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  • 1 Mar 2021 3:23 PM | Anonymous

    To all subscribers:

    Here is a list of all of this week's articles, all of them available at https://eogn.com:

    (+) Are You a Family Historian or a Name Collector?

    MyHeritage has Been Acquired or is To Be Acquired

    The Official Announcement: MyHeritage to be Acquired by Leading Private Equity Firm Francisco Partners

    Animate the Faces in Your Family Photos

    Offer Extended: Upload Your DNA Information to MyHeritage for Free Access to All DNA Features

    Wrap-up: RootsTech Connect 2021

    GEDCOM 7.0 Announced!

    Massachusetts Catholic Cemetery Records Now Available Online

    New Photos: Buffalo Soldiers at West Point

    Lost and Found: The Photo Project Reuniting Moldovan Villagers With Their Younger Selves

    Ancestor Project Honors Lives of Enslaved People at Evergreen Plantation in Louisiana

    Proposed Legislation in Georgia House Proposes to Lower the Embargo Periods for Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce and Annulment Dates for Vital Records

    Tennessee's New State Library and Archives Building Will Open in April

    The Clallam County (Washington) Genealogical Society’s Research Center Will Open for Limited Use March 2

    Genealogy Guys and Vivid-Pix Announce Unsung Heroes Grant at RootsTech Connect 2021 Conference

    Vivid-Pix Brings Family History Home at RootsTech Connect 2021 with Free Education & Research - Partners with achi & Tellegacy

    Findmypast Announce Major Update to the National Burial Index for England & Wales

    Applications for BCG’s Paul Edward Sluby Sr. African American Scholarship are due 15 March 2021

    It is the First Day of the Month: Back Up Your Genealogy Files

    The article with a plus sign (+) in the title is only visible to Plus Edition subscribers. 


  • 1 Mar 2021 2:26 PM | Anonymous

    The following is a Plus Edition article, written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

    I have a question. None of my living relatives knows the answer to this question. I have not found the answer to this question in any public records, nor have I been able to find the answer in cemeteries. I have read a few magazine articles and Internet pages about the topic, but none of them have directly answered the question.

    The question is… “Why do we study genealogy?”

    What makes anyone so curious about his or her family tree? What drives us to dedicate time, effort, and sometimes expenses to go find dead people?

    What is it inside of us that makes us spend hours and hours cranking reels of microfilm, then we go home and report to our family members what a great day we had?

    I must admit that I have asked that question of many people and have received several answers. Some people report that it is simple curiosity… and I tend to believe that is a part of the answer. Others report that it is part of an intriguing puzzle that they wish to solve.

    The theory on the puzzle bothers me. First of all, I am devoted to genealogy, but I could care less about other puzzles. I don’t do the daily crosswords in the newspaper, I don’t put together those picture puzzles, and I do not seem very interested in any other form of puzzles. If genealogy is solely a puzzle, why would I be attracted to it and yet not to other puzzles? That doesn’t make sense to me. In short, I think there is more to genealogy than there is to a crossword puzzle.

    The simplest and most direct answer for many people is because it is a religious requirement. Indeed, members of the LDS Church are encouraged to find information about their ancestry for religious purposes. And yet, of all the LDS members that I meet at most genealogy conferences, most met their religious requirements years ago but continue to look further and further back. In fact, many of them become so addicted that they help others do the same.

    Yes, I can accept that religion is a major motivator, but I believe there is still more. I constantly meet people, LDS members and non-members alike, who keep searching and searching, further and further back. Why?

    I do not have all the answers, but I do have an observation or two. I believe that most all humans have a natural curiosity. We are curious about many things, but for now, I will focus on our curiosity about our origins and ourselves.

    It seems to me that we are all curious about who we are. When I say, “who we are,” that includes questions about our origins. Where did I come from? How did I end up being born where I was? What trials and tribulations did my parents go through in order to give birth to me and my siblings and to raise a family? What did their parents go through to do the same for them? And how about their parents?

    All of this is an inverted pyramid. It all comes down to me. Each of us is walking around with an invisible inverted pyramid on our heads. Each of us is visible but each of us is also the result of the many people in the invisible inverted pyramid. After all, each of us is the product of our ancestors.

    I will point out that there are two different kinds of genealogists. There are name gatherers, and then there are family historians. Let me tell you a story about an acquaintance of mine. This is a true story; I couldn't possibly make this up.

