Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Kathy's Gates to the Past : The Original 29: via the Genealogy Roadshow

Kathy's Gates to the Past : The Original 29: via the Genealogy Roadshow: I'm currently watching the season premiere of Genealogy Roadshow on PBS. What a wonderful episode, so far!!! Josh Taylor assisted in h...

The Original 29: via the Genealogy Roadshow

I'm currently watching the season premiere of Genealogy Roadshow on PBS. What a wonderful episode, so far!!!
Josh Taylor assisted in helping a young woman of Navajo heritage, named Charlotte. She never knew her father and his family. Turns out that her paternal grandfather was one of the "Original 29", a group of native Navajo speakers who helped the US Government during WW2. The Navajo language is very complicated language and has no written alphabet and language. The US Government needed an unbreakable language to be used against the Japanese during the war. It turns out that every other language and code the government used would always be decoded and broken by the Japanese. At least until the US government hired the Navajo--the Original 29--and used their language to keep things coded. And it worked! The Japanese were never able to crack the Navajo code.
Another high point was the discovery of family photos that Charlotte got to see for the first time. They were provided by her paternal aunt, Nancy. At the end of the segment, Charlotte met her Aunt Nancy for the time.
But this is what we do as genealogists. We find the stories. And sometimes, we find relatives we did not know we had. And our world becomes a bigger place, and a more intimate place. What other hobby expands our world and makes it more intimate, at the same time??

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Kathy's Gates to the Past : Jamboree 2016 is almost here!

Kathy's Gates to the Past : Jamboree 2016 is almost here!: Jamboree 2016--the annual conference hosted by the Southern California Genealogy Society--is almost here! It takes place June 3-6 at the Bur...

Jamboree 2016 is almost here!

Jamboree 2016--the annual conference hosted by the Southern California Genealogy Society--is almost here! It takes place June 3-6 at the Burbank Marriott hotel, right across the street from Burbank Airport. It can't get any easier to get to!

And I'll be there--but this year as a member of the Southern California Genealogy Society board. I'm planning on attending as many of the German-related workshops as possible. I'm also volunteering for the APG helping people with research assistance.

Looking forward to seeing friends from the ProGen group--a mix of alumns and current students for lunch. And seeing friends from the So Cal APG group.

Looking forward to the Family Search breakfast on Saturday, and seeing Kenyatta Berry as the keynote speaker at the Saturday night banquet.

And I plan on being thoroughly--and happily--exhausted by Saturday night. Sunday will be a different story--how can I attend more workshops and still make my friend's 80th birthday at noontime?? Hmmm.....


BTW-the Jamboree app just was released--at this link:
http://genealogyjamboree.blogspot.com/2016/05/jamboree-2016-mobile-app-is-here.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FpIRR+%28SoCal+Genealogy+Jamboree%29

Friday, March 4, 2016

Kathy's Gates to the Past : Family Tree Maker is back!

Kathy's Gates to the Past : Family Tree Maker is back!: Hi all, Received this email a couple of days ago.... It’s here! Family Tree Maker is BACK. Via its new owner, Software MacKiev. All of...

Family Tree Maker is back!

Hi all,
Received this email a couple of days ago....

It’s here! Family Tree Maker is BACK. Via its new owner, Software MacKiev.
All of us here at Software MacKiev are happy to be taking up where Ancestry left off with Family Tree Maker, the most widely used family history software of all time. We have completed a small update to get the product back on the market and are pleased to let you know its available RIGHT NOW.


About our new FTM updates
We have started with Ancestry’s FTM 2014 and FTM Mac 3 and, as a company of engineers, we set our focus on stability and performance improvements. So we swatted down some bugs. And we made the application more responsive – you will find some actions that previously took minutes now take seconds.

New features
We managed to sneak in just a few surprises, like 100 beautiful new backgrounds you can use to make professional looking charts and reports. And we’ve integrated a service for printing high resolution genealogy charts through the good folks at Family ChartMasters. It’s a modest start, but we hope you will be happy with our new updates.

Compatibility
We made sure that our new updates are completely compatible with the latest operating systems (Windows 10 and El Capitan). We’ve also made sure that your old trees will open seamlessly. That there is nothing to move. That your Ancestry account if you have one will continue to work with the new versions. And that TreeSync and all the other things you have come to like about FTM are still there for you.

Where to Buy... and more
See below how to get the updated editions, and some other information you may find useful.

Thanks to all of you who have welcomed us so warmly. It means a lot to us. A new chapter in Family Tree Maker’s long and proud history begins today!

Jack Minsky
President
Software MacKiev


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FAMILY TREE MAKER
New FTM 2014.1 and Mac 3.1

How to get the updated editions

What you will get and when depends on what FTM version you currently have:
1. Users of FTM 2014 and Mac 3: Hang in there! FREE updates are coming. They will be available in about a week or so through the built-in update feature. We will send you an email to let you know as soon as they are available.
2. Users of older FTM editions: No matter how old your copy of FTM is, or whether its running on Windows or Mac, you can download an upgrade for $29.95 (vs. $69.95 regular price). Click here to take advantage of this limited-time upgrade offer today.
3. New users: If you have never owned a copy of Family Tree Maker before, for a limited time, you can download a full edition from our online store for $49.95 by clicking here (vs. $69.95 regular price).

 Additional Offers:
Family Tree Maker users who do not currently have an Ancestry.com subscription, will be offered a 14-day free trial. If you would like a backup disc, you can purchase a CD in a jewel case for an extra $10 including shipping and handling.

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Family Tree Maker®
HELPFUL LINKS
1. FTM Home Page
Most everything you will need to know can be found on our Family Tree Maker home page:


There you can:

·         Read our FAQ

·         Provide Feedback

·         Report a Bug

·         Suggest a Feature

·         Sign up to be a Beta Tester

·         Learn about FTM

·         Check the System Requirements

2. Technical Support
To get technical support for any version of FTM, please start here:

We are sharing responsibility for the rest of this year with Ancestry.com but the Software MacKiev support site is the best place to start. We’ll direct you from there to the right place to get the help you need.
3. Any Questions?
If you have questions for us, please first read our FAQ as we’ve tried to answer the most common ones there. If you don’t find the answer you are looking for in the FAQ, please send your question through our Feedback Form which you’ll find on our FTM Home Page (see #1 above). Thanks!