Pass It Down reinvents the greeting card to help capture family memories

greetingStory™ makes it simple and fun to capture family stories one greeting card at a time.

Chattanooga, Tenn.  (July 18th, 2017) – Pass It Down, an award-winning storytelling platform that makes it easy to digitally record and preserve family memories, announced today the launch of its first physical product, greetingStory™. greetingStory™ reinvents the greeting card, making it easy to capture family memories and handwriting, reconnect with loved ones and preserve family stories.
“Our goal at Pass It Down is to create innovative and affordable ways for every family to capture their treasured memories,” said Pass It Down CEO and Founder Chris Cummings. “Today’s technology allows us to simplify everything we do, and we think capturing and sharing family memories should be no different. [CC1] With the launch of greetingStory™, families have an effortless, interactive and effective way to capture each of their special memories, one question at a time.”
greetingStory™ is great in its simplicity. Each greetingStory™ card features a question on the cover, with included tips and instructions from top biographers, to help guide loved one in sharing their memories. The cards feature two prominent spaces to share memories and to capture loved one’s handwriting. Every card includes a URL on the back, allowing the user to upload a loved one’s story into the Pass It Down platform. The platform can also host additional video, audio, text and photos, completing the story. A complete story can be shared with the entire family, serving as a permanent, digital memory book for everyone.
Families can choose between two options for greetingStory cards. Worldwide, Pass It Down offers greetingStory™ Memory Boxes that include 12, 24 or 48 cards and envelopes.  In the US, Pass It Down offers a subscription model where you can send a family member one, two or four cards per month. Each card includes a pre-paid return envelope to send the card back to the customer.
“Imagine being able to send your mom or dad 24 cards a year, in a personalized envelope, asking about their life and their legacy. We automate the process for families and our pre-paid return envelopes ensure that it is extremely simple for your relative to get the cards back to you” said Cummings.
For more information about greetingStory, please visit www.passitdown.com or connect with Pass It Down on Twitter (@passitdown).
About Pass It Down, LLC.
Since 2015, Pass It Down has been dedicated to helping families around the world capture and preserve their memories and stories. Through its pioneering digital storytelling platform, Pass It Down is leading innovation in the storytelling and genealogy industries and has won numerous awards and recognition from organizations including: the International Storytelling Center, the National Storytelling Festival, the Aging 2.0 Global Startup Search, BYU, the Miller Lite Tap The Future contest, and many more.

Accepting Applications for Young Professional Scholarship Deadline

Accepting Applications for Young Professional Scholarship – 15 July Deadline

To APG Members – Below is a press release being distributed today to genealogy media and bloggers. If you know of someone who may be qualified and interested in this scholarship, please forward it to them.

Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) Now Accepting Applications for APG Young Professional Scholarship

APG to Honor Student or Young Professional with Strong Interest in Developing a Career in Genealogy

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 1 July 2017 – The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) is now accepting applications for the APG Young Professional Scholarship. The scholarship goes to a young professional or a student who aspires to a professional career in genealogy. The scholarship awards a registration for the APG Professional Management Conference (PMC) and a stipend of up to $1,000 to defray costs of travel and lodging at the conference. The winner will be announced in August 2017 for attendance at the APG PMC 2017, which will take place near Washington, DC, on 29 September to 1 October 2017.

“Genealogy is not just your grandmother’s hobby anymore!” said Billie Stone Fogarty, APG President. “It is now an exciting field for the young professional and APG is proud to highlight the outstanding newcomers to our field with this scholarship to the conference designed by and for the professional genealogist.”

APG Young Professional Scholarship Eligibility and Application Details

Eligible applicants are any current or aspiring genealogy professional between the ages of 18 and 29 as of 1 January of 2017. You may apply for yourself, or on behalf of a worthy candidate.

Applications should contain the following: name; address; primary contact phone number; email address; school name and/or school address (if applicable); list of extracurricular activities (including student organizations and volunteer activities); a general letter of recommendation; a letter of recommendation from an individual who has witnessed the applicants interest in genealogy; and short answers (500 to 750 words) to two questions. The questions are:

1) Discuss a specific record collection, media, digital source or other resource that has significantly changed your perspective about family history or research strategy along with the pros and cons of that record source, and how you used it to resolve a genealogical problem.

