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# Thursday, July 17, 2014
FamilySearch Releases Tree & Memories Apps for Your FamilySearch Family Tree
Posted by Diane

FamilySearch has introduced two new mobile apps for working with your family tree on FamilySearch.org:
  • FamilySearch Tree lets you view your family tree on the FamilySearch.org website; add photos, stories and audio recordings; and search for photos, documents and stories about your family. The app doesn't yet let you add and update ancestor details such as names, life dates and relationships, but this is coming soon. FamilySearch Tree is available for iOS 7 and higher and Android 2.3 and higher.
  • FamilySearch Memories lets you use your phone to capture images of old documents, old photos, and family events; audio recordings; and written stories, tag them, and add them to your FamilySearch family tree. FamilySearch Memories is available for iOS 7 (there's no Android version, and FamilySearch hasn't said whether one is in the works).
You can click through to these apps in the Apple App Store or Google Play from this post on the FamilySearch Blog.


FamilySearch | Genealogy Apps
Thursday, July 17, 2014 8:56:32 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, June 10, 2014
How to Use Your Tablet to Make Genealogy Research Trips Easier
Posted by Diane

I have to admit, I don't use my Android tablet much except to surf the internet or read in bed (when I really should be getting to sleep).

As a minimal tablet user, I wanted to try out the video classes planned for our Maximize Your iPad (or Tablet) for Genealogy one-week workshop, taking place online June 23-30. 

I watched "Using Your Tablet on a Research Trip" by workshop instructor and self-professed tablet-aholic Kerry Scott.

When she said that she no longer brings her laptop computer on research trips, I was hooked. Boy would I love to stop lugging that thing around at conferences, trying to use it half open on a plane when the guy in front of me reclines his seat, and getting possessive about the single electrical outlet within walking distance of wherever I am.

Kerry uses her tablet when planning a trip, while traveling, and while researching at the library or archive. Here are a few ways she does it:
  • She puts all her travel documents, confirmations and notes in Evernote and shares them with her husband.
  • Downloads reading material and music, as well as PDF versions of research guides for the place she's going
  • Makes a lookup list of records in Excel (which she likes for its sortability) and saves it to the cloud (Dropbox, in Kerry’s case; I’d keep mine in Google Drive). These are her newspaper lookups:

  • Downloads a flight-tracking app such as FlightTrack, plus the airline’s travel app (which usually lets travelers quickly rebook when flights are canceled or delayed)
  • Downloads traffic apps for states along the driving route, a restaurant-finding app, and news apps for big cities on the itinerary (you know, in case the place shuts down due to a grasshopper plague)
  • Uses Evernote's camera feature to capture record images (such as from microfilm) along with source information for easily pairing the record with its citation. Her video has a demo of how this works.
  • Uses a family tree app for quick lookups while at a repository
  • Downloads apps for libraries she's visiting (if available) for catalog searches
  • Downloads a note-taking app, which would be a biggie for me. Kerry uses a stylus to "write" notes on the tablet, like so:

The tips will work for both iPads and Android tablets—Kerry mentioned apps for both, and the course has videos for both. Now I can't wait to check out the rest of the video courses and chat about apps on the workshop message board.

Click here to see the course lineup and other features for our Maximize Your iPad (or Tablet) for Genealogy one-week workshop


Family Tree University | Genealogy Apps | Webinars
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 3:28:10 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [3]
# Friday, June 06, 2014
Genealogy News Corral, June 2-6
Posted by Diane

  • British technology company brightsolid (part of DC Thomson, which owns findmypast.com) has a new game called Family House you can play on your iPhone, iPad or Facebook. Players build and restore a "family house," moving in more family members as they explore their family history. Players even can represent these virtual family members with avatars dressed in period clothing. Download the app from the iTunes store or play it on Facebook.
  • The subscription-based digital archive of The Stars and Stripes, a newspaper published for the American community in Europe, has been updated with WWII-era editions from London (1942-1945) and Northern Ireland (1943-1945). The archive launched in 2008 with papers from 1948 to 1999. Subscriptions range from $4.95 for a one-day pass to $47.40 for one year.
  • Registration has opened for the Foundation for East European Family History Studies' 2014 conference, taking place Aug. 12-15 in Salt Lake City.  The opening reception features Eastern European hors d'oeuvres—yum!—and classes cover German, Russian, Austrian, Polish, Czech, Jewish and other Eastern European ancestry.  See a program and register at the conference website.


