RootsTech Innovator Showdown with $100,000 in Prizes!

The following announcement is from RootsTech:

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FamilySearch International is looking for the next big social and mobile application that will influence not only an industry worth billions, but also generations of families—past, present, and future!

Held in conjunction with RootsTech, happening February 3–6, 2016, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, the 2016 Innovator Showdown will be a global innovation competition with $100,000 in total prizes for developers and entrepreneurs with ideas and products that enable people of all ages to discover, preserve, and connect with their families across generations.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Submissions for the Innovator Showdown will be accepted from September 1 to December 1, 2015, and the finals will be held in front of a live audience at RootsTech on Friday, February 5, 2016.

Got what it takes to connect generations? If so, start developing your social and mobile application today.

Click on the illustration for all the details!

A Sweetheart of a deal… #RootsTech #Genealogy

A Sweetheart of a deal…

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As I’ve written during the RootsTech conference, I’ve been hanging around the MyHeritage booth absorbing information. MyHeritage has been making exciting technological advances for several years. Their tech is allowing them to share billions of records, documents, and what they have termed Discoveries with subscribers.

I’m going to go into a lot more detail below about why I’m excited about MyHeritage and the huge potential for Discoveries (code word for ancestors). However, right up front, I have the distinct privilege to offer my readers what I’m calling a sweetheart of a deal. Play on words again. (Did any of you guys forget the flowers?) MyHeritage founder and CEO, Gilad Japhet has given me permission to offer my readers the best deal I’ve ever seen on a MyHeritage subscription. How about $99.95 for a full year of Full Access to MyHeritage – that’s their Premium Plus family site and their Data Plan… Everything!!! For way over half off! We are talking $20 less than the best price offered here at RootsTech, and that was a 50% off deal! Click on this link to purchase Full Access MyHeritage at only $99.95. Do it now, as this price will only be offered through February 24, 2015 – then it ends. Period.

Note that the offer is for Genealogy Newsline Readers. However, since I author and own Genealogy Newsline, I can also offer it to my GenealogyBlog.com readers and folks that read me through social media. The landing screen from the above link says “Genealogy Newsline Readers,” but in this case we’re being even more inclusive.

Most of my readers are already familiar with MyHeritage, and understand that they have huge and rapidly growing family trees – many of them produced in Europe by genealogists just like you, only they might be speaking a different language (Cool…, huh?). Here are a couple impressive numbers… How about 28,000,000 family trees and 2.5 billion tree profiles? What do I bet you have family in there? I’d nearly guarantee it. Here’s why.

I had the privilege to sit down for a half hour or so with Mike Mallin. He was a Keynote speaker here at RootsTech at the opening session Thursday morning. He’s also the chief product officer at MyHeritage. I asked some serious questions and got some serious answers. Mike has dedicated his life to offering “value” to MyHeritage subscribers, and he wants each of us to have Discoveries, not just more documents. Now how’s that?

You may be familiar with the Smart Matching, and Record Matching, where MyHeritage takes your data and matches against other data within their system. Smart Matching allows us to discover unknown relatives and ancestors through family tree matches. Record Matching automatically sends records to us that match people in our family trees. Well, the new Discovery feature that’s about to be launched will take these matching features to a new level. In a month or so, we will see a new button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen saying Discovery. We will be able to click on the button, and get a scroll-down menu of Discoveries – Click on a Discovery, and have the capability of instantly importing a group of people – not lots of people – maybe 30 or 40, but just enough to make the typical person do the “genealogy happy dance.”

MyHeritage is committed to the whole concept of “value,” and the need to offer people instant value that they can relate (play on words here) with. Here’s an astounding stat that Mike Mallin gave me, and is based on real-life product research they’ve done. An average of 60% of individuals who GEDCOM imported or manually entered just 50 people into the MyHeritage Family Tree, and clicked on the Discovery feature that’s about to go live, got over 30 more people automatically added to their family tree. Happy dance time again… This whole Discovery idea is unique and one that I believe will help get more total novices on board the genealogy train. I think it’s going to be of value to many of the rest of us besides.

And here are a few other things about MyHeritage you might be interested in.

  • The site allows you to create your own online family tree, making it private or public.
  • The site has what they call SuperSearch, doing searches of billions of historical records, getting results in seconds.
  • Record Detective – Save time with technology that uncovers new leads and related records for every discovery you make.
  • Mobile App – Build your family tree and research on the go. It’s perfect for family get-togethers. This is available for both Android and iPhone. A new version of the mobile app was launched just last week!
  • Family Tree Builder software for both Windows and Mac computers. Not only can you enter your data, but you can enjoy maps, charts, reports and much more with this award winning software.
  • Mike told me about another new MyHeritage product that’s exciting. It’s a new app called Weavee. It’s an app that captures pictures and integrates stories. The user can select pictures and weave them into a mobile story. The plan is to integrate the mobile pictures, stories, and one’s data from the MyHeritage database into a captivating, and fun mobile story that you can then share on your mobile via social networking or email. Hmmm. Maybe we could send that to cousin Jeannie? Maybe Jeannie will realize that our hobby isn’t so boring after all. Jeannie might start entering her data, her memories, and her pictures. The more family that gets on board, the more the fun multiplies. I’d say exponentially…

Goodness… I have gotten carried away here. As you can tell, I am excited. The future is now. Come join me. Following is that Sweetheart of a deal offer again.

