Enter the “What’s Lost is Found with Evidentia” Giveaway!

Enter the "What's Lost is Found with Evidentia" Giveaway

 

Now, where did I put that ancestor…

At this month’s Genealogy Blog Party, we’ve been sharing stories of family heirlooms that have been lost and/or found: photos, cabinet cards, journals, family Bibles… even a long, lost WWII jacket! 😮

One thing we’ve all lost – and hopefully found – is our ancestors. After all, that’s why we’re looking for them, right?

Found and Organized

We also know that genealogical sources and information can get lost, too.

I’ve had quite a bit of success at finding lost information by using Evidentia Software {affiliate link}.

Evidentia makes it easy to collect information, analyze evidence, highlight missed connections and feel confident with your conclusions. Evidentia does not replace your current genealogy software, but instead is meant to supplement and complement your research.

Truth be told, I used to work for Evidentia, but only because I believe(d) in the product. In fact, you can read about how I became an Evidentia user over at the Evidentia blog. To put it simply, I missed an important clue in a source, which cost me about 10 years of research time. Had I run that source through Evidentia, I would most likely have saved myself a ton of frustration, not to mention time!

Here’s what you can do with Evidentia Software:

  • Attach each claim (information) to as many people and events as needed
  • Classify your sources (original, derivative…) and information (primary, secondary…)
  • Easily extract multiple claims from one source
  • Copy similar sources for fast entry
  • Analyze evidence based on reliability in relation to other evidence
  • Resolve conflicts and even reveal possible new directions for your research
  • Easily generate coherent proof reports to show how you reached your conclusion
  • Over 150 built-in citation templates based on Evidence Explained
  • Create additional custom citation templates for quick entry
  • Supports the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS)

If you’ve never heard of or tried Evidentia Software, be sure to visit their website to learn about the product and download a trial version. It will change the way you think about genealogy research.

 

This Month’s Giveaway

This month, I am giving away an Evidentia Software Complete Bundle (a $49.00 value)! 🎁

One (1) winner will receive:

  • A copy of Evidentia Software v.3 (available for Windows, Mac, and Linux)
  • Ed Thompson’s book The Evidentia Companion
  • The Evidentia Quickstart Guide to help you get up and running

🚩 Be sure to check for updates when you install the software so you can take advantage of the latest features!

There are tons of free training videos and other resources for support, so be sure you check them out if you are not familiar with the product.

How to Enter

Please use the official entry form below to enter the contest.

NOTE: Adding a post to the September Genealogy Blog Party is worth 5 points this month. If you are unsure of what this is or how to do it, please visit this page for details.

 

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“What’s Lost is Found with Evidentia” Official Rules (abridged):

  • No purchase is necessary to enter or win.
  • The My Descendant’s Ancestors “What’s Lost is Found with Evidentia” Giveaway begins on 19 September 2017 at 12:00 p.m. PDT, and ends on 30 September 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. No exceptions.
  • This giveaway is open to United States residents who are at least 18 years of age.
  • Enter online by using the official entry form (above).
  • Entries that do not follow the rules will be disqualified.
  • One (1) winner will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received throughout the promotion period.
  • The winner will be notified by email at the email address provided in the entry Information within 3 days following the random drawing. Winner must respond within 7 days of notification.
Click here for the complete list of Terms & Conditions.

 

Good luck to all! 🙂

Enter the "What's Lost is Found with Evidentia" Giveaway

 

 

Enter the “RootsMagically Organize Your Genealogy” Giveaway!

 

This is how we do it

For this month’s Genealogy Blog Potluck Picnic, we’ve been sharing stories about “how we did it.” The theme is open to ANY genealogy topic, as long as you tell us how you did it. 😊 #skillz

I’ve already shared how I got those pesky private ancestors off of my Ancestry.com tree

And now I’ll tell you how I keep my genealogy information organized: I use the award-winning RootsMagic software!

I’ve used RootsMagic for several years, and I love it. The software is on both of my computers, and the apps are on my iPhone and my Kindle. I even managed to convince my husband to use it (he’s very stubborn), and now he won’t use anything else! 

