Mobile Genealogy: How to Use Your Tablet and Smartphone for Family History Research – 10% Off Extended thru March 28!

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Finally – we have a great new guide for those of us who use mobile devices! This book takes the place of Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse, written by Lisa Louise Cooke in 2012. The iPad volume was becoming dated, and mobile devices of all kinds have sprung up since the publication of that book. Not only are folks using iPads & iPhones for genealogy, but many of us are using devices that run Android operating systems. I never felt the need for an iPad, but I’ve been using the iPhone and Android smart phones for years. I’m currently using a Samsung Android smart phone that I’m very pleased with. I use it for all kinds of genealogy applications.

Mobile Genealogy‘s coverage of Android as well as Apple, makes this book twice as valuable a guide as Lisa’s previous book. Think iOS as well as Android. And Lisa’s use of step-by-step instructions (for us computer tech dummies!), as well as a myriad of high-quality illustrations make the book an educational delight. I can honestly say that this volume is changing the way I use my devices, allowing me to find more ancestors, and other relatives – and it’s saving me TIME – something I have begun to value at my age. (grin)

Extended through March 28, 2016, Family Roots Publishing is again offering Mobile Genealogy: How to Use Your Tablet and Smartphone for Family History Research for 10% off. We have a new batch in stock, ready to ship immediately. Order Mobile Genealogy: How to Use Your Tablet and Smartphone for Family History Research; by Lisa Louise Cooke; iv+170 pp; Paper; 6×9, Published: 2016; ISBN: 5800114346248 Item # LU20. Regular: $19.95; On Sale for just $17.96 (plus $5.50 p&h). Click on the links to order.

Access the Computer On Your Desk at Home!
Chapter 15 covers using your mobile device to access your home computer. I’ll bet most of you never even considered connecting to your PC with your smart phone. Yes – it’s possible, and Lisa gives step-by-step instructions on how to do that too! So – whether you are using a tablet, or a smart phone, you can access stuff that’s 1000 miles away – or maybe just around the corner.

Screen Capture on my Smart Phone?!
Chapter 4 really gets into the nitty-gritty of better browsing with your mobile device. Although covered in Lisa’s 2012 iPad book, this chapter takes the subject to a whole new level. Her section on mobile web-clipping and screen capture was a great help to me. I’ve always had problems with screen capture and had basically given up on it. Now I know what to do!

Translation Strategies
Lisa’s section on translation strategies in Chapter 10 just opened up a world of new data for me – and it can for you. She explains how the Google Translate App from the App Store or Google Play can be used for capturing data on your ancestor from foreign-language books – translated into English so you can actually read it! Yes – we all know the shortcomings of translation programs, but I am happy to accept anything dealing with my ancestors, and the towns they lived in, even if the English is a bit messy. Think Google Books here folks – loaded with stuff on our ancestors, much of which we can’t read! You can even use your phone’s camera to capture, OCR, and translate any words or phrases! Lisa takes the reader step-by step through how to use the marvelous technology that’s resting in your hand!

Following is an expanded Table of Contents for the volume.

INTRODUCTION

  • A Few Tips for Using the Book

PART ONE: GETTING STARTED

  • Chapter One: The Tablet Mindset
    • Tablet Mindset Guidelines
    • App Consolidation
  • Chapter Two: Genealogy Task Wish List

