February 1, 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.

 

 

Showcase Your Pin Button Worthy Images With Pin Button Sidebar

Pin Button Sidebar image

Pin Button Sidebar

 

One of my most favorite things to do is pin things to my boards on Pinterest. I know you do too, which is why I originally started using the über popular Pin Button Attraction plugin on this site.  I want to share my photos and graphics with everyone, and by using the plugin it makes it easy for you to do so too. I am an affiliate of the plugin, but I know you will like it so I want you to know about it too. All that said, now there is a new accessory in the Pin Button toolbox and it’s Pin Button Sidebar.

How Does Pin Button Sidebar Work?

Pin Button Sidebar works in your composition dashboard and connects to your previous posts that containe images. When your readers are on your site there is a slide bar that will emerge from your chosen location on the page and present other images and showcase your other articles.  So what’s so special about Pin Button Sidebar? Most people just find an image on a site, pin it and go on their merry way. With PBA your articles with images are presented to your readers with an unobtrusive slide bar and makes it easy to pique their interest and create fans!

Click the link above or here and see this new plugin for yourself.

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USS Missouri – Then And Now

USS Missouri 1987

When I was growing up here in Washington state there were certain things we knew of about history and our surrounding area. One of them was that the famous ‘surrender’ ship USS Missouri was berthed here in Bremerton, inside (as it was then known) Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. You could see it from Navy Yard Highway as you came into town, and seeing it, you were impressed by its enormous size.

USS Missouri 1987

USS Missouri – (BB 63) 1987

I have a couple photos we took back in the mid 1980’s when Jim’s dad was here for a visit. He is a WWII veteran (see Low Moor, Iowa Honors WWII Vets ) and was anxious to take the tour of the old battleship. His ship, the Cape Esperance was a Casablanca class escort carrier. As with everyone of his generation, he knew well the name of the USS Missouri.

USS Missouri picture 2

Also in our party as we toured the ship was Loren’s daughter Lorrie and her son Brent, as well as our son Greg.  I doubt that the two young boys had as much interest in the ship at the time as their grandfather because they had no point of reference then.

USS New Jersey 1983

USS New Jersey – (BB- 62)

As an added bonus to this post, here is an additional photo, this one of the USS New Jersey as it looked in 1983. If my memory serves, it was stationed in California at the time at Long Beach. This Day in History – July1, 1985 the New Jersey was undergoing upkeep in Long Beach.

Sadly, the Missouri left the Bremerton area for good in 1985, but that wasn’t the last time she would see service in war time. She was reactivated in the early 1990’s to be used in the Gulf War. During one period of use her 16 inch guns fired over 800 projectiles. She was finally decommissioned in March of 1992. Her permanent berth is now adjacent to the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The New Jersey is located in Camden, New Jersey

Sources:

USN Ships — USS Missouri

USN Ships –USS New Jersey

Original photos in this article are owned by Carol Wilkerson

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