FamilySearch | Genealogy Apps | Genealogy Events | Military records | Newspapers
Friday, June 06, 2014 12:57:20 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, April 18, 2014
Genealogy News Corral, April 14-18
Posted by Diane

Happy Passover and Easter to you! I hope those of you observing either holiday are enjoying family traditions your ancestors held dear. In this week's news corral:
  • The US National Park Service is kicking off National Park Week with free entrance days Saturday and Sunday, April 19 and 20. The parks are full of opportunities to discover history at places such as Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado and the Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina. (As an aside, I went looking for a few history-related parks to mention here and I'm realizing how many are always free. Of the 401 national parks, 133 usually charge an entrance fee.)


Genealogy Apps | NARA | Social History
Friday, April 18, 2014 1:39:47 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Tuesday, March 18, 2014
New Genealogy Webinars: Make Evernote Effortless & Using DNA To Solve Family Mysteries
Posted by Diane

I wanted to make sure you know about two webinar learning opportunities we have coming up, on using Evernote for family history and on genetic genealogy:

     

The first one, this Thursday, is Making Evernote Effortless with Lisa Louise Cooke. An expert on using Evernote to organize research and streamline workflow, Lisa will talk about
  • creating source citations in Evernote
  • accessing your Evernote notes faster with tools like shortcuts and quick keys
  • setting reminders
  • sharing notes
  • hacking the mobile version to add the web clipper to your tablet's web browser

You'll learn how to use Evernote to stop researching haphazardly and start organizing your approach and your findings. Click here to register.



Next Thursday, March 27, we have Using DNA To Solve Family Mysteries with the Genetic Genealogist blogger, Blaine Bettinger. He'll help you
  • understand more about genetic genealogy
  • figure out which test to take to solve which types of research problems
  • how to interpret your test results
Blaine has written on genetic genealogy for Family Tree Magazine, and I have to say he's a very good explainer of things—great at turning complicated genetic genealogy information into concepts my brain can wrap itself around.

Click here to find out more and register.


Genealogy Apps | Genetic Genealogy | Webinars
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:37:54 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Ancestry.com Releases Find A Grave Mobile App for iOS
Posted by Diane

Ancestry.com has released its free Find A Grave mobile app for iOS7, which lets you search the Find A Grave online cemtery database from your iPhone or iPad, as well as upload gravestone images and information to Find A Grave. The app also lets you request photos of gravestones from Find A Grave volunteers, and fill others' requests.

Here's where you can find a description of the app's features.

You also might get some of your questions answered by reading Ancestry.com's blog post and the comments, many of which come from people who've used the app.

You can download the Find A Grave app for iOS7 in the Apple App Store.

Before you ask—Ancestry.com is working on an Android version, and does not say when it will become available. I have an Android phone, too, so I feel your pain.

Ancestry.com acquired the Find A Grave website last year, with a promise to keep it free and invest resources in improving the site. Producing a mobile app was among the first items on its to-do list.


Ancestry.com | Cemeteries | Genealogy Apps
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 1:47:04 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [3]
Ways to Make Evernote Even Better for Genealogy
Posted by Diane

The free Evernote, which scores of genealogists have started using to organize their family history research and iron out their workflow, is usually described as an "online note-taking and web-clipping program you can access from any device."

That's true, but it's not the whole picture. In our Making Evernote Effortless webinar on March 20, Lisa Louise Cooke will describe some of the lesser-known ways you can up your Evernote efficiency.



In my quest to demonstrate there's a lot more to Evernote, I went looking for often-overlooked features a genealogist might find helpful. Here's just a handful:
  • Search attached documents with Evernote’s optical character recognition capability, which converts images of printed documents into searchable text.
  • Link notes to keep related information together.
  • Use apps that work with Evernote to: draw notes on photos (Skitch), connect your Evernote and Gmail accounts (Powerbot for Gmail), connect your Evernote and Feedly accounts (IFFFT), easily clip web pages on your iPhone or iPad (Everclip), start typing a note on your iPhone or iPad whenever the mood strikes and then send it to Evernote or another service (Drafts), and more. (I haven't tried all these apps, but I wanted to let you know they're out there.)
Lisa Louise Cooke is an expert on using Evernote for genealogy. In the Making Evernote Effortless Webinar, she'll share lesser-known Evernote tricks and her favorite work-with-Evernote apps for organizing her genealogy research and streamlining her workflow. You can learn more about the webinar and sign up here.


Genealogy Apps | Research Tips | Webinars
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 11:30:46 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, February 28, 2014
Genealogy News Corral, Feb. 24-28
Posted by Diane

  • The free family tree website WikiTree has teamed up with author A.J. Jacobs to find cousin connections for the Global Family Reunion, to be held June 6, 2015, in Queens, NY. The "megareunion" will be the subject of Jacobs' next book as well as a documentary. It's open to the public, and attendees with a proven relationship to Jacobs get a bracelet and will be in a photo. To learn more about the reunion, go here. To find out more about helping WikiTree research those relationships, register for WikiTree, and then go here.
  • Fficiency Software has announced a new search technology called Family Relationship Searching, available through its MyTrees.com subscription family tree website. The company says the technology will help you quickly find an ancestor in the site's database without wading through so many false matches. To search, you enter information about your ancestor and his or her person's family members. You also can specify exact or phonetically similar spelling. Visit MyTrees.com here.


Civil War | Family Reunions | Genealogy Apps | Genealogy Web Sites | Genetic Genealogy
Friday, February 28, 2014 2:39:26 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, February 21, 2014
Genealogy News Corral, Feb. 17-21
Posted by Diane

  • The College of Charleston has launched the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative to share exhibits that "highlight underrepresented race, class, gender, and labor histories within and connected to the Lowcountry region." Current exhibits feature photos and historical documents related to slavery and the struggle for civil rights. This map, for example, shows the plan of the Airyhall rice and cotton plantation in 1849.

  • The new family history mapping website Place My Past has made some updates, including a Gallery page of maps and datasets you can layer over your family tree. Recently added datasets include US cemeteries, churches and other genealogical points of interest from the US Geographic Names Information System. You can browse the main map on Place My Past for free; subscribers ($48 per year) can upload their family trees to be plotted onto a map, add notes, and overlay it with maps and visualizations of data from the Place My Past Gallery.

  • Findmypast's Australian genealogy subscription site, findmypast.com.au, has added more than 640,000 convict records. It's an especially handy database for Australians, as about 20 percent of them (according to findmypast) are estimated to have convict ancestry. The new records include more than 515,000 New South Wales and Tasmania: Settlers and Convicts 1787-1859 documents, and 125,000 Convict Transportation Registers. Read more about the collection on findmypast.com.au.
  • FamilySearch.org has added close to 4.2 million indexed records and images to collections from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Honduras, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. UK additions include WWI Women's Auziliary Corps Records (1917-1920), which aren't yet indexed, so you'll need to browse them. From the United States, notable additions include 1850 census slave schedules (browse only) and records form the Panama Canal Zone (1905-1937, also browse only). Click here to see a list and access each updated collection.


African-American roots | FamilySearch | findmypast | Genealogy Apps | Genealogy Events | Genealogy societies | International Genealogy
Friday, February 21, 2014 11:24:17 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, February 17, 2014
Now Available: Free Family Tree Magazine Podcast February Episode
Posted by Diane

The February 2014 Family Tree Magazine's podcast, hosted by Lisa Louise Cooke and sponsored by Blackblaze online backup service, is now available for your listening pleasure!

The topics include
  • six simple ways (including three free ones) to use Ancestry.com
  • Lisa's favorite free family history tools
  • a peek at Family Tree University's upcoming Virtual Genealogy Conference
  • what to look for in the March/April 2014 Family Tree Magazine, a special online genealogy issue
You can listen to the Family Tree Magazine Podcast for free in iTunes or at FamilyTreeMagazine.com. Enjoy!



Ancestry.com | Family Tree Magazine articles | Family Tree University | Genealogy Apps | Genealogy Software | Podcasts
Monday, February 17, 2014 12:48:44 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, July 11, 2013
Using Evernote to Organize My Genealogy Research
Posted by Diane

My former method of genealogy research organization was to email myself notes and records, or use notekeeping gadgets on my iGoogle page.

But with the emails getting buried in my in-box and the impending retirement of iGoogle, I wasn't very organized.

Then I started hearing more about the Evernote web clipper and note-taker, and we began planning an Evernote for genealogists webinar with Lisa Louise Cooke (it's July 25—more details below).

So I gradually started using it, like this:
  • I set up a Genealogy notebook "stack", and within that, notebooks for branches I'm researching.
  • When I need to put a record to request on my genealogy to-do list, I make a note in the appropriate notebook (usually I just copy and paste a catalog record and URL from a repository website) and tag it with the last name, the repository or website, and other relevant tag.

  • Next time I plan to visit some repository, or if I want to focus on a particular family, I can pull up all my notes with the right tags, and there's my to-do list.
  • If I'm away from home, I can add a note using the Evernote app on my phone. I can snap a picture of a record or photo and attach the image to my note.
Here's a peek at what it looks like. Everything in one place, and viewable from anywhere:



I'm feeling a lot less scattered, genealogy-wise, these days. I also use Evernote to keep my grocery list and save business cards, and it helped me get organized for our vacation last month. It's free, unless you need a LOT of storage.

I'm sure there's a lot more I could be using it for—sounds like you can share notes with other researchers and relatives, perform text-recognition of images to make them searchable, annotate images using something called Skitch, set up tables, and more.

So I'm looking forward to the webinar with Lisa. It's called Organize Your Research With Evernote, and it's on Thursday, July 25 at 7 p.m. ET (that's 6 p.m. CT, 5 p.m. MT, 4 p.m. PT).

And you can save $10 if you register now (this early registration offer expires July 18).


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Thursday, July 11, 2013 10:25:32 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [4]
# Friday, March 08, 2013
Genealogy News Corral, March 4-8
Posted by Diane

  • WikiTree, a free worldwide family tree website, has launched a new feature called Surname Following that lets you get updates when other WikiTree users post content related to names you're interested in. Log in to WikiTree and follow surnames to receive an email alert when related content is added to the WikiTree database or a related question, answer or comment is added to the WikiTree G2G (“Genealogist to Genealogist”) Q&A forum.
  • FamilySearch has added 10.5 million indexed records and images to its free historical records search over the last two weeks, including 8,613,673 document images added to the New York Probate Records collection (1629 to 1971). Other notable collection updates are Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965, and Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996, collection.
Collections for Indonesia, Italy, New Zealand, and the US states of Minnesota and Ohio also have been updated. See more details and click through to the updated collections here.
  • If you're up against a brick wall with some part of your genealogy research and you'll be in the Washington DC area on Saturday, March 16, the National Archives is holding a “Help! I'm Stuck” Genealogy Clinic. You can visit the Research Center main desk that day to sign up for a free, 20 minute consultation with an archivist between noon and 4 p.m. For details on this and other programs at teh archives, see the Archives.gov calendar.


FamilySearch | Genealogy Apps | Genealogy Events | Genealogy societies | Genealogy Web Sites | NARA
Friday, March 08, 2013 12:13:51 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Time-Saving Tips for Busy Genealogists
Posted by Diane

The Time-saving Tips for Genealogists chat at last month's Family Tree University Virtual Genealogy Conference was especially interesting to me, considering my recently expanded family.

Of course I didn't have the half-hour to attend the chat, but Virtual Conference participants get transcripts of all the chats, so I'm still able to benefit from other researchers' wisdom and share some time-saving tips with you:
  • Everyone agreed that organization, staying on-task and information overload are time drains when it comes to genealogy research. Social media also distracts us, and catching up after being away from research steals time, too.

  • Organization was a theme. Be organized from the start—using a research log to keep track of your to-do list for each family line and place you're searching really helps. At least one participant uses Evernote to keep her research log. Trello also was recommended (especially for those who think visually).

  • Keep track of negative search results, too (i.e., you didn't find the record you were looking for) so you don't repeat the same search. Track your online searches of growing databases, so you can go back to look for new results.

  • Schedule your genealogical research time on your calendar, just like any other appointment you have.

  • When visiting a repository, plan ahead, use online tools (such as a library catalog and visitor information) to prepare, and call to verify hours, what you can bring in, etc. This gives you more research time.

  • To-do list apps chatters use include Remember the Milk, Any.do and Wunderlist.

  • Sometimes getting away from home to research is better, because you face fewer distractions.

  • Set a research goal for the week (or a period of time that works for you).

We'll host another Virtual Genealogy Conference this Fall, so stay tuned! In the mean time, check out our Organize Your Genealogy One-Week Workshop, taking place March 15-22.


Genealogy Apps | Genealogy Events | Research Tips
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 3:55:51 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, January 18, 2013
Genealogy News Corral, Jan. 14-18
Posted by Beth

  • Saving Memories Forever has launched its new free Android app designed to make interviewing and preserving stories through audio recordings even easier. The technology allows users to build story archives they can share and manage through the company's website.


  • FamilySearch has added 7 million new indexed records and images to its collection. Notable additions include the 1.7 million+ indexed records and images in the Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books collection from 1592-1910; 1 million+ records added to the United States Index to Passenger Arrivals, Atlantic and Gulf Ports, from 1820-1874; and the 1.3 million+ records from the United States General Index to Pension Files collection from 1861-1934.

  • The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the creation of a new society to promote the preservation of records in the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA): The Society of Preservation Patriots. This new group recognizes donors who have contributed $250 or more to the Stern-NARA Gift Fund or the current Preserve the Pensions initiative, a project to digitally capture the 7.2 million images from the 180,000 pensions of those who served in the War of 1812.
Donors will receive a society pin and be listed on the FGS website. For more information, see the Preserve the Pensions initiative or the Stern-NARA Gift Fund. 


Genealogy Apps | Genealogy Industry | Genealogy societies | Genealogy Web Sites
Friday, January 18, 2013 9:17:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, January 11, 2013
Genealogy News Corral, Jan. 7-11
Posted by Beth

  • Ancestry.com has updated its 1850 US census collections (correcting some Indiana birth places that were keyed incorrectly) and its City Directories. In addition, Ancestry continues with its indexing of information for the 1940 US census to make it more complete.


  • Genealogy search engine service Mocavo and Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) announced that Mocavo has finalized its plans to become a founding member of the organization. FHISO is a standards-developing organization bring the international family history and genealogical community in a self-governing forum to develop information standards to solve today's interoperability issues.
Mocavo will participate with other FHISO members from the global genealogical community in the development of standards for the digital representation and sharing of family history and genealogical information.

  • MyHeritage has released a new version of its free MyHeritage app (v2.0) that now lets users do their genealogy on the go—create and edit their family tree, add relatives and photos, and edit profiles, info and events. The app is available for iPad, iPhone, and Android smartphones and tablets, in 32 languages. If you have an older version of the app, the new app will upgrade seamlessly. Click here to download the app.




Genealogy Apps | Genealogy Industry | Genealogy Web Sites
Friday, January 11, 2013 9:16:27 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, December 21, 2012
Genealogy News Corral, Dec. 17-21
Posted by Beth


  • Findmypast.com, a UK-based website specializing in British genealogical records, recently added 31 million new records spanning 38 US, UK, Irish and Australian collections. Included are British Army service and pension records spanning 1760-1902 from two British hospitals, as well the War Office; US military records, including Korean War POWs and casualties, and Vietnam War casualties; Irish Catholic Church directory records from 1836-1837; and Australian "Northern Territory" records from 1884-1968.
 
  • Genealogy software company RootsMagic, Inc. has released a free RootsMagic app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The app, available at the Apple App Store, is a companion to RootsMagic desktop family tree software and the free RootsMagic Essentials software. Features include access to your personal RootsMagic files via iTunes or Dropbox; family tree search and explore capabilities; pictures, notes and sources; lists; and tools and calculators. For more information, click here. 
Users of genealogy software such as PAF, Family Tree Maker and Legacy Family Tree can convert their files into viewable RootsMagic files with RootMagic's free desktop software.


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Friday, December 21, 2012 7:34:55 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Genealogy Gems Reaches 1 Million Download Milestone
Posted by Beth

Genealogy Gems Podcast, a free 30-minute monthly podcast of genealogy resources, tips and fun hosted by our friend and colleague Lisa Louise Cooke, received its 1 millionth episode download this past weekend.

