Friday, April 20, 2018

What Happened to the 2017 Innovation Showcase Winners? - Part 5

Part 5 of a 5-part series

Last, but not least, the People’s Choice award went to:

Quoting the news release:

People’s Choice ($25,000 cash and AWS credits), Kindex, an app designed to help users create searchable, shareable archives of family letters and other documents using tags to help users easily locate information.

Kindex was one of the 2016 RootsTech Innovator Showdown semi-finalists. After much effort and perseverance, the company increased their capabilities and were selected as the 2017 People’s Choice. Indexing software that lets families archive and index their collections of family records. These include journals, letters, video and audio collections.

Kindex had a great booth at RootsTech 2018, and announced a major update to their archival software. Here is a video explaining the update:

And just this month, Kindex announced new archival plan pricing.

While at RootsTech, I was able to meet with Laura Anderson, Senior Historian at the LDS Church History Library. She explained how she was able to leverage the power of Kindex to provide a platform for organizing and gathering the records of the Mormon Battalion. To view these records, or to volunteer to index, visit and click Request Access

There are a number of featured archives, all require a free Kindex account. There are a number of  public and private archives maintained by families, organizations, and societies available. 

Until I actually looked at some of the archives it did not occur to me to use Kindex to archive photos. Of course, it seemed like a great option for journals and written records, but the photo option escaped me. Take a look at the Archives and see for yourself.

For more information see their blog at

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Calendar of Ancestral Moments

The latest campaign from FamilySearch is the Calendar of Ancestral Moments. I loaded this app and immediately fell in love with it. On the website is shows a chronological list of key moments in your ancestors lives

But even better, you can subscribe to Facebook notifications about these events. 

Click on Get Reminders, and you will start receiving messages each day that has an event for your ancestor. Here is the notification I received about my Grandmother Grace March.

Clicking on the View Profile Page button takes me to her page in FamilySearch. 

Monday, April 9, 2018

What Happened to the 2017 Innovation Showcase Winners? - Part 4

Part 4 of a 5 part series

And third place went to ....

Quoting the news release:

Third Place Judges’ Choice Award ($26,000 cash and AWS credits), Louis Kessler, Double Match Triangulator, an app to help sort DNA matches into groups of relatives.

There are times in life when you realize that some people are just flat out smarter than you are, this is one of those times. I will let Louis Kessler describe the Double Match Triangulator, from his website

Double Match Triangulator is an autosomal DNA analysis tool.

DMT combines segment match data of two or more people to find all the double matches and all the triangulations between them. This gives you information that can help you determine your common ancestors and how you are related to your DNA relatives.

What DMT Does:

DMT reads two or more segment match files that you can download from several DNA services. The process of looking for segments that overlap used to be a tedious one. DMT quickly and visually presents you with all the segments that overlap between two or more people and saves you the work of trying to discover the segments yourself. It produces Excel files with information and visual maps of the matches as well as an index of all the people you match to and how you match them.


·       A "Double Match" is where "Person A matches Person C" and "Person B matches Person C" on a segment. Only if "Person A also matches Person B" on the segment, then the segment is said to "Triangulate", otherwise the segment is a "Missing AB Match".
·       Double match segments that overlap form "Triangulation Groups". People in these groups could be sharing a common ancestor. If the double match also triangulates, then the segment of DNA may be from the common ancestor. Triangulation groups are your key to finding how other DNA testers are related to you.

In February, this year, DMT 2.0 was released. 

·         Excel No Longer Required
·         Download Help for GEDmatch
·         Direct Reading of 23andMe and GEDmatch Match Files
·         Improved Reading of FTDNA Files
·         32 bit and 64 bit versions
·         Triangulations Seperated from Missing AB Matchs
·         and more…

See the full list on Louis' blog at
I downloaded version 2 this afternoon, time to get my to my DNA investigations. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of April 2, 2018

Nearly 8 million new historical records from France this week on FamilySearch and more from Sweden, Austria, Montana, Pennsylvania, Luxembourg, and the Czech Republic. 