    I have known my friend for years. I'll call her Linda, although that is not her true name. I knew Linda before she became interested in genealogy and even helped coach her a bit when she first started researching her own ancestry. This was many years ago, when I was just beginning my family tree searches as well. At that time, I only knew a little bit more about genealogy than she did.

    I only see Linda once every few years. Every time that we meet, the conversation quickly turns to genealogy as we bring each other up to speed on our latest triumphs and failures. I always enjoy talking with Linda. She is bright, articulate, and very enthused about genealogy.

    The last time I saw Linda, she proudly announced, "I have almost finished my genealogy!"

    I was speechless. I am sure I stood there with my mouth hanging open, blinking my eyes. I don't recall anyone else every saying they were "finished" with their genealogy searches. How can you be finished? Every time you find one new ancestor, you immediately gain two new puzzles to be solved. I always assumed that genealogy is a never-ending story.

    The remainder of this article is reserved for Plus Edition subscribers only. If you have a Plus Edition subscription, you may read the full article at: https://eogn.com/(*)-Plus-Edition-News-Articles/10152652.

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  • 1 Mar 2021 11:51 AM | Anonymous

    February 27 marked the close of RootsTech Connect 2021. This was the first year this conference with hundreds of thousands of attendees was held as a virtual conference. Overall, the conference was deemed a success even though there was no way to meaningfully compare it to the in-person conferences of previous years. However, more than a half-million people registered around the world, making this the biggest genealogy event ever.

    No matter how you measure it, I'd say the virtual conference was a success as it appears that the conference met most of the objectives (or maybe ALL of the objectives) of Family Search, the conference organizers.

    Rather than my writing about this conference, I'd like to offer a "virtual" report and let others write about it. Following is a list of just a few of the many online articles written about this year's virtual conference. If these articles do not tell you everything you want to know about last week's events, go to your favorite search engine and search for "RootsTech Connect 2021" to find hundreds more articles about it.

    One thing about a virtual technical conference with more than a half-million people attendees: those attendees know how to document what happened with technology... ON-LINE!


    RootsTech Connect 2021 (written before the conference was held but provides a good overall introduction to the plans): https://rootstech.net/

    Welcome to the Family (written as RootsTech Connect 2021 was drawing to a close): https://www.familysearch.org/rootstech/rtc2021/home

    RootsTech Connect 2021 sessions: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/bc/content/RootsTech/2021/RootsTech-Connect-2021-Sessions-eng.pdf

    Hundreds of thousands attend all-virtual RootsTech Connect 2021: https://www.idahostatejournal.com/community/hundreds-of-thousands-attend-all-virtual-rootstech-connect-2021/article_d1cb7fc2-0b46-50dc-a041-1fce0bc634ee.html

    Dozens of YouTube videos about RootsTech Connect 2021 and I suspect more videos will, still be added in the next few days: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=RootsTech+Connect+2021

    3 RootsTech keynotes explain why knowing your family history matters.
    https://www.deseret.com/faith/2021/2/18/22286410/what-3-rootstech-keynote-speakers-learned-family-story-why-genealogy-matters-history-ancestry

    ‘How Does Your Name Sound’ and other new innovations to see at RootsTech Connect at https://www.deseret.com/faith/2021/2/25/22297651/rootstech-connect-genealogy-virtual-how-does-your-name-sound-other-new-innovations-technology

    Vivid-Pix Brings Family History Home at RootsTech Connect 2021 with Free Education & Research: https://www.businessghana.com/site/news/general/233364/Vivid-Pix-Brings-Family-History-Home-at-RootsTech-Connect-2021-with-Free-Education-Research

    And finally, 3-day RootsTech Connect was simply the ‘ribbon cutting’ for what’s to come (a peek at plans for future RootsTech plans): https://www.thechurchnews.com/global/2021-02-27/rootstech-connect-virtual-global-event-one-million-participants-205560

    Most of the sessions from the virtual, global family event will be available to watch on-demand throughout 2021. Keep an eye on https://www.RootsTech.org.

  • 1 Mar 2021 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    The following is an announcement from the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG):

    Paul Edward Sluby Sr. (1934–2019)
    (Photograph used with the permission of Patricia Carter Sluby, PhD)

    Applications for scholarships for African Americans to participate in national genealogical institutes are due 15 March 2021, the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) announced today. This scholarship, established in 2020, is named after the first board-certified African American genealogist, Paul Edward Sluby Sr. 
     