In early 2007, when Cooke published the first episode, podcasting was in its infancy. "It was like being part of a new Wild West of technology," says Cooke, a genealogist since the age of about 10. She has now published 146 free episodes, available through Apple's iTunes Store and the Genealogy Gems website. What started out as a single podcast episode has turned into a multimedia offering of audio, video, articles, books, DVDs, live classes and online webinars. The Genealogy Gems mobile app (available in the iTunes App Store, and an Android version through Amazon.com) gives genealogists the flexibility to hit the road and take it all with them.

"My goal has always been to spend my time sifting through all of that information and chiseling out the gems—the items that are really worthwhile—so that my listeners can have faster and greater success," Cooke says. "Ultimately, the genealogy gems I provide on the show lead to my listeners' genealogy gems: their precious ancestors."

Cooke is also the host of the free Family Tree Magazine Podcast, our monthly online radio show that takes you behind the scenes to learn more about the topics covered in the magazine. Each episode features interviews with genealogy experts and Family Tree Magazine editors on using genealogy web sites, records and resources. Plus, publisher/editorial director Allison Dolan gives you sneak previews on upcoming issues; managing editor Diane Haddad delivers the scoop on the latest genealogy news.

To subscribe to the free Family Tree Magazine Podcast, click here. To listen to an audio podcast via iTunes, click here.


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Tuesday, December 11, 2012 9:46:58 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, October 26, 2012
Genealogy News Corral, Oct. 22-26
Posted by Diane

  • The Chronicling America free, searchable database of historic US newspapers, has posted its 5 millionth newspaper page. Launched by the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2007 as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program, the site digitizes newspapers published between 1836 and 1922. It now has more than 800 newspapers from 25 states. 
  • Old Weather, a joint project from the National Archives and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will have citizen scientists transcribing historic Arctic and worldwide weather data from digitized Navy, Coast Guard, and Revenue Cutter ship deck logs. Digital images of the logbooks will be available on the project's website and on Archives.gov. The records offer access to weather data and climate patterns from your ancestor's day, as well as details on US maritime history, military operations and scientific exploration. Learn more about the project and participate at OldWeather.org.
  • A new volunteer genealogy lookup site called Gen Gathering has announced it's looking for volunteers to do simple lookups for others in their home libraries or nearby repositories or cemeteries. You also can use the site to find volunteers who might be able to do lookups for you.  Learn more on the Gen Gathering website


Got Iowa ancestors? Our Iowa Genealogy Crash Course webinar, happening Tuesday evening, Oct. 30, will help you find their vital records, US and state censuses, land records and more. Learn more about the Iowa Genealogy Crash Course in ShopFamilyTree.com.


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Friday, October 26, 2012 11:30:38 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [31]
# Friday, October 12, 2012
Genealogy News Corral, Oct. 8-12
Posted by Diane

  • Ancestry.com has released a new Ancestry Facebook app that helps you use Facebook to add to your Ancestry.com family tree. The app lets you use your Facebook credentials to log into Ancestry.com, get hints about Facebook members who may be family, add family members on Facebook to your Ancestry tree and send copies of your tree to those relatives (which they can use to start their own trees on Ancestry.com). Watch a video of how the app works and get the app on Ancestry.com.
Note that when you add information from Facebook to your Ancestry.com tree, you grant Ancestry.com permission to use the information according to its Terms and Conditions and Privacy Statement.
  • Our Photo Detective Maureen A. Taylor's book The Last Muster: Images of the Revolutionary War Generation, will soon become a historical film! Visit LastMusterFilm.com to learn more about the project and how you can help the stories of the book's subjects come to life through a donation to the Center for Independent Documentary.
  • FamilySearch is holding a Genealogists Say "Thanks!" video contest. Submit a video sharing an ancestral find in FamilySearch indexes and thanking FamilySearch volunteer indexers for their work. Five winners will each receive  a $25 Visa gift card and have their videos published on teh FamilySearch indexing Facebook page. The submission deadline is November 5; see the FamilySearch blog for contest rules and other details.
  • British genealogy website Genes Reunited has added a Keepsafe feature where the site's members can store digital copies of their family records, photos and memories. Keepsafes can be public, private or shared with select others.  Also new are Relation Profiles, where members can view and edit details about people in their Genes Reunited family trees. Check out the recently revamped Genes Reunited here.


