October 6, 2015

Using Shoebox From Ancestry For The First Time

Shoebox from Ancestry

Today was the first day I had used the mobile app Shoebox from Ancestry. Admittedly, my photo taking and quality are not the best, but I think you can get a good idea of the ability of the application to save photos to your tree(s) on Ancestry. Please click the link for a full explanation of the features including how to use them.

To me, this is a real plus in the photo sharing department. It reminds me of the time we were at a Wilkerson cousin’s home and they had an enlarged picture of Joshua and Sarah Jane True Wilkerson’s formal portrait. Jim’s cousin Anita Vantiger tried to persuade the owner to let us take the photo to get it copied (yes, we knew it was a long shot) but that idea was understandably rejected. So, the next best thing was to use our old film camera and we took a picture of the image in its frame.

For those “you will never have this opportunity again” moments when photos or documents are available, using Shoebox from Ancestry would have been perfect. What a time saver! What about using it in cemeteries? Imagine you’ve trekked through the tick infested wilds of a country burying ground and actually found great grandpa’s worn and weathered headstone. Click!

Jim's pic capture on FB.jpg Obviously, this is not my husband Jim’s headstone (thank goodness!). It’s my photo that was edited in Shoebox from Ancestry, sent to my email and then after checking its quality, I was able to click the link and it opened on the Ancestry site as a link to my husbands profile in our Wilkerson family tree. When that page opened it gave me the options to share it on Facebook, Google+, or email it.

Isn’t technology great? Thanks Ancestry!

Looking for more technology tips? Check out Thomas MacEntee’s site Hack Genealogy.



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