution, known as Soundex, is to encode each name into a number such that names that sound alike will encode to the same number. The search would then be based on finding matching numbers, which results in finding all names that sound like the target name.
The "sounds-alike" criteria used in Soundex is based on the spelling, with no regard to how the name might be pronounced in a particular language. The phonetic encoding Steve will describe incorporates rules for determining the language based on the spelling of the name, along with pronunciation rules for the common languages. This has the advantage of eliminating matches that might appear to "sound alike" under the pure spelling criteria of Soundex but are phonetically quite unrelated.
This Year in Philadelphia, August 2-7
Our own Mark Heckman is one of the program chairs for this year’s conference of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. He notes that the deadline for the early-bird registration for the Philadelphia IAJGS conference ends April 30 (the price goes up $45 May 1).
Mark says the keynote speaker will be Father Patrick Desbois, famous for his work in uncovering mass Jewish graves in Ukraine, and there are hundreds of other presentations, classes, and meetings covering all geographical and technical areas of Jewish genealogy. The entire preliminary program is on the Web at http://www.philly2009.org/program.cfm. If you aren’t sure yet whether you want to go, check out the details and see what events might interest you. Mark says it’s a really excellent program this year.
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