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Now that I got your attention, it’s been one of those weeks around here. Many of you know that I have an ongoing illness and last week was a bad. Most days found me curled on the couch with my pillow, fuzzy blankie and a mindless movie. On the days where my head was clear enough I did work on deadlines and do a bit of research.
Which brings us to Friday. The first day in 5 that I was feeling good. I took my laptop out on the back porch, sat with some tea and cruised the Find My Past website.
It hit me earlier that week that I had not done any personal family history research in months. MONTHS! I have been writing, lecturing and doing client work but really have not had any time to do anything on my or my husband’s trees. Well, now that I was feeling better that was going to change. I gave myself the weekend to play and have fun.
In the past I have found some really great items there for my husband’s family in Somerset. Plus I discovered some great newspaper articles for my father’s family from his hometown. This time, however, I was going to try a new feature. Well a new to me feature, their family tree feature.
You can upload a tree or start from fresh and using their new hints (it is still in Beta) feature it will
Yes, I did upload a tree. Yes, I have a lazy streak in me. Well, honestly I wanted to see how easy it would be. I have the worst luck with uploading files. I was pleasantly pleased that it went without a hitch and I had literally hundreds of viable hints with a few minutes. So many hints, to real DOCUMENTS, that I deleted my tree. Don’t freak on me. It was just a tree.
Well, I thought to myself, if I can get that many so quickly why don’t I start with myself and then start building out like, well, you are supposed to do. I wanted to see where these documents lead me. That thought then lead me to the decision where I sat down on Saturday and just went for it. It wasn’t until I entered our parents in the tree that I started to get any hints. It surprised me, really, but made me a little happy that no hints popped up for the hubs or me. Within 30 minutes I was 4 generations back on my father’s line with census, marriage, birth and death records. Yeah, I couldn’t believe how fast it was going.
Then the whiskey came out. Yes, genealogy research really is heightened by a good glass of whiskey. Okay, it also helped with the cough and aches.
I only have a couple critiques. I prefer a sideways pedigree chart and only a top to bottom pedigree chart when I am looking at a specific family. Unfortunately the top down pedigree chart seems to be the default setting in the family tree page. I had to keep clicking back over to the “pedigree view” from the “family view” each time I finished looking at a document.
Also, the house icon with my family tree title does not take you to the home person for the tree like I thought it would. From the hints page (or the person you are looking at page) it take you back to the family view for that person. You have to re-navigate back down to the home person.
While it shouldn’t be a big deal, it was annoying. These things are still being worked through obviously so hopefully they will come along in future versions. Unless I am completely missing the boat then hopefully someone will point this out to me!
So yeah, a productive weekend to say the least. With summer just starting and the kids getting out of school I think we will have some fun genealogy lessons using Find My Past. It should keep them busy for the next 10 weeks…right?