Sunday, February 14, 2016

RootsTech 2016 Conference Blog Compendium - UPDATED!

This is a blog compendium for RootsTech 2016 related posts.  I am trying to capture all of the blog posts about RootsTech 2016 here. I am not including press release blog posts of a general interest nature.

 If I have not included your blog posts, please let me know in Comments to this post and I will be glad to add them.


1)  Randy Seaver on Genea-Musings blog:

*  I'm Ready to Explore the RootsTech 2016 Expo Hall (3 February 2016)
*  My Day at the Family History Library - 2 February 2016 (3 February 2016)
*  Day One at RootsTech 2016 (3 February 2016)
*  My Day 2 at RootsTech 2016 - Part 1: Activities (4 February 2016)
*  My Day 2 at RootsTech 2016 - Part 2: Photos (4 February 2016)
*  RootsTech News: TapGenes Wins First Place of 2016 Innovator Showdown (5 February 2016)
*  My Day 3 at RootsTech 2016 - Photos (5 February 2016)
*  My Day 3 at RootsTech 2016 - Activities (6 February 2016)
*  My Day 4 at RootsTech 2016 - Photos (6 February 2016)
*  My Day 4 at RootsTech 2016 - Activities (6 February 2016)
*  RootsTech 2016 Highlight - MyHeritage Party Slide Show (8 February 2016)
*  My Day 4 at RootsTech 2016 - The Geneabloggers After-Party (8 February 2016)
*  Tuesday's Tip: Watch RootsTech 2016 Videos on YouTube (9 February 2016)
*  DearMYRTLE YouTube Videos About RootsTech 2016 (9 February 2016)
*  RootsTech 2016 Keynote and Class Videos Available on RootsTech.org (10 February 2016)
*  12 Takeaways from the RootsTech 2016 Conference (10 February 2016)

2)  James Tanner on Genealogy's Star blog:

*  #RootsTech 2016 -- Innovators Summit Keynote now on YouTube  (3 February 2016)
*  #RootsTech 2016 -- Genealogy, Genetics and the Next Generation (3 February 2016)
*  #RootsTech 2016 -- Innovators Summit -- A Case for Immutable Data (3 February 2016)
*  #RootsTech 2016 -- Innovators Summit Semi-Finalists Showdown (3 February 2016)
*  #RootsTech 2016 -- Innovators Summit -- BYU The Cutting Edge (3 February 2016)
*  #RootsTech 2016 Day #2 -- Innovator's Summit Impressions (3 February 2016)
*  #RootsTech 2016 -- Salt Lake Survival Guide (3 February 2016)
*  #RootsTech 2016 -- Tough challenges which need automated solutions (3 February 2016)
*  #RootsTech 2016 -- Innovator Summit Finalists Announced (3 February 2016)
*  #RootsTech 2016 Day Three (for me) Checking in and tying to keep up (4 February 2016)
*  #RootsTech 2016 Innovator Summit Keynote Ken Krogue (4 February 2016)
*  #RoosTech2016 - Keynote Speakers (4 February 2016)
*  #RootsTech 2016 My Experience So Far (5 February 2016)
*  #RootsTech2016 Trying to Keep Up (6 February 2016)
*  #RootsTech 2016 Day Five (for me) The beginning of the end (6 February 2016)
*  #RootsTech 2016 is now over (6 February 2016)
*  #RootsTech 2016 Keynote Speaker Videos (6 February 2016)
*  Genealogy at Warp Speed (7 February 2016)
*  #RootsTech 2016 Still More Videos (7 February 2016)
*  Highlights of the MyHeritage Party at #RootsTech 2016 (9 February 2016)
*  Changes in #RootsTech 2016 Conference from previous years (9 February 2016)

3)  authors on the FamilySearch blog:

*  DIY Marketing Guerilla Strategies  by Maggie Stevens (3 February 2016)
Get a Peak Into What’s Coming with Innovator Summit Keynote Speakers by Debra Woods (3 February 2016)
*  Partner Town Hall with FamilySearch Executives by Lynn Broderick (3 February 2016)
*  Stiff Competition at the 2016 RootsTech Innovator Showdown Semi-Finals by Debra Woods (3 February 2016)
*  State Archives and Libraries: Free Online Resources by Diane Sagers (4 February 2016)
*  Innovator’s Summit: Marketing Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank by Jan Meyer (5 February 2016)
*  David Isay—Recording America’s Stories by Steve Anderson (6 February 2016)
*  Naomi and Josh Davis of Love Taza.com—Sharing Stories of Their Life by Trice Boenens (5 February 2016)
*  U.S. Census Record Secrets Revealed! by Debra Woods (5 February 2016)
*  TapGenes Wins First Place of 2016 Innovator Showdown by Paul G. Nauta (5 February 2016)
*  Paula Williams Madison: My Chinese—Jamaican Legacy by Steve Anderson (5 February 2016)
*  Bruce Feiler Teaches Us We are All Story Tellers by Steve Anderson (5 February 2016)
*  Giving Life to Journals with LegacyScribes.org by Debra Woods (6 February 2016)
*  Michael Leavitt and Doris Kearns Goodwin Encourage Us to Tell Our Stories by Diane Sagers (6 February 2016)
*  Facebook and Family History—What a Match! by Christine Armstrong (9 February 2016)
*  Entrepreneurship: Validation Precedes the Money by Maggie Stevens (9 February 2016)
*  Soothe Your Tech Tummy Ache (11 February 2016)

4)  James Tanner on the Rejoice, and Be Exceeding Glad blog:

*  #RootsTech 2016 -- What's new and What's hot (3 February 2016)
*  #RootsTech 2016 Day Three (for me) Summing up so far (4 February 2016)
*  Dramatic Changes in LDS Family History Announced at #RootsTech 2016 (7 February 2016)
*  #RootsTech 2016 Video Archive (10 February 2016)

5)  Diane L. Richard on the Upfront with NGS blog:

*  Rootstech Keynote Speaker Paula Williams Madison's personal Afro-Chinese-Jamaican journey (3 February 2016)
*  Rootstech Index-A-Thon -- Freedmen's Bureau Records -- TONIGHT (Thursday)! (4 February 2016)
*  Forbes + Rootstech = Great Press for Genealogy! (9 February 2016)

6)  Christine Woodcock on the Scottish Genealogy Tips and Tidbits blog:

*  Headed to RootsTech!! (3 February 2016)
*  Registering and Researching (3 February 2016)
*  RootsTech Interview with Find My Past (8 February 2016)
*  RootsTech Interview with Forever.com (8 February 2016)
*  The Great Canadian Genealogy Summit Team Gets Interviewed (9 February 2016)

7)  Chris Paton on The British GENES Blog:

*  Ulster Historical Foundation at RootsTech (3 February 2016)

8)  Scott Fisher on the Extreme Genes blog:

*  And So it BEGINS! Welcome to ROOTS TECH 2016! (3 February 2016)
*  Innovators Summit Is Done. Roots Tech Hits All Cylinders in the Morning!  (3 February 2016)
*  Thursday Update from #RootsTech! (4 February 2016)
*  Genealogy Wall Charts Has World’s Largest Genealogy Chart at Roots Tech (5 February 2016)
*  Doris Kearns Goodwin Headlines Final Day of #RootsTech! (6 February 2016)
*  #RootsTech is Histoire! (7 February 2016)

9)  Lynn Broderick on The Single Leaf blog:

*  The Ascent Begins Today with the Innovator Summit @RootsTechConf (3 February 2016)
*  Entrepreneurs, Industry Leaders & Interested Genealogists Gathered for the Climb @RootsTechConf (10 February 2016)

10  Teresa Clark on the  Family Storytelling blog:

*  Join Us at rootstech2016! (3 February 2016)

11) Frederick Wertz on Findmypast Blog:

*  FamilySearch CEO Steve Rockwood addresses #RootsTech innovators; lays out future vision (3 February 2016)
*  RootsTech Live Stream: My ancestors are from Britain, what do I do next? (5 February 2016)

12)  Linda Stufflebean on the Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog.