PART TWO: APPS

  • Chapter 3: There’s An App for That!
    • App Store
    • Google Play Store
    • Staying Up to Date – App Resources
  • Chapter 4: Browsing
    • Safari
    • Chrome
    • Google
    • Dolphin
  • Chapter 5: Note Taking
    • Evernote
    • Notes
    • Pages
    • Microsoft Word
    • Google Docs
  • Chapter 6: File Storage & Management
    • Dropbox
    • Google Drive
    • iCloud
  • Chapter 7: Audio
    • Memos
    • Evernote
  • Chapter 8: Photos
    • Capturing Photos
    • Photomyne Pro – Album Scanner
    • Storing and Organizing Photos
    • iCloud Photo Library
    • Google Photos
    • Working with Photos
    • Adobe Photoshop Express
    • Color Splash for iPad
    • Android Alternative to Color Splash for iPad: Color Splash FX
    • Retype
    • Pocketbooth
  • Chapter 9: Reading
    • Reading Content from the Web
    • Flipboard
    • Feedly
    • Reading eBooks and Documents
    • GoodReader
    • Play Books
    • iBooks
  • Chapter 10: Collaboration & Communication
    • Facebook
    • Skype
    • FaceTime
    • Google Translate
  • Chapter 11: Travel
  • Chapter 12: Genealogy
    • Ancestry
    • MyHeritage
    • Reunion for iPad
    • RootsMagic
    • Families
    • Family Tree
    • FamilySearch Memories
  • Chapter 13: Education & Information
    • Podcasts (Audio)
    • Genealogy Gems
    • Video
  • Chapter 14: Captivating Non-Genealogists
    • Pic Collage
    • Google Earth
    • Pinterest
    • THIS DAY in My Family History
    • Little Family Tree

PART THREE: BECOME A POWER USER

  • Chapter 15: Power Boost Your Tablet: Remote Access
    • Chrome Remote Desktop
  • Chapter 16: Mobile Tips & Tricks
    • New Features
    • Keyboard and Gesture Tips and Tricks
    • Navigation Tips and Tricks
    • Voice Command
    • Functionality Tips and Tricks
    • App Related Tips and Tricks

PART FOUR: CONCLUSION

  • Chapter 17: Mobile Genealogy Means Adventurous Genealogy
  • About the Author

Through March 28, 2016, Family Roots Publishing is again offering Mobile Genealogy: How to Use Your Tablet and Smartphone for Family History Research for 10% off. Order Mobile Genealogy: How to Use Your Tablet and Smartphone for Family History Research; by Lisa Louise Cooke; iv+170 pp; Paper; 6×9, Published: 2016; ISBN: 5800114346248 Item # LU20. Regular: $19.95; On Sale for just $17.96 (plus $5.50 p&h). Click on the links to order.

Family Tree Maker Will Continue to be Produced and Upgraded & RootsMagic Will Sync to Ancestry.com

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Kendall Hulet, at Ancestry.com, announced today that Family Tree Maker isn’t dead after all. He also commented to the media community that “contracts hadn’t been signed yet,” and that this is the reason that they earlier announced that they were “stopping Family Tree Maker,” while leaving no other options for users.

Ancestry isn’t run by a bunch of amateurs, and I find it hard to believe that they would do something so absolutely stupid as making that December announcement, while in negotiations with MacKiev and RootsMagic. But that’s what they did – angering thousands of users. Maybe the “end of year” 2015 and deadlines imposed thereby had something to do with it. No matter what Ancestry may have done earlier, I’m just thrilled with the changes that are now taking place!

Now – the good part!
MacKiev will continue to produce Family Tree Maker for Mac – and take on Family Tree Maker for Windows as well.

EVEN BETTER YET!
Bruce Buzbee, at RootsMagic, was able to cut a deal with Ancestry, allowing RootsMagic to have the same functionality as deals with Ancestry.com that Family Tree Maker has. They have announced that we will be able “to connect Ancestry with the RootsMagic software by the end of 2016. With this new relationship, RootsMagic can serve as your desktop family tree software, while having access to Ancestry hints, Ancestry searches, and the ability to save your tree on Ancestry.” Why so long? I’m guessing that an API has to be produced to allow Ancestry.com to sync their online data to RootsMagic. I’m absolutely thrilled that this is happening, for up until now, Ancestry hasn’t been willing to share the code with RootMagic that would allow them any interface whatsoever with the Ancestry.com Family Tree data.

So – this is a good day for both Family Tree Maker as well as RootsMagic users!

Following is the press release from Ancestry.com:

Since our Family Tree Maker announcement last December, we have continued to actively explore ways to develop and support Family Tree Maker and ensure you have choices to preserve your work in ways that matter to you.

Today, I am pleased to announce two options for desktop software that will work with Ancestry.

Software MacKiev
Software MacKiev, with whom we have a long-standing relationship, is acquiring the Family Tree Maker software line as publisher for both Mac and Windows versions. Software MacKiev has been the developer of Family Tree Maker for Mac for more than six years and is thrilled at the opportunity to publish future versions of Family Tree Maker for Mac and Windows.