2) What do you envision a genealogical career will encompass in the next five years and how do you see yourself involved then?

The application is available online at http://apgen.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/YPS_Application_Form.pdf, or by contacting the APG office. Applications should be submitted to the APG office by 15 July 2017 in PDF format to Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG, APG Executive Director, admin@apgen.org.

Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG
Executive Director

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Registration Opens for the 2017 Virtual PMC

Registration Opens for the 2017 Virtual PMC

For APG members who can’t make the trip to Washington, D.C., in person, the Virtual Professional Management Conference brings the conference to you! APG offers three days of live-streamed presentations you can access from anywhere. Registration is now open in the Members Only section of the APG website, https://www.apgen.org.

The virtual track offers presenters on business, certification, methods, and little-known records. The best deal is to register for all three days, and then you’ll have access to all twelve recordings for three months to watch at your leisure.

You can also register for just one day of live streaming, and you’ll have access to the recordings for that day only for three months after the conference.

Here’s the line-up of one-of-a-kind presentations for the Virtual PMC (all times are Eastern):

Friday, 29 September 2017

10:45-11:45 a.m. Writing & Compiling Complex Projects While Staying on Track
J. Mark Lowe, CG(SM), FUGA

1:15-2:15 p.m. Successful Websites: Turning Visitors into Clients
Carla Cegielski

2:30-3:30 p.m. A Marketing Plan Is More Than a Business Card and a Facebook Page
Laurie Hermance-Moore

3:45-4:45 p.m. Engaging a More Diverse Clientele
Janice Lovelace, Ph.D.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

10:45-11:45 a.m. Certification: You Don?t Have to be Perfect!
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG(SM), CGL(SM)

1:15-2:15 p.m. Visual Phasing-Applications and the Future
Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

2:30-3:30 p.m. A Federal Income Tax Primer for Professional Genealogists
LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG(SM)

3:45-4:45 p.m. Subcontracting: Communication & Contracts
Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG(SM)

Sunday, 1 October 2017

10:45-11:45 a.m. Using Ethnicity Estimates to Interpret Clients’ DNA Results
Mary Eberle, JD

1:15?2:15 p.m. Finding Help When You Need It: Types of Virtual Assistance
Maureen Taylor

2:30?3:30 p.m. ABCs of Accounting for Your Genealogy Business
Mary Kircher Roddy

3:45-4:45 p.m. Researching the Silent Generation: World War II Veterans’ Military Records
William L. Beigel

Register by signing in to the Members Only section of the APG website, https://www.apgen.org. The Virtual PMC is available only to APG members.

Annette Burke Lyttle
Professional Management Conference Coordinator Association of Professional Genealogists

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NEHGS Grants Freedom to Search

FREE Access through July 6th, 2017
Family historians and genealogists—declare your independence this holiday week from an incomplete family tree. Search and browse free among 1.4 BILLION names on AmericanAncestors.org, the award-winning website of NEHGS. 
From now until June 29th through 12:00 p.m. midnight (EDST) on Thursday, July 6th you’ll have complete freedom to roam through all of the online databases on AmericanAncestors.org. Your password is your passport to freedom—and to many new discoveries.  As a NEHGS Affiliate member—share this cry for independence with family and friends and invite them to join the celebration!
Hear, hear! Here’s your link to freedom.
An Affiliate Account on AmericanAncestors.org offers LDS Church members online access to hundreds of databases and millions of names, courtesy of NEHGS’s partnership with FamilySearch.org, as well as an introduction to a variety of additional genealogical services provided by American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society.  

RootsTech 2018 Call for Presentation Proposals – extended deadline through 3 July 2018

Deadline Extended for Presentation Proposals


The RootsTech planning committee is calling for dynamic presentations for the RootsTech 2018 conference that will be held February 28 – March 3, 2018, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

If you have a desire to define, shape, and influence the family history industry with an innovative and interesting presentation idea, click on the link below to learn more and to submit proposals. 
Submission deadline has been extended through July 3, 2017.

Contact Information
If you have questions regarding the submission process or speaking at Rootstech 2018, please contact us at info@rootstech.org