Monday, September 24, 2012

RootsTech 2013 Official Blogger

I am surprised and delighted to be asked again to be an official blogger for RootsTech 2013.  The RootsTech website has just been updated for the 2013 conference and the class schedule is already on it.  I'm excited to see that there will be a class track for beginners.  One of the things I heard a lot last year was that some of the classes and keynotes were "over the head" of the average genealogist so I'm glad the conference planners were listening!  Personally, I didn't feel that way but then again I avoided all the classes that said "Developer"!.  If you haven't been to RootsTech before consider making the trip this year. I made some great friends (Lynn Palermo I'm looking at you), learned a lot, both in and out of class and generally had a blast. Hopefully I'll see you there!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sharing on SlideShare

I've been playing around with a new-to-me web site- It's another great way to share your family history research.  I created the Allen Family History slide show (using Keynote) for presentation at my recent cousin reunion.  (You can read about it here. ) Of course SlideShare also works with PowerPoint.  Then all I had to do was upload my presentation to the SlideShare site.  In order to reduce the file size I did remove the music that was in the original version and used the Reduce File Size option in Keynote.  After the upload you can email the slide show, share on Twitter or Facebook or even embed it in a blog post like this:

Allen family history presentation from Nancy Shively

In case you're wondering, the digital scrapbook kit I used was from my favorite digi-scrap site Scrap Girls.  They have some great new kits made specifically for Keynote or PowerPoint.
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