This new agreement means you will receive software updates and new versions from Software MacKiev, and have the ability to purchase new versions of Family Tree Maker from Software MacKiev as they are released. You will have continued access to Ancestry Hints, Ancestry searches, and be able to save your tree on Ancestry with Family Tree Maker moving forward.

RootsMagic
We have made an agreement with RootsMagic, a leading genealogy desktop software program publisher, to connect Ancestry with the RootsMagic software by the end of 2016. With this new relationship, RootsMagic can serve as your desktop family tree software, while having access to Ancestry hints, Ancestry searches, and the ability to save your tree on Ancestry.

We have heard your concerns and are working to provide the solutions you requested. These new agreements will make it possible to preserve your work on Ancestry and Family Tree Maker and enable future features and benefits to help you discover your family history. Be assured that Ancestry, in cooperation with Software MacKiev and RootsMagic, will continue to support you as you discover your family history.

We ask for your patience as we work diligently through all the details to make these solutions available. Be sure to check back on our blog as we share more information about Family Tree Maker in the next few months.

For more information on Software MacKiev and RootsMagic, click below:

● Software MacKiev: http://www.mackiev.com/

● RootsMagic: http://www.rootsmagic.com/

Click on this link to check out Bruce’s extensive announcement from RootsMagic.

Comparing Genealogy Software & Databases


Comparing genealogy software packages can be interesting and useful, especially if you’re just getting into genealogy. I’d like to have a dollar for every time someone has asked me which genealogy software program is the best. I now answer by telling folks that it’s the one you’re used to. I don’t know of any major genealogy program that I would say was bad. The bad ones tend to drop by the wayside and we hear no more of them. This also happens to softwares that might have great potential, but are underfunded and have have no chance in a highly-competitive field.

I got a note a few days ago from Conrad Yu, who works for FindThe Best.com. The company compares all kinds of things, everything from cars, to software, to education. They have sites that compare genealogy software, and even genealogy databases. Besides comparisons, FindTheBest also has sites that contain listings of gravesites and death records. I played around in all their various sites, and found them interesting and useful. The sites are free, and although I don’t necessarily agree with all the conclussions, I asked Conrad to tell my readers a bit more about what their company has available for genealogists.

I find genealogy software comparisons to be very subjective, no matter who is doing them. So I always read them, but have my own opinions. I also noted that the death-record site seems to be principally drawn from the Social Security Death Index, My mother is listed as having died in Sequim, Washington. This is where my sister lived at the time, and she took care of my mother’s affairs. My mother actually died in Puyallup, Washington. The Social Security Death Index is the only place we see the Sequim zipcode show up.

The following guest post was written by Conrad Yu, and is quite informative:

Besides discovering one’s roots and ancestry, the practice of genealogy also involves creating a family lore to document ongoing and future people, places, and events. If your family is fortunate enough to already have some sort of family book, kept preciously intact over the years, then half the battle for creating a family tree is already over – you have the information and knowledge, but now you need the medium. As sacred as your family book may be, it is a safer and more convenient choice to move (or start) your genealogy on a software platform.

But the choices are as many as there are different kinds of fruit. Comparing genealogy software is imperative, because finding the right one means finding the best one. It often comes down to a few simple questions when determining which model fits just right:

  • What are some of the general features that you deem important? If your family is multi-national, with different branches of the family speaking a multitude of languages, a Multi-Lingual Interface may prove worthwhile. Other general features to keep an eye out for are chronology view, data exchange with other programs, import and export GEDCOM capabilities, relation degrees, and member statistics.
  • Which genealogy database do you use? The majority of family tree programs do not have this feature, but the newest and most highly rated do: different models will be optimized to work with databases like Ancestry.com or Familysearch.org, so make sure to look for a program that works well with whichever one you use.
  • How do you want your lineage to look when showing it off? Most of the programs out there offer aesthetic effects like the capability to view your family in the setting of a 3D tree. And even if you’d prefer a more traditional display, there are still many features to choose from such as chronology view, family view, ancestor view, and individual view.

