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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Yes - I am clearly not a champion blogger as many of my cohorts in the family research world!

It is the end of January and I am still toting a header with Rootstech from last year- LOL!

Anyway, this week an important milestone was reached in the Facebook Community at our very unique group "Genedocs Templates".  - We surpassed the 2,500 member mark!
STATISTIC OF THE WEEK:  It took about 5.5 months to double our membership at regular promotion speed.  Something I astonishingly accomplished with the first 1,274 members added to our group in its first 48 hours of existence!


That is even a little baffling for me to embrace after sacrificing 1,300 previous friends of the Genedocs Enhancements formerly Genedocs Wetpaint facebook profile now only listed as software interest page with over 1,300 likes - thank you team Zuckerberg!  I had wisely invested 2011 to Aug 2014 gaining those genealogy minded friends and will certainly reconnect with them all again after searching out each of them to promote our fantastic group so they can be members with access to the templates without going to a separate website as folks had to prior to 9 Aug 2014.

WHAT IS NEXT FOR GENEDOCS?:  Many people are likely wondering and even a few have had the gumption to ask me directly where this momentum is taking the Genedocs Improved Family Research Tools program.  Here is the answer everyone will likely fall in love with!


GENEDOCS WILL BE OPENING FOR BUSINESS!


    Since 2011, I have received 99.9% positive feedback on all that Genedocs offers so the next logical step is to build something  productive that can generate tremendously
needed income after struggling since 2003 with an inheritance theft, delayed lawsuit, and fruitless collection efforts to date that can put my wealth of family research knowledge, technical knowledge, military/ corporate/ and federal experience, estate planning and legacy preservation hindsight all to great use helping others in our new era of digital family history preservation.  

     In addition to generating a PayPal site where interested group members will be exclusively offered a once in perhaps a year opportunity to have an attractive digital chart generated, I will also set up a site to accept donations from folks loving the program, but not yet certain they are ready for my vastly improved custom charting business.  

THE TEMPLATES RELEASED THUS FAR WILL REMAIN COMPLETELY FREE AS MY GIFTS TO THE INTERESTED MEMBERS OF THE GROUP FROM THE GLOBAL FAMILY RESEARCH COMMUNITY.   

PRICING:
I have been encouraged to charge anywhere from $60 - $100 for some of the charts I generate which seems a bit high, but since I did earn my Bachelors Degree and am making no where near the $48,000 a year DeVry claims it is worth ;-), I will offer a fair price for the effort and time it takes to generate each chart - more later on that.

DISCOUNTS? COUPONS? :I will reserve the right to offer discounts via coupons or other promotions as I see fit.
This will be done at my own pace so long as it does not detract from the quality of business output and my own time management.


APPROACH:

     I will be seeking out a handful of fortunate volunteer members from our groups first 2,500 for gauging the fundamentals involved in common business practices; specific agreement of parties, dispute resolution, input on promotional chart examples for comparison, and of course their sampling of a random family grouping to base time needed to gather information and materials in reliable digital formats, electronically send them, examine them for legal use, and generate a proof for a prospective client.

     The materials and information will revolve around the following common aspects of family research and related businesses:

1.  All ancestors to be listed on charts must be deceased
     in order to preserve the privacy of the living.  Death 
     Certificate images MANDATORY Sibling data will be 
     limited to year spans and states of vital events for 
     the same reasons but they may be alive although the 
     likelihood of this combination would be particularly
     minuscule.

2.  All imagery (portraits, documents, graphics, etc.) 
     provided by any client must be their sole property and 
     not under any copyright restriction or other legal 
     limitation.  The client alone will bear the full legal burden 
     of violating copyright infringement laws.  Suspect imagery
     can be withdrawn from proofs or a final chart at any time
     with no impact on pricing, payment, or recourse in 
     dispute resolution processes.

3.  The designer/compiler of the digital chart will hold full 
     rights to display completed charts (not proofs) as 
     Genedocs promotional materials for future business 
     development and growth without restriction whatsoever 
     from any client. 

4.  This charting business is strictly my personal endeavor 
     and not related to my previous or current work at the 
     National Archives primarily in a warehouse labor capacity 
     which to date has had nothing whatsoever to do with 
     NARA's genealogy services.  

More will be determined as future business related efforts unfold...now to change my blog header to something more current!




