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Unsung Heroes Awards Announced at FGS

Unsung Heroes Awards Announced at FGS

The winners of the Unsung Heroes Award for the 3rd Quarter 2019 have been announced at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in Washington, DC.

The Unsung Heroes Award is a collaborative program between The Genealogy Guys Podcast and Vivid-Pix, makers of RESTORE software. the program was launched in 2019 to acknowledge and celebrate members of the genealogy community who are leading the way in digitizing, indexing, and transcribing photographs and documents. Nominations are accepted in five categories: Individuals; Societies; Libraries & Archives; Youth; and Posthumous. Awards will not necessarily be made in all categories each quarter.

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2nd Quarter Unsung Heroes Award Update

2nd Quarter Unsung Heroes Award Update

PlaqueUnsung Heroes Award Presentation to MyHeritage at Jamboree
Dateline: Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, Burbank, CA, June 1, 2019

Here is a photo from Saturday, June 1, 2019, at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank, California, at which Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage accepted the Unsung Heroes Award. Left to right; Rick Voight of Vivid-Pix, Daniel Horowitz, and Drew Smith of The Genealogy Guys.

The Genealogy Guys Podcast and Vivid-Pix have today given MyHeritage Ltd. its highest Unsung Heroes Award for extraordinary service to the genealogy community.

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Metadata - Why it’s important and how you can use it

Metadata - Why it’s important and how you can use it

 When you first start learning about genealogy and family history, a term you will see a lot is “metadata.” Metadata is a technical word for the type of information you and I deal with all the time: It’s the information describing the content of a photo or document. Think of the writing on the back of an old photo print, where the date, the location and the people in the photo are scrawled. This is important information that puts the photo in context and, in the days of film photography, this data was written by hand. 

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Celebrate Independence Day with family photos

Celebrate Independence Day with family photos

The Fourth of July holiday is celebrated by most Americans with a trip to the beach, a barbecue, a firework display or a parade. It’s a recognition of the values and traditions that have made the United States a beacon for the world.

Those Independence holiday celebrations are a great opportunity to create new memories and remember traditions. Independence Day is not just a great time to get the family together but also to share stories and family history.

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Photos Fade. Don’t Let Your Memories.

Photos Fade. Don’t Let Your Memories.

If you’re like most, you have boxes / albums / frames / slide trays  filled with treasured memories – that are literally fading away.

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Memorial Day is a Time for Memories

Memorial Day is a Time for Memories

For many Americans, Memorial Day is the start of summer vacations, barbecues and outings. It’s the capstone of a three-day holiday weekend. Memorial Day, however, is much more than that for millions of Americans who remember those who died in service to the country. 

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Make the most of National Photo Month

Make the most of National Photo Month

Since 1987, May has been recognized as National Photo Month. That’s when the U.S. Congress officially commemorated May as the month dedicated to celebrating life’s special moments and records world history in the click of a button.

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Individual

Individual

This category is defined as a person over the age of 21 years of age who has been involved in digitizing, indexing, or otherwise electronically making previously unavailable genealogical materials accessible to other people.

Jim Powell, Jr.

There are tens of thousands of people digitizing, indexing, and preserving images of the past, whether they be document images, photographs, postcards, newspapers, and so many diverse records. New materials are literally discovered everyday. It takes the efforts of countless unsung heroes to organize and prepare these historical and genealogical treasures for preservation, and then to generate the highest quality digital images possible. The images then need to be indexed for ease of location, and transcriptions to fulfill placing them in context.

Our first individual winner in the Unsung Heroes Award is Jim Powell, Jr., of Waldo, Alachua County Florida. An employee of the Alachua County Clerk of Court, it was his love of history, programming experience, and photography that began his journey into digitizing the ancient records, and developing a huge multi-state group of dedicated volunteer who help clean up digital images, index them, and every-word transcribe their contents. Over 500,000 images have been digitized and are every-word searchable, and over 35,000 pages have been transcribed. Visit the Ancient Records: http://www.alachuaclerk.org/archive/default.cfm. 
http://blog.genealogyguys.com/search/label/Unsung%20Heroes%20Award%20Jim%20Powell

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Individual – Youth

Individual – Youth

This category is defined as a person under the age of 21 years of age who has been involved in digitizing, indexing, or otherwise electronically making previously unavailable genealogical materials available to other people.

The Genealogy Guys and Vivid-Pix are aware of the desire of genealogical and historical societies to attract new members, and particularly younger people. Many approaches are being used to get younger people involved in learning about their ancestry, and the earlier the spark is lit the better. Many success stories result from family interactions. The sharing of stories, eliciting interest of family photographs, exposure to documents about ancestors and family members into geographical location, time period, and historical and social context help bring those people's into perspective and "bring them back to life.”

Our first set of Young People winners for the Unsung Heroes Award are four participants in a weekly county cemetery documentation effort. They come from Alachua County, Florida, and not surprisingly are another part of Individual Unsung Hero winner Jim Powell's genealogical passion.

 http://blog.genealogyguys.com/2019/03/unsung-heroes-award-young-people.html

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Create Treasured Gifts in Minutes

Create Treasured Gifts in Minutes

1.  Look through photo albums for photo(s) that will delight loved one(s).

a.  Did your parents send out Holiday Cards?  –  Mine did…

b.  Here’s one of my sister and me from around 50 years ago.

c.  I’m able to create an inexpensive – but highly treasured – gift for mom and sister!

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