Monday, December 01, 2014

Sneak Peek:

During today's Mondays with Myrt, I showed you a glimpse of the soon-to-be-in-beta website called It's all about placing your ancestor in historical perspective in a fun, interactive way. Ol' Myrt here promised you a few screen shots of what this site can do, based on my behind-the-scenes look at the site with developer Jeff Haddon, who says: helps you:
  • Gain an understanding of how events and cultural influences affected their daily lives.
  • View your family in context of the impactful historical events that filled their thoughts and conversations.
  • Explore where your ancestor lived in relation to local and national events of historic significance.
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Here's what the screen will look like to "Start a New Story" (no GEDCOM just yet) :

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In the screen shot below, you get a peek at the dynamics built into HistoryLines. Note the timeline with the light burgandy color shows when William was born and when he died, while relevant historical events are superimposed on the timeline above. Each item "Jacobite Uprisings" and such are clickable, meaning you'd then see a pop-up window with additional information about that event.

The GPS coordinate for William's birthplace, Sheffield, England is indicated on the embedded Google Map.

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The nav bar on the left side of the screen provides the options to add an event or update the family. You'll also see clickable links to typical time-period sensitive information items such as:
  • Childbirthing practices
  • Childhood experiences 
  • Clothing
  • Commerce
  • Communication
  • Diet
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Household practices
  • Hygiene
  • Marriage practices
One may personalize an ancestor's story with photos and additional events.

Sharing options will include:
  • Pinterest
  • Twitter
  • Sharing through Facebook and Google+
  • Embedding in a blog
  • Printing to share at family gatherings

KEEP AN EYE on It's sure to provide an easy way for you to tell the story of your ancestors! I'll be looking for them at RootsTech2015.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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  1. Wow! I am launching a genealogy club with my students this week and social history is definitely a topic I want to hit with them. This will be a great website to help them make the connection from what we discover to events they are studying in class! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I'm very intrigued by History Lines. I'll be on the lookout for it.

  3. How neat! Thanks for sharing information on this great resource.