family histories


Confessions of a Genealogist 4

I have been thinking about my grandmother, Eva Zielinski Morgan, a lot lately. She died in April 2011 at the age of 101+. She would have been 102 years old that June. As I was thinking of all the family information she had told me over the years (and taking my walk down memory lane), that is when it hit me: I screwed up. Big time. What was I thinking?


Next Generation Genealogy: The Story Takes Center Stage 11

For technology to evolve, sometimes the metaphor needs to change. Think of the 90s when most of us switched from text based computing (DOS) to windows based graphical computing. Even now, that interface is evolving again into an ‘app’ centric model. I have no doubt that the computing user interface will change many times in my life. What about the genealogy metaphor?


Press Release: ReelGenie Selected as Finalist in SXSW Accelerator Competition

January 30, 2013 – Washington, D.C. — ReelGenie, an innovator in digital storytelling, has been selected as a finalist for the high-profile SXSW Accelerator. The company, based in Washington, D.C., is among eight competitors selected from hundreds of applicants in the Social Technologies category. ReelGenie will unveil its new technology at the live event.

ReelGenie helps people create and share family videos online. Users select a storyline for their movie, and ReelGenie guides them through the process of uploading photos, videos, and historical documents; recording voiceovers; and adding music to generate an online movie that can be shared with family and friends. Geared toward the creation of personal history movies for birthdays, memorials, anniversaries, and reunions, the service is the first of its kind. It improves upon slideshows and photo books by guiding users to tell a compelling story while incorporating a variety of rich content.


If Not Now, When?

I was perspiring profusely, I know it was July and I had good reason to be standing in a pool of my own sweat. The added inability to focus, shortness of breathes and screaming voices in my head telling me to run were more than I could blame on the effects of a summer’s day sun. You see, it had come down to this one moment. The moment I had to put ‘it’ out there into the world.