This press release was posted today at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/03/prweb5195014.htm and also at the GeneaPress site (http://www.geneapress.com/2011/03/tpstrycom-and-genealogyfreelancerscom.html).
Tpstry.com and GenealogyFreelancers.com Partner to Make Family History Research Easier
Family history research projects on GenealogyFreelancers.com get a boost by using Tpstry.com to gather information.
Grand Rapids, MI and Nashville, TN (PRWEB) March 24, 2011
“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., GenealogyFreelancers.com’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 Tpstry.com’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 GenealogyFreelancers.com 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 GenealogyFreelancers.com, is very valuable.”
Users seeking help with a family research project can post a project prospectus at http://www.genealogyfreelancers.com and start entering known family information at http://www.tpstry.com for free.
This is an interesting partnership - a Family Stories provider (Tpstry.com) and a genealogy research provider (GenealogyFreelancers.com). 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 Tpstry.com yet, and I probably should take a look at it. There are too many websites these days, and not enough Genea-Musings time!