RootsMagic does everything I need it to do:

  • Easy to use
  • Handles source citations well (great templates, too)
  • Not expensive
  • Imports and exports GEDCOMs
  • Creates awesome reports 
  • FamilySearch Certified
  • Syncs across multiple devices
  • Web Hints for FamilySearch, Findmypast, MyHeritage, and Ancestry.com

Click here for the complete list of features.

This Month’s Giveaway

This month, I am giving away a RootsMagic 7 Software/Book Bundle, so you can try it for yourself! 🎁

The Details:

One (1) winner will receive a RootsMagic 7 Family Tree Genealogy Software & Book Bundle which includes the RootsMagic 7 CD-ROM (Windows only), as well as a copy of Bruce Buzbee’s book Getting the Most Out of RootsMagic 7 (a $40.00 value).

“RootsMagic is the award-winning genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history easy! Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced professional, RootsMagic is the perfect tool for you to use!”

🚩 Be sure to check for updates when you install the software so you can enable the TreeShare for Ancestry feature!

📌 Which software is right for you? Check out my article “Desperately Seeking Software: How to Find Your Perfect Match” in the current issue of FGS FORUM magazine.

How to Enter

Please use the official entry form below to enter the contest.

NOTE: Adding a post to the August Genealogy Blog Party is worth 5 points this month. If you are unsure of how to do this, please visit this page for details.

 

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“RootsMagically Organize Your Genealogy” Official Rules (abridged):

  • Enter the RootsMagically Organize Your Genealogy GiveawayNo purchase is necessary to enter or win.
  • The My Descendant’s Ancestors “RootsMagically Organize Your Genealogy” Giveaway begins on 22 August 2017 at 2:00 p.m. PDT, and ends on 31 August 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. No exceptions.
  • This giveaway is open to participants who are at least 18 years of age.
  • Enter online by using the official entry form (above).
  • Entries that do not follow the rules will be disqualified.
  • One (1) winner will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received throughout the promotion period.
  • The winner will be notified by email at the email address provided in the entry Information within 3 days following the random drawing. Winner must respond within 7 days of notification.
Click here for the complete list of Terms & Conditions.

 

Good luck to all! 🙂

 

 

Enter the “DNA Discoveries” Giveaway!

Enter the DNA Discoveries Giveaway

What sort of DNA discoveries have you made?

To coincide with this month’s Genealogy Blog Party theme of DNA Discoveries, I am giving away a few items to enhance your study of genetic genealogy! 😀

One Winner Will Receive:

  • One (1) Ancestry DNA kit (a $79.00 value). Ancestry.com subscription is not included.
  • One (1) copy of The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD (a $19.99 value)
  • One (1) copy of Genetic Genealogy in Practice by Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD, and Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL (a $36.00 value).

Details:

Ancestry DNA Kit

Discover the family story your DNA can tell. Uncover your ethnic mix, discover distant relatives, and find new details about your unique family history with a simple DNA test.

The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Blaine T. Bettinger

Discover the answers to your family history mysteries using the most-cutting edge tool available. This plain-English guide is a one-stop resource for how to use DNA testing for genealogy. Inside, you’ll find guidance on what DNA tests are available, plus the methodologies and pros and cons of the three major testing companies and advice on choosing the right test to answer your specific genealogy questions. 

Genetic Genealogy in Practice by Blaine T. Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne

At their own pace, readers learn the basic concepts of genetic genealogy. They then build on that knowledge as they study the testing, analysis, and application of YDNA, X-DNA, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), and autosomal DNA (atDNA) to reach and support genealogical conclusions. Each chapter includes exercises with answer keys for hands-on practice.

About the Authors

Blaine Bettinger is an intellectual property attorney in Syracuse, New York. The author of The Genetic Genealogist blog, he is a genealogy educator, a trustee of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, and organizer of the Shared cM Project, a crowdsourced project examining the associations between genetic data and genealogical relationships.

Debbie Parker Wayne is a professional genealogist who has conducted research for individuals as well as for the PBS series “Finding Your Roots” with Henry Louis Gates Jr. and other television shows. She is an award-winning author, the coordinator for genetic genealogy institute courses, and the DNA Project Chair for the Texas State Genealogical Society.

