Monday, February 29, 2016

Rootstech 2016 - A Quick Overview III

Rootstech 2016 - A Quick Overview - part 3 of 4

Twile (www.twile.com)
Build an online timeline of  your family history. Add milestones such as birth, marriage and death, add photos of your ancestors and your living relatives, share with your family to let them explore their ancestry. Quickly add family members and ancestors, invite family to view the tree and the timeline, click on anyone to see the timeline of their life.

Totally private - choose who can access your timeline.
Cost: Free

JRNL (www.jrnl.com)
JRNL builds tools that will define the way people keep journals and the way families and friends collaborate to create a full record of life and meaningful events. As one journal that lives across your phone, tablet, and computer, JRNL allows users to write, collect, share and print meaningful data that can be preserved for future generations. Journaling cues are available as well as
Cost: Journaling is free, costs for printing hardcopy books.

Ancestorcloud (www.ancestorcloud.com)
AncestorCloud is a community that connects family researchers with willing helpers and professional genealogists.

Connect with helpers to pick up records, take local photographs, translate documents, help with research questions or conduct custom research.
Cost: Viewing and posting requests are free.

rootstrust (www.rootstrust.com)
rootstrust is an advanced data-management system programmed in Java to run equally well in the Windows, Mac OS, and Linux environments. It includes a separate database, which can be synced with the Cloud. The rootstrust system can be installed on your PC or be run with your database from a USB stick for maximum intersystem portability.
Cost: $45

Famicity (www.famicity.com)
Famicity allows you to preserve and enhance your family legacy, from your roots to your future. First, a member can create his family tree (step by step or via a Gedcom import), and invite his family members. Then, the family members will join him on the website and start gathering all the stories, albums or pictures they hold. Every profile on the tree has his own diary and can be enriched by any member of the family. But still, all this content is only shared with the people you let in. Famicity is not just about ancestors. Everyone can write, share, and preserve his own story. The goal is to create, all together, an amazing tool that will be used to keep and transmit family memories.
Cost: Free

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Rootstech 2016 - A Quick Overview II

Rootstech 2016 - A Quick Overview - part 2 of 4

Just realized I cut off the end of the Puzzilla note, so here it is again. 

Puzzilla (www.puzzilla.org)
The Puzzilla Descendants Viewer is a combination of free basic services plus subscription premium services that help researchers see descendants in FamilyTree using compact symbols that reveal patterns of incomplete research and other work in collateral-lines. Names and details appear as you move the pointer over the symbols. Premium Services, available by subscription, provide hints, sources, possible duplicates, incomplete ordinances, search and other functions to help evaluate the quality of the research in the tree and add evidence to make it stronger.

The Puzzilla name refers to finding and assembling pieces of a puzzle to complete the whole picture, the essence of the genealogical research process.
Cost: free, plus premium services $39.95 annual

Forever (www.forever.com)
Forever offers you one home for all your stories and special moments. It makes it incredibly easy to store, organize, share and print your family photos for generations. Know they will always be safe and sound thanks to the Forever Guarantee.
Cost: starts at $5 per month for 10GB storage (about 2,500 photos)

E-Z Photo Scan (www.ezphotoscan.com)
Photo and slide scanning service. Purchase scanners, service, or rent a scanner for 3 to 7 days. 

Shotbox (www.shotbox.me)
A portable photo studio that provides backdrops and great lighting for family history artifacts, online selling, etc. 

TapGenes (www.tapgenes.com)
TapGenes helps you crowdsource your family's health information, helping you understand the thread that ties your family's health together. 

Not just physical traits and natural abilities, but valuable health information to preserve for future generations. TapGenes offers you the convenience of keeping all your family health history in one safe and secure place.

In our digital age, we think paper seems so antiquated. So we’ve excelled at creating an easy-to-understand Family Health Tree where all that ‘runs in your family’ is recorded.
Cost: free for basic account, future premium benefits.

Studio by Legacy Republic (www.legacyrepublic.com/studio)
Studio by Legacy Republic will be available exclusively through qualified Legacy Makers - our consultants who help their communities digitize and preserve their photo and video memories for generations to come.

We are on a mission to help 90 million families preserve and share their memories. With an estimated 800 million photo albums and scrapbooks that need to be digitized, this is a $56 billion problem and a unique opportunity to build a meaningful business.

3D Laser scanning and self-adjusting LED lights, high resolution digital images, true to life clarity, powered by an iPhone, it can be set it up anywhere.

Based on the host party model, think Pampered Chef, this device cannot be purchased directly. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Rootstech 2016 - A Quick Overview

Last week I received a phone call asking me if I could do a presentation that evening, at our local chapter of the Family History Society of Arizona, on my recent Rootstech trip. Given the short timeline I did not have time to put together a fancy presentation, but chose to go over several of the exhibitors that left an impression on me. I followed up the presentation with a four page handout listing each of the exhibitors and websites I mentioned. Below is that information. I will post each page as a separate post, this is page 1 of 4.

