MeWe Update

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My MeWe home page viewed in my web browser

The MeWe social network is a delight. You can connect with family and friends without being bombarded with advertising or worrying that anything you say or do is being sold to the highest bidder. MeWe supports groups, messaging, one-on-one chats and even group chats. Add the MeWe app to your mobile phone and you can enjoy voice and video calls with family and friends who are also on MeWe.

As it is, MeWe is quite impressive, but it’s about to get even better. In the next few weeks we will see even more MeWe goodness. Here’s a quick look at what’s to come . . .

The most requested feature is at the top of the list – MeWe Pages. Create a page for your business or personal use. Using Pages you can post “open posts” which are visible to all MeWe users and can be shared to others.

Right now the posts you add to your MeWe timeline are only visible to your contacts. The new open posts feature will give you the ability to make a post visible to all MeWe members or limit it to just selected people. Once this goes live, when you create a post you decide who can see it.

Right now you can embed a video in a post but soon you will be able to post them in comments, replies and other areas. This could get real interesting.

It won’t be long before these new features start rolling out and I’m sure they will all be a hit – just like everything else MeWe does. If you aren’t already a MeWe member, now would be a good time to get started.

I can’t wait to build the Moultrie Creek page on MeWe.

Improve Your News-reading Productivity with Feedly

Improve Your News-reading Productivity with Feedly

For those of you who are unfamiliar with newsreaders, they are an efficient way to keep up with the latest genealogical news, tips and events – all in one place. Not only do they collect and deliver the latest articles from the sources you follow, but they do it without burying you under tons of unwanted advertisements. (See Research Delivered: An Introduction to Newsreaders) Today, one of the…

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Improve Your News-reading Productivity with Feedly

For those of you who are unfamiliar with newsreaders, they are an efficient way to keep up with the latest genealogical news, tips and events – all in one place. Not only do they collect and deliver the latest articles from the sources you follow, but they do it without burying you under tons of unwanted advertisements. (See Research Delivered: An Introduction to Newsreaders)

Today, one of the most popular newsreader platforms is Feedly. It can be accessed through your browser or on your favorite mobile device using a free app. The free version of Feedly serves most researcher quite well and there is also a premium edition for those who need it.

Recently Feedly added several new source management features that existing users will find quite useful. These features include:

  • Organize Sources makes keeping your collection of sources organized and up-to-date. Access this screen by clicking the gear icon in the pop-out sidebar. Click the Activity box for options to help you find and remove sources that are no longer active or aren’t being updated regularly.

  • Reorganize Batches feature allows you to quickly regroup your sources by topic. Use the All Your Feeds box to select a topic and view the sources included in it. Select the ones you want to move then click the Reorganize button at the top of the list then select which topic you want place them.
  • Import or Export OPML files has also been improved to make it easier to share some or all of your sources with others.

Note that these tools do not appear in either the iPad or iPhone apps but do appear when viewing Feedly in a web browser. To learn more, check out The New Organize Experience at the Feedly Blog.

MacFamilyTree – Awesome Updates

MacFamilyTree – Awesome Updates

If you’re like me, you probably have family trees in Ancestry, FamilySearch and other platforms (MyHeritage for me). Each have been helpful in finding useful records, but it can be a challenge to organize all this genealogy goodness in one central location. That changed when I moved to MacFamilyTree. The FamilySearch connection makes it easy to synchronize ancestors between my database and my…

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MacFamilyTree

MacFamilyTree – Awesome Updates

If you’re like me, you probably have family trees in Ancestry, FamilySearch and other platforms (MyHeritage for me). Each have been helpful in finding useful records, but it can be a challenge to organize all this genealogy goodness in one central location. That changed when I moved to MacFamilyTree. The FamilySearch connection makes it easy to synchronize ancestors between my database and my FamilySearch tree. I can also search other archives where I have accounts from inside the app. Very nice!

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Searching in MyHeritage from inside MacFamilyTree

Here you see a MyHeritage search from inside MacFamilyTree. Just above the MyHeritage display you can see the search parameters and search site choice I used in this search. After clicking Find, this MyHeritage screen appeared, allowing me to scroll through the results and even open the record related to my grandfather. I do have to manually add the information I discover into my grandfather’s datasheet and I could not download the record images from here, but the “copy to clipboard” button in the source panel on the MyHeritage page did work. Very nice!

MobileFamilyTree screen
MobileFamilyTree interactive tree showing FamilySearch connections.

This example is a view of the same database viewed in MobileFamilyTree on my iPad. Notice the FamilySearch icons spread around the tree. The black icon identifies people who are “connected” to my FamilySearch tree. I’m still a bit confused about the small red icons. Do they mean more information about this person? The blue and pink FamilySearch icons in my tree means there are possible new matches on FamilySearch. The problem is that I may already have that person in my database, but with some different information. Often it is just that some of my information doesn’t match exactly – like I have entered USA instead of United States. Still, it’s a lot better than constantly moving back and forth from one app to another.

Their new CloudTree cloud sync service is very nice. I like that I can automatically sync with my other devices yet still have all my data accessible locally when I’m offline. I don’t know that I’ll put the collaborative elements to use unless my research cousins decide to move to Macs.

MacFamilyTree gives me plenty of screen space and makes it easy to grab information across multiple sources. With MobileFamilyTree (the iOS version) and Evernote, I can pretty much take all my research with me wherever I go. Now that’s what I call genealogy goodness!