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# Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Free Webinar: Have an Organized Holiday Season
Posted by Diane

Halloween’s over, which means we’re in the holiday season. My blood pressure just went up a little.

Trying to take care of your gift list, keep family traditions going, get things done at work around vacation schedules, and squeeze in genealogy time can make the holidays one of the most hectic times of the year.

But they don’t have to be. Our colleagues over at Betterway Home are hosting a free webinar to help you cut the chaos, stress and clutter from your holiday season.

The free Have an Organized Holiday Season webinar is presented by professional organizers Jennifer Ford Berry, author of Organize Now! and Organize Now! Your Money, Business & Career, and Susan Fay West, author of Organize For a Fresh Start.

It takes place Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. Eastern (11 a.m. Pacific).

Sign up and receive:

  • Tips for how to organize decorations, gifts and more
  • Advice to help you manage and enjoy your holiday schedule
  • Help identifying your priorities so you value everything you do
  • Participation in the live Q&A session—get detailed answers to your specific questions
  • Access to the webinar recording to view again as many times as you like
  • Plus a coupon for 20 percent off the presenters’ new books

This year, get organized before you get overwhelmed. Click here to register for the free Have an Organized Holiday Season webinar.


saving and sharing family history | Webinars
Tuesday, November 01, 2011 3:07:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, October 31, 2011
Final Daily Deal & Giveaway: 50% Off Digital Downloads at ShopFamilyTree.com!
Posted by Diane

Our celebration of Family History Month is coming to a close, and with it all those Daily Deals and Giveaways.

But not before we announce the winner of today’s big grand prize giveaway—a $200 shopping spree at ShopFamilyTree.com~

And the lucky winner is ... Reba Shafer!

There's still one more deal to be had: The Daily Deal for today, Oct. 31, is 50 percent off all digital downloads at ShopFamilyTree.com.

That's a lot of genealogy expertise you can get for a great price. Articles such as:


Family History Month | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales
Monday, October 31, 2011 3:34:22 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
Ghost Towns Haunting Your Family History?
Posted by Diane

Though we think of them as Western phenomena, ghost towns are in every US state. You might’ve heard of Bodie, Calif.; Goldfield, Nev.; Medicine Mound, Texas and Oatman, Ariz.; but what about Moonville, Ohio; Chaska, Tenn., and Skinnersville, Mass.?

Ghost towns happened when the industry that sustained the population died (as with many mining and logging towns in the Old West), when the railroad or highway bypassed a town, or when a public construction project (such as a dam) or a natural disaster wiped it out.

A ghost town might still be marked by abandoned buildings and/or maintained as a tourist attraction, or there may be no visible sign the town ever existed. Did your ancestor live in a ghost town? Here are some online resources to help you learn more about it.


Genealogy Web Sites | Social History
Monday, October 31, 2011 10:48:32 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [2]
# Sunday, October 30, 2011
Grand Prize Time!
Posted by Allison

As October draws to a close so will our Family History Month Daily Deal and Giveaway. It's all been leading up to the drawing for our grand prize: a $200 ShopFamilyTree.com shopping spree!

Sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, enter again to put yourself in the running for this one.) We'll select one lucky winner at random at 4 pm ET 10/31.

And you won't want to miss the last ShopFamilyTree.com Daily Deal: Digital downloads are 50% off all day Monday. Enter code DD1031 at checkout to get the discount.

It's a great opportunity to stock up on the recorded webinars and article downloads you've had your eye on—and if you win the grand prize, you can load up on goodies such as books and software.

Come back Monday afternoon to see who wins the grand prize!


Family History Month | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales
Sunday, October 30, 2011 3:31:27 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
10/30 Daily Deal and Giveaway Winner
Posted by Allison

Congratulations, Jennifer Alford! You're the winner of a Virtual Conference OnDemand Collection in today's Family History Month Daily Deal and Giveaway!

Didn't win? There's still time to buy the collection at half price (regularly $199.99): Today's Daily Deal lasts until midnight ET today, 10/30.


Family History Month | Family Tree University | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales
Sunday, October 30, 2011 3:13:40 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Saturday, October 29, 2011
10/29 Daily Deal and Giveaway Winner
Posted by Allison

Congratulations, Alyce Sullivan! You're the winner of an Organize Your Family History Value Pack in today's Family History Month Daily Deal and Giveaway!

Didn't win? Snatch up this value pack at the one-day special sale price of $49.99—this Daily Deal lasts until midnight ET today, 10/29.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, 10/30, is our Virtual Conference OnDemand Collection! Sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page. (Note: Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, enter again to put yourself in the running for this one.)

Check back tomorrow at 4 p.m. ET to see if you've won!

About the Daily Deal & Giveaway

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month in October by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Each day at 4 pm ET, 3 pm Central, 3 pm MT and 1 pm Pacific, we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway and reveal the next day’s giveaway.

Each daily prize also will be on sale at ShopFamilyTree.com for that day only—so if you don’t get the giveaway, you can still snatch up a fantastic deal on tools to advance your research! 