Sunday, December 14, 2014

Rootstech 2015 Keynotes


.....I, like many, was amazed to learn Donnie Osmond would be a keynote speaker.  Then a prominent author was announced as another one.  Then David Archuletta and another top performing troop were announced.  most recently Laura and Jenna Bush were a huge surprise announcement that clearly will have heightened security in place.

I can't be the only one wondering if this was the vision Rootstech founders like Anne Roach had in mind when they started off on this remarkable adventure - at least the high end celebrity aspect of it.  Between performers and keynote speakers, I think a pinnacle was reached last year with Spencer Wells and some others although I really enjoyed the 2013 group more than I could ever have imagined.

Is anyone else left with a longing for more relevant stars of the genealogy world or will the venue continue to seek out huge names to draw even bigger and bigger record crowds of attendees in the years to come?

Regardless, even though 2015 is not possible for me to go, I am setting a goal to not only attend in 2016, but also strive to be a presenter, if not also a service vendor so you know I have big things planned for Genedocs to blossom in 2015.  Please join us in all the fun next year on facebooks Genedocs Templates group because...


The year has certainly flown by...again!  December has not been without its discoveries as I embark on a new chapter after promotion to Archives Technician at NARA:

1.  I am working on Dad's units awards and decorations from WWII before wrapping up a book on the mighty 410th Bomb Group and I think this misclassified as SECRET document might entitle the unit to a seventh campaign star on their ETO medal/Ribbon:
























2.  A completely unexpected great group yearbook photo from Brookings SD college showed up on ancestry.com from 1922 also (front row third from left):




Discoveries like these at least a few times a year remind us as family researchers just why our time and effort spent are so very worth it!

Whether you find yourself this December with family in the same room, a phone call away, or halfway around the world and just jotting a few lines of holiday spirit, be sure to include something special for the family to remember in the coming years - we hold the power to make some great family memories every day!



Monday, October 13, 2014

Genedocs Templates membership still Exploding on Facebook

In August much of the work I had done over the past four years as Genedocs Enhancements and Genedocs Wetpaint was suddenly lost after I had a marathon membership push in one weekend with the new group Genedocs Templates.  Facebook shut down my main profile and I was left only with my name profile all because they claimed Genedocs didn't appear to be a name.  The group remained with its 1273+ members gained in just two days and a couple of members took over as admins in my confused social networking state.  I rebounded claimed my rightful place as the founder now under my own name and pressed on.

We now have almost 2100 members in just a few months - it took four years to gain the 1300+ friends of Genedocs enhancements so the Group is much more effective!  Also the group adds the following perks:

1. The File area contains all the templates for FREE download to members
    That's 30 Featured templates, 10 bonus templates, and many more series exclusives like the new Military research log format/version:



2. The threads allow for multiple examples to be on display and explained including how to tutorials when members aren't sure how something is actually done.



3.  Member only content like links to Youtube.com private videos showing how to do more complex tasks like crop people out of portraits, use GIMP to alter view angle perspective, and inserting cropped ancestors onto altered chart perspective views.

You should be joining us on facebook if you haven't already - just search Genedocs Templates!  See you there!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Back to Blogging after a Family Death

I need to post a piano composition here...to honor departed Mark Flugge

I am working on a piece and then yesterday, I combined a haunting minor melody with lyrics from Thanotopsis by William Cullen Bryant and it is worthy of a recording even in its infancy!

Genedocs Templates: New 2014 Facebook Group Spreading Like Wildfire!

Nearly 1,800 members today - 1,274 of them added in the Groups first two days - see what all the excitement is about with this grass roots give it all to them for free genea-effort!

All of the templates are being shared in the file area - featured, bonuse, series exclusives, examples, tutorials and even private Youtube how to demonstrations for the 3-D effects everyone loves.  Please join us!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

KEY UPDATE:  What is going on?  Where did Genedocs Enhancements go on facebook !!??!!??

Answers:  If you are on facebook, then let this be a huge warning - if you have a profile name for a hobby, change it right away to a person's name or variant of your own!  Facebook can delete it in an instant and without warning if you do not.  That is what killed Genedocs Enhancements formerly Genedocs Wetpaint for over 1,200 long time friends and followers.

What was lost?  About 2,000 genealogy minded friends and family and thousands of photos

However, all was not lost!

Just days before, I had established a brand new facebook group called Genedocs Templates that astonishingly welcomed over 1,250 new members in only its first two days of being up and running.
In its first week we are still seeing new members and are nearly at 1,300 strong!

Join this group where the actual templates of Genedocs and Examples of each are all in one convenient and dynamic place!