Well, RootsTech is finally over and most attendees are getting settled back home. Before we left, we were able to get one last interview in for our 3 Questions series. Our last interview is with Amos Elliston, CTO of Geni.com. Geni is an online collaborative family tree site with over 50,000,000 people profiles in their trees. The ultimate goal of Geni is to create one giant family tree that connects everyone together.
Archive for February, 2011
This morning at RootsTech we had the pleasure to talk with Dick Eastman, of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. What started out as a small email newsletter to a few friends has grown over the years to a large list of over 60,000 online genealogy enthusiasts. Be sure to drop over to Dick’s website and sign up for the newsletter.
We were fortunate enough to hear AC in two sessions at RootsTech. His first session was all about popular mobile applications that genealogists can use. The second session we heard him in was a panel discussion about genealogy blogs. After you watch our 3 Questions video below, be sure to check out his blog, Find My Ancestor.
We were lucky this afternoon to talk with Sam Melden and Kevin Marsh of Vintage Aerial. Vintage Aerial specializes in finding historical photographs of rural locations and then printing high quality reproductions of those images. Just give them an address and they will start looking through their database of 25 million photographs for a match.
Tpstry has landed at RootsTech and there is definitely a large crowd. We were able to grab a few people to answer our 3 Questions and the first up is Jim Ericson from FamilySearch. Jim is the facilitator of the RootsTech Developer Challenge, a contest to see who can develop and present the best use of a genealogical API in 48 hours. The winner will be voted on by the audience on Saturday.
Tpstry helps users gather family memories from their relatives, combine them and then reshare them as a larger family history. This works by asking your relatives questions you might not find in other places. We thought it would be interesting to ask attendees of the RootsTech 2011 conference some of the more popular questions from Tpstry and video their responses. We will start posting these videos later in the week, so stay tuned.
We are happy to announce that you can now use your Facebook account to access Tpstry. When you create a new account on Tpstry, you now have the option to link your Facebook account to your Tpstry account.
By using your Facebook account on Tpstry, you will be able to:
- Invite Facebook Friends to join your Tpstry Family
- Ask your Facebook Friends to help you answer a question on Tpstry
- Import pictures from Facebook into Tpstry
If you already have a Tpstry account and you want to link it to your Facebook account, follow these steps. First, log in to Tpstry using your current account. Once logged in, click on the “My Account” link at the top right of the page. This will bring up a page that displays your account information. Click the “Link Account” link next to the Facebook logo to begin the linking process. Once this is complete, you will be able to log into Tpstry by either entering your email address and password or by clicking the “Sign In With Facebook” button.
We plan to do even more with Facebook in the future. If you want to see Tpstry integrate with Facebook in other ways, please let us know.
We’ve added new questions to Tpstry about a person’s car related memories. The new questions are:
- Who taught this person to drive a car?
- What was this person’s first car?
- How many traffic tickets has this person received?
- What does this person remember most about learning to drive?
- What was this person’s dream car?
These questions are available to all Tpstry families, all you have to do is log in to Tpstry and start answering questions.