$99.95 for a full year of Full Access to MyHeritage – that’s their Premium Plus Family Site, and their Data Plan… Everything!!! For way over half off! We’re talking $20 less than the best price offered at RootsTech, and that was a 50% off deal! Click on this link to purchase Full Access MyHeritage at only $99.95. Do it now, as this price will only be offered through February 24, 2015.

Again, note that the offer is for Genealogy Newsline readers. However, since I author and own Genealogy Newsline, I can also offer it to my GenealogyBlog.com readers and folks that read me through social media. The landing screen from the above link says “Genealogy Newsline Readers,” but in this case we’re being far more inclusive.

StoryWorth Wins the RootsTech 2015 Innovator Showdown

The following news release is from FamilySearch:

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SALT LAKE CITY (February 13, 2015) – StoryWorth, a San Francisco start up company that offers an email-based storytelling service, today swept the RootsTech Innovator Showdown, winning both first prize and the People’s Choice award, and claiming a purse of $15,000. RootsTech is a global conference hosted by FamilySearch.

The Innovator Showdown is the first-annual event where entrepreneurs from around the globe presented their web or mobile app on stage in front of a live audience, vying for a total of $25,000 in sponsor-contributed prize money. Each of four finalists presented their ideas in five minutes and responded to questions from a panel of renowned judges. Judges and audience members voted on their favorite product in a Shark Tank-like setting. Darin Adams, former KSL Studio 5 host, served as emcee.

StoryWorth vied for the winning title alongside LucidPress, an intuitive design and layout provider of sleek digital scrapbooking; GenMarketplace, a web app that links those with family history roadblocks to those who can solve them; and ArgusSearch, handwriting recognition technology useful in searching un-indexed digital images of records.

Panel judges included AJ Jacobs, founder of The Global Family Reunion and a New York Times bestselling author; Amy Rees Anderson, managing partner of REES Capital; Curt Witcher, senior manager of The Genealogy Center, Allen County Public Library; Dan Mano, vice president of business development, MyHeritage; and Jay Verkler, advisor and corporate consultant, The Verkler Group.

StoryWorth brings memories to life and facilitates the preservation of memories and personal histories through simple question prompts, emailed directly to users each week. Questions such as “What is some of the best advice your mom ever gave you?” or “Did you ever pull any pranks?” or “How did you meet your wife?” are emailed to users weekly. Users respond via email, and StoryWorth automatically lays out the stories and privately saves them on the site. In time, with minimal effort and using only technology that’s already familiar, users create their personal histories, one story at a time.

“One of the most important things we can do for both the future and the past is to record our memories,” said Nick Baum, founder of StoryWorth. “When we write our stories, and share them with our families, it brings families closer together in the present.”

StoryWorth is highly customizable. There are over 600 engaging questions to choose from, and users can write their own questions. Storytellers can choose to either keep their stories private or invite other family members to receive them by email. There’s a phone option for storytellers who prefer to answer the questions by phone. Stories can be downloaded anytime, as well as printed and bound as books.

“Family history, at its heart, is about stories and connection. It’s about learning to love your ancestors by getting to know them,” said Don Anderson, FamilySearch senior vice president, FamilySearch Partners. “StoryWorth hits all the right notes, helping users ask questions they would otherwise never think to ask, and get answers they’d never expect.”

Innovator Showdown sponsors were MyHeritage, Grow Utah, Hero Partners, Sprint, IPOP Foundation, Utah Technology Council, and STG.

The BYU Family History Technology Workshop February 10, 2014

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Now that I know that I’ve survived the “2015-extraordinary-flu,” and I will be attending RootsTech, FGS, and the Innovator Summit, I’ve added the BYU Family History Technology Workshop to my schedule. It will be held at the conference center on the BYU campus in Provo the day before the Innovator Summit. The program looks interesting. Following is their announcement:

This year’s Family History Technology Workshop will take place February 10 at the BYU Conference Center and will focus on “The Future of Family History Technology.”

The workshop will begin with a lightning session (2-3 minute speeches) followed by demos of new software apps. The afternoon will feature a keynote by Curt Witcher from the Allen County Public Library, followed by talks from experts from Google, Ancestry.com, and FamilySearch. The day will conclude with a panel discussion on the future of family history technology.

We invite all of you who are participating in the Innovator’s Summit on February 11 to register for and participate in the Family History Technology Workshop that will be held the day before at BYU.

For more information and to register, visit: http://fhtw.byu.edu/

We extend a special invitation to all who are submitting their work to the Innovator Challenge to come and participate in the lightning session the morning of February 10 where you will have the opportunity to provide a brief overview of your work followed by a demonstration to attendees.

My Family History Toolbox: An Illustrated Guide to Cutting Edge Technology to Help You Discover Your Family Tree and Story, Second Edition

pl11If you have ever looked through Crash Course in Family History or any other of Paul Larsen’s books, then you are probably aware of how colorful easy to follow his books are. Keeping with his unique style, Larsen has just released My Family History Toolbox: An Illustrated Guide to Cutting Edge Technology to Help You Discover Your Family Tree and Story, Second Edition. Every aspect of this book is designed to make it fun and easy for the reader to find information, identify links, and quickly learn through vibrant illustrations, screen shots, and photographs.

Larsen has created a unique guidebook “to the latest new apps, gadgets and tech tools to help you discover your family tree and stories. And easily share that information with your family and friends. The author has scoured the Internet and consumer reports to find you the best and latest family history e-tools and apps. He has taken away the guesswork by bringing you the best gadgets and gizmos for searching, organizing your information, and sharing your family tree and family stories with others.”

I already said the book was easy to follow, but what is really nice for so many is the large font and the use of color to clearly indicated key elements like website URLs. Throughout much of the book, you will find tools and sites you are already familiar with but you are bound to find new treasures as well. Larsen has also taken the time to indicate which tools are free and which are for fee. Here is a list of just what is in this books:

  • “10 essential family history tools you need today
  • 23 new, valuable, cutting-edge tools to help you discover your family tree and story
  • How to Use iPad for genealogy
  • The best iPad apps for family history
  • 101 Free web services to make your research easier and faster
  • 11 handy family history gadgets and gizmos
  • 9 time-saving family tree apps for your iPad and SmartPhone
  • Grave site and Facebook family history apps
  • How to use your SmartPhone for family history
  • How to use GPS for your family history
  • Sources for free e-books
  • How to search for your ancestors using the new Google ‘face-recognition’ tool

 

Contents

Preface

1. What is a ‘Family History Toolbox?’

2. What’s IN a Family History Tool Kit?

3. Essential Tools

  • Browsers and Search Engines
    • Google Tools
    • Free Family History Email Address
  • Family History Software
    • Free Online Software Directory
    • Free Online Software Tools & Utilities Directory
    • Software Reviews by Experts
  • ‘How-To’ Educational Tools
    • A Step-by-Step Illustrated Guide
    • Beginners Helps/Tutorials
    • Valuable ‘How-To’ Articles/Videos/Blogs
    • Free Tools, Forms, Calculators and Worksheets
    • Wikis: Key Information Source
    • 101 Best Web Sites: Family Tree Magazine

4. What is Cloud Computing?

  • Online Cloud Services

5. Social Networking

  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
  • Google Plus+
  • Twitter
  • Genealogy Wise
  • Stay Connected Using Mega-Websites

6. Sharing Tools

  • Dropbox: Store, Sync and Share Documents
  • Skype: Helps You Connect and Collaborate with Others
  • Facebook Research Community
  • Dilgo: A Powerful Tool
  • Tpstry: Find Living Relatives
  • YouTube
  • The Power of PDFs

7. Online Photo-Sharing

  • Picasa
  • Flickr
  • Heritage Collector Software
  • iCloud Photo Stream
  • InstaGram
  • Shoebox

8. Organization Tools

  • Evernote: Save and Store Your Notes
  • Feed Reader: Helps You Stay Connected
  • RSS Feed
  • PrintFriendly Tool
  • SplashTop
  • Password Manager
  • My Relative Tools
  • Relationship Finder App
  • Online Backup
  • Why Screen-Capture?
  • SnagIt
  • GenSmarts: Your Research Assistant

9. Smart Gadgets and Gizmos

  • Using Your SmartPhone for Family History
  • Tablet Computers
  • Using GPS for Your Family History
    • Using GPS to Locate a Cemetery
    • Smart Phones with built-in GPS
    • Locating GPS Coordinates
    • Buying a GPS Device
    • GPS Free Video Tutorials
  • Digital Cameras and Photography
  • Scanners and Digitizing

10. How to Use iPad for Family History

  • Using the iPad for Genealogy and Writing
  • iPad Apps
  • How to Download Files to My iPad

11. eBooks / e-Readers / Apps

  • eReaders: Really Useful Tools
  • eBook Formats for Mobile Devices
  • eReader Apps
    • Calibre: eBook Management Tools
    • Bluefire Reader App
    • Aldiko Book Reader
    • Adobe Reader
    • Adobe Digital Editions
  • Sources for Free e-Books
    • eBookstores
    • Online Digital Libraries
    • eBook Lending Libraries

12 Writing & Publishing Your Family Story

  • Recording and Archiving Your Family Story
    • Leaving a Written Legacy
    • Preserving Your Memories Digitally
    • Armchair Genealogist
    • BYU Ancestor Resources
    • How to Digitize Audio
    • Baylor Oral History Institute
    • About.com Articles
  • Digital Voice Recorders
    • Use Your SmartPhone as a Digital Recorder
    • Use Your iPod as a Digital Recorder
    • iTalk Mobile App
    • Best 8 Digital Voice Recorders
  • Publishing Your Family Story
    • Personal Publishing
    • Book Publishing
    • Instant Print-on-Demand
    • Creating an eBook
    • ReelGenie

13. Family History Mobile Apps

  • Key Online App Stores
  • Family Tree Apps
  • Facebook Apps
  • Grave Site Apps
  • Going Digital at the Cemetery
  • How to Find your Ancestor’s Cemetery

Tech Glossary

 

A copy of My Family History Toolbox: An Illustrated Guide to Cutting Edge Technology to Help You Discover Your Family Tree and Story, Second Edition is available from Family Roots Publishing

Google Glass Price Expected To Be $600

The following excerpt is from an article by Adnan Farooqui on 01/02/2014 on ubergizmo.com

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There has been a lot of speculation about Google Glass and when the company is finally going to open it up to the public. The first wave of Glass units were offered for sale to select “Explorers.” Over the past year Google gradually opened up its Explorer program to more and more people. Earlier this week the company allowed Google Play Music All Access subscribers to purchase Glass, a sign that its gearing for a public launch. It is expected that Google Glass might be launched for the public in April 2014, and that it may be priced at $600.

Read the full article.

