Thursday, June 25, 2009

Live Roots Search Experience, Release Two

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Live Roots Search Experience, Release Two

BURBANK, Calif. - June 25, 2009 - Genealogy Today announced the second release of the Live Roots search experience. Included in this release are project management tools to help visitors keep track and organize the genealogical resources that they discover while using the search engine.

Throughout the Live Roots search experience, registered members will now see Follow, Comment, Record and Share buttons. These buttons let the members conveniently interface with the new project management tools. Follow is an active bookmarking feature; Comment allows members to post comments on resources; Record lets members make entries in a dynamic research log; and Share is a way to send notices about resources to friends and family via e-mail.

All members will be given a , and may create additional projects as they wish to organized the resources that they wish to track.
Within each project, the following features will be accessible:

Recent Activity -- a running history of your interaction with the Live Roots features.

Ancestor Notecards -- profiles of your brickwall ancestors. These profiles are accessible throughout the Live Roots search experience, reducing the times you need to retype the names that you frequently search for.

Related Resources -- items that are "followed", providing a quick method of revisiting them, and when transcriptions are followed, a unique way to search across the items you find most relevant to your research.

Research History -- the dynamic research log. Capture all of your online and offline research activities, whether it be searching an online database or mailing away for documents from an archive.

Personal Library -- catalog your own private collection. A convenient way to simplify research log entries and also a way to share access to your unique resources via lookups.

Research Notepad -- a simple notepad for recording miscellaneous items related to your research: clues, follow-up todo lists, anything you like.

External Resources -- allows members to configure links to their research activities on other websites (e.g. Flickr, Scribd, Twitter, etc.).

"While we are all very passionate about working on our family histories, the reality is that life frequently interrupts us," commented Illya D'Addezio, owner of Genealogy Today. "With the addition of these new features, Live Roots is better equipped to assist genealogists when these interruptions occur. Follow items that you may want to return to; Post comments to remind yourself what you intended to search for; Record activities that you completed to avoid doing them over again in the future; and Share items with fellow researchers that may have the time to investigate them when you don't."

In order to access the project management section and the follow/comment/record/share buttons, you will need to become a Team Roots member. This free service was launched in 2001 to provide visitors of with password-protected access to special features and content, and is also available on the web site.

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