Thursday, March 24, 2011 and Partner Up


This press release was posted today at and also at the GeneaPress site ( and Partner to Make Family History Research Easier

Family history research projects on get a boost by using to gather information.

Grand Rapids, MI and Nashville, TN (PRWEB) March 24, 2011, which connects people seeking family history research with professional genealogists, and, a website taking a unique approach to gathering family memories, announced today their partnership to make researching family history easier.

“One of the hardest steps for professional genealogists doing research projects is gathering all known information about a family at the beginning of the project,” says Deborah Irwin, CEO of IRBO, Inc.,’s parent company. “Tpstry’s unique approach to gathering family memories provides a quick, easy way to gather all known family information in one place.”

While’s main focus is to collect stories behind family memories, it also collects basic family history information such as names, parentage, birth dates, death dates and marriages. To assist researchers, Tpstry will soon be rolling out the ability to export family information as a GEDCOM file—a standard file format which allows different genealogy software programs to talk to one another. This basic family information gives researchers at a head start when investigating a family’s past.
“Tpstry uses family members and relatives as sources to answer family history questions,” says Matt Johnston, Founder and President of Tpstry. “If a question goes back a few generations, relatives often don’t know the answers. This is where a professional researcher, such as those found at, is very valuable.”

Users seeking help with a family research project can post a project prospectus at and start entering known family information at for free.


This is an interesting partnership - a Family Stories provider ( and a genealogy research provider (  It makes a lot of sense to me!  Especially for persons just starting in genealogy that have not done any family history research of their own, and don't have the time to start, but want to write down their family stories and then are curious about what can be found about earlier generations. 

I haven't tried yet, and I probably should take a look at it.  There are too many websites these days, and not enough Genea-Musings time! 

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