Enter to Win

Use the official entry form below to enter the contest. Note that adding a post to the July Genealogy Blog Party is worth 3 entries this month:

  • If you are unfamiliar with what The Genealogy Blog Party is, please understand that it is what’s called a blog “linkup.” A linkup is where blog authors write a post pertaining to a specific topic on their individual blogs, and then “link the post up” to the main blog linkup page.
  • If you do not have a blog, but would like to share your story as part of the linkup, please send your story to me and I will be happy to publish it for you as a guest post. While I do appreciate reading your stories in the comments and via email, please be clear in your message that you would like to have your story published and give me permission to do so. Otherwise, I will think you are just sharing an interesting story with me! 😊

 

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DNA Discoveries Giveaway Official Rules (abridged):

  • No purchase is necessary to enter or win.Enter the DNA Discoveries Giveaway
  • The My Descendant’s Ancestors “DNA Discoveries” Giveaway begins on 23 July 2017 at 12:00 a.m. PDT, and ends on 31 July 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. No exceptions.
  • This giveaway is open to legal residents of the United States and Canada who are at least 18 years of age.
  • Enter online by using the official entry form (above).
  • Entries that do not follow the rules will be disqualified.
  • One (1) winner will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received throughout the promotion period.
  • The winner will be notified by email at the email address provided in the entry Information within 3 days following the random drawing. Winner must respond within 7 days of notification.
Click here for the complete list of Terms & Conditions.

 

Good luck to all! 🙂

 

Enter the “Makeover Your Memories” Giveaway!

Enter the "Makeover Your Memories" Giveaway

Do Your Memories Need a Makeover?

If you’re like me, you probably have a closet full of VHS tapes, reel-to-reel films, slides, negatives, photo prints, scrapbooks, and other types of old media. I even have a few Zip disks in my garage, if you can believe that! 🙄

Sadly, many of these media formats are obsolete now, and my family can no longer enjoy the memories we — or our ancestors — made with them.

In some cases, time itself is destroying the media. Did you know that VHS tapes only have a life expectancy of 20-30 years? Basically, the magnetic layer responsible for recording and storing the sound and images will eventually lose its magnetic properties, a problem referred to as The Magnetic Media Crisis.

Not only is time a problem, but natural disasters can (and do) occur… fires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes. And then there are the accidents and other “unfortunate events” like hard drive failures and home burglaries

Most of my recent photos and videos are back up to the cloud (several clouds, actually), but I sure don’t want anything to happen to the older ones.

I want my descendants to be able to enjoy them in the future.

So, how Are You Preserving Your Precious Family Memories?

To celebrate the launch of My Descendant’s Ancestors, and to go along with this month’s Genealogy Blog Party theme of preserving your precious family history for your descendants…

I am giving away a Memory Makeover Kit from Legacy Republic (a $100 value) to help YOU save your memories! 🎁

What You Will Get

  • A Memory Makeover Kit (click for video) containing durable packaging materials to use for sending your media items to the Legacy Republic Memory Factory for digitization. The Shoebox Kit will hold 4 items of your choice which could be any combination of the following: one 4″ or 5″ reel-to-reel film or two 3″ reel-to-reel films; one videotape or miniDVD; or 50 each of slides, photo prints, or negatives.
  • A DVD of your digitized media.
  • A FREE Family Legacy online account where you can securely view and share your digitized memories, anytime, anywhere, on your computer or on your iOS or Android mobile device. Easily add video clips directly to your FamilySearch family tree, or create beautiful family keepsakes for yourself or to give as gifts directly from your account. (Keepsakes are not included in this giveaway. Additional charges apply.)

Your DVD and your original media will be returned to you, safe and sound, approximately 4 weeks after sending in your kit.

🔅 NOTE: The safety and security of your cherished family memories are of the utmost importance. Click here for a video tour of the Legacy Republic Memory Factory.

About Legacy Republic

Legacy Republic offers premium digitization services and products, making it possible for you to enjoy your irreplaceable memories stored on old media. Powered by YesVideo, Inc., the largest and most trusted home movie digitization company in the world, Legacy Republic puts the same love and attention into their services as you put into making your memories.