Thanks to http://researchbuzz.me/ for the heads up

Evernote for Windows for Genealogists

lu07Evernote has quickly become a very popular tech tool among genealogists. Likewise, laminated guides have also become popular among family historians looking for solid reference materials to assist in a variety of research tasks. Given both statements, it was only time before someone created an Evernote guide for genealogical application. And, who better to write Evernote for Windows for Genealogists, than Lisa Louise Cooke, author of tech favorites like the The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox.

This brand new guide covers more ground than most guides, as outlined below, page by page:

Page 1 covers the basics of working with notes, including a complete list of note taking quick keys and a “Getting Started Checklist”

Page 2 examines the task of clipping, with basics, quick keys, and an informative chart on which tasks work best with the desktop client vs. web clipper

Page 3 digs into the desktop client, including another extensive list of desktop quick keys

Page 4 breaks down two topics. First is genealogical organization, with tagging, notebooks, and stacks. There is also a chart covering the free vs. premium benefits.

So why Evernote at all? Cook explains:

“Evernote is a free tech tool that enables you to instantly capture and retrieve everything that is important to your research, Cloud storage of your notes allows you to access them anywhere, from any computing device. And Optical Character Recognition (OCR) makes images in notes keyword”

Weather you have already discovered the value of Evernote in your research, or you have been waiting for a little push that direction, Lisa has you covered with Evernote for Windows for Genealogists. Available from Family Roots Publishing, Price: $8.77.

Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse

lu05Years ago, I taught a class on technology for genealogists. In this class I discussed the value of new technologies for genealogists, like those new USB thumb drives, some having as much as 256MB or memory, if you could pay for such. During these classes at genealogical events, I would discuss with the group new products and concepts under development and how they may help genealogists. While not every technology we discussed has become a reality, some products the were mere concepts are now mainstream tech tools. The iPad and tablets are such devices. Now, however, that the iPad is in its third generation, many genealogists are still asking the questions we discussed long ago, how can the iPad and other tablets help the genealogists.

Fortunately, there are some dedicated professionals who have pondered that very question. When the first iPad came out Lisa Louise Cooke couldn’t wait to buy one. However, after some persuading, her husband convinced her it would not take long before a second, more robust and vetted version, would find its way to market. Sure enough the iPad 2 was not long in the waiting. Even before it hit the stores, Cooke had her’s on order. Then her iPad arrived. Like so many, she played with the apps the unit came with. Then she downloaded a few more. Then, she discovered what so many others have found, no support for Flash media. How was she to watch videos? Now what? In her words, “Eventually I found myself playing Angry Birds, wondering what I was going to do with it.” She was perplexed.

“As I sat on the couch and flung yet another pudgy red cardinal at a pile of pigs my husband walked by and asked? ‘Did you just buy the most expensive email checker EVER?’

At that moment my mission became clear: Figure out how to make this amazing piece of hardware a genealogy workhorse!”

And that she did. Now Lisa Louise Cooke has shared her discoveries in a new book, Turn Your iPad into a Technology Powerhouse. Like all her writings, this new book is personable. Her writing style is both friendly and easy to read. Plus, she does waste time on lofty irrelevance. She gets straight to the point. Apps are summarized clearly, and their value to genealogists explained distinctly. In the first section, she briefly covers table thinking for genealogists. From there the book includes:

  • Over 65 ideal apps for genealogists
  • 32 fantastically helpful tips, tricks, and power user techniques
  • Ways to handle the absence of Adobe Flash
  • Recommended online videos

For those with a non-Apple tablet, comparable apps available in Google Play are included.

 

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Most Expensive Email Checker You Ever Bought

Part One: Getting Started

Chapter One: The Tablet Mindset

Chapter Two: The Genealogist “To Do” Wish List

Part Two: The Apps

Chapter Three: There’s an App for That!

Chapter Four: Audio/Visual Apps

Chapter Five: Apps That Help You Captivate the Non-Genealogists in Your Life

Chapter Six: Collaboration and Communication Apps

Chapter Seven: File Storage and Sharing

Chapter Eight: Genealogy Apps

Chapter Nine: Note Taking Apps

Chapter Ten: Organization Apps

Chapter Eleven: Photography Apps

Chapter Twelve: Reading Apps

Chapter Thirteen: Repository Apps

Chapter Fourteen: Travel Apps

Chapter Fifteen: Utility Apps

Part Three: Become a Power User

Chapter Sixteen: Power Boost Your Table with Remote Access

Chapter Seventeen: Fabulous iPad Tips and Tricks

Part Four: Conclusion

Chapter Eighteen: Adventurous Genealogy

About the Author

Index

 

Turn Your iPad into a Technology Powerhouse can be yours. Order today, from Family Roots Publishing, Price: $18.76.

Prepare for Genealogy Glogging Sometime Later This Year or in 2014

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Google Glass is to be introduced to the public later this year or in 2014. One of the uses you can count on will be Glogging – the use of Goodle Glass to blog, or vlog, as the case may be. Google Glass is integrated with Google+, and video footage, and/or images taken using it will be automatically added to one’s private Google+ photo section. The user can then choose to share the media or post to sites like Twitter and Facebook. From what I understand, the user will also be able to embed the video or image into a blog post.

One thing that looks like fun, but is also frought will lack-of-editing danger for the glogger, is the ability to launch an instant Google+ Hangout directly from Google Glass. The Glogger will be able to share what they’re seeing as it happens.

There are all kinds of applications here for genealogists. I will probably tend to use Glass for edited Glogging, but you never know. It looks like fun.

Read a lot more about Glogging at smallbusinesstrends.com.