Search these new free records by clicking on the collection links below or go to FamilySearch to search over 8 billion free names and record images.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

What Happened to the 2017 Innovation Showcase Winners? - Part 3

And second place went to …. QromaTag mobile app.

To quote the news release:

“Second Place Judges’ Choice ($44,000 cash and AWS credits), The Qroma tag mobile app for embedding stories into pictures, tagging them by voice commands, and making the data accessible on various platforms.”

Quoting the developer, Tony Knight:

“QromaTag is an iOS application that makes it easy to put the most important parts of a story into any photo in a way that will survive for generations. Using two voice recognition systems that work in tandem, QromaTag creates industry standard photo metadata based on what you tell it about your photos. Using natural language, tell us the date, location and people that are in the photo and QromaTag takes care of all the technical details and embeds that information into the photo. Because these tags are industry standard, they will work on any platform, any device or any web service today, tomorrow and long into the future. With QromaTag, you can attach a description of up to 2,000 characters to any photo, ensuring that your future generation will experience your story in a way the ‘back of the photo’ never could.”

QromaTag, as introduced at RootsTech 2017, created seven searchable EXIF and IPTP metadata tags. By importing your family tree, or contacts, QromaTag can tag any person in the photo just by saying the name. For more details on  QromaTag, see

What’s new?

QromaTag v2 and QromaScan v3, use voice recognition to describe photos with the simplicity of Natural Language Tagging. Using your voice, you describe what is happening in the picture. QromaScan automatically translates the sentence into the appropriate metadata tags. The example Tony showed me, and used on the website, is a picture of Tony’s mother and sister at the Eiffel Tower. After scanning he just described the picture:

“This is my mother and sister at the Eiffel Tower in the spring of 1974”

QromaScan, using the new Relations Manager, created the tags:

People: Susan Knight, Sally Knight
Date: April 1, 1974
Location: 5 Avenue Anatole France, Paris, lie-de-France, …
With a map showing the location.

With new Natural Language Tagging, I no longer need to worry if I am doing it correctly.

See this video for an example:

Both QromaTag v2 and QromaScan v3  (and the forthcoming QromaTag for Mac) use the same Natural Language tagging engine.  One is for converting print images and slides (QromaScan) and the other is for tagging existing digital images using your iPhone. (QromaTag)

What is coming? QromaTag for Mac is in the works, due in April of 2018. 

Tony is also working on an Android version.

BTW, how do you pronounce Qroma? Say “crow-ma”.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

New Archives on FamilySearch: March 2018

From FamilySearch: 

New archived records are published on FamilySearch every week to help you find your ancestors. This month, millions of new records from France and the United States were published along with millions more from around the world.

Search these new free records by clicking on the record release announcements from March:

29 different countries were represented in March’s newly published records, including the following locations or collections:

·         Austria
·         BillionGraves
·         Belgium
·         Bolivia
·         Brazil
·         California
·         Cape Verde
·         Chile
·         Colombia
·         Croatia
·         Dominican Republic
·         El Salvador
·         El Salvador
·         England
·         Find a Grave
·         France
·         Germany
·         Guatemala
·         Honduras
·         Hungary
·         Idaho
·         Iowa
·         Italy
·         Illinois
·         Louisiana
·         Maine
·         Massachusetts
·         Mexico
·         Michigan
·         Netherlands
·         New York
·         New Zealand
·         Nicaragua
·         North Carolina
·         Pennsylvania
·         Peru
·         Paraguay
·         Portugal
·         Poland
·         South Africa
·         Spain
·         Sweden
·         Texas
·         Ukraine
·         United States
·         Uruguay
·         Vermont
·         Washington

Over 6 billion searchable historic records are available from around the world on Records are published with the help of thousands of volunteer indexers who transcribe digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. To help make more archived historical records available online, volunteer with FamilySearch Indexing.