5 ways to find out more about your ancestors.

find out more about your ancestors

  You would think, since we live in a digital age, we would be more in touch with exactly who we are and where our families came from. There was a time when most UK and western families were comprised of Britons who could trace their lineage back countless generations. Such is the case with our family. …

RootsMagic users to soon be able to search Ancestry.com directly via hints.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 1Dec 2015.

Well, it’s finally happening folks!   Ancestry.com and RootsMagic are teaming up, setting the stage for RootsMagic users to soon be able to search Ancestry.com directly via hints.   This is a brand new announcement and as eager as we may be to get to use the new features it’s going to be several months before the …

Heredis genealogy software: Not a viable replacement for Family Tree Maker.

Quaker Meeting House Sign

  Recently, I awoke to an email during the holiday season from Heredis offering a big discount on their newest, 2015 version of their Heredis genealogy software.   I had tried an older version a couple of years ago and liked what I saw.   Unfortunately, however, I soon discovered the Achilles heel of this …

Genealogy and Computers: Basic tools to succeed for disengaged and kids.

Genealogy research center.

I’ve posted in the past about my own experience with and belief in genealogy and computers as basic tools to engage our kids in learning and their own education.   We often hear how education is the key to work and financial security and solvency in today’s world. You’ll notice I’ve not used the word …

Microsoft Paint is a simple, reliable tool for genealogy research.

Microsoft Paint image editing.

  I am always exploring new software and online tools to simplify and streamline tasks related to my genealogy research and blogging and one tool I depend on is Microsoft Paint.   Previous posts have described old favorites such as ‘Photoscape‘, and all components of ‘My Ideal Setup…‘ in general. However, I use Microsoft Paint …

How to get, keep, and use a smart cell phone absolutely free!?

Use a smart cell phone absolutely free!

I recently acquired, and keep and continue to use a smart cell phone absolutely FREE!   Considering how important immediate access to all my data, online information, subscriptions and websites are, I felt this was important for others with my extreme interest in (obsession with?) genealogy and family tree research. This entire set up allows …

View history through timelapse mining from internet archived photos.

Lombard St., San Francisco

Just imagine what it would be like to see historical changes in our world occur over time. A new breakthrough that gives us the ability to view history through timelapse mining from internet archived photos is a reality, although still in it early days.   Ricardo Martin-Brualla of the University of Washington and David Gallup …