Archive for the ‘Accolades & Cool News’ Category

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

SALT LAKE CITY—Recipients of the 2010 FamilySearch Software Awards were announced at the FamilySearch Developers Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 14 recipients were recognized for their outstanding and innovative work in advancing products and technologies that integrate with FamilySearch’s emerging suite of products and services.

The annual FamilySearch Software Awards has been established to encourage and recognize software development that benefits the growing demands and needs of family history consumers. “The awards formally recognize the software achievements of those developers and companies that are making important contributions to the family history and genealogy industry,” said Gordon Clarke, FamilySearch developer services product manager.

The Best New Product awards were given to applicants in different platform categories. Products with specific features deemed important to the growth of the industry received the Best New Feature award. Community Player awards recognized individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the software developer community.

The following recipients were announced and awards presented at the FamilySearch Developers Conference:

Best New Product Awards

  • The MagiKey for the “Best New Windows” product
  • Arcalife for the “Best New Web site”
  • MobileTree for “Best New Mobile” product
  • FamilyInsight for “Best New Macintosh” product

Best New Feature Awards

  • OurFamilogy for “Best Research” feature
  • SharingTime for “Best Collaboration” feature
  • Genetree for “Best DNA” feature
  • Ancestral Hunt for the “Best Geo-Mapping” feature
  • FamilyPursuit for the “Best Groups” feature
  • Family Photoloom for the “Best Media” feature
  • Family ChArtist for “Best Print” feature
  • AppleTree for the “Best Celebrity Tree” feature

Community Player Awards:

  • Gaylon Finlay, Incline Software, “Bug Hunter” award
  • Michael Booth and Bruce Buzbee, Roots Magic, “Trailblazer” award

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Patrons can access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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MyHeritage posted their list of top 100 Genealogy blogs recently, and I’m so excited that Above the Trees is first on their list.  (Granted, it is an alphabetical list, but I’ll take what I can get!)

    “Recently at MyHeritage.com we’ve been scanning the web, evaluating content, and identifying some of the best genealogy sites on the internet right now. We put a focus on finding hidden gems in the community, so there’s a good chance that some of these are sites you won’t have seen before. It’s a testament to the vibrancy of the online genealogy community that even this selection of 100 sites had to leave out a lot of quality content. Nevertheless, these are the 100 we came up with, presented in alphabetical order. We hope you enjoy reading them.”
    ~ MyHeritage website

Let me be the first to admit that this list is neither exhaustive nor objective:  there are great sites – even industry leaders – that are not included.  But as mentioned in the preceding quote, this list focuses on the hidden gems of the genealogy world, and I am honored that Above the Trees is included as one of those gems.  I encourage you to drop by their website and check out the other ninety-nine blogs on the list – if you do, I am sure you will uncover hidden treasures of your own.

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Geneabloggers all over the globe are celebrating the opening of voting for Family Tree Magazine’s Top 40 Genealogy Blogs. And truth be told, I am downright gleeful that our blog, Above the Trees, is among the nominees! The field of geneablogs is rich and broad, and the geneablogger community is an amazing group to be a part of – generous with time and talent; willing to help and mentor at the mere notion of a need. It is an humbling honor to be counted among them. Thank you so much to all the loyal readers who nominated us!!

To vote for your favorite geneablogs, use the Voting Ballot at Family Tree Magazine. Of course, we hope you’ll vote for Above the Trees – you can find us listed in Photos/Heirlooms (Category #9), but there are many other great blogs to check out. You can vote for as few as one, or as many as forty.

I encourage you to take a few minutes to visit a couple of new geneablogs today – you’ll be amazed by what you find! FootnoteMaven put together a complete list of all the nominated blogs, organized by category. (If you visit a blog, be sure to leave a quick encouraging comment – we all love comments!)

And finally, since Above the Trees focuses on “the visual” part of family history, I wanted to share this with you: Vickie over at BeNotForgot created this beautiful Wordle Poster of all the nominated blogs. (Above the Trees can be found in the very top upper left corner.) Simply outstanding!
Good luck to all the nominees and remember to vote!

Renee Huskey

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