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9Apr/115

A Discovery of Family Photos

I don't write about my personal genealogy on this blog very often, but sometimes I find something that I just have to share. A month or so ago I was on Ancestry.com and I came across a photo of my great-grandfather Leroy Julius Anderson. The picture included him and his two brothers, Heber and Everett.

Leroy Julius, Everett and Heber Anderson

I clicked on the photo to find out more about it and who uploaded to the website. I ended up emailing the member who uploaded the picture and asked how they received this picture and if they were related in it and if so who. After only a few hours I received an email back from a gentleman who turns out to be my grandmother's cousin. His dad is Heber Anderson, my great-grandfather's brother. We have been emailing each other back and forth ever since then. It turns out he has had a number of photos of my grandmother, her sister and other family members. The other day I received in the mail some of those photos, including some of the originals. Receiving these pictures was so fun! I had never seen any pictures of my grandmother when she was younger. Isn't it amazing what you can find now with the help of technology, curiosity and websites such as Ancestry.com?

4Apr/110

Weekly Genealogy Wallpaper – 4/4/2011

Here is your Weekly Genealogy Wallpaper! I am going to start including some more information along with these wallpapers from time to time. Whenever I create a historical wallpaper or a location based wallpaper I will include other blogs, websites, histories and other information. Also, many of you will notice the sizes of wallpaper has changed. After a couple months of making these wallpapers and monitoring the stats of the visitors of this blog and website I have decided to modify the wallpaper sizes to better fit your computer monitor. The new sizes are close if not exact sizes of the most common monitor resolutions of the visitors. I hope these sizes will work better for your computers. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. Civil War Wallpaper  

1861–1865

The Civil War

Civil War Blogs

Civil War Records

Civil War Education

Civil War Photos

6Jan/110

Mac App Store Review – Genealogy Perspective

Many of you have already heard that today the Mac App Store was released. Some of you might be saying to yourself isn't there already an App Store? There is, but the App Store that you may be thinking about is only for iPhones, iPod Touch, and iPads whereas this new App Store is for desktop and laptop computers. The new App Store allows developers to submit their applications to be placed in the App Store just like the one on your mobile device. The App Store will allow Mac users to find new apps without having to search all over the internet all day. By finding and downloading apps using the App Store you will also be assured that the application you are downloading is safe - no need to worry about what you are finding. While doing my initial look around in the App Store I found a number of applications that I already have on my computer including iWork, iLife, Evernote, Pixelmator and more. Some of the applications already said they were installed on my computer while others didn't. I am not sure why some of them were able to see that I had the application already installed while others didn't. I hope those that didn't won't have to be re-installed because I am assuming they would need to be repurchased. I also wonder if this is going to mean that Mac applications are no longer going to be available in other places other than the App Store. Also while doing my search of the new App Store I found that there are a few genealogy specific apps. MacFamilyTree, Family Tree Maker for Mac and Date Calculator were the three apps that came up in my search of "genealogy". I had previously installed both MacFamilyTree and Family Tree Maker for Mac and they both showed that they were installed.

Though there are only three genealogy apps available in the store right now, I am sure there will be more apps coming within time. The App Store on mobile devices was the same way, but now search for genealogy apps on your iPhone and there are quite a few of them. Even though there are currently only three apps that come up in the genealogy search and are made for genealogy, there are dozens of other apps available that will help you keep your files and documents on your computer organized, apps to help you publish your research, apps to help with your photos and many other apps that aren't for genealogy purposes put will help you in your efforts. What do you think abou the new App Store? Let us know by leaving your comments on this post.

6Jan/110

Family Tree Maker for Mac is Available in the Mac App Store

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ancestry.com today announced the launch of Family Tree Maker® for Mac on the Mac App Store. Family Tree Maker for Mac provides an easy way to save and organize your family tree conveniently on your Mac and has a variety of tools that can help you share your discoveries with family and friends. "We are excited that Family Tree Maker for Mac is now available for download on the Mac App Store," said Eric Shoup, Senior Vice President of Product for Ancestry.com. "We’re committed to making our Family Tree Maker products easily accessible to everyone and this is yet another resource available from Ancestry.com to enable everyone to discover, preserve and share their family history." Family Tree Maker for Mac combines intuitive tools with robust features and flexible options, making it ideal for family history novices and experts alike.  A dynamic user interface and integration with Ancestry.com makes it simple to create family trees, record memories, and organize photos, videos and audio clips, plus share ancestors' stories. It's even possible to explore family migration paths by viewing timelines and interactive maps that highlight events and places in ancestors' lives. Family Tree Maker for Mac is built on the functionality of Family Tree Maker 2010, and is constructed from the ground up to take full advantage of the Mac platform in terms of technology and user experience. System requirements for Family Tree Maker for Mac include:
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
  • Intel-based Mac
  • Hard Disk Space: 500MB for installation
  • Internet access is required for all Web integration
Family Tree Maker for Mac is now available for purchase and electronic download online on the Mac App Store for $99.99. The program is also available at http://www.familytreemaker.com and in select retail stores, including Apple's retail stores, Amazon, Office Depot, and Office Max. About Ancestry.com Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) is the world's largest online family history resource, with nearly 1.4 million paying subscribers. More than 6 billion records have been added to the site in the past 14 years. Ancestry users have created more than 20 million family trees containing over 2 billion profiles. Ancestry.com has local Web sites directed at nine countries that help people discover, preserve and share their family history, including its flagship Web site at www.ancestry.com. SOURCE Ancestry.com