Review – Oddball Family Tree

Oddball Family Tree

Are you looking for unique and unusual genealogy-related gift items this holiday season? And ones that are reasonably priced? Look no further than Oddball Press and their Oddball Family Tree which I located during a search on Etsy.

What is Etsy?

On a side note, if you haven’t checked out Etsy yet, then realize it is like Ebay only with handmade and vintage items sold by crafts persons and collectors.  A search for the term “genealogy” brings up this list of items including family tree charts, handmade jewelry, and even wall decals!

Etsy

Oddball Family Tree

One item that stood out for me was by Oddball Press and the name stuck with me: Oddball Family Tree. How many of us have felt about our own families that way, especially after researching their history?

This is a letterpress executed print in black and green with great silhouette images and can be completed by hand. There is space for your own name (or the gift recipient) and three generations.

Oddball Family Tree

I quickly placed my order because I figured for $10.00 USD (plus $5.00 shipping) I couldn’t go wrong with such a neat item. There is a substantial shipping discount if your order more than one item from the Oddball Press store on Etsy.

When it arrived, I was impressed with the shipping and packaging – it arrived quickly and was well-protected from any destructive forces.  And when I opened it up, I was not disappointed – great acid-free paper, the print colors were vibrant and consistent.

Ultimately, I made this a gift to myself – I filled it out by hand (with acid-free ink) and am now having it framed for my office. But I could see the Oddball Family Tree being a gift for a friend or family member or even a client! You could let the recipient complete the chart themselves or fill it out for them.

Conclusion

I’ve always been pleased with my shopping experiences on Etsy but I realize that the level of customer service depends upon the store and the store owner.  Kati at Oddball Press has not only a great selection of items but she is very attentive to her customers. All during the purchasing and shipment process I was updated as to what was going on, when the item was being shipped etc. I hope you’ll check out the Oddball Family Tree as well as the other Oddball Press items, both at Etsy and on their website.

Note: Later today I will be posting an interview with Kati Hanimagi, owner of Oddball Press, here at GeneaBloggers – stay tuned to find out more about Kati and her work.

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Disclosure statement: I have no material contacts with Oddball Press or its creator, Kati Hanimagi. I purchased my own copy of Oddball Family Tree for my own personal use. To review the other material connections I have with genealogy vendors, please see Disclosure Statements.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Timeless Footsteps – QR Codes and Genealogy

Timeless Footsteps

[Editor’s Note: we just received this press release from the Timeless Footsteps™ company, maker of Memorial Footprints™ which utilizes QR codes for headstones. See our previous posts on QR codes to learn more about  this exciting technology. Also, we’ll be visiting the Timeless Footsteps booth at the upcoming Atlanta Family History Expo this week.  Stay tuned next week for a product review and an interview with Trevor Hanson of Timeless Footsteps.]

Memorial Footprints™ Connect You to Your Ancestors from the Cemetery to Cyberspace

PHOENIX – Nov. 8, 2010 – Timeless Footsteps™ announced today a new way for families to extend family history research from the cemetery to cyberspace.

Memorial Footprints™ are a business card-sized plaque that can be affixed to headstones or other memorials. Leveraging the latest scanning technology, visitors to the memorial can scan the Footprint with a smart phone or other Web-enabled device to access a Web page with additional information on the deceased individual.

“My wife and I were visiting the grave site of an ancestor and looked at the birth and death dates with a dash between them,” said Trevor Hansen, president and founder of Timeless Footsteps. “We commented that we wished we had a way to share all that was really contained in that dash between the dates. That’s what got me thinking about a way to leverage today’s technological capabilities to connect to the Internet from individual memorials.”

Each Memorial Footprint includes a unique Quick Response (QR) code associated with a Web page. Owners of the Footprint can put photos, biographies, other Web links, and associated information on the page, allowing anyone who scans the Footprint to get additional information about the deceased individual.

“In addition to creating an instant connection to ancestors for family members, Footprints allow family history enthusiasts who are researching the same family line to quickly and easily connect,” Hansen said. “Even people who are not avid genealogists can appreciate sharing the memories of their loved ones by placing a Footprint at their grave sites.”

Footprint Web pages include a biography, biographical data and photos of the deceased, as well as connections to social networking pages such as Facebook and Twitter. This information is provided and updated by the owner of the Footprint and can be customized according to their needs. Premium options are available to include a more extensive biography, additional photos, videos, and links to blogs and other websites.

“I love knowing that my mother’s memory is more than just a piece of stone in a cemetery,” said Karen Hunsaker of Phoenix, Arizona. “Anyone who connects to our Footprint page can see the rich life she lived. And by sharing the Web site with others, they can virtually visit her memorial online even if they live hundreds of miles from the cemetery.”

Footprints are available immediately from the Timeless Footsteps website at www.timelessfootsteps.com.  Each Footprint comes with a business card-sized plaque, a dedicated Web page, and adhesive to affix the plaque to any memorial surface. Prices start at $49.95. Footprints will also be on display at the Atlanta Family History Expo (November 12-13, 2010) at special prices for exhibit visitors.

About Timeless Footsteps

Timeless Footsteps was founded to help individuals, families and organizations connect to their loved ones. Using the latest scanning technology to connect to the Internet from grave sites and memorials, Timeless Footsteps helps people honor the lives of their loved ones with more than just a dash between birth and death dates.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Family Search’s A Celebration of Family History Is Now Available on DVD

A Celebration of Family History

[Editor’s note: We just received this press release from Family Search about its wonderful DVD entitled A Celebration of Family History which we already own. This would make a great gift not just for a genealogist but for any family member!]

A Celebration of Family History Is Now Available on DVD!

SALT LAKE CITY—A major 2010 highlight in Salt Lake City was definitely A Celebration of Family History—a once-in-a-lifetime event that will never be forgotten by those fortunate enough to have attended. Now, all can enjoy this remarkable, inspiring event on DVD. To purchase the video (which will sell for $4.50, includes shipping and handling) or watch video highlights, go to celebration.familysearch.org.

The DVD features a celebration of family history through music, stories, and the captivating words of renowned author and historian David McCullough and President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The event includes moving musical numbers by the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square and inspiring video presentations showing the impact family history can have on individual lives.

The talks, music, and films can be played as a single program, or they can be viewed as individual segments for those wishing to use the video as a teaching or reference aid. The presentations are sure to inspire those looking for additional insights into family history.

Disclosure: please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with Family Search and other genealogy vendors.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee