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Herriman, Utah, October 1, 2016

Yellow Fork Technologies LLC has just released a major update to their app, Little Family Tree, making it FREE to download through the mobile app stores. Little Family Tree is an app that teaches children about their family history through interactive games and activities with information obtained from an online family tree.

Today’s children intuitively understand how to use touch devices such as smartphones and tablets. Little Family Tree brings a child’s personal family history to them through this learning medium and shares it in a way that is accessible to them. An adult logs into an online family tree account, such as FamilySearch, and the app synchronizes the data while children play. There is no need to manually upload or enter family history data into the app and any changes made or photos added to the online tree will synchronize with the app. The app is read-only and does not change the data on the online tree.

Playing Little Family Tree teaches children to: identify family members by name, relationship, and picture, understand who and where they come from, and recognize and navigate a family tree, all in a fun and engaging way. Most importantly, they will feel a connection to their ancestors as they learn about them.

Little Family Tree is available for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets and may be downloaded directly from the app stores. The FREE version includes five games; five additional games are available in the premium version for $3.99 in the U.S., priced accordingly in other regions. More information, videos, and tutorials can be found on the website at http://www.littlefamilytree.com.

 

About Yellow Fork Technologies LLC:

Little Family Tree is the inaugural product of Yellow Fork Technologies, LLC, of Utah. Yellow Fork Technologies, LLC was founded in 2015 with the key mission to make family history more accessible and engaging through technology. http://www.yellowforktech.com 

 


 

My Thoughts

I downloaded the app to my iPhone 6 Plus and played around with it for a while. Unfortunately, my FamilySearch family tree is basically just a stump, and the lack of pictures meant that everyone on the Little Family Tree had the default image of an old granny or grandpa. Even me. And I’m not quite ready for that image of myself just yet!

Anyway, I will add some photos to my FamilySearch tree and try again. I’m afraid my descendant is in the eye-rolling, I’m-too-old-for-that phase at the moment, so I will probably not be able to get an objective opinion from her. 🙄 

At first glance, the app is very cute and engaging, and I’m sure that young children will find it to be a lot of fun. Try it out on your descendants, and see what they think!

 

 

Elizabeth O'Neal

Elizabeth O’Neal is a genealogist, freelance writer, educator, and web developer. An avid genealogist for three decades, Elizabeth writes the blog "My Descendant’s Ancestors" (formerly "Little Bytes of Life"), where she shares family stories, technology and methodology tips, and hosts the monthly "Genealogy Blog Party." When not hunting for ancestors, she enjoys testing new software and social media platforms to find innovative ways to re-purpose them for genealogy.

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