1. Added to Thumbtack

    Published April 4, 2014 by Steve Watts

    We found an interesting new service that helps potential customers find local businesses, and we’ve been added to their list of Service Pro’s.

  2. Ancestry.com, FTM and Treesync Update (Continued)

    Published September 17, 2013 by Steve Watts

    The journey Julie and I have been on has been one of the more frustrating I’ve encountered. This fact makes the anticlimactic nature of it’s conclusion different relative to many other similar situations. It seems like we SHOULD want to celebrate. While the Media files are still trickling in (complete now), FTM 2014 THINKS we have a synchronized copy of her tree on my PC. Yay. Why don’t I FEEL like saying YYYYYYAAAAAAAYYYYYYY!!!!!? I think mainly it’s just going to take a few days to sink in. I do feel pretty good about it, but if I’m going to feel really good about it I’m going to have to put the “journey” behind me and try to repress it. I usually find documenting goes a long way toward that end so here goes…

  3. Family History Entertaining? I Don't THINK So!

    Published July 31, 2013 by Steve Watts

    What, if anything, “trips YOUR trigger” about Genealogy? For Julie, it’s detective work, solving puzzles, investigating relevant history, finding evidence, cleaning it up and putting in all in order. I enjoy helping people with research and related technology issues. I’m also very keen on making Genealogies more accessible and enjoyable for a broader audience…

  4. Ancestry.com, FTM, and Treesync Update

    Published July 29, 2013 by Steve Watts

    After months and months of back and forth, culminated by a couple of months of trying to figure out the best way to get the files to us, we finally received a working Family Tree Maker copy of Julie’s tree. It was quite an ordeal, but we have a fairly simple process - what I wonder now is if Ancestry has the stomach for keeping up with this for us…

  5. Transcribing Family Published Works To Ancestry

    Published October 17, 2012 by Steve Watts

    One of the interesting things Julie has been faced with is putting previously published Family Histories onto ancestry.com. It is often amazing how accurate even the older works can be, and perhaps more interesting to consider all of the work which must have gone into making it so… Click the above link to read on…

  6. Please Don't Misunderstand Me, Ancestry

    Published September 24, 2012 by Steve Watts

    We have to be some of ancestry.com’s biggest fans. Julie spends countless hours building and fleshing out her monster tree using ancestry as the focal point. Our household is 100 % in terms of world members. We both own a copy of Family Tree Maker with TreeSync - one for Windows and one for MAC. Unfortunately, we purchased FTM with TreeSync primarily to backup Julie’s opus (her now 72,000 person + and counting family tree). The postmark on the Windows version - which was available first - is 25Oct2011. If I started right away - which is likely - then that says I started calling Ancestry support on 27Oct2011 or so - let’s call it 1Nov2011. It is now 24Sep2012. TreeSync hasn’t worked on MAC or Windows one time for this tree despite repeated frustrating calls and a surprising lack of communication. I believe 1 year is way more than you need to fix this problem, so I’m starting a countdown to 1 year. Click the link above to read more…

  7. Thanks, ancestry.com!

    Published September 23, 2012 by Steve Watts

    In spite of limited complaining, ancestry.com is doing a pretty amazing job! Their holistic approach to providing a product and creating/promoting a brand image is pulling along an entire industry in it’s wake. This is not to say others aren’t providing good products, but ancestry.com seems to be the main source of effective advertising, and for that they are to be thanked and congratulated. Click the link above to read on…

  8. Meet Our New iBook on the Revolution in Online Genealogy Research

    Published September 23, 2012 by Steve Watts

    I pretty much completed our new iBook in April or May of this year and it’s since been simmering while we consider what to do with it. At this point, the book is only available through me directly, but it is in a good state and I’d be happy to preview it for those with an interest. I’d appreciate comments on how to improve it, etc. Click the link above to read on…

  9. Adwords Express and ReFamily

    Published September 22, 2012 by Steve Watts

    Google called me this week to talk me into placing some ads using Adwords Express. Since I was already thinking along those lines, they didn’t have to talk long. The $100 incentive didn’t hurt either. Click the link above to read on…

  10. Have You Given Up On Your Ancestry Tree?

    Published September 22, 2012 by Steve Watts

    Can you tell yet that Julie and I are very big into Family History? Well, we are. I like it, and am quite capable, but Julie REALLY enjoys it. Her large tree puts her in touch with and provides collaboration opportunities with people from all across the US and sometimes around the world. She helps a lot of people in the course of her research, and in the process they help her as well. I call the progress made in Genealogy Tools fairly recently (past 20 years or so) profound. Unfortunately, it’s not always a simple matter to take advantage of these tools and get to the point where progress is being made where you desire. Click the link above to read on…

  11. I Do Hope Ancestry Keeps Trying

    Published September 22, 2012 by Steve Watts

    I reported earlier today that ancestry sent out an update to Family Tree Maker 2012 for Windows, and Family Tree Maker for MAC. I tried to sync Julie’s tree, and, well, it kind of makes me wonder if they even tried to fix our problem with very large trees. I had pretty much given up on calling the Ancestry support line, but being a bit obsessive, I decided to give them another try. Understand that things seem to work just fine until we get to Julie’s “Monster” tree. Click the link above to read on…

  12. Family Tree Maker and Our Family Tree

    Published September 22, 2012 by Steve Watts

    Family Tree Maker and the tree Julie maintains for our own family don’t play well together. Late last year - early October 2011 I think - they first offered up the newest version. We jumped on it because, frankly, we were afraid that something might happen to Julie’s work on ancestry.com. Good news - nothing has happened. Bad news - after nearly a year and lots of trying a complaining and we still don’t have a synchronized tree between ancestry.com and either the MAC or the Windows version. Click the link above to read on…

  13. FTM 2012 Treesync Seems Like It Was Quite A Project

    Published November 5, 2011 by Steve Watts

    Julie’s personal tree is getting to be quite massive. Since it’s only available on Ancestry.com in its full “glory,” we’ve been looking at ways to keep it backed up elsewhere. We also have a use for moving trees from one account to another account, as well as searching for specific terms. These things at least haven’t been available before. With Treesync, it appears that all of the above and more will become available. Researching and watching what led up to it while trying to get things to work for serious projects has turned out to be fairly painful. I’m sure Ancestry will keep going because it means a lot to folks like us. Click the link above to read on…

  14. A name, by any other name, is still a name. Or is it?

    Published October 10, 2011 by Julie Watts

    I’ve been researching my family for over forty years and have found some errors that leave me wondering about the common sense of record keepers, census takers, and the original transcribers — and some leave me laughing. Click the link above to read on…

  15. What Are You Buying?

    Published September 28, 2011 by Steve Watts

    A recent discussion with another Genealogy Research industry participant brought some very interesting questions to mind surrounding the question of what customers really believe they are buying when they purchase Family History Services. I explore this a bit here. Click the link above to read on…

  16. Quality vs. Quantity Remix

    Published September 22, 2011 by Steve Watts

    There is so much information out there online today that you must pay attention to the quality of the input. Properly cite your own work and pay attention to what you can learn from people while keeping your eyes wide open to the risks. Click the link above to read on…

  17. Mega-Trees and Mega-Collections

    Published September 22, 2011 by Steve Watts

    Unbelievable quantities of Genealogy information is coming available online. Is this situation for everyone, and how does the Genealogist balance making the history interesting vs. creating a “Mega-Tree?” Click the link above to read on…