How to Create Engaging Family Histories

My favorite part of RootsTech was learning different ways to create engaging family histories--family histories our children will be interested in.

Here's one example, from a class taught by Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems. Her class was titled, Video Magic: Creating Brilliant Videos Quickly & Easily. She shared many methods for creating slideshows to tell the stories of our ancestors in digestible snippets.

This was my first go at this type of slideshow, and it was probably overly-ambitious to try to sum up 80 years of life in a 3-minute slideshow (my choice, not her recommendation). I used Animoto Memories with a professional license. They also have a Personal license for $5/month that will leave the Animoto logo at the end of videos and a Business license for $49/month that will give you accounts for up to 3 users.

You can use the arrows in the bottom right-hand corner to enlarge the video…

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RootsTech Wrap Up

Today was the last day of RootsTech SLC 2019. It was a great week of classes, speakers, and vendors. Me and my husband taking a quick break at RootsTech. Don't miss out on the fun! Here's a #RootsTech to do list: Check out the free RootsTech Handouts while they're still available.Catch the free broadcast of some speakers and sessions.Watch a slideshow of the view in the Expo Hall to see a sampling of RootsTech vendors this year.

I'll be adding names of vendors to the OnGenealogy Directory in the new few weeks. So check back for the latest resources for researchers and historians.

Can't wait? See some of the vendors in this slideshow and then search for their company name on the internet. A couple of them are Kickstarter projects and don't have official websites yet.

Best in your research!

 

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Ancestry MyTreeTags and ThruLines announced at RootsTech!

Ancestry has announced new features including MyTreeTags and ThruLines--all valuable tools for Ancestry tree and Ancestry DNA users. 

MyTreeTagsâ„¢ allows you to tag people in your family tree with notes or research conclusions. Possible tags include:

DNA tags

Common DNA AncestorDNA MatchDNA Connection

Reference tags

ImmigrantMilitary ServiceRoyalty/Nobility

Research tags

Actively ResearchingBrick WallCompleteHypothesisUnverifiedVerified

Relationship tags

Adopted Into This FamilyAdopted Out of This FamilyDied YoungDirect AncestorMultiple SpousesNever MarriedNo ChildrenOrphan

or you can create a Custom Tag.

You select a person on your tree, I'll select William Lonsdale Tayler.

 

Then you choose how you'd like to tag this individual. I haven't been able to find this ancestor's parents. I'm going to tag him "Brick Wall"

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