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Now available - new free Android app for genealogy research using historic newspapers!

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.revgenea.hnews
Designed for both genealogists and history enthusiasts, OldNews USA makes g...
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I am going to have to check this out! Thanks!

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Open Letter to Ancestry

Ancestry, in their latest round of cuts have decided to retire their flagship desktop application Family Tree Maker (http://buff.ly/1NLDRLi…/ancestry-to-retire-family-tree…/).

With so many users still actively using the product and no apparent replacement for all of the beloved features, it seems counter-intuitive, but in truth, Family Tree Maker as a product has been struggling for a while as per the comments at http://buff.ly/1NLDQH6, so Ancestry may have just decided that it was time to move onto a new chapter. Unfortunately, the poorly constructed blog post does not seem to mention what that new chapter is, hence more than 5000 negative comments in less than 24 hours.

Here is our open letter to Ancestry in response:

"Dear Ancestry,

We know that that you are the largest for-profit genealogy company in the world and we know it takes a great deal of investment and resources to provide the great services on the scale on which you do.

Over the last couple of years, we have seen you consolidate your offerings and focus on the more profitable areas of your business. We understand that this needs to happen.
But along the way we feel that you have forgotten that you are dealing with people and families. The information that we entrust to you is more than just names and numbers that can be searched with algorithms and sold on for a subscription. It is part of the fabric of each person who uses your product, it is part of an unravelling story that we all play a part in. You have been entrusted with information that can impact us on an emotional level.

Your decision to retire Family Tree Maker has angered many, not because of the poor way in which it was publicised, but because no satisfactory alternative was given from a company that had earned the trust of many over the years. The Ancestry website is not a full replacement of the desktop product and no mention of any replacement application was made that would have re-assured your user base.

Your users will start to get weary if they feel that a product that they have invested their time and energy learning (not to mention money), can be removed with little more than 3 weeks notice. In fact most organisations of your size would have a retirement policy that would let users know the product strategy years in advance.

Of course Family Tree Maker will not disappear, it will just not be updated and after a while it will not be supported. In that time it is hoped that the features that your users require will be added to your website, however, there has been no communication regarding your future plans, so it is natural for your user base to feel that they are being abandoned.

In the end, someone had to make a business decision, but remember that it’s the users who keep your business afloat, treat them with respect by communicating your plans more effectively; work on providing solutions either in-house or with other firms before announcements so that users have a way to transition onto your new platform with minimal impact. Create the necessary API’s or new software before retiring the old software, there are plenty of companies in the genealogy world who would be willing to help given the opportunity.

Your customers have made their views clear on your blog post and deep down you must know that you can do better. The only question that remains is, will you listen?"

Steve Bardouille
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Posted by Kendall Hulet on December 8, 2015 in Australia, Canada, Family Tree Maker, Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom. Ancestry is proud to have made a significant investment this year to bring valuable new content and records to the Ancestry site. In 2015, we've made 220 million searchable ...
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Thanks for expressing what so many of us feel about this latest Ancestry betrayal.
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PIXELIO - The first personal #3D #multiscanner:
https://goo.gl/iizyHW #3D, #HD, #Scanner
With Pixelio and your smartphone or GoPro creating the 3D scans or 360 photos & movies is a piece of cake!
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A penny for your thoughts... 
Knowing that family values and its legacy are important to this community, is this a product you would purchase for your loved one? YES or No... 
Please post your answer in the comment area below.

Looking for your feedback as I am considering investing in this start-up business.  I welcome all feedback, positive and 
negative, that you post in comments below. 
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I don't know if I would buy it or not.  A lot of variables to consider.  What's it cost?  Web site maintenance fees?  What happens if the company goes under, or if QR codes become obsolete?  Does it match the personality / lifestyle of the departed?  What alternatives exist (facebook memorial page, etc.)?  All things to consider when deciding on purchasing the product.

Investing in it is a different matter.  How much are we talking, and can you afford it?  Do you see it catching on?  Growth potential?  Business model?  The technology is already proven.  What about competing tech or companies?

