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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Free Genealogy Stuff the week of July 10th

  Keep following the OnGenealogy blog this summer for free genealogy deals. Some free genealogy stuff this week includes:   Fold3 Free Revolutionary War Collection records access through July 15th (don't provide a credit card number for free access) "Explore millions of American Revolutionary War documents that are found nowhere else on the Internet. Discover details about individual soldiers, read letters penned by the Founding Fathers, view documents from The Continental Congress and more."               Free Ukrainian birth records database, 1650-1920 This site is new and has plans to remain free to the public. It's in Ukrainian with some Google Translate options. The Euromaidan Press has a great article about this new offering.                             Free Genealogy Webinars Legacy Fam…
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