Hack Genealogy: A New Genealogy and Technology Resource

The following news release was received from Thomas MacEntee:
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HACK GENEALOGY: A NEW GENEALOGY ANd TECHNOLOGy RESOURCE
Repurposing today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy

17 July 2013 – Chicago, IL. Genealogy educator and author Thomas MacEntee announces the debut of Hack Genealogy, a new resource for the genealogy industry and the growing community of genealogy and family history enthusiasts.

Hack Genealogy is about “repurposing today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy” and a little bit more. Hack Genealogy is more than just a list of resources: It provides information on emerging technology inside and outside the genealogy industry.

Hack Genealogy is not merely about surviving the overwhelming presence of new and emerging technologies . . . Hack Genealogy is about genealogy and technology success in its many facets.

What Will You Find at Hack Genealogy?

Here are the features to be offered at Hack Genealogy over the coming months:

Cool GenStuff: Each day we’ll provide a curated list of the latest information about genealogy that deserve your attention.

Discussions and Issues: We’ll discuss issues important to the genealogy community including education, self-publishing, sharing research and more.

Education and E-Guides: Through the use of webinars, e-guides, Google+ hangouts and other innovative educational technologies, Hack Genealogy seeks to educate genealogists on the latest technologies.

GenBiz Buzz: Learn how others have succeeded with their genealogy and family history-related business and the tools they used to succeed.

Interviews: We’ll ask a variety of players in the genealogy landscape this question: How Do You Hack Genealogy? to learn more about how technology is being repurposed to expand the family history experience.

Product Reviews: Reviews of the latest products and services including software, mobile apps and more.

Resources: A listing of the best tools for every aspect of genealogy from research to sharing photos to writing and publishing your family history.

How Hack Genealogy Got Started
Hack Genealogy takes its inspiration from the Technology and Genealogy group on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/techgen/) started by Susan Petersen in late 2012. As an administrator of the group, Thomas MacEntee – creator of GeneaBloggers and High-Definition Genealogy – realized that the questions asked by group members and the great content shared was reaching only the Facebook audience. Hack Genealogy is a way to get more genealogists and family historians to discuss the use of technology in a non-threatening, easy-to-understand environment.

We hope you’ll travel along with us on this journey of discovery in the genealogy and technology fields.

About Hack Genealogy
Hack Genealogy (http://hackgenealogy.com) is a technology resource for the genealogy community with a focus on “repurposing today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas MacEntee is the driving force between Hack Genealogy whose goal is to provide information on emerging technology inside and outside the genealogy industry.

Follow Hack Genealogy on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/HackGenealogy), Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/hackgenealogy) and at http://hackgenealogy.com.

About Thomas MacEntee
Thomas MacEntee is a genealogy professional specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogy research and as a way to connect with others in the family history community. When he’s not busy writing blog posts, organizing the 3,000+ members of GeneaBloggers, teaching online genealogy webinars and more, Thomas MacEntee is busy in his role as “genealogy ninja.” Stealth is not easy, but he manages to get the inside track on emerging technologies and vendors as they relate to the genealogy industry. After being laid off from a 25-year career in the tech industry in 2008, Thomas has been able to “repurpose” his skill set for the genealogy community and loves to see other genealogists succeed, whether it is with their own research or building their own careers in the field.

Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse

iPad GenealogyYears ago, I taught a class on technology for genealogists. In this class I discussed the value of new technologies for genealogists, like those new USB thumb drives, some having as much as 256MB or memory, if you could pay for such. During these classes at genealogical events, I would discuss with the group new products and concepts under development and how they may help genealogists. While not every technology we discussed has become a reality, some products the were mere concepts are now mainstream tech tools. The iPad and tablets are such devices. Now, however, that the iPad is in its third generation, many genealogists are still asking the questions we discussed long ago, how can the iPad and other tablets help the genealogists.

Fortunately, there are some dedicated professionals who have pondered that very question. When the first iPad came out Lisa Louise Cooke couldn’t wait to buy one. However, after some persuading, her husband convinced her it would not take long before a second, more robust and vetted version, would find its way to market. Sure enough the iPad 2 was not long in the waiting. Even before it hit the stores, Cooke had her’s on order. Then her iPad arrived. Like so many, she played with the apps the unit came with. Then she downloaded a few more. Then, she discovered what so many others have found, no support for Flash media. How was she to watch videos? Now what? In her words, “Eventually I found myself playing Angry Birds, wondering what I was going to do with it.” She was perplexed.

“As I sat on the couch and flung yet another pudgy red cardinal at a pile of pigs my husband walked by and asked? ‘Did you just buy the most expensive email checker EVER?’

At that moment my mission became clear: Figure out how to make this amazing piece of hardware a genealogy workhorse!”

And that she did. Now Lisa Louise Cooke has shared her discoveries in a new book, Turn Your iPad into a Technology Powerhouse. Like all her writings, this new book is personable. Her writing style is both friendly and easy to read. Plus, she does waste time on lofty irrelevance. She gets straight to the point. Apps are summarized clearly, and their value to genealogists explained distinctly. In the first section, she briefly covers table thinking for genealogists. From there the book includes:

  • Over 65 ideal apps for genealogists
  • 32 fantastically helpful tips, tricks, and power user techniques
  • Ways to handle the absence of Adobe Flash
  • Recommended online videos

For those with a non-Apple tablet, comparable apps available in Google Play are included.

 

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Most Expensive Email Checker You Ever Bought

Part One: Getting Started

Chapter One: The Tablet Mindset

Chapter Two: The Genealogist “To Do” Wish List

Part Two: The Apps

Chapter Three: There’s an App for That!