    Scholarships will be awarded to up to three students who are African American, to cover up to $1,700 of the tuition, travel, and lodging expense of attending one of five premier national institutes. BCG will also waive its final application fee of $300 for scholarship recipients who submit portfolios of work to be considered for certification within three years of the announcement of an award.
     
    The application form and supporting material is posted on BCG’s website at https://bcgcertification.org/learning/african-american-scholarship/. Applicants are required to submit an essay and a sample of their genealogical research. It is anticipated that scholarship recipients will be awarded in May 2021, so that recipients can take part in institutes scheduled for 2022. Those wishing to apply should fill out the required application form and submit with supporting materials to office@bcgcertification.org.
     
    The five institutes eligible for scholarships for tuition, travel, and lodging expenses (where applicable) are:

      • Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed), held annually at the National Archives and other locations in Washington, DC, and College Park, Maryland. The 2022 session is scheduled for July 2022.
      • Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, provides two separate week-long sessions in June and July.
      • Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR), held in Athens, Georgia, in July, under the auspices of the Georgia Genealogical Society.
      • Midwest African American Genealogical Institute (MAAGI), based at the Allen County Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, currently offered for three days in early July.
      • Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), sponsored by the Utah Genealogical Society, Salt Lake City held in January each year.

    Where a scholarship is announced after the close of registration for a particular institute, BCG will work with the institute to make available seats for scholarship recipients in the specific course of his or her choice. Applicants should exhibit intermediate or higher skills that have prepared them for an in-depth learning experience. There is no age limit or income requirement.


  • 1 Mar 2021 10:21 AM | Anonymous

    Last week I wrote about a fascinating new bit of technology called Deep Nostalgia™, a groundbreaking new photo feature on MyHeritage that allows you to animate the faces of your loved ones in still photos. This new addition to MyHeritage's suite of photo tools produces a realistic depiction of how a person from an old photo could have moved and looked if they were captured on video.

    That article is still available at https://eogn.com/page-18080/10140564 and it points to a couple of links on MyHeritage.com that offer all the details. One part of the announcement was an offer to upload your DNA data (even if it was the results of tests performed by a different company.) In return, you will be given "free access to all DNA features on MyHeritage — forever!"

    This was planned to be a limited time offer. However, yesterday the folks at MyHeritage extended the "limited time offer" even more:

    "Due to the enthusiastic response to our week-long offer to waive the unlock fee on the advanced DNA features for uploaded DNA, we have decided to extend the offer another week!

    "Now those of you who haven’t yet uploaded your DNA data to MyHeritage and enjoyed free access to all DNA features — including the brand-new Genetic Groups — will have another chance!"

    The announcement also states:

    "However, we are waiving that fee for an additional week, from March 1–7, 2021. Users who upload their DNA data this week will receive free access to all DNA features on MyHeritage — forever!"

    Yes, you now have another chance to upload your DNA data (even if created by one other DNA testing service) and "receive free access to all DNA features on MyHeritage — forever!"

    The latest announcement, along with the details, may be found at: https://blog.myheritage.com/2021/02/upload-your-dna-for-free-access-to-all-dna-features-offer-extended/.

    Remember, this offer will only last through March 7, 2021.


  • 1 Mar 2021 3:54 AM | Anonymous

    BackUpYourGenealogyFilesToday is the first day of the month. That is still a good time to back up your genealogy files. Then test your backups!

    Your backups aren't worth much unless you make a quick test by restoring a small file or two after the backup is completed.

    Actually, you can make backups at any time. However, it is easier and safer if you have a specific schedule. The first day of the month is easy to remember, so I would suggest you back up your genealogy files at least on the first day of every month, if not more often. (My computers automatically make off-site backups of all new files every few minutes.)

    Given the events of the past few months with genealogy websites laying off employees and cutting back on services, you now need backup copies of everything more than ever. What happens if the company that holds your online data either goes off line or simply deletes the service where your data is held? If you have copies of everything stored either in your own computer, what happens if you have a hard drive crash or other disaster? If you have one or more recent backup copies, such a loss would be inconvenient but not a disaster.

    Of course, you might want to back up more than your genealogy files. Family photographs, your checkbook register, all sorts of word processing documents, email messages, and much more need to be backed up regularly. Why not do that on the first day of each month? or even more often?

