Friday, March 21, 2014

The Newest Leaf








This week our family welcomed the newest leaf to the family tree.. Graham Wilks Armstrong! He was born Tuesday, March 19, 7 lbs 8 oz, 20 inches long. His mommy and daddy are my son and daughter-in-love Robert and Amy Armstrong.  He has an older brother Tate who is 2.


Tate was a tad more interested in the iPad.

Oh well, as Tate's Uncle Andrew once said about his daddy,  "When he's old enough to play with me, then he'll be my brother".

Friday, February 28, 2014

Family Tree University - Winter Virtual Conference


For those of you who, like me, have been grounded from attending conferences in person I have the perfect solution... a virtual conference!  Family Tree University's Winter 2014 Virtual Conference has just kicked off and its not too late to start!   Full disclosure... I am presenting a class at this year's conference!  So if you ever wondered if you could find your Indian ancestors on the Dawe's Rolls, sign up and you'll get the full scoop!

Friday, February 14, 2014

StoryPress 2.0



One of my very favorite apps on my iPad is my StoryPress app. The developer, Mike Davis, built it to give his grandmother a way to easily share and record her stories. He made it purposely to be easy for an 85 year old to use. FINALLY! Someone who gets how confusing this brave new world of technology is for people who grew up in the age of radio and rotary phones. Most recording apps are too complicated for seniors. If they don't have a family member smart enough to take the time to interview and record them, their stories are lost forever and that is a tragedy. Enter StoryPress.  Its design is friendly and clear. A couple of taps and seniors can record their own stories without any help from the youngsters. In my day job I see more and more seniors with tablets and smart phones, usually given to them by their children.  So heads up kids....before you give them that iPad install the StoryPress app. They can take it from there.

Back in the day (think mid-1960's) my father took his kids and a reel-to-reel tape recorder on a visit to his grandmother, and preserved for posterity her stories of growing up on a farm in the 1880's and of her Civil War veteran father. A few years ago one of my cousins transferred the interview to CD and I digitized it to my Mac. Now my grandsons can actually hear their 3rd great grandmother talk about their 4th great grandfather!  Astounding! One of the many reasons I love technology.

If my dad can haul a heavy reel to reel recorder on a four hour trip to his hometown, what kind of excuse do we have? I'll tell you what kind....none.

In a few weeks StoryPress 2.0 will be released with all kinds of new features. Take a look at the trailer below for a sneak peak.  I'll let you know what I think when it's released.
Oh and by the way, I have no connection financial or otherwise with StoryPress. They had a booth at RootsTech 2013 and  I was impressed with both the app and it's young developer.

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