How to Use Ancestry ThruLines™

Ancestry released a beta version of a new tool - ThruLines™ - at RootsTech SLC 2019. ThruLines™ is a great visual representation of people you may be related to, taken from your tree and other searchable trees at Ancestry (including DNA matches). For a limited time, anyone who has DNA tested with Ancestry has access to ThruLines™ without an Ancestry subscription (see the fine print).

 

ThruLines™ may become a great tool but it's also like leaving a kid in a candy store because they just took the simplest, most potentially unresearched material and put it all within easy grasp in a tempting display. I'm loving it! If you haven't felt the addictive pull of genealogy before, buckle up.

 

 

Who Can See ThruLines?

To see ThruLines at Ancestry you need to have:

Taken an AncestryDNA testChosen to see and be seen by your DNA MatchesMake sure your DNA test is correctly linked to a tree at AncestryMake sure your tree is sea…
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How I’m Using Curt Witcher’s RootsTech class: Five Things All Genealogists Should Do Before They Die

I attended Curt Witcher's RootsTech class "Five Things All Genealogists Should Do Before They Die" because I looked over the handout and knew he was part of my tribe. He is the Senior Manager for Special Collections at the Allen County Public Library. Each of his bullet points is something I'm working on and care about deeply. He is a brilliant, engaging lecturer and has a lot of great ideas.

 

 

His bucket list items were:

Tell Your Own StoryInterview as many Relatives, Family, Friends, and Colleagues as possibleOrganize your ResearchDeal with your ImagesExplore new Technologies

 

 

1. Tell Your Own Story

I've written a couple of blogs about this and am carving some time in my weekly monthly schedule to record stories of my life. I'm writing episodic stories about specific events and then I'd like to create short Animoto videos to go along with the longer, written version. Both of my parents di…

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How to Create a 3-2-1 Backup Plan

A 3-2-1 Backup plan means a backup plan for when you lose your computer files due to hard drive failure, theft, fire, etc. This has become the industry standard for a minimum level of preparedness and protection for our digital files. The plan, in a nutshell, is to have:

 

3-2-1 3 copies of your data, on at least2 different storage devices, with at least1 copy being offsite

3 copies, 2 storage devices, 1 offsite

3 copies means your original and 2 more copies This is like having 3 keys to your house, an original and 2 copies.2 different storage devices means your hard drive (the one inside your primary computer), an external hard drive (you plugin to your computer and copy all the files to), or cloud backup (a service you pay for with an offsite company) You can use hard drives for both storage devices, they just need to be two distinct, separate hard drive…
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