If you’re in the midst of discovering more about your family or ancestry, you can also try some more unconventional resources like LocateGrave, which allows you to search for the gravesite locations of family members or ancestors that have passed. Death-Record allows you to search for the information on the deceased by location, name, and social security number.

The online tools for genealogy and heritage out on the web seem endless, but finding the right ones may boil it down to just one or two – knowing what features are important is key to finding the best.

Geni.com’s Family Tree Surpasses 50 Million People

The following excerpt is from an article printed in the January 4, 2011 edition of redorbit.com

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Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) January 4, 2011 Geni.com, a world leader in collaborative genealogy, today announced the addition of the 50 millionth person to its World Family Tree, also known as “The Big Tree” within the genealogy community. Among the cutting edge features that allowed this tremendous growth are:

  • A Wikipedia-style collaboration environment including more than 50 “Curators”, which are the equivalent of a Wikipedia Administrator
  • Advanced merging features that allow users with common ancestors to connect their family trees
  • An alpha version of the Geni Developer API, which allows automation of some common merging tasks

“We are very proud of this milestone that the Geni community has worked so tirelessly to reach,” says Noah Tutak, Geni’s President. “Collaboration is the only means by which Geni can reach its goal of creating a single family tree for the world, and the progress our users have made is incredible.”

Read the full article.

WikiTree Online Surpasses 700,000 Profiles

I just got a tweet that WikiTree Online surpassed the 700,000 profile mark today. In Wikitree fact, in looking at the home page of the site, I see that 30,426 WikiTreers have added 704,936 profiles. Not bad for a site that started in 2008.

The site is free, and allows family collaboration of the building, and maintaining of the family tree.

Check it out.

MyHeritage.com Releases Family Tree Builder 5.0

The following news release is from Daniel Horowitz at MyHeritage.com.

Family Tree Builder 5.0 London, England & Tel Aviv, Israel – December 1, 2010 MyHeritage.com, the largest family network on the web, today announced the launch of Family Tree Builder 5.0, the most advanced and easy-to-use free genealogy software in the world. Introducing a range of new practical features, Family Tree Builder 5.0 makes researching, building, printing and sharing family trees easier than ever. The new ‘To-Do’ lists and unique ‘Tree Consistency Checker’ are amongst the useful new tools for genealogists, while the new fully customizable family tree charts and professional poster prints provide a colorful way for any family to showcase its past and present. With improved privacy settings, Family Tree Builder 5.0 also gives users more flexibility and security for sharing family history data.

Family history enthusiasts and genealogists around the world use Family Tree Builder to find long-lost relatives, and discover and showcase their family roots. Popular free features, such as Smart Matches™ and Facial Recognition, empower users to overcome the challenges of family history research in a fun and innovative way. Family Tree Builder users can synchronize their data with a private online family site on MyHeritage.com. Family sites serve as an ideal platform for families to share their heritage and stay in touch – through photo sharing, event planning and other social networking tools.

“We’re witnessing a massive upward trend in people being passionate to discover their roots”, said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage.com. “Our newly released Family Tree Builder 5.0 software is the ideal companion in the journey to explore your family’s past. Easy-to-use, packed with innovative features and completely free, it transforms family history into a hobby that is accessible and enjoyable for everyone.”

The new Family Tree Builder 5.0, free to download at www.myheritage.com/family-tree-builder, offers several new ways of organizing, documenting and showcasing family history. The major new features include:
• ‘To-Do’ Lists: A new feature that makes organizing and conducting research much more effective. Users can enter tasks that need to be done and associate them with people and locations, and organize the next steps they need to do in their research and prioritize them. Offers the ability to find all tasks associated with a certain person or location.
Tree Consistency Checker: A unique and free tool that helps find mistakes in family tree data, automatically identifying errors and inconsistencies in 40 categories. The tool excels in detecting anomalies – for example if users have entered dates inside place fields or tagged someone in a photo before that person’s birth – and shows users exactly how to fix them.
Improved Privacy Settings: A centralized place for controlling privacy settings. Users can now make specific information (e.g., names, facts and notes) of family members private and prevent this data from being published to family sites, or exclude it from family tree charts.
New Family Tree Charts: In only a few clicks, users can create beautiful family tree charts for free using a new easy-to-use chart wizard. With a dozen different chart types to choose from, 18 predefined chart styles, plus a wide variety of border designs, frames, background images, decorations, colours and fonts, users now enjoy thousands of combinations for personalizing their family tree charts. Charts can be saved in PDF format, which makes them easy to print at home and to share with others.
Family Tree Posters: With worldwide shipping, users can now order a poster sized version of any family tree chart, either direct to their home or sent as a gift to a family member. Prices start from as little as $20.
Custom Reports: Users can copy and export to excel data specific to a particular research project (such as a wedding or trip), sorting information according to their needs – e.g. by region, emails of particular individuals, information on reunion attendees etc.
DNA markers: Users can enter results from a genealogy DNA test or be directed to over 10 companies that conduct such tests. This information is encrypted.
Plus dozens of additional enhancements.