  • 26 Feb 2021 4:58 PM | Anonymous

    The following is an announcement from the Genealogy Guys and Vivid-Pix:

    The Genealogy Guys Podcast, co-hosted by George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, producers of the oldest continually produced genealogy podcast, and Vivid-Pix, makers of RESTORE photo and document restoration software, are pleased to announce the recipient of an Unsung Heroes Grant at the RootsTech Connect 2021 conference being held online.

    The Unsung Heroes Grant program is designed to provide a scanner and software to facilitate genealogical societies, historical societies, and museums making images available to the genealogy community. The grant includes a high-quality scanner, software to save and back up images, and two copies of Vivid-Pix RESTORE software. The package is valued at $500.

    The recipient selected for an Unsung Heroes Grant for February 2021 is:

    Ontario Ancestors (the Ontario Genealogical Society of Ontario, Canada)

    The Ontario Genealogical Society was founded in 1961 and has been operating under the name Ontario Ancestors since 2018.

    Ontario Ancestors has access to unique microfilm collections, including content published as early as 1750 and as late as the 2000s. The materials include newspapers, wills, and local church records, among others. These record collections are relatively small and are currently held by local genealogy branches or by public libraries, none of which can afford the cost to commercially digitize their materials. Ontario Ancestors performs this service for free.

    The project originated with their Societies Tech Team building their own Provincial Heritage Cloud system and purchasing a microfilm scanner. The system is loaned out to society branches and to libraries across the Province of Ontario to do the work, and the only cost to the Society is that the Society retains a copy and assists with making the digital material available online. Since 2019, over 300,000 images have been digitized.

    Because these records have been previously housed in small, local collections, without exposure to the mainstream genealogical community, placing these records online will have a huge impact. The goal of the Society is “Free the Data.” The Society is careful to ensure compliance with all privacy and copyright laws.

    In addition to the scanning equipment and software, the recipient society will receive a beautiful custom-made commemorative mug from Vivid-Pix with their choice of one of their own images, and an announcement on a future episode of The Genealogy Guys Podcast. Recognition will be published at the Vivid-Pix Unsung Heroes Blog at https://vivid-pix.com/blog as well.

    The Genealogy Guys Podcast and Vivid-Pix salute these selfless volunteers whose efforts make invaluable genealogical and historical information available to researchers around the globe. “We Sing Your Praises!”

  • 26 Feb 2021 11:24 AM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

      • Millions of new records added in partnership with the Family History Federation
      • Latest instalment of this major transcription project available to search exclusively at Findmypast
      • Index now contains over 16 million records from all corners of England & Wales, many of which can’t be found anywhere else online

    Leading UK family history website Findmypast have today announced the addition of over 3.4 million new and exclusive records to the National Burial Index For England & Wales.

    Published online for the first time in partnership with the Family History Federation, this latest update sees Findmypast provide users with access to the most comprehensive edition of this major transcription project to date.

    The project of creating the National Burial Index began in 1994 with the aim of providing genealogists with improved access to pre-civil registration burials. Until then, researchers had been over-dependent on baptisms and marriages so the NBI sought to redress this by giving burial records the attention they deserve.

    Version 1 was first published in 2001 containing 5.4 million records. This vast collection, derived from parish registers, bishop’s transcripts, earlier transcripts or printed registers by local family history society volunteers, continued to grow over time with versions 2 and 3 being published to include new additions.

    Findmypast are proud to now provide access to version 4 of this vital resource. Containing over 16 million records from all corners of England & Wales, the majority of the index covers the period from 1813 - 1850 but does extend significantly in both directions from these dates.

    Each transcript reveals a combination of the deceased’s name, birth year, death year, burial date, burial place, place of worship and denomination. For more information on the exact locations covered, see Findmypast’s parish list.

    Vice-chairman of the Family History Federation, Ian Waller, said; “We are pleased to announce that 3.4 million additional burial records have been added to our National Burial Index at Findmypast. All the data was collated from the burial records of Anglican parishes, nonconformists, Roman Catholics, Quakers and other cemetery records within England and Wales. The results of this project, which is still incomplete, is made possible because of the stalwart work of family history societies who are members of the Family History Federation and through our long-standing partnership with Findmypast which also hosts millions of other records provided by our member societies.”

