October 21, 2014

How to Make a Family History Video: Premium Video and Podcast Now Available!

figure_at_3d_movie_800_13404Last weekend at Midwestern Roots, I debuted a new talk on technology tools for family history. One thing I mentioned was harnessing YouTube to share your family history. YouTube is now one of the top search engines – period! That means people may be looking for your common heritage on YouTube. Share what you know with them (and bring what they know to you) by creating and posting a family history video.

So what goes into a family history video? What technology tools will help you create one? How do you post it online?

Genealogy Gems Premium members can now access the answers to these and more questions about making your own family history videos. This is a great project to do as a family or with your grandchildren! There’s an audio-only podcast on the topic and a video version as well:

Genealogy Gems Premium Membership and PodcastListen to the Premium Podcast #111 here (and download the shownotes)

Premium Video: 10 Ways to Add Volume to Your Family History Video

Not a Premium member yet? Click here to learn more about all the benefits of Premium membership.

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How Grandma Betty (& Family) is Leaving a Legacy Using Social Media

Think social media sites like Instagram and Twitter can’t really be used for family history in a meaningful way? Grandma Betty will change your mind!

Jeffersonville, Indiana’s Grandma Betty has become an Instagram Grandma Betty Instagram Family Historysensation thanks in big part to her Grandson. Betty is fighting cancer, and her family wants to ensure her memory is preserved – so they turned to social media.

I love this social media merriment on so many levels!
It celebrates:

  • love of family
  • family history
  • battling cancer head on
  • and the coming together of very different generations

If you want a dose of super awesomeness and inspiration, click the video below to learn more about Grandma Betty:

Then visit Grandma Betty’s delicious Instagram site here.

Now it’s your turn: How are you using social media to further family history?

Inspire others by sharing this video and your story on Facebook (or any other social media site) using the buttons at the top of this post. Sharing through social media is one simple way you can make your voice heard – just like Grandma Betty.

Learn how to discover and preserve your family history using technology

Listen to the free Genealogy Gems Podcast available in iTunes. Or get the app:Genealogy Gems Podcast and Family History

iPad App: Click here for iPad app
iPhone App: Click here for iPhone app
Android App: Click here for the Android App 

You will get Bonus content, streaming and all my Genealogy Gems in one convenient app.

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Got 10 Minutes? Here’s 100 Years of History

Can 100 years be packed into 10 minutes? This YouTube video attempts to do it!
(Warning: contains some graphic images)

The video also illustrates how the movie camera has captured our triumphs and tragedies for over 100 years.

Do you have old family movies? Consider posting them on YouTube with relevant descriptions that will help others find and watch them. Just like old photos, old film can play a TV animatedsignificant role in our family history, and the Internet provides a forum for sharing them. If you have a free Google account (perhaps you use Gmail or another Google service) then you can use that account to activate your own YouTube channel.

You can learn how to get your free YouTube channel up and running at my upcoming class at RootsTech2014 called How to Use YouTube for Family History: Setting Up Your Own YouTube Channel (RT1508) Thursday, February 6 at 10:30 AM in Room: Ballroom H

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100 Years in Few Seconds: Faces Through Time

According to Jan Langer, there are said to be over 700 people over the age of 100 living int he Czech republic. Langer “wondered what changes and what remains on a human face and in a human mind in such a long time, and in such a short while in relative terms. I wondered how much loneliness of the old age weighs, and what memories stay in 100-year-old mind.”

In this riveting time lapse video, Langer explores the similarities and the differences in appearance and in physiognomy over 100 years. He used comparative photos (archive portraits from family albums and contemporary portraits) to bring the faces through time. Personally I find the old faces as captivating as the young.

Though characteristics of personality change over time, Langer says it “seems as if individual nature remains rooted in the abyss of time.”

The series was created as a part of a project for Aktualne.cz.
More information can be found at www.fotojatka.cz

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Who Knew the iPad Could Do This?

If you got an iPad or tablet for Christmas, you may have spent a good deal of time playing angry birds and checking your email. (Come on, be honest!)

But, if you got a copy of my new book Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse,  then you have moved well beyond hurling squawking pudgy red birds at piles of wood, and you are now pivoting to your pad for nearly every area of your family history research.

But who knew that the iPad could do this?!!:

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Julia Child’s 100th Birthday, Food and Family History

We’ve been exploring the connection between food and family history in the most recent episodes of the Genealogy Gems Podcast. And in episode 138 you heard a little tribute to Julia Child and her 100th birthday. Here’s another tribute from the station that brought Julia into our lives for so many years, PBS. Bon Appetit!

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FamilySearch Updates Logon, International Genealogy Index

The folks at FamilySearch.org are constantly tweaking their already-great free data site. The latest update involves two important features:

1. There’s now a drop-down menu for logging on to FamilySearch, which makes it easier to access the settings and source boxes from anywhere on the site. (Why have a log-in on a free site? Because FamilySearch doesn’t own most of its record sets, and those who do sometimes place restrictions on use. Those who log in have access to more records than those who don’t.)

2. That “classic” data set, the International Genealogy Index (IGI), is now fully searchable. From FamilySearch’s home page, just click on “All Record Collections” toward the bottom of the page, then enter “IGI” in the search field. (Why search the IGI? It accounts for about 20% of the 3 billion or so records on FamilySearch.org. Both indexed record sets and user-submitted trees are part of the IGI. The IGI has been around for a long time–long before digitized data sets came into use. The IGI can be particularly helpful if you are reviewing or updating research that was done many years ago and/or may have been submitted by Latter-day Saint (Mormon) families.)

Here’s a new, brief video that will walk you through the updates:

 

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Free FamilySearch Video Class Available on YouTube

Have you ever wondered if you are getting the most out of the Familysearch.org website?  Now you can sit in on a video recording of the Association of PC Users Group Virtual Conference class called Using the FamilySearch.org Website for Genealogy Research

Click here to watch the video

Click here to the APCUG website to download the handout

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