Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Treelines has a Family Storytelling Contest on "Getting Started"

I received this press release from Tammy Hepps of Treelines about a Family History Storytelling Contest announced at the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree:

June 7, 2013 — Treelines, the winner of the 2013 RootsTech Developer Challenge, will announce tomorrow at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree its first family storytelling contest on the theme of “Getting Started Stories.”  Everyone with a fascination for their family’s history, regardless of their level of experience, is invited to share the story about they first got interested. 

All entries must be composed and published using the Treelines storybuilder, currently available for free to all registered users of the site.  “Treelines’ unique site brings storytelling to a new level of expression by combining words with photos and family history,” said Maureen Taylor, the internationally recognized photo identification and family history expert.  “It’s a perfect way to present and share your family history a picture at a time.”

The contest will be judged by Taylor and Tammy Hepps, the founder of Treelines. They will look for stories that best capture the fun and wonder of uncovering family history, as well as those that are well-written, highlight family photographs, and take full advantage of the Treelines storybuilder’s capabilities.   The authors of the three best stories will each win a personal consultation with Taylor, in which she will help them uncover the stories behind their family photographs. 

Entries will be accepted through July 19.  Complete information is available at treelines.com/contest/.

About Treelines
Treelines is a web-based storytelling tool for family historians.  Winner of the 2013 RootsTech Developer Challenge, Treelines is already gaining notice for its story-centric approach to family history, as well as its broad sharing capabilities and interactivity.  Treelines brings those who work on preserving their families’ history the easy tools and beautiful templates to easily share stories their relatives will actually enjoy.

About Maureen Taylor

Maureen Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on the intersection of history, genealogy, and photography. She has been featured in top media outlets, including The View, Better Homes & Gardens, the Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, MSNBC, Life Magazine, and PBS Ancestors. Maureen is the author of a number of books and magazine articles, as well as a contributing editor at Family Tree Magazine.  She also shares her tips and techniques in energetic seminars on family history, photography, genealogy, scrapbooking, and New England history.  


I've been working a bit in Treelines learning how to use the website, creating stories, adding photographs, etc, but I'm a long way from having a story to submit.  

There are some wonderful stories already posted on Treelines - read some of them.  When you click on the link, use the advance arrows in the story title to see all of the story panels with accompanying pictures:

*  How I Got Into Genealogy (by Tammy Hepps)
*  A 14-Year Old Girl's Quest To Find Her Grandfather (by Nuthatchgirl)
*  Nels and Ane Marie: Becoming Americans (by KMKeegan)

In the process, you can see how the combination of the story panels and the timelines for the persons in the story interact.  

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Cormac said...

Several weeks ago, I requested an invitation. The other night I went there again, because I received an invitation, to see what was there. Btw, I am using Safari v5.1.9 (and Firefox v21.0). I had difficulty reading several articles there using both browsers. I couldn't read all of the articles. Until they improve their website and usability for me, I can't recommend their website.

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

I posted my first story on Treelines a few days after I first heard of them. It was easy, I was working on my Mom's diary at the time. When I finished Tammy's story, just now, my Pete and Eileen story was one of the several suggestions along the bottom. Neat! I never had any problem with the site, at all. Fun! ;-)