    Findmypast will continue work with the Family History Federation and society volunteers across the UK to bring new and exclusive records online for the first time. Local societies play a vital role in enabling access to essential family history resources and, to date, these valuable partnerships have resulted in over 57 million records being published online at Findmypast.

    OTHER RECORDS AVAILABLE TO SEARCH THIS FINDMYPAST FRIDAY

    Lincolnshire Monumental Inscriptions

    Are your relatives buried in England’s East Midlands? Find out with over 21,500 new records from over 60 Lincolnshire parishes. Check the parish list to see what's new.

    Monumental inscriptions can reveal fascinating facts about your ancestors’ lives and deaths. On Findmypast, you’ll find an extensive collection from England, Scotland, Wales and Australia.

    Caribbean, 1st Bn Royal Regiment Of Foot Deaths 1801-1811

    These unique records reveal names, ranks and death details of British Army soldiers stationed in the West Indies in the early 19th century.

    The 1st Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Foot was the predecessor of the Royal Scots and it appears that many of the men listed in the records hail from Scotland.

    Newspapers

    Findmypast have also released two new papers and updated 10 others with additional pages. New to our collection are:

    While more pages have been added to:

  • 25 Feb 2021 10:32 PM | Anonymous

    I mentioned the unofficial word in yesterday's newsletter. Now here is the official press release:

    TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah & SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--MyHeritage, the leading global service for discovering your past and empowering your future, announced today that Francisco Partners, a leading global investment firm that specializes in partnering with technology businesses, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the company. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    Since 2003, MyHeritage has pioneered a new approach to discovering family history, making it easier and more accessible to millions of people around the world. Founder-led and fueled by a deep-seated passion for genealogy and a commitment to innovation, MyHeritage has built a successful, subscription-based global enterprise. Powered by unique and proprietary technologies, the MyHeritage platform is currently used by 62 million users worldwide and is available in 42 languages, which is a testament to the company's international reach and diverse user base. MyHeritage users have collectively created more than 58 million family trees.

    Making History

    MyHeritage has invested heavily in developing technologies designed to help users make breakthrough discoveries in their family history research. The company amassed an extensive database of 13 billion historical records, including exclusive collections from many countries. The platform's many features include world-class tools for colorizing and enhancing historical photos that are based on artificial intelligence.

    “When I founded the company from my home eighteen years ago, I had a clear vision that drove me, and continues to drive me today – to make family history discovery easier using technology and to unlock the fun in genealogy: the human pursuit that bonds people,” said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “With the help of an excellent and dedicated team, years of hard work, and with constant technological innovation, we created new and exciting ways for people to learn about their origins. In Francisco Partners we see a true partner for our journey ahead, not only demonstrated by the trust they are placing in our company through this acquisition, but in their desire for us to remain true to our vision by continuing along our path and helping us do what we do best – putting our users first and giving them life-enriching, and sometimes life-changing, experiences. This move will enable us to reach new heights, invest more resources in creating greater value for our users and to reach a larger audience. We’re incredibly excited for this next chapter in our company’s evolution.”

    “By leveraging our operational expertise, market resources and strong industry networks, we believe Francisco Partners is uniquely positioned to help MyHeritage accelerate its vision for growth. We are deeply impressed by the incredible achievements and relentless determination of Gilad, a visionary leader in genealogy who has grown the company from a start-up to a profitable global market leader,” said Eran Gorev, Francisco Partners‘ President of Israel & Senior Operating Partner, who will join the MyHeritage board of directors upon the closing of the transaction. “We are looking forward to partnering with Gilad and the entire MyHeritage team to help drive market expansion for the company.”

    “With its unmatched presence across Europe combined with its development of unique, cutting-edge technologies, MyHeritage is an ideal investment for Francisco Partners. The company has proven itself to be an innovation powerhouse through its robust subscription business, unique positioning, advanced technology portfolio, and international focus that has enabled it to build a superior user experience,” said Matt Spetzler, Co-Head of Europe and Partner at Francisco Partners, who will also join the MyHeritage board upon closing. “Francisco Partners shares MyHeritage’s vision for growth as well as its intense commitment to ensuring the privacy of its users. The users’ personal data is an extremely important priority and we will work together with MyHeritage to expand its already strong privacy framework going forward.”

    Since its inception, MyHeritage has raised $49 million in 5 rounds of financing, the last of which took place in 2012, after which the company turned profitable. The company’s investors have included private investors Yuval Rakavy and Aviv Raiz, who invested in the company in 2005 and have continued to support it ever since, as well as Accel, Index Ventures and Bessemer Venture Partners. With their support, the company accelerated its growth and completed 11 strategic acquisitions.

