AP Styebook: ‘Web site’ is now ‘website’

Language changes are always interesting, and the AP Stylebook (print/online) has announced two changes to become the rule on May 15.

Finally, we can now write “website” instead of “Web site,” according to the copy editor’s bible:

Tracing the Tribe has been doing this for a long time. Now I don’t need to feel so guilty about it.

However, Internet remains cap-I, Web remains cap-W, and e-mail still has a hyphen, according to recent AP Online questions.

Another change, also adopted long ago by Tracing the Tribe to prevent confusion among international readers – is to spell out the names of US states and also to write Canada instead of the province after major cities. This is the AP announcement:


The Associated Press is changing its style on state abbreviations and Canadian cities to create a consistent and universal style for international and domestic use. Starting May 15, the proper style will be to spell out the names of U.S. states in all stories and datelines where a city is followed by a state name. SACRAMENTO, Calif., for example, will become SACRAMENTO, California. We also will drop the practice of including names of Canadian provinces in datelines. We will instead use Canada. VANCOUVER, British Columbia, for example, will become VANCOUVER, Canada.

Changes become the rule on May 15, for those who do not already follow the new style.

Now, if there were only one official spelling for Chanukah-Hannuka-Hanukah-Channuka, etc.

Maybe that will come next.

Southern California: ‘Genealogy in the round," May 2

“Genealogy In The Round: Share Your Successes, Failures, Artifacts and Brick Walls” is the topic at the next meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County, on Sunday, May 2.

It begins at 1.30pm at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks.

Sharing problems, solutions and other aspects of family history research helps everyone. One person’s experience may solve another’s problem.

Come and share a genealogical success, failure, brick wall, or genealogical artifact! This is your meeting – we all learn from one another – take this opportunity to share your genealogical story – success or failure, ask questions about your brick walls, and more!

If you wish to participate in the program, contact Jan Meisels Allen at president@JGSCV.org. Each participant will be given 5-10 minutes to share – depending on the number of presenters. Whether you are a JGSCV member or a potential member – we’d love to hear your genealogical story.

There is no fee to attend this meeting.