Chapter Four: Audio/Visual Apps

Chapter Five: Apps That Help You Captivate the Non-Genealogists in Your Life

Chapter Six: Collaboration and Communication Apps

Chapter Seven: File Storage and Sharing

Chapter Eight: Genealogy Apps

Chapter Nine: Note Taking Apps

Chapter Ten: Organization Apps

Chapter Eleven: Photography Apps

Chapter Twelve: Reading Apps

Chapter Thirteen: Repository Apps

Chapter Fourteen: Travel Apps

Chapter Fifteen: Utility Apps

Part Three: Become a Power User

Chapter Sixteen: Power Boost Your Table with Remote Access

Chapter Seventeen: Fabulous iPad Tips and Tricks

Part Four: Conclusion

Chapter Eighteen: Adventurous Genealogy

About the Author

Index

 

Turn Your iPad into a Technology Powerhouse can be yours. Order today, from Family Roots Publishing, Price: $18.76.

Family History Tech Toolbox

Family History Tech Toolbox: Cutting-Edge Tools to Make Your Family History Research Easier, Faster, and More Fun is not just a long title; rather, it is an apt description for this eBook by Paul Larsen. The book is a fully-illustrated, easy-to-learn guide to the tech tools and gadgets family historians want and need. From basic essentials to mobile apps, researchers need the best tools for the job. Larsen uncovers these tools and explains them in easy language. Using these tools the reader can find faster ways to search, to organize data, and collaborate with others.

The Tech Toolbox guide the reader through a series of chapters beginning with the “essential tools” and moving on through software and Internet tools and ending with gadgets and apps. In all, this book contains 140 illustrated pages filled with dynamic content. Most of the tools and gadgets mentioned contain links in the text from which the user can jump to webpages with more information, or in many cases, to the actual service, content, or tool provider.

There is a certain irony in using technology to search the simple hand-written documents of the past; yet, technology had made the process of research easier, faster, and more efficient. The drawback for some is trying to understand all these new technologies and how to make use of all these gadgets. Let Larsen show you how through the guidance he puts for in this book. Larsen says, “it takes good tools to do good work.” This eBook was written and designed to help genealogists find those good tools and put them to good use.

The book comes on CD with your choice of pdf (Adobe Acrobat) format file for computers and tablets, or select the ePub file for smaller tablets, smartphones, etc. The .pdf format will work on both Windows based PCs and on Macs.

This eBook, Family History Tech Toolbox, is available from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $19.55.

 

Contents

Preface

1. What is a ‘Family History Toolbox’?

2. What’s In a Family History Tool Kit?

3. Your Basic Essential Tools

  • Family History Software
    • Free Online Software Directory
    • Free Online Software Tools & Utilities Directory
    • Free Software Reviews by Experts
  • A Free ‘Family Tree’ Email Address
  • ‘How-to’ Book/eBook: A Step-by-Step Illustrated Guide and Resource Directory
    • Free Intro Video: Crash Course in Family History
  • eBook – My Family Tree: Where Do I Start? 3-Easy-Steps
  • Beginners Helps/Tutorials
  • Valuable ‘How-to’ Articles/Videos/Podcasts/Blogs
  • Free Tools, Forms, Calculators and Worksheets
  • Wikis: Key Information Source
    • FamilySearch
    • Wiki WeRelate
    • Wiki Ancestry Wiki
  • 101 Best Web Sites: Family Tree Magazine
  • Flash Drive (USB)

4. More Valuable Cutting-Edge Tools

  • A New Google Tool to Search for Your Ancestors
  • ‘How-to’ eBook: Using Google Power to Connect to Your Ancestors
  • eBook Formats for Different Devices
  • Google News Reader: Helps You Stay Connected
    • How to Set Up Google News Reader
  • iGoogle and Family Tree Gadgets
    • How To Create Your Own iGoogle Homepage
    • How to Add Family Tree Gadgets
  • Using Google Plus+ for Your Genealogy
    • Free Video: Google+: A Quick Look
    • Free Video: How to use Google+
    • Free Video: Google Search Tips
  • Free Video: Google Alerts & Google Books
  • Skype: Helps You Connect and Collaborate with Others
  • Facebook Research Community
  • Dropbox: Store, Sync and Share Documents
  • Free Heritage Collector Software
  • Diigo: A Powerful Tool
  • Evernote: Save and Store Your Notes
  • AncestorSync: Keeps You Up-to-date
  • GenSmarts: Your Research Assistant
  • MagiCensus: Your Census Tracker
  • Tpstry: Find Living Relatives
  • Online Photo-Sharing
    • Picasa
    • Flickr
    • iCloud Photo Stream
    • Shoebox
    • InstaGram
  • PrintFriendly Tool
  • The Power of PDFs
    • Adobe PDF Guide
    • Converting to PDF
    • Adobe Reader
    • Resources for Using PDF
    • ezPDF Reader
    • iAnnotate PDF
    • PDF Expert
    • GoodReader
  • Free Relationship Tools
  • Relationship Finder App
  • Online Backup
  • SSD Backup
  • Cloud Computing
  • Why Screen-Capture?
    • SnagIt