Ultimately, only you can answer if it's a good investment for you.
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Famberry

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Is your family album on Famberry yet?
Try our new digital family album and get 2gb of storage for FREE.

buff.ly/1Ww9SBh

#photos
A free service that allows your family to privately communicate, share photos & build your family tree together. Make Famberry your private family website.
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What a surprise! Today, Familytree.com wrote about the ManyRoads' Genealogy mega-search engine(s). http://tinyurl.com/ntbud9u
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Mark Rabideau

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ManyRoads 2015 6 month Update
During the past 6 months we have added numerous no-charge tools, search, engines, databases, source materials, maps and more... 

http://www.many-roads.com/2015/07/02/manyroads-2015-update/

Enjoy.
Over the past few months, I have been working at developing and sharing numerous tools and approaches to assist ManyRoads readers, clients, and friends. Given the work that has been undertaken sinc...
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Could your children's early years be the key to getting them interested in their family history?
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'Family photos scanning parties' are great for  family reunions - get kids scanning pics they find interesting/intriguing and elders reminiscing and sharing stories. Also, on Pinterest there are many activity/game ideas for getting children hooked on to family history.
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Mark Rabideau

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Suppose, for a moment, that you had a problem for which you had little understanding. Something that just made you to quote Winnie the Pooh: "Think, think, think"; but, for which you had no good an...
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A Google+ community to share technology tips, tools, and news for doing genealogy.
 
Hi there, would you consider providing user research feedback on a new online website for Family Stories? If so, please complete the below form and i'll be in touch .12 months free subscription is provided to those who take part:-

http://goo.gl/forms/nCVmzFL2gh

Thanks in advance
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Maps is a service google. Now days Maps is very important software in our general life. When we don't know about a place and we need to go there then we will help of maps. Maps can be on a paper maps can be in your mobile as a software. Today's famous Maps software is google maps.
http://gadgetlio.com/2016/01/how-to-use-google-maps-offline-in-android/
now you can use google maps offline and you can save your direction or areas and after it you can use it after when you will be offline.
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Famberry

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Make your family tree beautiful with Famberry, the easiest way to create a stunning family tree on the web.


Change the look of your family tree with custom themes. Go play for free at:

www.famberry.com

#genealogy #family #familytree
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Thank you for all the great feedback on our new family tree builder. We are glad you like it.
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A free service that allows your family to privately communicate, share photos & build your family tree together. Make Famberry your private family website.
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Moises Garza

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Print 9 Generations of Your Family Tree on a Fan Chart In this post you will learn where and how to print 9 generations of your family tree on a fan chart. It is free and very easy to do. http://ow.ly/RkGQd
In this post you will learn where and how to print 9 generations of your family tree on a fan chart. It is free and very easy to do.
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Announcing the launch of Global Name Translation™, a new technology unique to MyHeritage, to help break through those language barriers in the quest to uncover your past.

This innovation now makes it even easier to discover your global roots. The technology automatically translates names found in historical records and family trees from one language into another, at very high accuracy, generating all plausible translations, to facilitate matches between names in different languages. In addition, a manual search on MyHeritage's SuperSearch, will return results in other languages, automatically translated into the language of the query.

How can this benefit you? For example, perhaps your American family has Russian roots. Previously, you would have needed to search also in Russian to find all information available about your ancestors. Now you can search in English, and receive results in Russian, translated back into English for your convenience.




http://blog.myheritage.com/2015/07/new-feature-global-name-translation%E2%84%A2-technology/?utm_source=email_newsletter&utm_campaign=july2015&lang=EN

#genealogy  
This innovation now makes it even easier to discover your global roots. The technology automatically translates names found in historical records and family trees from one language into another, at very high accuracy, generating all plausible translations, to facilitate matches between names in ...
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A family memory from 1948 that my Grandad loves reminiscing about:-
https://twile.com/blog/2015/07/family-story-grandads-new-bike/
by Kelly Marsden In 1948, Grandad Ted treated himself to this BSA M21 Bike and Side Car.   Ted Howarth lived in Halifax, West Yorkshire, but his brother lived in Oldham, Lancashire (about an h...
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Have you ever wondered why everyone in your family has a similar physical feature, or why people in your family may share a specific health issue? Looking into your ancestry  could help answer your questions! Family heritage is important, and people want to more about their ancestors. In fact, 87% of people want to know more about their family history, but many don't know where to get started. 

Begin discovering your roots by checking out this Family History Research Guide for helpful tips and informational statistics about genealogy. Learn the best way to start your research and more about the unique resources you can use to save time and money while searching. 
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If you are looking for some ideas on helping you find more genealogical clues, the following article offers some recent information (articles) I have 'stumbled' across and share... http://www.many-roads.com/2015/06/19/more-on-genealogical-clues/ 
As always, please feel free to pass the word to anyone you believe might find use in the information (share or like). 
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I took a brief look at this web site this morning and it looks good. It is new so it doesn't yet have a lot of information but it certainly shows promise. The following announcement was written by ...
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