*  RootsTech 2016, Day 1 (3 February 2016)
*  RootsTech 2016, Day 2 (4 February 2016)
*  RootsTech 2016, Day 3 (5 February 2016)
*  RootsTech 2016, Final Day (7 February 2016)
*  RootsTech 2016 - Expo Hall Discoveries, Part 1 (8 February 2016)
*  RootsTech 2016 - Expo Hall Discoveries, Part 2 (10 February 2016)

13)  Amy Archibald on the Revealing Roots and Branche blog:

*  RootsTech 2016 Speaker and Ambassador (2 February 2016)
*  RootsTech 2016: Innovator Semi Finalists (4 February 2016)
*  RootsTech 2016: Kenneth Green GoFundMe (4 February 2016)
*  RootsTech 2016: Innovator Summit: Steve Rockwood (11 February 2016)
*  RootsTech 2016: Innovator Summit: Ken Krogue (11 February 2016)
*  RootsTech 2016: Innovator Summit: DIY Small-Business Guerrilla Marketing Strategies (11 February 2016)
*  RootsTech 2016: Innovator Summit: Get Your Startup Taken Seriously (11 February 2016)

14)  Richard Young on the  Family History Tech blog:

*  $100,000 at Stake (4 February 2016)

15)  Kirsty Gray on the Family Wise blog:

*  RootsTech - Day 0 (4 February 2016)
*  RootsTech - Day 1 (5 February 2016)
*  RootsTech - Day 2 (6 February 2016)
*  RootsTech -- The Final Frontier (7 February 2016)

16)  The writer of The Ancestry Insider blog:

*  Tune In Now to #RootsTech Online (4 February 2016)
*  #InnovatorSummit at #RootsTech – Inside-out and Upside-down (4 February 2016)
*  #InnovatorSummit at #RootsTech - Business Sense for Family History Entrepreneurs (4 February 2016)
*  #RootsTech: Finding Samuel Lowe (5 February 2016)
*  Help at Home Right Now! #RootsTech Freedmen’s Bureau Index-A-Thon (4 February 2016)
*  #RootsTech in #Hog Heaven (5 February 2016)
*  #RootsTech is a Gathering of Heart Specialists (5 February 2016)
*  Watch the Final Day of #RootsTech and Family Discovery Day (6 February 2016)
*  From #RootsTech to @pamadison (8 February 2016)
*  #RootsTech: Bruce Feiler – Understand the Desert (9 February 2016)
*  #RootsTech Friday: Taza, Huzzah, Extravaganza, Advertize (10 February 2016)
*  #RootsTech: David Isay – Only 40 Minutes Left to Live (11 February 2016)

17)  Lara Diamond on Lara's Family Search blog:

*  RootsTech, Day 1 (4 February 2016)
*  RootsTech, Day 2 (4 February 2016)
*  RootsTech, Days 3 & 4 (7 February 2016)
*  TapGenes--Family Health Information (7 February 2016)

18)  Dick Eastman on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:

*  The Innovator Summit was Held Today at RootsTech2016 (3 February 2016)
*  Day #1 of RootsTech2016 (4 February 2016)
*  TapGenes Wins First Place of 2016 Innovator Showdown (8 February 2016)
*  A Report from the EOGN Dinner on Saturday Evening (8 February 2016)
*  RootsTech2016 Days #2 and #3 (8 February 2016)
*  The Highlight of RootsTech: MyHeritage Party (8 February 2016)

19)  Jill Ball on the GeniAus blog.

*  Commonwealth Cousins (3 February 2016)
*  Religious Beats (3 February 2016)
*  Sitting Down to Dinner (4 February 2016)
*  Once a Librarian (4 February 2016)
*  Great Teamwork (6 February 2016)
*  That's Kirsty not Kristy (6 February 2016)
*  Judy's Next Adventure (7 February 2016)
*  My Last Act at RootsTech (10 February 2016)

20)  Roger Moffat on the Roger's Ramblings blog:

*  RootsTech 2016 – Day One – Wednesday (3 February 2016)
*  RootsTech 2016 – Day One – Innovator Showdown (3 February 2016)

21)  Leland Meitzler on the GenealogyBlog blog:

*  Check Out the RootsTech 2016 Innovator Summit Finalists! (3 February 2016)
*  TapGenes Wins the Innovator Showdown at RootsTech 2016 (5 February 2016)
*  Governor Mike Leavitt Speaks at Saturday’s RootsTech Opening Session (6 February 2016)
*  Bits, Bytes & Thoughts from Donna by Donna Potter Phillips (8 February 2016)

21)  Renee Zamora on Renee's Genealogy Blog:

*  Family Discovery Day is just a few days away! (3 February 2016)
*  Relative Race Promotion for RootsTech (4 February 2016)

22)  Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog:

*  RootsTech 2016 ~ Day 1 (3 February 2016)
*  RootsTech 2016 ~ Day 2 - Expo Hall Tour (4 February 2016)
*  RootsTech 2016 Innovator Showdown Finalists (5 February 2016)
*  TapGenes Wins First Place of RootsTech 2016 Innovator Showdown (5 February 2016)
*  Photos from the RootsTech 2016 Expo Hall (9 February 2016)

23)  Fran Kitto on the TravelGenee blog:

*  Guerrilla Marketing Strategies for Genealogists (3 February 2016)
*  RootsTech Innovator Showdown Finalists Announced (4 February 2016)

24)  Jana Greenhalgh on The Genealogy Kids blog:

*  RootsTech Day 1 (3 February 2016)
*  RootsTech Day 2 did not disappoint!! (4 February 2016)
*  Kid stuff in the expo hall at RootsTech (6 February 2016)
*  RootsTech Expo Hall Treasure Hunt (6 February 2016)

25) Ruby Baird on  Ruby's Genealogy Ramblings blog:

*  RootsTech Adventures: Day One (3 February 2016)
*  RootsTech Adventures: Day 2 and 3 (5 February 2016)
*  RootsTech Adventures, Day 4 (8 February 2016)

26)  Laura Hedgecock on the Treasure Chest of Memories blog:

*  #Rootstech Innovator Showdown Semifinals (4 February 2016)
*  Stories of the Heart: The Future of Family History (4 February 2016)
*  Family stories: fire on a stick (6 February 2016)
*  RootsTech 2016: Exhaustion & Rejuvenation (9 February 2016)

27)  Shannon Bennett on the Trials and Tribulations of a Self-Taught Family Historian blog:

*  Pre-RootsTech Wrap-up (4 February 2016)
*  DNA Panel at RootsTech Innovator Summit (5 February 2016)
*  Last Day at RooitsTech (6 February 2016)
*  RootsTech and Tech Issues (8 February 2016)
*  Keynote Speaker from RoosTech Paula Williams Madison (10 February 2016)

26)  Jennifer Alford at Jenealogy blog:

*  Periscope Fun at #RootsTech (5 February 2016)

27)  Israel Pickholtz on the All My Foreparents blog:

*  Thoughts From Salt Lake City (5 February 2016)

28)  Russ Worthington on the Family Tree Maker User blog:

*  Initial Observations of the new home for Family Tree Maker (5 February 2016)

29)  Amie Bowser Tennant on the My Kith N Kin blog:

*  RootsTech: The Genealogy Hub of the West (5 February 2016)
*  Recommitting to My Own Family History (10 February 2016)

30)  Eric Jelle on the GeneDocs blog:

*  Rootstech Innovator Summit and Day 1 Summary (5 February 2016)
*  Friday at Rootstech - another Remarkable Day (6 February 2016)
*  RootsTech Saturday and Close (7 February 2016)
*  RootsTech Saturday and Beyond (7 February 2016)

31)  Writers on the In-Depth Genealogist blog:

*  Attending the FamilySearch Wiki Social at RootsTech by Christine Woodcock (5 February 2016)
*  Innovator Summit, Guerilla Marketing and Much More by Terri O'Connell (10 February 2016)

32)  Louis Kessler on the Behold Genealogy blog:

*  RootsTech 2016 Random Thoughts (6 February 2016)

33)  Amy Johnson Crow on the Amy Johnson Crow blog:

*  Websites and Apps for Local History: The Recap from RootsTech (6 February 2016)
*  There’s Room for Everyone in Genealogy: RootsTech 2016 Musing (10 February 2016)

34)  Cheri Passey on the Carolina Girl Genealogy blog:

*  RootsTech From My Rocking Chair (5 February 2016)
*  RootsTech From My Rocking Chair Part 2 (6 February 2016)\
*  RootsTech From My Rocking Chair Part 3 (7 February 2016)

35)  Arlene Eakle on Arlene Eakle's Tennessee Blog:

*  Live From Roots Tech 2016! (6 February 2016)

36)  True A. Lewis on the Notes to Myself blog:

*  RootsTech  ✔︎List - Calling Card (7 February 2016)
*  My RootsTech Journey! February 3rd, 2016 Wednesday - Day 1 (9 February 2016)
*  My RootsTech Journey! February 4th, 2016 Thursday - Day 2 (10 February 2016)
*  My RootsTech Journey! February 5th, 2016 Friday - Day 3 (11 February 2016)

37)  Thomas MacEntee on the GeneaPress blog:

*  TapGenes Wins First Place of 2016 Innovator Showdown (7 February 2016)
*  Advanced Supplier of Family and Organization Image Protection at RootsTech Conference (7 February 2016)\

38)  Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog:

*  Index-a-thon from RootsTech (6 February 2016)
*  Introducing TapGenes (7 February 2016)

39)  Maureen Taylor on The Photo Detective blog:

*  RootsTech 2016 Wrap-Up (7 February 2016)

40)  Elizabeth O'Neal on the Little Bytes of Life blog:

*  10 Things I Liked Enough to Share With You: Rootstech ’16 Edition (8 February 2016)

41)  Geoff Mulholland on the Mulholland Family History blog:

*  My first visit to the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 30 January, 2016 (31 January 2016)
*  RootsTech 2016 - The Mysterious Life of A Record - Family Search Panel (4 February 2016)
*  RootsTech 2016 Day 1 Wednesday 3 February and Day 2 Thursday 4 February (4 February 2016)
*  RootsTech 2016 - Photos (6 February 2016)

42)  Lynda on the McCollier Heritage blog:

*  McCollier Heritage on Tour - Days 2 & 3 (4 February 2016)
*  McCollier Heritage on Tour - Day 4 (5 February 2016)
*  McCollier Heritage on Tour - Day 5 (6 February 2016)

43)  Lilian McGill on the Lilian's Tree blog:

*  Research (3 February 2016)
*  RootsTech (6 February 2016)
*  Catching Up (8 February 2016)

44)  Dawn Bingaman on the Ancestor Roundup blog:

*  RootsTech 2016 Syllabus Links (5 February 2016)

45)  Geoff Rasmussen on the Legacy News blog:

*  World's Largest Family Tree Chart - designed by Legacy Family Tree (8 February 2016)

46)  Nancy Messier on the My Ancestors and Me blog:

*  Getting More From RootsTech When You Can't Be There (2 February 2016)
*  A Full Noggin After RootsTech 2016 (7 February 2016)
*  About Stories at RootsTech 2016 (8 February 2016)

47)  The writer of the Genealogy Now blog:

*  Learn from a Master  Story Teller-  RootsTech  Video (6 February 2016)
*  RootsTech's 9 Live Streamed Thursday Sessions (8 February 2016)
*  Let's Tell Our Stories (9 February 2016)

48)  Thomas MacEntee on the Geneabloggers blog:

*  MyHeritage RootsTech After-Party Slide Show (8 February 2016)
*  pc nametag: That’s Where He Got Those Conference Ribbons! (9 February 2016)
*  RootsTech 2016 Video Archive (10 February 2016)

49)  Diane Haddad on The Genealogy Insider blog:

*  Findmypast News From RootsTech: Searchable Irish Catholic Parish Registers and More (9 February 2016)

50)  Kitty Cooper on the Kitty Cooper's Blog:

*  RootsTech Wrap Up (8 February 2016)

51)  Miles Meyer on the Miles' Genealogy Tips blog:

*  Welcome Back! A Return From RootsTech 2016 (9 February 2016)

52)  Valerie Elkins on the Family Cherished blog:

*  What Makes Rootstech So Special? (9 February 2016)

53)  Esther on the MyHeritage Blog:

*  Highlights from RootsTech 2016 (9 February 2016)
*  Fun Times at the MyHeritage After-Party! (10 February 2016)

54)  Anne Mitchell on the Finding Forgotten Stories blog:

*  My Family Married Each Other a Lot and Other Musings from RootsTech (9 February 2016)

55)  Jessica Dalley Taylor on the Legacy Tree Genealogists Blog:

*  RootsTech and a DNA Contest (4 February 2016)
*  Legacy Tree Genealogists at RootsTech 2016: Recap! (9 February 2016)

56)  Sunny Morton on Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems blog:

*  RootsTech 2016 Book Club Contest Has a Winner! (10 February 2016)

57)  Carolyn Schott on the Carolyn Schott, Author blog:

*  First-Timer Impressions of RootsTech (7 February 2016)

58)  Jen Baldwin on the Preserve the Pensions blog:

*  Thank You, RootsTech! (11 February 2016)

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Last updated:  11 February 2016, 11:45 a.m. PST

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

RootsTech 2016 Highlights: What's Coming for Ancestry.com?

I attended the Saturday luncheon sponsored by Ancestry.com at RootsTech 2016, which featured Kendall Hulet, Senior Vice-President of Product and Product Management.  His topic was "Things to Look Forward to on Ancestry in 2016."

The presentation included these topics and information:

1)  "New Ancestry":

*  A "Continue Searching" button will be added
*  Accessibility and customization options for the tree viewer and person pages
*  Simplify and improve accuracy of data entry
*  Drag and drop to add or upload media


2)  New Partnerships:

*  With Software MacKiev to integrate with new Ancestry API
*  With RootsMagic to integrate with new Ancestry API
*  "Sync" your FTM or RootsMagic software tree with Ancestry Member Tree
*  Search Ancestry databases and view Ancestry Hints from FTM and RootsMagic

3)  German Databases:

*  300 million German records published to date, about 400 million by end of 2016
*  State Archive of Berlin, 1874-1945 - 14 million names
*  State Archive of Hessen, 1874-1945 - 11.5 million names
*  German National Directories Project, 1910-1955 - about 500 million records
*  German Lutheran Church Records - over 100 million records

4)  U.S. Wills and Probate Database:

*  Indexes for all 50 states, over 170 million record images
*  Users will be able to add new names to the index and specify relationships

5)  Ancestry Mobile Applications

*  Unify the web and app experiences
*  Introducing mobile search
*  Improving media collection and use
*  Ability to take a photo, add audio, and add video


6)  Ancestry Hints

*  More intelligent hinting is necessary - increase precision and recall
*  Anticipate what you want to discover
*  Show what is new or different


7)  AncestryDNA

*  Find matches in more countries - now USA, Canada, UK, Australia
*  Increase ethnicity reference panel from 3,000 to 9,000 persons
*  Ethnicity estimates more accurate, add more ethnicity regions
*  Networks and clusters of matches

There are some very interesting items on the list above - I look forward to seeing them arrive on Ancestry.com over the next year.

I really appreciate that Ancestry.com provides information of this nature.

Readers can also determine some of the "coming soon" databases on the "Recently Added and Updated" page.  They currently list (on the right-hand margin):

*  U.S. Methodist Church Records (January-February 2016) -- We're adding additional Methodist Church records, with information on baptisms and marriages for New Jersey and Indiana.

*  UK Police Gazettes (January 2016) -- These were printed publications used for communication between members of the police force in the United Kingdom between 1812 and 1941 (with gaps in coverage). They include information on wanted criminals, crimes committed, criminals who had been apprehended, deserters, and missing persons.

*  German Vital Records (January-March 2016) -- Look for new collections to be added to the Ancestry collection of German births, marriages, and deaths for several locations. 

*  UK Parish Records (
April 2016) -- Our collection of UK parish registers continues to grow, with records coming in April.

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Findmypast Announces Strategic Investment In Twile, Winner of Two Innovation Awards at RootsTech 2016

I received this press release this morning from Findmypast:

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FINDMYPAST ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC INVESTMENT IN TWILE
WINNER OF TWO INNOVATION AWARDS AT
ROOTSTECH 2016
London:  February 11, 2016

Leading family history site, Findmypast, has announced a strategic investment in Twile, creators of the visual family history timeline and winner of two innovation awards at the recent RootsTech 2016, the world’s largest family history event.
The investment in Twile reflects Findmypast’s drive to put innovation at the centre of its development programme. It follows on the announcement of a raft of global partnerships with leading technology providers, such as RootsMagic and Puzzilla, which are designed to offer customers an easy and engaging family history experience.
Annelies van den Belt, CEO of Findmypast, said:
“We are delighted with this partnership with such an innovative company as Twile. The RootsTech awards speak to the creativity of Twile and to win the People’s Choice award shows clearly that this is a product that the public wants. We believe that our partnership offers great value to both companies’ customers.  At Findmypast we are committed to enhancing family history stories not just through new records but also through new technologies. Our aim is to make family history as easy and as rewarding as possible.”
Twile was voted “People’s Choice” by the RootsTech audience, as well as finishing on the podium in the judges’ competition.  The most popular innovation at the event, Twile enables customers to create amazing family history timelines complete with photos and milestones and all of it totally private. With Twile, you can tell the story of the whole family from the earliest ancestors to the most recent additions bridging the gap between the past, the present and the future.
The agreement will offer Twile’s fast growing customer base access to Findmypast’s rich bank of eight billion records. Leads generated by Findmypast will link Twile customers directly to relevant records enabling them to easily expand their family trees.  Together Findmypast and Twile will develop a tool that will allow Findmypast’s customers to automatically display their family tree in a media-rich Twile timeline. 
Paul Brooks of Twile said:
"This is a huge opportunity for Twile and we are really pleased to be working with Findmypast.  From our earliest conversations with them, it's been clear that they share our mission of making family history more engaging for the wider family, especially the younger generations.  Our customers will see this relationship makes Twile better in every sense, while also adding a whole set of features that wouldn't have been possible otherwise."


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I posted about Twile back in August - see:

*  Twile Converts Family Tree Data into Visual Timelines - Post 1: GEDCOM Upload 
*  Twile Converts Family Tree Data into Visual Timelines - Post 2: Photo and Document Upload.


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Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant Applications Invited

I received this press release from Denise Levenick, creator of The Family Curator blog:

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February 10, 2016
For IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Student Genealogy Grant Applications Invited 


The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant Committee and the Southern  California Genealogical Society Jamboree are pleased to announce the 2016 Student Grant and Jamboree Scholarship. Student genealogists between the ages of 18 and 23 are eligible to apply for the $500 cash award and full registration scholarship for the 2016 SCGS Jamboree to be held in Burbank, California on June 3-5, 2016.

The Student Grant was established in 2010 by family and friends in memory of Suzanne Winsor Freeman, family historian and life-long volunteer, and an enthusiastic annual attendee at the SCGS Jamboree. The 2016 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society will provide a full conference registration to the SCGS Jamboree in June where the award will be presented. This is a unique opportunity for a young genealogist to attend a premiere regional conference and meet genealogists from throughout the nation. 

Past recipients include Elyse Doerflinger (Lomita, California), A.C. Ivory (Salt Lake City, Utah), Anthony Ray (Palmdale, California), Michael Savoca (Toms River, New Jersey), and Paul Woodbury (Provo, Utah).

“The Student Genealogy Grant pays tribute to Suzanne Freeman’s dedication to youth volunteerism and family history by awarding the annual cash grant to a young genealogist attending the SCGS Annual Genealogy Jamboree, Southern California’s premiere regional genealogy conference,” notes Denise Levenick, committee chair and Freeman’s daughter.

“We are especially grateful to Jamboree for providing a three-day conference registration to the grant recipient,” she adds. “SCGS is truly a leader in conference organizations by encouraging youth involvement in genealogy through the student conference scholarship.” 

Born in Olathe, Kansas, Suzanne Winsor (Brown) Freeman moved to Orange County, California with her family in the early 1930s where she attended school and lived most of her life. She developed a strong interest in family history sparked by the stories of her mother’s early life in Colorado and Kansas. After retirement Suzanne moved to Green Valley, Arizona where she was active in the local genealogy society. She enjoyed returning to Southern California each year in June to attend the SCGS Jamboree. Suzanne passed away after a brief illness in Tucson, Arizona August 28, 2010.

The $500 cash award pays tribute to these interests by awarding the annual cash grant to a young genealogist attending the Jamboree. In addition, a student scholarship for conference registration to the Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree will be provided by the Jamboree conference.

Any genealogist who is between the ages of 18 and 23 as of June 2, 2016 and a current student (full-time or part-time) is eligible to apply. The award will be presented at the Jamboree Scholarship Breakfast Sunday, June 5, 2016; the recipient must be present to receive the award. See the Grant Application for eligibility details. Funding for the cash award is provided by the family grant program; Jamboree registration is provided by the conference. Individual contributions to the grant program are welcome at the Student Grant Webpage.