5. Handy Gadgets and Gizmos

  • Recording and Archiving Your Family Story
    • Recommended Digital Formats
    • Archiving Your Memories Digitally
    • How to Digitize Audio
    • Baylor Oral History Institute
  • Digital Voice Recorder
    • Use Your SmartPhone as a Digital Recorder
    • iTalk Mobile App
    • Use Your iPod as a Digital Recorder
    • Free Video: Using an iPod and a Micromemo
    • Mini Microphone
  • Writing and Publishing Your Family Story
    • Armchair Genealogist
    • BYU Ancestor Resources
    • About.com Articles
    • Creating an eBook Instant
    • Print-on-Demand
  • Tablet Computers
    • The Best Tablet for You
  • eReaders: A Really Useful Tool
    • Calibre: eBook Management Tool
  • eReader Apps
    • Bluefire Reader App
    • Aldiko Book Reader
    • Adobe Reader
    • Adobe Digital Editions
  • Sources for e-Books
    • eBookstores
    • Online Digital Libraries
      • Books for Genealogy
    • Lending Libraries
  • Using GPS for Your Family History
    • GPS Free Video Tutorials Using
    • GPS to Locate a Cemetery Locating
    • GPS Coordinates Geotagging
    • Buying a GPS Device
    • Smart Phones with built-in GPS
      • Free Video: Using a Smartphone GPS
  • Scanners / Digital Cameras
    • Preserving Your Family History Records Digitally
    • Purchasing a Scanner
    • Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner
    • Digital Cameras: A Beginner’s Guide
    • Digital Photography for the Genealogist
    • Wikipedia: Digital Photography
    • ‘Stitching’ Photos

6. Mobile Apps

Application programs for tablets and smartphones

  • Online App Stores
  • Using Your SmartPhone for Family History
  • Family Tree Apps
    • Ancestry.com
    • Families
    • Family Bee
    • GedStar
    • GeneDroid
    • GedView
    • Family Trees
    • MobileFamilyTree
    • Reunion
  • Facebook Apps
    • Family Tree
    • Family Village
    • I Remember
    • Live Roots
    • Mundia
    • We’re Related
  • Grave Site Apps
    • Going Digital at the Cemetery
    • How to Find Your Ancestor’s Cemetery
    • BillionGraves
    • Find Grave
    • RIPNAV.com
  • iPad Apps
    • Ancestry.com
    • BillionGraves
    • Dropbox
    • Evernote
    • Families
    • FamViewer
    • GedView
    • GoodReader
    • iAnnotate PDF
    • iHeritage
    • PDF Expert
    • Puffin Browser
    • Research Logger
    • Reunion
    • Skyfire Browser

Glossary

Digital Images: Scanning, Editing, and Preserving Your Photos

Last week we looked at a great webinar on CD from our own Leland Meitzler: Chasing Women: Finding Your Female Ancestors. This webinar is just one of many great webinars available from Legacy Family Tree. Their series of webinars, presented by professional genealogists, provide expert advice on areas from traditional genealogical research to make use of the latest technologies both for research and for the maintenance of critical family data. Digital Images: Scanning, Editing, and Preserving Your Photos is just one webinar presented by Legacy’s own Geoff Rasmussen. With this video, the viewer can watch again and again, repeating the entire seminar or just those parts for which they need a refresher.

Even though some technologies may become widely used, changes in those technologies require constant learning and adaptation. Sometimes, people just don’t need a certain technology when it becomes available, but later find a use for it. For others, we sometimes just forget how to do something and need a refresher. Having a resource, a guide, to turn to for learning or refreshing technological skills helps to ease anxiety and make possible success. One area were I have seen this many times is in scanning and editing photographs. Between technological advances and how easy it is to forget all the details one must remember when scanning and editing, having a book or a person to turn to for help make the job much easier. One place to turn to for advice is recorded webinars.

Web seminars, or “Webinars,” have quickly become one of the most popular ways for professionals and companies to share information with large groups of individuals from across the country, or even around the world, without the high cost of travel. Webinars are just like seminars. A large group of “attendees” can come and watch a presentation at a given time. Webinars are nice, since they are usually recorded and can be watched again at a later time. The only real downside to webinars is the video stream can be slow for some people. Depending in large part on the viewer’s own personal Internet connection speed, video may or may not play well. The age of a person’s computer may also contribute to slow playback. To counter these playback problems, some individuals and companies offer the option to buy their webinars on CD. CD’s offer the opportunity to play these webinars on almost any computer at anytime, without the worry of connection issues.

Geoff’s professional guidance and expertise comes through in this hour and forty-seven minute presentation. Here are just a few of the topics covered in this webinar:

  • Learning how to digitize photographs and documents
  • Choosing the resolution (dpi) setting
  • Choosing the best file type (.tif, .jpg, etc.)
  • Fixing and repairing photos and document images

“Geoff is a dynamic genealogy speaker on all forms of genealogy technology, and as host of the Legacy Family Tree webinar series, has spoken virtually to nearly 100 different countries. He recently received the Distinguished Presenter Award at the prestigious RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City (2011). He has authored books, videos, articles, and websites, and develops the Legacy Family Tree software program.

This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on June 27, 2012.  1 hour 47 minutes, plus 11 pages of handouts.

 

Get your own copy of Digital Images: Scanning, Editing, and Preserving Your Photos from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $12.69. Enjoy the presentation again and again on your own computer.

Digital Images: Scanning, Editing, and Preserving Your Photos

Even though some technologies may become widely used, changes in those technologies require constant learning and adaptation. Sometimes, people just don’t need a certain technology when it becomes available, but later find a use for it. For others, we sometimes just forget how to do something and need a refresher. Having a resource, a guide, to turn to for learning or refreshing technological skills helps to ease anxiety and make possible success. One area were I have seen this many times is in scanning and editing photographs. Between technological advances and how easy it is to forget all the details one must remember when scanning and editing, having a book or a person to turn to for help make the job much easier. One place to turn to for advice is recorded webinars.

