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ThinkGenealogy App for Windows Phone

Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012 | by Mark Tucker

PRESS RELEASE

The ThinkGenealogy app is a valuable reference to guide you through the research process and help you do professional quality research — whether you are a professional genealogist or a family historian.  The app is currently available for Windows Phone with other devices under consideration.

 

Features:

1. A map so you won’t get lost while you are doing your genealogy research.

2. Shows how important concepts are related.

3. Includes a concise explanation of the Genealogical Proof Standard.

4. Follows concepts in Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills.

5. Glossary of genealogy terms.

6. Helpful links.

7. A video tour of how to use the app.

 

You can see the features in action on YouTube:  http://youtu.be/Rrpqjt9PjEA?hd=1

 

To purchase the application, visit http://www.shazaml.com/thinkgenealogy

 

If you are interested in a version of the application for your device, have ideas for how to improve the app, or have other feedback, complete this 9 question survey:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RYDFF53

Lewis D Bunce Patent

Monday, 30 May 2011 | by Mark Tucker

I recently learned from my cousin, Carol, that  my 2nd Great Grandfather, Lewis DeMott Bunce (1827-1894), received a patent for improvements to the butter churn.

 

Inventor: Lewis D Bunce

Invention: Churn (improvements)

Patent No.: 337, 238

Patented: Mar. 2, 1886

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Short extract from the patent:

My invention relates to the improvement in churns, the object of the same being to provide a churn in which the dasher and dasher-operating mechanism, either or both, can be readily removed from the churn body when it is desired to cleanse the parts or remove the butter.

A further object is to provide a churn in which the motion of the cream while being agitated will be steady and regular, which will permit a section of the cover to be left off while churning without danger of throwing a portion of cream out of the churn.

A further object is to provide a churn with side wings and dasher adapted to be adjusted vertically to accommodate them to varying quantities of cream in the churn.

 

It is exciting to see that one of my ancestors was an inventor.

Let me know if you have an ancestor that was an inventor or received a patent.

BillionGraves.com Launches to Preserve Family History on Memorial Day

Saturday, 28 May 2011 | by Mark Tucker

 

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PROVO, Utah – May 26, 2011 – Memorial Day is coming soon, and AppTime (http://www.apptime.com), the group behind the family history app MobileTree (http://www.mobiletree.me), has a new project they’re thrilled to share. It’s called BillionGraves.com, it’s as ambitious a project as the word “billion” makes it sound, and they want you to take it with you to the cemetery this Memorial Day.

“It’s a huge opportunity for everyone in family history,” says Rob Moncur, the head developer for the BillionGraves.com website. “We want people from all over the world to be able work together and pool resources so everyone can find the ancestors they’re looking for.”

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TV Comedy Pokes Fun at Census

Wednesday, 6 Apr 2011 | by Mark Tucker

The Canadian TV comedy, Corner Gas, takes place in the fictional small town of Dog River located in Saskatchewan.

In this episode, Hank and Oscar are hired to complete the census. The humorous result shows a genealogist’s worst case scenario for census enumerators:



NOTE: Those not familiar with the TV series might not know that the second house Hank and Oscar visit is Oscar’s own home.

Trying to do your research, do you ever feel like Hank & Oscar were hired to count your ancestor?

Family History in the Year 2364

Tuesday, 5 Apr 2011 | by Mark Tucker

Or should I say, “Stardate 41986.0”?

I am not a huge Star Trek fan (no clothing, action figures, of collection of DVDs), but I do enjoy the show.  This year I introduced the TV series to my sons and it is a great father-sons moment that we share as we watch episodes of TNG together via Tivo.

A few weeks ago, we watched episode 26 from the first season. It was based in the 24th century when officers from the Enterprise come across on old earth satellite that turns out to be a cryonics capsule housing some frozen earth inhabitants from approximately 300 years in the past.

I don’t want to focus on the whole cryonic piece but it does setup the scene for some 24th century family history.  It is also interesting that the woman in the episode gets a chance to meet her 5th great grandson when she returns to earth.

 

Here are some clips from the episode:

 

24th Century Genealogy Research

 

Think back to 1988 in the world of genealogy. There was no internet as we know it today. No Ancestry.com or FamilySearch or the multitude of genealogy sites and blogs. The cutting edge genealogy software was PAF 2.1 for DOS, Apple PRO-DOS, and Macintosh.

What else was happening in the sphere of family history in 1988?

How close do you think we are to what was presented in the episode?

What is your vision of family history research in the year 2364?

Would you like to visit your 5th great grandchild? What would you say?

How would you like a visit from a past ancestor? Who would you want it to be? Who would you not want to visit you?

 

Now go and research an ancestor that no one has researched before.

Talking Family History Photos

Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | by Mark Tucker

What if you could talk to your deceased ancestors?

What would you like them to tell you?

Now there is a fun way to bring your ancestor photos to life and let them tell their own stories in their “own” voices. Crazy Talk Animator lets you add realistic animations to your photographs and record your own dialog. The software takes care of moving the mouth on the photo and synching it with what you said.

Here is a short video sample that I created with the 15-day trial version of the software. I hope the watermarks don’t distract too much from the effect. I did this after playing with the software for about 2 hours.

I showed this to my boys ages 9-13 and they thought it was cool. Saying that something dealing with family history is cool doesn’t happen every day.

Priceless.

Which ancestor’s photo would you like to bring to life?  What would you have them say? Do you think that talking family history photos could be of any value in sharing your family history?

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