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Friday, October 12, 2012 11:04:26 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Genealogy Apps for Your Tablet
Posted by Diane

Last weekend's Family Tree University Virtual Genealogy Conference was a great chance to learn from professional genealogy experts and from other researchers like me via video classes, message boards and live chats.

Mark your calendar now for our Winter 2013 Virtual Genealogy Conference, Feb. 22-24.

I'll bring you a few of my favorite conference tips and tidbits over the next few weeks, starting with great apps from our Best Genealogy Tablet Apps chat. Interestingly, they're not all expressly for doing genealogy. These are some of the apps chat host Kerry Scott and other participants use to track their trees, manage time, digitize documents, search websites and more:
  • 30/30 for time management—you work for 30 minutes or another set length of time, then take a break (iPad)
  • Ancestry for displaying your Ancestry member tree and doing quick record lookups, though the search capabilities are limited compared to the full version of the site (Android and iPad)
  • AroundMe for finding gas stations and food in unfamiliar towns  (iPad)
  • CamScanner for digitizing documents and turning them into PDFs (iPad and Android)
  • Civil War Today for newspaper accounts, diaries, letters and more from this day 150 years ago (iPad)
  • CousinCalc for figuring out exactly how you're related (iPad)
  • DropBox for sharing and accessing files across devices (iPad and Android)
  • Evernote for taking notes and making them searchable and accessible across devices—you can get Kerry's video class on using Evernote for $10 off in ShopFamilyTree.com (iPad and Android)
  • Find A Grave for searching the cemetery transcriptions and info on Find A Grave (Android)
  • Focus Time for time management; you work for 25 minutes and take a 5-minute break, with a longer break after four cycles (iPad)
  • GoodReader for reading PDF files (iPad)
  • Google Translate (iPhone and Android)
  • LastPass for keeping and generating passwords (IPad and Android)
  • MyHeritage for displaying your MyHeritage family tree and searching the site (iPad and Android)
  • PrinterPro for printing wirelessly from iPad to printer (iPad)
  • Reeder for managing blog RSS feeds (iPad)
  • RestingSpot for adding your ancestor's burial location GPS coordinates to the RestingSpot database (iPhone and Android)
  • Scanner Pro for digitizing documents and turning them into PDFs (iPad)
  • Symbaloo.com as an iGoogle replacement (iPad and Android)
  • Wikipanion (iPad) or Wapedia (Android) for using Wikipedia
  • Wolfram Genealogy & History Research Assistant for a variety of tools including historical weather to an inflation calculator (iPad)
  • Zite for finding news stories and blog posts about your pet topics, such as genealogy (iPad and Android)
Video classes from the Fall 2012 Virtual Genealogy Conference will be available soon in ShopFamilyTree.com (and you can check out classes from past Virtual Conferences now).

And if you're hungry for more ways to use your iPad for genealogy, you'll find them in the new book Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse by Lisa Louise Cookeclick here to learn more.


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Wednesday, September 19, 2012 12:34:15 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, September 07, 2012
Genealogy News Corral, Sept. 3-7
Posted by Diane

Congratulations to all the ISFHWE competition winners—you can see their names here!


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Friday, September 07, 2012 4:14:11 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, August 20, 2012
Genealogy on the Go and More in the Newest (Free) Family Tree Magazine Podcast
Posted by Diane

The newest episode of the free Family Tree Magazine Podcast, hosted by Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems, is all about doing genealogy on the go. This month, we're talking about:
  • mobile genealogy apps and tools with yours truly
  • tips and tricks for family history travel from Family Curator blogger Denise Levenick
  • the best mobile genealogy websites from our list of 101 Best Genealogy websites with Family Tree Magazine contributing editor David A. Fryxell
Plus:

You can listen to the Free FamilyTreeMagazine Podcast in iTunes or on FamilyTreeMagazine.com.

Click here to see the show notes.


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Monday, August 20, 2012 4:37:46 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]