I first learned about Legacy Republic while at RootsTech in 2016, when their one-of-a-kind Studio technology for the digitization of scrapbooks took 2nd place in the Innovator Showdown. After spending a bit of time chatting with company representatives, I was impressed with their products, as well as their business model, and I decided to become one of their independent consultants.

 

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Makeover Your Memories Official Rules (abridged):

  • No purchase is necessary to enter or win.Enter the "Makeover Your Memories" Giveaway!
  • The My Descendant’s Ancestors “Makeover Your Memories” Giveaway begins on 21 June 2017 at 9:00 a.m. PDT, and ends on 29 June 2017 at 12:00 a.m. PDT. No exceptions.
  • This giveaway is open to legal residents of the United States who are at least 18 years of age (I apologize for having to include the residency restriction. Future giveaways will be open to all).
  • Enter online by using the official entry form (above).
  • One (1) winner will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received throughout the promotion period and will receive a Memory Makeover Kit (Shoebox size; approximate retail value or “ARV”: $100).
  • The winner will be notified by email at the email address provided in the entry Information within 3 days following the random drawing. Winner must respond within 7 days of notification.
Click here for the complete list of Terms & Conditions.

 

Good luck to all! 🙂

 

“Little Bytes of Life” is Now “My Descendant’s Ancestors”

Little Bytes of Life is now My Descendant's Ancestors

 

I am so happy to launch my rebranded website!

I’ve waited a long time to say that! 😀

As several of you guessed from my last post, the name of my rebranded website is My Descendant’s Ancestors.

(Since I had already changed the domain name, it was a pretty easy guess, but still… kudos to those of you who figured it out!)

Why have I chosen this name?

I have one daughter, who I have referred to as “My Descendant” on social media for several years now. This was primarily done to protect her privacy, but the name kind of stuck. Much to my daughter’s dismay, unfortunately. She is not amused and keeps asking me why I call her that.

Also, since I sometimes write about my husband’s ancestors occasionally, as well as my own, these really are the stories of my daughter’s (a.k.a. my descendant’s) ancestors… despite the fact that she has absolutely no interest whatsoever in hearing about them.

Someday. Maybe. I keep hoping.

Little Bytes of Life is now My Descendant's Ancestors! Find out what's new! #genealogy #blogging Click To Tweet

It’s so… PINK!

For 9 1/2 years, I resisted going “too girly” with my theme. All the so-called “experts” said not to do it because readers prefer “neutral” themes. So I stayed neutral. And I hated it.

And now I’ve finally decided to go there.

After all, pink is my favorite color. And my descendant and I are both girls, so why not be girly?

Go pink or go home, right?  😎

And yes, my logo is a crown. I would love to say it’s because I’m descended from royalty, but alas, that doesn’t seem to be the case. The primary reason for the crown is because I have called my daughter “Princess” since she was a baby. So the crown is symbolic of her: she is still my “little princess.” 

For the record, much of my old content is still here, but I have archived many of the posts that are no longer relevant. And I am still doing quite a bit of housekeeping, such as reorganizing old content, fixing broken links, etc., etc. If you see any weird stuff or glaring errors, please feel free to let me know.

Let’s get this party started!

Genealogy Blog Party BadgeAs promised, the Genealogy Blog Party is returning this month. My plan was to get it posted last week, but… I got super busy working on another rather unexpected project, and unfortunately, I did not get the post done. Look for those details by tomorrow (Tuesday), at the latest.

In the meantime, please feel free to grab the NEW Genealogy Blog Party badge. It’s pink, too. 😉

More to come

I will be adding a few new types of content, including book and product reviews, as well as sharing some amazing found family treasures that I will hopefully be able to reunite with families who will appreciate them.

In addition, I will be celebrating the launch of my rebranded blog — along with my upcoming 10-year blogiversary — with giveaways every month through October. Stay tuned for details! 

Last, but definitely not least, I want to say a big THANK YOU to all of you readers, especially those of you who have stuck around since the beginning. You guys are truly amazing, intelligent, wonderful people, and I have learned so much from you. 

P.S. If you have listed my blog in your blogroll, I would greatly appreciate it if you would update the link to this new one. Thank you!