    Some of the company's current investors will be re-investing into the company alongside Francisco Partners, including HP Beteiligungs GmbH, Yuval Rakavy, the company's founder and CEO Gilad Japhet, and independent investor Gigi Levy.

    Doing Good

    MyHeritage is a company that not only believes in doing well, but also in doing good, and seeks opportunities to use its tools and services to leave a profound positive impact on the world. Its pro bono initiatives include DNA Quest, a program that helps adoptees reunite with their biological families by providing thousands of free DNA tests to select applicants, and Tribal Quest, an initiative that helps to document the family histories and cultural heritage of remote tribes around the world. In addition, with the onset of the coronavirus in 2020, MyHeritage established a COVID-19 testing lab in Israel in an effort to save lives and help Israel fight the pandemic.

    Committing to Lead in Privacy

    MyHeritage takes a best-in-class approach to user privacy and does not sell or license personal data. Under MyHeritage’s partnership with Francisco Partners, this commitment will be further strengthened and users will benefit from enhancements to the company’s privacy framework. As a first step in this strategy, MyHeritage will shortly update its privacy policy to include the unequivocal prohibition for the company to license or sell genetic data to any 3rd party. These updates will be highly unique amongst the larger genealogy and genetic DNA industry and are a testament to the commitment both MyHeritage and Francisco Partners share to privacy and consumers.

    Goldfarb Seligman acted as legal advisor and J.P. Morgan acted as exclusive financial advisor to MyHeritage on the transaction. Meitar and Fried Frank advised Francisco Partners. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory review.

    About MyHeritage

    MyHeritage is the leading global discovery platform for exploring family history. With billions of historical records and family tree profiles, and with sophisticated matching technologies that work across all its assets, MyHeritage allows users to discover their past and empower their future. MyHeritage DNA is one of the world’s largest consumer DNA databases, with 4.8 million customers. MyHeritage is the most popular DNA test and family history service in Europe. Since 2020, MyHeritage has also been home to some of the world’s best AI technologies for enhancing and colorizing historical photos. www.myheritage.com

    About Francisco Partners

    Francisco Partners is a leading global investment firm that specializes in partnering with technology and technology-enabled businesses. Since its launch over 20 years ago, Francisco Partners has invested in more than 300 technology companies, making it one of the most active and longstanding investors in the technology industry. With more than $25 billion in assets under management, the firm invests in opportunities where its deep sectoral knowledge and operational expertise can help companies realize their full potential. For more information on Francisco Partners, please visit www.franciscopartners.com


  • 25 Feb 2021 10:19 PM | Anonymous

    A major new announcement was made at RootsTech Connect 2021 today. Here is the announcement:

      

     

    ROOTSTECH CONNECT 2021 NEWS

    VIVID-PIX BRINGS FAMILY HISTORY HOME
    AT ROOTSTECH CONNECT 2021
    WITH FREE EDUCATION & RESEARCH
     
    New Family History Series for Families, Family Historians & Librarians
     
    Vivid-Pix Partners with achi & Tellegacy to Provide Research
    to Assist Older Adults, Families, & Health Providers
     

    February 25, 2021, Salt Lake City, UT – Vivid-Pix www.vivid-pix.com, the leading provider of AI-powered image restoration software, announced today at RootsTech Connect, the world’s largest family history event, Vivid-Pix Education for family “Chief Memory Officers” (those who enjoy taking pictures and sharing family stories), family historians, and librarians. In addition, Vivid-Pix announced today that it is partnering with achi and Tellegacy to provide academic and business research to help older adults and families and assist health providers. 

    Family History/Genealogy is 2nd Most Popular Hobby in the U.S. 

    As published by Time, USA Today, and the NY Times, family history/genealogy is the second most popular hobby in America, especially for those over the age of 55. Integrating photos is an important component of this hobby, with photo popularity continuing to grow in the U.S. for all age groups. “Photo ubiquity is illustrated by how we communicate today in social media – a picture says a thousand words. Most online conversations revolve around photos – whether viewing last night’s dinner or yesteryear’s photos where we see older adults as children. Photos connect us across languages and other differences,” said Vivid-Pix CEO, Rick Voight.   

