AncestorEbooks Shares Professional Genealogists' Favorite Technologies from RootsTech’s SLC Conference 2013

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AncestorEbooks shares technology products from RootsTech 2013 in Salt Lake City, UT, that make genealogy research, and creating family tree centered Ebooks, easier and more effective.

Jill Ball Host of Genealogy Gadgets at RootsTech Conference of SLC, UT

Jill Ball Host of Genealogy Gadgets at RootsTech Conference of SLC, UT

"Leave them a fullness of stories with great intention." Kim Weitkamp, www.kimweitkamp.com

One of the best genealogy conferences of the year, says AncestorEbooks, took place in Salt Lake City, April 18. One of the many exhibits of the RootsTech Family History & Technology Conference shared was about the tools that make genealogy research not just easier but more effective too.

Jill Ball and her panel, Marie Dougan, A.C. Ivory, and Heather Rojo share fun and warm stories of their learning experiences while researching, teaching and sharing Family History. Although the conference is over, Rootstech.org has video-captured live streaming for those who enjoy ‘rubbing shoulders’ with fellow genealogists, or simply want to learn the new ways genealogy research can be made/recorded/shared/saved, says AncestorEbooks.com.

The list of technology they recommend using for different aspects of Genealogical Research include many Mac products, such as the iPad with its camera, iPhone with GPs loaded, laptops, memory sticks, electricity converters, backup batteries, the Netbook for its keyboard, extra long extension cord for those times when a room has only one outlet, digital camera with mic and extra memory cards, and a voice recorder with extended memory.

To this healthy listing AncestorEbooks adds one more, the Fujitsu Portable ScanSnap Scanner with new productivity features that is compatible with PC or Mac, has Cloud Support for access from anywhere by Android™ and iOS compatible devices, plus new functionality allowing users to easily upload scans to cloud servers such as Dropbox, Evernote, Google Docs™, SugarSync and Salesforce Chatter™.

The ScanSnap Portable has a ‘Faster scanning speeds of up to 12 double-sided color pages per minute, even while using its advanced intelligent image-processing technology’ according to Fujitsu.com.

For family reunions the RootsTech panel recommend having a simple tape recorder with mic to record conversations, singing, story telling, arguments of worth, etc. These can then be uploaded to AncestorEbooks.com for use in creating enhanced eBooks with a customer’s family tree.

The panel of experts recommended traveling light, as many areas require extensive walking to cover. One cemetery, The Westview Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia, covers over 582 acres and holds a mixture of nineteenth century graves, modern tombstones, ornate statuary and mausoleums.

For those planning a trek across acres of uneven ground, the Mini iPad with its iSight camera for taking self-portraits and recording genealogy findings with password protected USB sticks are a good way to travel light. The panel leader, Jill Ball, also recommends using travel-safe bags with built in mesh sides to prevent delicate research from being physically stolen, and using an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification - known as a Blink card) to prevent electronic theft.

AncestorEbooks agrees since being a licensed genealogist means the information discovered in archives, etc is guaranteed to be kept safe and secure. The RFID will also prevent theft of credit card numbers and information.

A handy app for the iPad would be the Snapheal2.2, a retina ready app for erasing or removing extra objects and text from photos, fixing skin imperfections and restoring old, damaged photos, according to Macupdate.com

During Geneacruises, or at a remote cemetery, a handy way to send messages is with the SPOT Connect, a free app which pairs the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with the SPOT Connect website.

Once the family genealogist is prepared with the correct technology, have learned to use the family history forms and worksheets such as those offered by FamilySearch.org, and have documents for proof-of-research, all the above referenced media can then be uploaded and used with the uploaded GEDCOM file in the creation of Ebooks on AncestorEbooks.com along with the photos, pics of tombstones, audios and videos from Reunions and questioning of elderly relatives, certificates and documents of authenticity.

These records and media, coupled with AncestorEbooks’s programed creation of a page for each person within the GEDCOM file, choices of backgrounds and page styles makes the downloadable Ebooks unique and family oriented.

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