Announces Grant to Fund Family History Projects

[Editor’s note: the following press release was received from This sounds like a great way for genealogical and historical societies to get funding for worthwhile projects!] Announces Grant to Fund Family and Cultural History Projects

Program to Assist Groups and Individuals with Historical Preservation

PALO ALTO, CA — January 13, 2011 —, an Inflection brand, today announces its Grant Program, a major initiative to assist individuals and communities with family, communal, and cultural research and preservation projects. The Grant will help people and organizations take on historically significant projects that positively impact their family or community.

“Since inception, has sought to create a simple and affordable family history research experience for users,” said CEO Matthew Monahan. “Now we are going one step further by establishing the Grant Program so that valuable research projects do not perish due to lack of funding. We aim to level the playing field so that anyone can embark on the preservation projects that matter to them because family history shouldn’t be a hobby solely for the rich and famous.”

Grant recipients may come from all walks of life, and may be individuals or community-based organizations. Specifically, Archives is seeking any project that contributes to the promotion and advancement of family history research and preservation. Examples include projects related to document preservation, artifact restoration, record transcription, and promotion of historical events.

Grant recipients will be chosen monthly and awarded up to $1,000 to fund their project. Archives encourages every person or organization in the U.S. to apply, whether a newbie, hobbyist, expert, or community group, like a historical society, library, or archive.

“Archives is excited to continue investing in the community, as we believe there are few things more important than the exploration and preservation of our history, culture, and heritage,” said Director of Product Joe Godfrey. “Undoubtedly, the Grant Program will prove to be an important resource for a diverse group of family historians and organizations.” provides more than 2 million monthly visitors with an array of powerful tools, expert advice, and access to a database of over 1.1 billion records. If you would like to learn more about the Grant Program, please visit the application page. All are encouraged to apply and forward this important opportunity to friends, family, or colleagues.

About is a leading family history Web site that makes discovering family history simple and affordable. The company has assembled more than 1.1 billion historical records – birth, death, marriage, divorce, census, obituary, immigration, military and more – all in a single location, and makes them available at a price that’s up to 80 percent less than the leading competitor. Archives also partners with other leading family history websites to provide integrated record collections, discounted memberships, official certificates and other special promotions – providing a comprehensive resource for researching your family history. is free to try for seven days, allowing anyone to explore the benefits of membership without risk or obligation. For more information and to start discovering your family history, please visit

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©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

GenSoftReviews Presents its 2010 Users Choice Awards


[Editor’s Note: we just received the following press release from Louis Kessler who also runs Louis Kessler’s Behold Blog.]

January 10, 2011GenSoftReviews has awarded its 2010 Users Choice Awards to the genealogy software that the users like best.

Genealogists have been coming to GenSoftReviews for over two years to review and rate their genealogy software. The site is located at:

With over 550 programs to choose from, it is not easy to pick what program is best to use for your family tree research. There is nothing better than to hear the opinions of others. At GenSoftReviews, people can search for the type of program they want or for a specific program they know of. They can then read reviews of others, and see how others rate each program on a one to five scale. Then they can feel free to add their own review and rating for the programs they use. The site is free to use and there is no registration needed to add your reviews.

After two years, over 720 reviews have been submitted. The end of year ratings for 2010 have now been tabulated and eight programs have been awarded a Users Choice Award. All the programs with a user rating of 4 or more out of 5 and at least 10 reviews are being awarded a GenSoftReviews Users Choice Award.

The 2010 winners, ordered by highest rating are: RootsMagic, Brother’s Keeper, The Next Generation, Genbox Family History, Legacy, Personal Ancestral File, Reunion and Family Tree Builder. The official awards page can be found at:

Seven of these programs are repeat winners and also received award in 2009. Genbox Family History is a new winner this year, having now attained the ten reviews and a score of 4 or more necessary to qualify.

“Everybody is different and has different needs” says Louis Kessler who developed and maintains the site. “Choosing a genealogy program is like choosing a vacation hotel. What’s best for one person is not necessarily best for another person. So its great to see people using GenSoftReviews to help them decide on their genealogy tool, just like they’d use a travel site with user ratings to help them decide on a hotel.”

Louis offers his congratulations to all the winners. “Their software is really liked by their users.”

About Louis Kessler

Louis Kessler has been a genealogist and programmer for 35 years. He has published articles and given presentations on genealogy and is Past President of a regional Heritage Center. He started his Genealogy Software Links web page in 1997 and that morphed into the GenSoftReview site in 2008. Louis is also the developer of the genealogy program known as Behold that can be found at

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Redesigned Launches Groundbreaking New Feature


[Editor’s Note: we’ve received the following press release from Matt Johnson of You may recall that we reviewed tpstry here at GeneaBloggers and conducted an interview with Matt as well.]

Redesigned Launches Groundbreaking New “Family Memories Website” Feature

New feature lets users view their memories in a digital magazine format for free.

NASHVILLE, TN—, a website taking a unique approach to discovering and sharing family memories, announced today the launch of a groundbreaking “Family Memories Website” feature as part of its new redesign. users share their memories by answering a series of insightful and entertaining questions about their family. The new “Family Memories Website” feature displays these answers in a visually appealing, digital magazine format.

tpstry family memories website

“After getting feedback from our users, we decided to update and enhance the site for two reasons,” says Matt Johnston, Tpstry’s Founder and President. “First, we wanted to make it easier for users to answer questions about their family. Second, we wanted to present these answered questions in a more visually appealing way.”

The “Family Memories Website” feature creates a digital magazine version of a user’s answered questions and uploaded images. Memories are organized into major sections such as People, Places, Events and Images. Each entry has a page within the “Family Memories Website” that displays all answered questions and tagged images. A Timeline view displays all images and questions that have an associated date.

“It really brings to life the history and personalities of a user’s family like no other site can,” says Johnston.

Users can create their own “Family Memories Website” for free by creating an account at

The new site design also includes easier navigation, progress tracking and numerous usability changes to make it easier for users to ask and answer questions about their family.

About Tpstry

Tpstry ( is a website that allows users to discover and share their family memories. Through asking and answering questions, users are able to collect memories and knowledge from their family members.

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©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee