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Puzzle the Past

Monday, 27 Jul 2009 | by Mark Tucker

As genealogists we spend many hours unpuzzling the past of our ancestors.  Maybe we should spend some time puzzling it!

A great way to share the past with the next generation of family historians is to create picture puzzles of ancestor photos.  One tool that can do this is a web site called PuzzleTouch.

After going to http://puzzletouch.com/ click the Create Puzzle button in the section on the right:

Create Puzzle

The next screen asks you to upload a photo.  This is a picture of my grandmother when she was a little girl in Largo, New Mexico.  The family lovingly refers to her as the “Largo Kid”.

The Largo Kid

The next screen asks you how many pieces you want in the puzzle.  You can choose 4, 6, 12, 24, 48, or 60.  So that it would be easier for younger children, I chose 12.  In less than a minute, the puzzle is created and uploaded to the Puzzle Touch server.  A unique web address is created for your puzzle that you can send to others in an e-mail or post to Facebook, a blog, or family website.

When you click the link, you see the puzzle picture in the top left side. 

Puzzle

You can view the puzzle full screen, zoom the work area in our out, auto solve the puzzle, see a picture hint, or save the game for later.  As soon as you see the puzzle pieces, a timer starts.  You can click, rotate, and drag each piece to put it in place.

Go ahead and give it a try.  Puzzle your own past!

1 Comment »

  1. Mark, thanks for featuring this neat “tool” on your blog! I can see that it would be a great way to get any family member…but especially children…interested in genealogy!

    Comment by Miriam Robbins Midkiff — 29 Jul 2009 @ 12:00 pm

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