Family History Month | ShopFamilyTree.com Sales
Saturday, October 29, 2011 4:07:33 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, October 28, 2011
10/28 Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Each day at 4 pm ET (3 CT, 2 MT, 1 PT), we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway. Plus, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

Today’s giveaway is the Digitize Your Family Photos Value Pack, a collection of digital downloads that'll help you build a digital archive of your family's cherished memories.

And the lucky winner is ... Sandra Goodwin!

And here's today's Daily Deal: Just for today, we've slashed the price of the Digitize Your Family Photos Value Pack (our most popular value pack) to $49.99, plus you'll get the Digitize Your Genealogy Documents video class free!

The deal is good only today, Oct. 28.

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 29, is another popular collection: our Organize Your Family History Value Pack. Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page! (Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to get in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won (and check out the next deal). Good luck!



Friday, October 28, 2011 4:42:57 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Genealogy News Corral, Oct. 24-28
Posted by Diane

  • The Genealogists for Families project, coordinated by genealogists Judy Webster and Joan Miller, uses the microfunding website Kiva.org to make small loans to those in need around the world. Borrowers use the funds for businesses that support their families, for example, a man in Rwanda used a Kiva loan to buy raw materials to expand his carpentry business. So far, Genealogists for Families has made 61 loans totaling $1,525. To get involved, sign up with Kiva. You can lend as little as $25. As the loan is repaid, you can lend to someone else.
  • The Genealogical Society of Ireland and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland are working together on a DNA project to learn more about the Irish population. Coordinators will collect DNA samples and genealogical information from participants. Participants won't receive results unless important health information is discovered. You'll find more details in this article on TheJournal.ie.

Genealogy societies | Genetic Genealogy | Military records | UK and Irish roots
Friday, October 28, 2011 4:22:51 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [2]
# Thursday, October 27, 2011
10/27 Daily Deal & Giveaway!
Posted by Diane

Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University are celebrating Family History Month by giving away great genealogy supplies all month long!

Each day at 4 pm ET (3 CT, 2 MT, 1 PT), we’ll announce the winner of that day’s giveaway. Plus, each daily prize will be on sale for a fantastic price.

Today’s giveaway is any November or December Family Tree University course. Want to learn how to trace your German ancestors? Find a soldier in the Civil War? Figure out how to get your research organized?

Well, if you're Linda Donham, you can do any of the above, or take one of our other course offerings. Congratulations!

Here's today's deal: Register for any Family Tree University November or December class and get $40 off. Build A+ research skills from the comfort of home!

Check out the classes here and use offer code FHMDD to get the deal. The code is good today only, Oct. 27

The daily giveaway for tomorrow, Oct. 28, is our Digitize Your Family Photos Value Pack. This collection of digital downloads will help you build a digital archive of your family's cherished memories.

Click here to sign up now on our Daily Deal & Giveaway page! (Even if you signed up for a previous giveaway, sign up again to get in the running for this one.)

Then just come back here tomorrow at 4 pm ET to see if you’ve won (and check out the next deal). Good luck!


Family History Month | Family Tree University
Thursday, October 27, 2011 4:06:45 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
New App Puts a Scanner in Your Pocket
Posted by Diane

A free iPhone app released today from memory-sharing site 1000memories makes your phone work like a scanner.

The Shoebox scanning app helps you digitize, organize and share collections of photos from the past.

You use the camera on your iPhone to snap a picture of a photo. Shoebox auto-detects the edges of the photo, then crops and straightens it. You can add information such as dates, names, and locations, then upload the photo as a JPG to 1000memories.com. There, you can be organize and share your pictures.

Of course, the quality of Shoebox "scans" depends on the phone's camera. If you have the latest iPhone, the 4S, your digitized Shoebox photos will be on par with what you'd produce with a typical desktop scanner, 1000memories cofounder Jonathan Good told me. The 4S has an 8.0 MP sensor for high-resolution mobile scans, as well as an improved f2.4 lens for quality lower-light scans.

Good says he also gets excellent results using his iPhone 4. The app is compatible with all previous iPhone models, as well as the iPad.

An Android version is coming soon, Good added (to the delight of this Android user).

“The popularity of the iPhone camera has proven that people want something that’s quick, accessible, and easy to share,” says 1000memories' other cofounder, Rudy Adler. "For us, that’s what providing a social mobile scanner is about - making it as easy as possible for people to get their photo collections digitized and shared with the people they care about.”

It'll certainly make scanning a box of photos quicker, and it'll be easier to digitize photos in your relatives' possession—no need to persuade Aunt Bertha to let you cart her precious album home.

Note that the app outputs a JPG file, but the TIF format, which creates uncompressed files, is the most widely used type of file for digital master photos. That lack of compression is also why TIF files are large and impractical for electronic sharing. So you may want to create TIF backups of important pictures.

Go here to learn more about Shoebox and download it.


Genealogy Software | Photos | saving and sharing family history
Thursday, October 27, 2011 11:04:46 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [4]