Application deadline is March 20, 2016 midnight Pacific Daylight Time.  Application details and forms are available at the Student Grant Webpage (http://www.thefamilycurator.com/swf-grant/
grant).  Suzanne Winsor Freeman’s Obituary is available here.

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Treasure Chest Thursday Post 300: 1777 Military Records of Jeremiah Knowlton (1745-1785)

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - time to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the  1777 town record providing payment to Jeremiah Knowlton (1745-1785) for his Revolutionary War service.


The entry for Jeremiah Knowlton:


The transcription of this record is:

"June Do [15th]  By Seventeen Pounds five shillings paid
                             Jeremiah Knowlton for his Service in a
                             Campaign at New York in the year 1776
                             and at Saratoga in the year 1777                 17  5  0"

A source citation for this record is:

Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 February 2016), Lincoln, Treasurers' Accounts, image 204 of 582, Jeremiah Knowlton, 1777; citing original data from Massachusetts town and city clerk records in Jay and Delene Holbrook, Massachusetts Vital and Town Records (Provo, Utah : Holbrook Research Institute), Microfiche collection.

The Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors book contains military information about Jeremiah Knowlton's service alluded to in the above.  Here is the snippet from the book for him:


The source citation for this record is:

Massachusetts, Secretary of the Commonwealth, Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War (Boston, Mass. : Wright & Potter Printing, 1896-1908 : accessed 11 February 2016), Volume 9, Page 383, Jere. Knowlton and Jeremiah Knowlton entries.

Jeremiah Knowlton (1745-1785) is my 5th great-grandfather, who married (1) Abigail Pierce (1750-1776), through their daughter Abigail Knowlton (1774-1855) who married Nathan Gates and resided in Gardner, Massachusetts.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

12 Takeaways from the RootsTech 2016 Conference

Here are some of my thoughts and conclusions from the RootsTech 2016 Conference in Salt Lake City last week, in no particular order:

1)  The MyHeritage after-party was a first and set a marker - we may see these at every major conference from now on.  Well done, MyHeritage!



2)  The Ancestry/Family Tree Maker/RootsMagic sync announcement on 2 February was a bombshell, and resulted in significant buzz at the Expo Hall.

3)  Findmypast made several announcements at the conference, and put my parents' wedding photo on their Marriage promotion wall.


4)  I enjoyed the Keynote talks by Steve Rockwood, Stan Ellsworth, Paula Madison, A.J. Jacobs, and Mike Mansfield, but thought several others were a waste of time.  The Doris Kearns Goodwin talk would have been better with some visuals.  The best was Paula Madison's story.  Just wow.  I prefer genealogy stuff to stories stuff.

5)  The Expo Hall had over 130 exhibitors, and I managed to visit maybe 30 of them.  I didn't watch any of the talks in the MyHeritage, Ancestry, Findmypast, FamilySearch, Genealogy Gems, and Demo Stage "little theaters," but lots of attendees did.  



6)  The 30 x 50 foot family tree wall at the Genealogy Wall Charts exhibit was amazing.  They did land office business making color wall charts for a fee from the FamilySearch Family Tree.



7)  The Media Hub was really busy with more Ambassadors and schedule video booth and sofa interviews with celebrities and others.  The FamilySearch team did a remarkable job of managing all of this!  I tried to stay out of the way and just watch and blog and wander the Expo Hall occasionally.



8)  I enjoyed the MyHeritage and Ancestry.com luncheons, and made a 15-minute presentation on the MyHeritage Record Matches at their luncheon.   Kendall Hulet had interesting "coming soon" news at the Ancestry lunch.  Unfortunately, it lasted past 1 p.m. and I missed the Geneabloggers group photo in the Media Hub.  My bad!



9)  The DearMYRTLE After-Party was a lot of fun with about 40 in attendance.  I finally met Israel Pickholtz, Geoff Mulholland, and several other new-to-me persons.  Thank you Pat and Gordon and Carrie and Stacy.



10)  I attended the Innovator Summit and watched the Keynote talks, the Innovator Showdown, the DNA panel and the BYU technology talk.  The BYU Technology lab is really a great technology incubator.  

11)  I attended no presentations of RootsTech classes, although I will watch several of them on the video channel later this week.

12)  It is amazing how many young people are involved with the exhibitor companies. This is very good news for all of us - the innovation and advancing technology will continue to grow the genealogy industry.  


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