April 27, 2015

Using Shoebox From Ancestry For The First Time

Shoebox from Ancestry

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.

 

 

WP Socializer – all in one social buttons plugin for WordPress

WP Socializer is an advanced plugin for inserting all kinds of Social bookmarking and sharing buttons. It has super cool features to insert the buttons into posts, sidebar. It also has Floating sharebar in two modes of orientation. Custom icons can be used for social icons. Check out to know more information on this plugin.

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8 Places To Share Your Social Profile

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Let’s Get Social!

Depending on your intent, you might want to add your social profile to any or all of these sites. Some are well known, but if you’re just getting started online these links will make it easy for you to get your social presence “out there” initially. This is a random list and not presented by any personal preference.

Write Your Profile First!

 Write your profile first and keep it in a file on your computer for quick access so you can upload it with just a few keystrokes. You might want to add a paragraph for inclusion to personalize it for the site, or type of site, to which you are uploading it. What you upload to Facebook might not quite be the same as what you would like someone on a photo type site to know about you.

Facebook – Almost everyone online has a Facebook profile. I would caution that you only include just the information you are most comfortable in sharing with the whole world. As an added help, you might want to use Social Fixer to whichever browser you are using.

Twitter – If you are planning to just have a social presence on Twitter, there is probably not much need to have more than one account. If you want to keep your business and social lives separate though, then I would suggest at least two accounts. The way to have two accounts is simple, just create each one with a different email account that you own.

LinkedIn – Whether you are in business or not, LinkedIn is an excellent site in which to make like-minded friends and have the ability to gain authority and a trusted social presence through joining specific interest groups and/or giving and receiving endorsements.

About.me – About.me has the ability to put all of your online presences in one location via badges for the other sites I’m listing. Kind of a central hub for your fans.

Google+ – If you have a blog, it’s great to have Google know that, and one of the best ways is through Google Authorship.

YouTube – Are you doing webinars, lectures, etc., or creating fun videos you would like to share? Having your profile on YouTube will make it so people can find them by looking for your ‘handle’, name, interest or topic.

Instagram – Wild about sharing your photos with the world? Adding Instagram to your smart device, or sharing through an account on your PC is also a way to catch and keep your reader’s interests. They can subscribe to your account and get updates as they choose.

Flickr – Flickr is another photo sharing site that can be used as a free member with limited uploads, or as a paid member for more flexibility. As a site that hosts your photos it’s good in that you can easily access all of them. The downside (to me) is that putting them all in one place online is like putting all your eggs in one basket. If their website goes down for any reason you are left with no way to get a photo you want. Personally, I have my photos in several places, but that’s just my personal preference.