Web seminars, or “Webinars,” have quickly become one of the most popular ways for professionals and companies to share information with large groups of individuals from across the country, or even around the world, without the high cost of travel. Webinars are just like seminars. A large group of “attendees” can come and watch a presentation at a given time. Webinars are nice, since they are usually recorded and can be watched again at a later time. The only real downside to webinars is the video stream can be slow for some people. Depending in large part on the viewer’s own personal Internet connection speed, video may or may not play well. The age of a person’s computer may also contribute to slow playback. To counter these playback problems, some individuals and companies offer the option to buy their webinars on CD. CD’s offer the opportunity to play these webinars on almost any computer at anytime, without the worry of connection issues.

Legacy Family Tree offers some of their popular webinars on CD. Their series of webinars, presented by professional genealogists, provide expert advice on areas from traditional genealogical research to make use of the latest technologies both for research and for the maintenance of critical family data. Digital Images: Scanning, Editing, and Preserving Your Photos is just one webinar presented by Legacy’s own Geoff Rasmussen. With this video, the viewer can watch again and again, repeating the entire seminar or just those parts for which they need a refresher.

Geoff’s professional guidance and expertise comes through in this hour and forty-seven minute presentation. Here are just a few of the topics covered in this webinar:

  • Learning how to digitize photographs and documents
  • Choosing the resolution (dpi) setting
  • Choosing the best file type (.tif, .jpg, etc.)
  • Fixing and repairing photos and document images

“Geoff is a dynamic genealogy speaker on all forms of genealogy technology, and as host of the Legacy Family Tree webinar series, has spoken virtually to nearly 100 different countries. He recently received the Distinguished Presenter Award at the prestigious RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City (2011). He has authored books, videos, articles, and websites, and develops the Legacy Family Tree software program.

This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on June 27, 2012.  1 hour 47 minutes, plus 11 pages of handouts.

 

Get your own copy of Digital Images: Scanning, Editing, and Preserving Your Photos from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $12.69. Enjoy the presentation again and again on your own computer.

Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse

Years ago, I taught a class on technology for genealogists. In this class I discussed the value of new technologies for genealogists, like those new USB thumb drives, some having as much as 256MB or memory, if you could pay for such. During these classes at genealogical events, I would discuss with the group new products and concepts under development and how they may help genealogists. While not every technology we discussed has become a reality, some products the were mere concepts are now mainstream tech tools. The iPad and tablets are such devices. Now, however, that the iPad is in its third generation, many genealogists are still asking the questions we discussed long ago, how can the iPad and other tablets help the genealogists.

Fortunately, there are some dedicated professionals who have pondered that very question. When the first iPad came out Lisa Louise Cooke couldn’t wait to buy one. However, after some persuading, her husband convinced her it would not take long before a second, more robust and vetted version, would find its way to market. Sure enough the iPad 2 was not long in the waiting. Even before it hit the stores, Cooke had her’s on order. Then her iPad arrived. Like so many, she played with the apps the unit came with. Then she downloaded a few more. Then, she discovered what so many others have found, no support for Flash media. How was she to watch videos? Now what? In her words, “Eventually I found myself playing Angry Birds, wondering what I was going to do with it.” She was perplexed.

“As I sat on the couch and flung yet another pudgy red cardinal at a pile of pigs my husband walked by and asked? ‘Did you just buy the most expensive email checker EVER?’

At that moment my mission became clear: Figure out how to make this amazing piece of hardware a genealogy workhorse!”

And that she did. Now Lisa Louise Cooke has shared her discoveries in a new book, Turn Your iPad into a Technology Powerhouse. Like all her writings, this new book is personable. Her writing style is both friendly and easy to read. Plus, she does waste time on lofty irrelevance. She gets straight to the point. Apps are summarized clearly, and their value to genealogists explained distinctly. In the first section, she briefly covers table thinking for genealogists. From there the book includes:

  • Over 65 ideal apps for genealogists
  • 32 fantastically helpful tips, tricks, and power user techniques
  • Ways to handle the absence of Adobe Flash
  • Recommended online videos

For those with a non-Apple tablet, comparable apps available in Google Play are included.

 

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Most Expensive Email Checker You Ever Bought

Part One: Getting Started

Chapter One: The Tablet Mindset

Chapter Two: The Genealogist “To Do” Wish List

Part Two: The Apps

Chapter Three: There’s an App for That!

Chapter Four: Audio/Visual Apps

Chapter Five: Apps That Help You Captivate the Non-Genealogists in Your Life

Chapter Six: Collaboration and Communication Apps

Chapter Seven: File Storage and Sharing

Chapter Eight: Genealogy Apps

Chapter Nine: Note Taking Apps

Chapter Ten: Organization Apps

Chapter Eleven: Photography Apps

Chapter Twelve: Reading Apps

Chapter Thirteen: Repository Apps

Chapter Fourteen: Travel Apps

Chapter Fifteen: Utility Apps

Part Three: Become a Power User

Chapter Sixteen: Power Boost Your Table with Remote Access

Chapter Seventeen: Fabulous iPad Tips and Tricks

Part Four: Conclusion

Chapter Eighteen: Adventurous Genealogy

About the Author

Index

 

Turn Your iPad into a Technology Powerhouse can be yours. Order today, from Family Roots Publishing, Price: $18.76.

 

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