Rootstech 2016 - A Quick Overview

Below, in no particular order are interesting exhibitors and websites from Rootstech 2016. This is by no means an exhaustive list, there were over 300 vendors. The descriptions are taken from the respective sites, and costs are as of 23 Feb 2016. 

Rootstech 2016 Video Archive (https://www.rootstech.org/video2/4739804696001)

2016 Family Discover Day Video Archive (http://tinyurl.com/zzsdgj5)

Innovator Summit (https://www.rootstech.org/showdown)
List of 12 semi-finalists, their product sites and demonstrations.

ShipIndex.org (www.shipindex.org)
ShipIndex.org tells you which books, magazines, and online resources mention the vessels you're researching. With 153,649 entries in the free database and 3,078,690 entries available with premium access, you're bound to find useful information here.
Cost: $8 per month, $65 annual

Mooseroots (www.mooseroots.com)
MooseRoots combines historical records with relevant supporting information to provide unique insights into your family's past. Allows you to copy active graphs to your blog or articles.
Cost: Free

HistoryLines (www.historylines.com)
Using your tree from either a GEDCOM import or FamilySearch, it constructs a story of your ancestor’s lives using historical facts. 
Cost:  $59 annual

ResearchTies (www.researchties.com)
Think of a research log on steroids. 
Research Planning: ResearchTies allows users to formulate and record a research objective, along with the sources to search in order to meet that objective. Users can then search their log for "to do" items in a variety of ways. Work your plan and conduct effective research to achieve your goal.
Recording Results: Use ResearchTies' many features to speed up the recording of your research and spend more time actually using the records. Auto-filled fields, rapid data selection, and "ditto down" arrows all provide extremely efficient data entry.
Document Analysis: Use ResearchTies' powerful search engine to locate any document(s) instantly, and click on hyperlinked images to analyze and correlate research results. Stop wasting time searching through paper logs and lengthy spreadsheets. 
Cost: $30 annual

Puzzilla (www.puzzilla.org)

The Puzzilla Descendants Viewer is a combination of free basic services plus subscription premium services that help researchers see descendants in FamilyTree using compact symbols that reveal patterns of incomplete research and other work in collateral-lines. Names and details appear as you move the pointer over the symbols. Premium Services, available by subscription, provide hints, sources, possible duplicates, incomplete ordinances, search and other functions to help evaluate the quality of the research in the tree and add evidence to make it stronger.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Copy by Barracuda - Discontinued


If you are a Barracuda Copy user, you should have received the letter below from them. Make sure your files are protected.

We are writing today to inform you that all Copy and CudaDrive services will soon be discontinued. You need to take action immediately to ensure you retain the files stored in Copy/CudaDrive.

As of May 1, 2016, you will no longer have access to the data stored in your account. Please sign in to your account and migrate your data (see our How-To Guide here) or save a copy of your files on your local computer before May 1, 2016. After May 1, 2016, data will no longer be retained in the system. Failure to migrate your data prior to May 1, 2016 may result in data loss.

For more information on the shutdown, including best practices on how to migrate your data, please click here.

We appreciate your understanding in this matter and thank you for being a customer.

Sincerely,


The Copy & CudaDrive Team

Friday, February 5, 2016

Puzzilla.org Even More Useful

Puzzilla.org, one of my favourite sites has become even more useful. Announced this week, you can now toggle between information on screen. Using the Ctrl-I (that is an “i”) , show the Name and FSID, Birth and Death years, and Birth location.

Basic Screen:

Names:



Dates:

Birth place:

Log into Puzzilla.org and check it out.



Thursday, February 4, 2016

$100,000 at Stake



The Innovator Showdown at Rootstech 2016 is in the final stretch. The six finalists were revealed last night. 46 teams have gone through 3 rounds of judging and have been narrowed down to these 6.


Finalists Video Submission
Ancestor Cloud http://rootstech.devpost.com/submissions/45758-ancestorcloud
JRNL http://rootstech.devpost.com/submissions/45753-jrnl
Studio (by Legacy Republic) http://rootstech.devpost.com/submissions/45750-studio-by-legacy-republic
Tap Genes http://rootstech.devpost.com/submissions/45744-tapgenes-discover-your-family-s-health-story
The History Project http://rootstech.devpost.com/submissions/45453-the-history-project
Twile http://rootstech.devpost.com/submissions/45738-twile

Watch the live streaming at 10:30am (MST), on Friday, and vote for your favorite. 

Text your choice to 91011:

1 - Innovator A
2 - Innovator B
3 - Innovator C
4 - Innovator D
5 - Innovator E
6 - Innovator F


Use the hashtag #innovatorshowdown to send your impressions and remarks.






Tuesday, February 2, 2016

New Family Tree Maker Options


Ancestry.com has announced two new options for Family Tree Maker users. The software will be acquired by Software MacKiev and RootsMagic will sync with Ancestry.com by the end of 2016. Read the blog post from Ancestry at this link.