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.
When we launch our site redesign a few weeks ago, one of the new features that we added was the Family Memories Website (see example). Besides helping you discover new family memories, we also want to help you share those newfound memories.
So how does the Family Memories Website work? Easy, you don’t have to do anything extra. Tpstry takes all your answered questions and uploaded images and automatically creates a website for you. To view your website, log in to Tpstry and click the “View Website” button at the top left of the webpage. Currently, all Family Memories Websites are private and can only be viewed by users who have access to that Tpstry family. We have plans for the future to open this open and let you securely share your website with non-Tpstry users. So stay tuned.
The Family Memories Website uses the images you have uploaded to create a visually appealing homepage for your site. Don’t worry if you haven’t uploaded any images, we have a collection of nice general photographs to use as placeholders.
The Family Memories Website organizes content into People, Places, Events and Images just like on the main Tpstry site. We also moved the Timeline page from the main Tpstry page into the Family Memories Website. Plus, we made the timeline even better!
As you answer more questions, your Family Memories Website will begin to look even better. Since many people are just getting started answering questions on Tpstry, we’ve created an Example Family Memories Website that you can view to get a feel of what your site will look like.
We asked our users what they hoped to discover about their family by using Tpstry. Most of the responses were fairly common like how did my grandparents meet or did my grandfather earn any medals in the military. But we also got some responses that we thought would be cool to know about our own families.
Here are 10 unique questions that Tpstry users want to know about their family. How many of these can you answer about your family?
- Who was your mom’s prom date?
- What position did your grandfather play in little league baseball?
- How many speeding tickets has your father received?
- What was your grandmother’s first job?
- Did anyone in your family attend an Elvis concert?
- Did your grandmother ever ride a rollercoaster?
- What was your grandfather’s first car?
- Who in your family has crashed a wedding?
- Which teenage heart throb did your mom have a crush on while growing up?
- What food did your father refuse to eat as a child?
If you don’t know the answer to some of these questions, use this as an opportunity to find out. Tpstry can help you discover and share these types of family memories. Family history is more than just dates and scrapbooks, it is also about preserving and celebrating the personalities and characters in your family.
When we recently updated the site with the new Family Memories Website section, we also updated the Timeline view and moved it from the question area to the new memories website.
The Timeline view takes all questions with an associated date and places them in chronological order. Questions with dates include births, deaths, marriages, graduations and events.
Uploaded images also have dates associated with them. Most new digital cameras automatically store a date in the picture file. When you upload an image, Tpstry reads this date automatically so you don’t have to enter when a picture was taken. If more than one picture is taken on a specific date, the images are grouped together and you are able to scroll through all images for that date.