About MyHeritage.com:
MyHeritage.com is the most popular family network on the web. Millions of families around the world enjoy having a private place for their families to keep in touch. MyHeritage.com’s Smart-Matching technology empowers users with an exciting and innovative way to find relatives and explore their family history. With all family information stored in a secure site, MyHeritage.com is the ideal place to share family photos, and celebrate and preserve special family moments. Offering 36 languages, 650 million profiles and 16 million family trees, MyHeritage.com is nurturing family relationships and uniting families worldwide. For more information please visit www.myheritage.com or www.myheritage.com/family-tree-builder

ourFamily•ology Offers 15-Day Free Trial

The following News Release was written by ourFamilyology staff:

Web-based genealogy software program offers 15-day FREE trial for amateur and professional genealogists.

Franklin Lakes, NJ (PRWEB) November 4, 2009 – ourFamily•ology today announced that, in celebration of the official launch of its ourfamilyologywebsite at http://www.Family-Genealogy.com, it is offering a 15-day free trial to all visitors.

ourFamilyology Genealogy Tools
Visitors interested in the free trial simply need to visit http://www.Family-Genealogy.com, click on the “Subscribe” button and fill out the form. No credit card is required. At the end of the 15-day trial, users can choose from three annual subscription levels based on storage space: $35 for 300 MB, $50 for 600 MB and $75 for 1000 MB.

ourFamily•ology is a one-of-a-kind, web-based genealogy software program that promises to help amateur and professional genealogists alike build a precise family history. ourFamily•ology’s Web-Based Family Genealogy Program offers features no other genealogy program has ever offered – either as PC software or as an online Web-based application.

ourFamily•ology is the only family tree builder that offers a simple, visual progress and accuracy rating guide. For the first time, genealogists will easily gain a sense of ‘the big picture’ of where they are and what they should work on next within their family tree. It also includes an optionally ever-present status chart, with a color-coded reliability and progress indicator to gauge the completeness of your family tree as well as provide a clear roadmap of what you should work on next – all at a single glance.

The Web-Based Family Genealogy Program from ourFamily•ology allows users to:

  • Work on your own or collaboratively with family members
  • Control access to your private tree with required individual passwords
  • Update genealogical details for the same person in multiple files with one click
  • Easily attach sources, photos, notes, etc. to multiple family members
  • Search genealogical information by birth, death, notes, or place
  • View/Print/Export 18 different Reports, Lists, and Charts
  • Receive warnings and reports for probable data issues
  • Ability to unlink as well as merge people with controls
  • Options to add multiple parents; marriage and child parent relationships
  • Add your own custom events and LDS Ordinances
  • Track the accuracy and completion of your family tree with ourFamily•ology’s unique color-coded Progress Rating Chart

“After spending years on my own family tree and using many different tools and programs, I knew there was a need for the functionality that we built into ourFamily•ology’s program,” said founder and president, Brandy Sacco. “I think genealogists will find that our program is not only fun and easy to use, but also the most robust family tree builder available.”

To learn more about ourFamily•ology and to subscribe for the free 15-day trial, visit http://www.Family-Genealogy.com.

About ourFamily•ology
ourFamily•ology is a security conscious, Web-based provider of genealogy tools to help you build and organize a precise family history and a reliable family tree that can be shared with family and friends. For more information, please visit http://www.Family-Genealogy.com.

From the November 4, 2009 edition of PRWeb.com.