ANCESTRY HAS iPHONE APPLICATION
May 16, 2010
Feeling the need for an application to access your family tree information on the go for iPhone users, Ancestry.com recently launched http://landing.ancestry.com/iphone/?o_iid=41203&o_lid=41203. Now iPhone and iPod Touch users can access their family tree at work, the cemetery, research trip, or anywhere else, and add facts, photos or other data. The best news is that the Ancestry.com Tree to go application is free.
If you find a photo of an ancestor, just take a picture of the photograph and upload it to its proper place on your tree. Add any notes or facts or corrections, or add ancestors and these will never be lost or misplaced again.
There is a catch. The application is optimized for a tree with less than 2,000 people. You cannot view graphics. Nevertheless, the next time you log onto your Ancestry.com account, the photos and information are already there for you to see on your computer.
Using this application is simple. You must have an iPhone or iPod Touch with version 3.0 or later. You do not have an Ancestry subscription to fill out a family tree, but you need to sign in with a username and password. If you don’t have an account, start one, but start it on your computer and not the iPhone. If you want to search the Ancestry database, you must have a current subscription. You can start your tree at http://trees.ancestry.com/Default.aspx?req=tree.
The free application for the iPhone and iPod Touch is available to download at www.ancestry.com/iphone.
GENEALOGY eBOOK: With the cost of anything genealogy related, it is always refreshing to find a respected author put a book online that is downloadable free. Maybe this will catch on help relieve our shrinking pocketbooks.
William Dollarhide did just that. His book, Getting Started in Genealogy Online, is available at http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/download-ebook.aspx from World Vital Records. On that site, Vital Records describes the book as being “so basic that it brings the world of Internet genealogy into instant focus. Designed as a beginner's guide, its 67 pages pack more clout than any pages ever written on the subject of online genealogy. If you ever wanted to trace your family tree online, this book will help you do it.”
Before you can download the eBook, it is mandatory that you review the terms and conditions and check the box if you agree to the use of the book. In short, you may use it for your own personal use only.
For the Kindle owners who have the May 2010 update, I believe you can download this to your Kindle. My thanks to Janet Lee of Tyler for this information.
BIRDIE MONK HOLSCLAW: Birdie Monk Holsclaw passed quietly and peacefully, surrounded by her family. She was admitted to Boulder Community Hospital's emergency room very early on Monday morning after her family was unable to wake her in bed. She was moved later that evening to the Foothills facility, to be treated for liver failure that caused a massive increase in ammonia in her blood. We understand that she felt little pain, in part due to the ammonia in her blood, which acted as a sedative and anesthetic. She was taking morphine and Ativan, but these were in small amounts to keep her relaxed. In the intervening days, she had intermittent periods of consciousness, and during these times, she knew of the prayers and loving support pouring in from all over. She had difficulty speaking, but receiving messages always made her smile and she was quick to say "I Love You" in response to them. There will be a memorial service. She will be cremated.
Birdie, my friend, colleague and mentor, was a cousin of Devin Monk, the former Managing Editor of the Frisco Enterprise, The Celina Record, The Little Elm Journal, The Colony Courier-Leader, and The Plano Star Courier.
Brenda Kellow has a bachelor's degree in history, teaches, and lectures on genealogy. Before retiring to publish her family’s histories in 2007, Brenda held certification as a Certified Genealogist and as a Certified Genealogical Instructor. Send reunions announcements, books to review, and genealogy queries to: TracingOurRoots@gmail.com.