Moving Pictures

Richard & Mary Jane Zalewski

I am slowly entering the realm of using video for genealogy. I literally just started my genealogy YouTube channel yesterday. I have two videos up there now, but they are just an old home movie and a slideshow I made awhile back. In most browsers, the following links to my videos should pop open a … [Read more...]

RootsTech Videos on Your Smartphone

I'm looking forward to watching all of the available RootsTech videos from this year's conference, but the only time I really get to watch something on my own is when I'm going to bed and I do it on my smartphone. I was disappointed to see that the videos embedded on the RootsTech website were using … [Read more...]

Frank’s Interactive Timeline

Frank Zalewski

I've been playing with an open source tool called Timeline JS that builds a visually-rich, interactive timeline based on whatever data I tell it to use. One of the options it has is to use data from a Google Docs spreadsheet. Add that ability along with their option to embed one right from their … [Read more...]

RootsTech From Home

rootstech

After watching some of stuff from RootsTech 2012 last year, I told myself I was going to go to RootsTech 2013. Both of my passions, genealogy and technology, are joined together from March 21-23 in Salt Lake City, Utah. They even have a "Developer Day" there now. I knew that If I put aside some … [Read more...]

Google Plus Your Passions

Google Plus

If you're a visitor to social networks of any kind, you've probably already heard about Google+ (or Google Plus.) Though, maybe as I have noticed, you seem to hear mostly negative things about it, usually on Facebook. I've read posts about how it's a wasteland or "none of my friends are on it." I'd … [Read more...]

DNA: X? Y? So Many Letters.

My DNA lines

This is Part 2 in a series of post dedicated to finding out more information about your DNA test results from 23andMe or Family Tree DNA. If you haven't read it, yet, view Part 1. There are four main types of DNA that can be used for genealogy purposes: Autosomal, X Chromosome, Y Chromosome, and … [Read more...]

DNA: Digging Deeper Into Your Ancestry

DNA Kits

In the last week or so I've dug deeper into my DNA testing results mainly from my 23andMe test. I hope to have this be my first post in a "series" of posts about DNA for genealogy since I've done a lot of other research about different types of information found in your DNA. Another genealogist … [Read more...]

Accessing Your Ancestor’s Memories?

I'm going to delve deep into theoretical things here, but it's something that always sort of fascinated me. Since the completion of the human genome project and the advent of more accessible DNA testing for us "normal" people, there have been amazing things coming out of that area of science and … [Read more...]