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GenPerfect 3

Sunday, 20 Mar 2011 | by Mark Tucker

GenPerfect is connected and social.

 

Facebook

In my first GenPerfect post I mentioned that you could add living members to your database via Facebook. Lately my third cousin has added me to two closed Facebook groups for common ancestors: Thomas Tucker Family & William Henry Dollar Family

Members of these groups include living descendants of a common ancestor. Messages include the lineage of members back to the common ancestor as well as photos and digitized documents. What if GenPerfect could be pointed to these groups? You could see the list of your messages inside your genealogy software on the dashboard. The messages could be parsed and the mini-lineage added to your database citing Facebook as the source. Any photos added to the group would be imported as part of your media collection. GenPerfect would even allow you to update your Facebook status without leaving the application. You could configure the software to automatically prompt you for a Facebook status update at key moment such as when you add a photo or document or when you enter a conclusion and close out a research project. You could choose to post these to a group or your wall.

 

Twitter

Similar to updating your Facebook status, you could also choose to tweet from inside GenPerfect. When prompted to update your status, you could choose to also post to Twitter.

 

Blogs

By selecting a photo, some information in a database, or a research project and clicking a “Quick Post” link, a blog post would be assembled ready for you to edit and post to your blog. All without leaving GenPerfect.


RSS

On your dashboard or elsewhere in GenPerfect you could display blog postings by registering from a site’s RSS feed. Maybe GenPerfect would expose appropriate public information via its own RSS feed.

 

Mailing Lists

GenPerfect would have its own associated e-mail address. This way it could be used to register for family history mailing lists and the messages would appear inside GenPerfect.

 

Correspondence & Media

One of the lists I was always taught to keep as a correspondence log. Whenever I sent a letter, I was to include the date, who it was sent to, a summary of the letter’s contents as well as a date when a response was received.

In my experience, I send many more e-mails than letters by post, so an e-mail correspondence log would be beneficial to me. If GenPerfect had its own e-mail address, then any message that I send to a relative or family history collaborator I could CC this e-mail address and the entry would be auto-added to the log. If I receive an e-mail that I think would be important to my research, I would just forward it the GenPerfect e-mail.

If an e-mail included images and I forwarded it GenPerfect, the application would be smart enough to add the images to my media library.

Maybe I could include a tag as part of the subject line (ex: [PROJECT: WORTH TUCKER BIRTH]) and the log entry or image would be associated with a specific research project. If an e-mail sent to GenPerfect could not be auto-assigned to a specific project, then it would appear in a list so that later I could associate it with the correct project in the database.

 

Online Databases & Family Trees

There are so many more possibilities than these. I can think of genealogy-specific sites that might be useful to link to GenPerfect: Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, World Vital Records, Archives.com, Geni, FamilySearch Wiki, plus many, many more. One concern that I have is connecting GenPerfect (which is all about research in progress) with online trees that are concerned with just showing results. It would be helpful to be able to update the online trees from GenPerfect once a conclusion has been researched for a project.

 

 

What are some of your ideas?

Other than social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, what other software and ways should GenPerfect connect to social media sites?

How else could GenPerfect’s dedicated e-mail address be used?

4 Comments »

  1. RE: Facebook as a source
    Shouldn’t FB be considered the repository and the source the person who compiled tree or presumably whatevever sources they cited.

    Ray Whidden Edmonton AB
    from my Palm Pre

    Comment by Ray Whidden — 21 Mar 2011 @ 9:27 am

  2. Link between people in the system and Google contacts since that’s what ends up on my phone. Its a pain having all this data about family members in the genealogy software with their contact information (email, mailing address, etc) and having to manually duplicate that in other systems. An export of the information that is in the standard contact import/export format might suffice. In the same way you can have a mailing address for a person, I would want to record a Facebook Profile, a personal web site, a blog, a twitter account, all the ways you can contact a person.

    If the software had its own email address, I would want to send and receive emails directly from within the software. Then if I decided one of those applied directly to a research project, I could attach it. If it didn’t directly apply or if I didn’t know, then I would still have access to the email within GenPerfect. This would require embedding an email system (something like Outlook or Thunderbird) in the product.

    If you did that, however, why not just set it up so you can use an existing email address? POP or SMTP setups. Then, I don’t have to change the email address I’ve been using for years and I don’t have to keep track of an additional one.

    Jennifer

    Comment by Jennifer Wilhelmi — 21 Mar 2011 @ 9:42 am

  3. Mark, this is brilliant idea, if we could just get a small proportion implemented it would be a genealogy software winner. Genealogy software designed by the end user.

    Taking it to the next stage, perhaps………

    iGenTAB – This would be a 3G tablet, gps, camera, scanner running the iPerfect operating system. It may happen, technology seems to move so fast these days. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was replacing valves in VHF radio tx/rx systems!

    Comment by Tony Timmins — 21 Mar 2011 @ 4:33 pm

  4. Have you seen the private family tree program at http://www.TFLink.com.
    I am curious what you think of it.

    Comment by Gary — 22 Dec 2011 @ 12:45 pm

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