 

Changes Are Comin’ to Little Bytes of Life!

If it ain't broke...

Hey, Hi There!

Hello, friends! It’s been real quiet here at Little Bytes of Life.

But actually, what you don’t know is that I’ve been very busy behind the scenes redesigning, moving, updating, etc. You can’t see any of that yet, so I’m sure that everything just looks like a big mess. Which it kind of is.

There’s a very simple explanation for why this blog is a mess: I broke it. Not on purpose, of course. It just sort of… happened.

On the bright side, I am basically an expert at fixing broken WordPress blogs by now. I am not kidding. 😕

Ch-ch-changes

So, as I enter my 10th year of blogging, I have decided to make some changes.

  • For starters, I am changing the name of my blog (Yay, finally!). Why? Because I have never liked the name “Little Bytes of Life.” Seriously, I cringe every time I hear it. I’m cringing right now just thinking about it. And no, I am not going to tell you what the new name is until I officially launch the site in a couple of weeks, but I’m pretty sure that you are astute enough to figure it out on your own. Just shhhh, don’t tell anyone yet, ok?
  • Next, I am bringing the Genealogy Blog Party back (apologies if you thought I was bringing sexy back). That’s right, the GBP will be back in June with all new goofy thoughtful and relevant themes, and I hope you will join in the fun! 😀
  • Finally, I have been begging bribing asking nicely for my descendant to write some stories about her ancestors and/or genealogy in general, so there may be “kid perspective” here at some point. No guarantees though, because she is fighting it tooth and nail. I just wanted to mention that there is an extremely remote possibility that she will cooperate at some vague point in the future if the incentive is right. Probably not. But maybe.

The focus of my blog will, of course, still be genealogy, as well as the tech and blogging stuff that I love. Plus, some REALLY AMAZING “found” family treasures have come across my path, and I’ll be sharing those in hopes of reuniting them with families who will appreciate them.

Get ready to party: The #Genealogy Blog Party will be back in June! Click To Tweet

If It Ain’t Broke…

Ok, so now it’s time to address the elephant in the room. And by “elephant” I mean the ugly, red “Not secure” notice in your browser’s address bar. Go ahead and look. Yuck, right?

UPDATE: Apparently not everyone is seeing this error – yay! But if you are, try clearing your cache, which solved the problem for me. If that doesn’t work… read on.

Let me assure you that your information is secure. Or, at least, it is no less secure than it was before that stupid notice went up.

Grandpa always said, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But I just can’t help myself.

➡ If you don’t like boring tech stuff, skip this part.

So, here’s what happened. For a variety of reasons (not the least of which is improved SEO rankings), I decided to install the shared SSL certificate that Bluehost now offers for free to WordPress users. “Cool!” I thought. “Another layer of security is always a good thing, right?” 

Yes, it is. Unless you’ve got two different domains duking it out for Ultimate Supremacy of your server.

See, I had already added the free SSL certificate to about 5 of my other WordPress sites, and everything went smoothly. So really, why shouldn’t this one go smoothly, too, right?

Then came The Eerie Quiet.

Apparently, you cannot have 2 domains pointing at the same thing AND a properly functioning SSL certificate. Who knew (not tech support, unfortunately)? But hey, no problem. I’ve already got a 301 redirect, so I’ll just unassign the parked domain, and all will be right with the world.

And it was! Everything was glorious… until a few hours later when I noticed that my email had gone strangely quiet. Because OOPS, when you unassign a domain, all of the email that should go to that domain now goes into the black hole of cyberspace. Mmmhmm. 🙁

Thanks for the warning, Captain Obvious.

➡ Come back now if you skipped the boring tech stuff.

So, long story slightly less long: until I get my email forwarded and remove the parked domain you will continue to see that ugly message in the address bar. Please just ignore it. Thanks!

It’s All Good

Last, but not least, I want to thank everyone who emailed, called, or poked me on social media over the last few months. I went radio silent for a while because I needed some time and space to process a few things that were happening in my personal life. I won’t get into any of that here, but I did want to say thank you.

In the immortal words of The Beatles, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” <3

 

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