So I thought this being a big genealogy weekend, I’d point out Ancestry upgraded their App — a bug fix release, recommended for v6.4 users. You will be required to download your tree again. Not a concern — just a bit of extra time.
Stanczyk noted a new release of the Ancestry.com’s app.
In time for thanksgiving, Ancestry, released version 6.2. It looks like they added two features:
- Quickly add photos / documents from iCloud and/or Dropbox.
- Discover historical events that shaped your ancestor’s lives.
I get the first feature. It leaves me feeling, “meh”. It adds something for some people that have their photos in the cloud (despite all of the security concerns). For me this is a not-going-to-be-used, app “bloat-ware” feature added by some mobile programmer trying to shore up his/her resume.
The second feature is apparently Ancestry trying too add a widget to your daily notifications. I really see that feature as less than “meh”. It is almost a negative feature in my eyes.
As far as I am concerned this version of the app, you can pass on. Nothing here. Don’t waste your bandwidth, unless you actually use iCloud or Dropbox to store your genealogy images / documents.
I like to keep my images on the phone, in case you cannot reach the Internet in some building (say a courthouse) where the Internet is blocked by wiring or other building materials. No Internet, will not deter me, I just have my photos organized for quick location on my phone. If its up on a cloud and you have no access to the Internet for some reason (or your cloud has crashed) then you cannot access the document when you need it and are out mobile doing some genealogy research in some remote location you cannot return again for a long time. But maybe you store pics of your ancestors (and not critical documents in the cloud) and you use that to add a pic to your tree one time. That might be ok, for people with large trees with 10,000+ people whose pics you do not want to clutter your phone with. So I am just “meh” about this upgrade.
The changes are really subtle. I am not certain whether I have seen them or not. The tree displays fast and it appears animated. Other displays changed subtly not much here, but all good. UPGRADE (click on image).
The image by the way lists the new features for version 4.0.2 (as well as previous release 4.0). Image as text.
Notice the snazzy new iTunes/App Store interface (a part of iOS6).
Stanczyk has been busy writing a new two-article blog post on my third success with the Social Network Analysis (aka Cluster Genealogy) technique. I hope to complete that soon. As it so often happens, an initial foray kept expanding as a result of the connections.
Watch this space !
P.S. October is Polish American Heritage Month. Here is what the Polish American Center (Philadelphia) is doing … Don’t forget on Columbus Day to celebrate our native son . The book came out in Polish in May 2012 and has now been translated into English — They are looking for a book publisher !!!
Here’s what I am doing with Mobil Tech …
There’s still 4 more screens that I’ll spare you from …
On the Genealogy page, notice that I added Dr Stephen Morse’s One-Step Website to my “home screen” as if it were an app.
I did likewise, for the web page: Yet Another Calendar Calculator.
What do you do with your iOS device?
If you follow my blog, you must see the constant churn on my iPhone as my software tools change the way I work.
We have already have had a few episodes of “Who Do You Thin You Are?” on NBC — a couple of really good ones too. This Sunday (March 25, 2012) on PBS will air the start of their 10 part series, “Finding Your Roots, With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.“. So we can watch Helen Hunt on Friday and then on Sunday night we can learn about the roots of Cory Booker & John Lewis.
This series has already made a startling announcement related to comedian Wanda Sykes. In the NYT, article “Family Tree’s Starting Roots” we are told that, “The bottom line is that Wanda Sykes has the longest continuously documented family tree of any African-American we have ever researched, ” said Mr. Gates. The Wanda Sykes episode will air in May — mark that one down now!
I read the New York times article (see prior link, twice) and was startled by Wanda Syke’s family tree — a new twist again on African American genealogy (there is a fascinating reason why her roots are so well documented).
Scan Pages App
I was so motivated that I used the NYT newspaper article to demonstrate a new App on the iPhone (yes its free), called Scan Pages. I had previously download another Ricoh App, ImageToText (which OCRs an iPhone image and emails you the OCR’ed text) –which I had occaision to use during the RootsTech 2012 conference. The Scan Pages App is not an OCR application. It does create images (B/W are much better than color) that can be mailed in JPG of PDF format. It cleans up the images (in terms of straightening or de-skewing) and emails them to you. I did the newspaper’s article of Wanda Sykes in PDF. I also did a Scan Pages black-white image of a 1905 directory of Catholic Churches in Detroit . If you compare the two PDF documents, it is clear the cleaned-up B-W (1905 Churches) beats the color (Wanda Sykes).
Later on this week, I am going to try using the App, PDF Splicer, to put together in one PDF document the two emails of the two page article on Wanda Sykes. I also have two pages of that 1905 Church Directory so I will also try combining those two PDFs as well in PDF Splicer.
Mobility Genealogy is a fast-paced niche. Keep tuned in here for ideas to use in your research.
Stanczyk, for a long time has been using Flag Counter to get some idea of the access my blog has to the Old World.
The image to the far left is WordPress and is just for today (so far). The image to the near left is a cumulative count by country of Flag Counter for the last year. So I am thankful to WordPress for providing this analytic for my blog. It was always my hope to reach Poland and the other Central European nations where potential family tree members still reside. When I look at the analytics for the last year from WordPress, it seems people from about 60-70% of world’s landmass visit this blog! Come on China, you can bring that percentage up.
— Stańczyk kocha Polskę!
Here’s what I do …
On the left (above), press & hold down a key like: a, e, o, c, l, n, s, -or- z, …
On the left (below) is an Internation Keyboard for Russian/Cyrillic characters …
Do you enter diacriticals in your Family Tree?
Here’s what I do …
There’s still 3 more screens and part of another that I’ll spare you from …
What do you do on your iPhone?