    Vivid-Pix Creates Education for Families, Family Historians, and Librarians 

    Have you ever wanted to tell your story and your family story? To harness photography’s impact on family history, Vivid-Pix has launched new education for families and family historians. In this six-part series, author / storyteller and genealogist Laura Hedgecock teaches us how to share stories in bite-sized videos, starting with the class Witness to History: Now and Then. Classes are available at: https://www.vivid-pix.com/education.html.

    Vivid-Pix is also providing education for librarians. The American Library Association (ALA) estimates that there are 116,867 libraries in the United States. Very few universities offer a genealogy course path for librarians pursuing a Master of Library Science. Working with experts in the field, Vivid-Pix has created a twelve-part Genealogy Librarian Education Series at:  https://www.vivid-pix.com/librarian with classes and special panel discussions, including:

    ·        Introduction to Genealogical Research and the Role of the Genealogy Librarian”: taught by Drew Smith, MA LIS, USF Libraries.

    ·        The Genealogical Reference Interview, Orientation to Library Resources & Services: taught by Sue Kaufman, MLIS, Sr. Manager, Houston Public Library – Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research.

    ·        Working with Local Genealogical and Historical Societies”: panel discussion hosted by Cherie Bush, Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch Intl.

    ·        Marketing the Genealogy Library: panel discussion hosted by Allison DePrey Singleton, MA, MLS, Sr. Librarian, Genealogy Center, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana.  

    The CDC estimates that 20% of people age 55 years or older experience some type of mental health concern. The most common conditions include anxiety, severe cognitive impairment, and mood disorders (such as depression or bipolar disorder) - see:  https://www.cdc.gov/aging/pdf/mental_health.pdf .Research has shown that loneliness and social isolation can result in long-term negative health outcomes. Studies also illustrate the health benefits of using photos to reduce loneliness, stress, and anxiety, as well as the recollective benefits for those that suffer from early-onset of dementia, dementia, and Alzheimer’s.

    achi, Tellegacy & Vivid-Pix (ATV) Launch Academic and Business Research to Assist Aging Population 

    Vivid-Pix is also announcing ATV, a partnership with achi and Tellegacy to study and improve older adult population health. Dr. Jeremy Holloway, Assistant Professor and Director of Geriatrics Education at University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, will lead the primary research utilizing student caregiver/senior engagement. Rick Voight, MBA, CEO, Vivid-Pix, will lead the effort on business research and Hayley Studer, CPA, FHFMA, will lead financial modeling to study how to reduce cost and improve older adult health. The inter-generational Tellegacy program helps keep older adults connected. ATV activities will integrate photos into loneliness, isolation, and reminiscence therapy research. Read research info at: “Photo Reminiscing Can Reduce Stress & Depression During Coronavirus

    Vivid-Pix at RootsTech Connect and Beyond 

    Vivid-Pix is a bronze sponsor and exhibitor of RootsTech Connect, which is being held virtually from Feb. 25-27, 2021. In addition to RootsTech Connect, Vivid-Pix is also the title sponsor of NGS Conference’s SLAM (Societies, Libraries, Archives, Museums) and Focus on Societies (genealogical societies, historical societies, and family organizations), two pillars of the five-day National Genealogical Society (NGS) virtual conference, held May 17-21, 2021. NGS and RootsTech Connect are the backbone of the genealogy community and an important source of information and knowledge for budding family historians and experts alike.  

    Vivid-Pix also recently announced the acquisition of Reunions magazine, a leading publication for reunion planning and celebration for the past 30 years. This resource provides family, class, and military reunions ideas, features, and education to connect in person and online. For more information on Vivid-Pix, see the website: www.vivid-pix.com

    About Tellegacy 

    Tellegacy is an intergenerational program created to combat loneliness and social isolation among older adults, keeping them connected and engaged through weekly phone or virtual visits with university students. As research shows, loneliness and social isolation can result in long-term negative health outcomes. Tellegacy founder, Jeremy Holloway, PhD, is determined to change that narrative with his flexible, relationship-oriented, mindfulness, goal-setting and guided imagery curriculum. In partnership with Hayley Studer, founder of achi, a holistic care management company that lowers overall expenses by actively engaging people and connecting them to organizations to address the social determinants of health, the infrastructure for which Tellegacy was built. To learn more about the Tellegacy program and how it can save lives, visit www.achi.solutions/tellegacy.
     

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