Springville com­pany of­fers free iPhone app for fam­ily his­tory fans

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Deb­bie Bal­zotti

life events of your an­ces­tors. Amy Tay­lor shared, “I posted a com­ment on Face­book Con­nect­ing with an­ces­tors has be­come af­ter I got an alert of my great-grandpa’s a pop­u­lar hobby for fam­ily his­tory en­thu­si­asts. birth­day. I men­tioned that I wished I had How­ever, many peo­ple don’t have known him. I was so ex­cited later that day the time to spend long hours re­search­ing to have fam­ily mem­bers re­ply and share their fam­ily tree and may even find it a bit sto­ries of my great-grandpa. The app re­ally bor­ing. A Utah County com­pany is on a helped me feel closer to my fam­ily.” mis­sion to help peo­ple make ex­cit­ing dis­cov­er­ies The app was de­signed for peo­ple of about their fam­ily his­tory in an all ages in­clud­ing both re­searchers and easy and fun way. non-re­searchers. It is an­other tool to bring

The Fam­ily Nexus Com­pany was ge­nealogy in­for­ma­tion to more peo­ple and started last year by David Tay­lor of bring the gen­er­a­tions to­gether. Springville. Tay­lor re­cently launched the App de­signer David Tay­lor said, “My unique iPhone app at the Root­sTech con­fer­ence, goal is to at­tract a new gen­er­a­tion of en­thu­si­asts held in Salt Lake City in Fe­bru­ary to the joys of fam­ily his­tory. The of this year. The app in­te­grates with a user’s app helps you vi­su­al­ize the places where Fam­il­y­Search ac­count to au­to­mat­i­cally your an­ces­tors were from and helps you plot fam­ily his­tory events on an in­ter­ac­tive make new dis­cov­er­ies about your fam­ily.” Google map. It en­gages users with “The main idea is to make it easy to a fun and easy-to-use in­ter­face. It also learn about your fam­ily and your past brings fam­ily his­tory to the user’s fin­ger­tips in the con­text of ge­og­ra­phy,” ex­plained by send­ing alerts to their phone when Tay­lor. “Us­ing re­search that has al­ready they are near the birth, mar­riage or burial been done from your Fam­il­y­Search ac­count, place of an an­ces­tor. you will re­ceive no­ti­fi­ca­tions on

The new app has re­ceived an en­thu­si­as­tic your phone. It re­ally makes your fam­ily re­sponse from early users. So­nia Con­rad in­for­ma­tion so much more ac­ces­si­ble and of Lehi said, “See­ing ev­ery­thing on a rel­e­vant.” map like this re­ally changed my per­spec­tive The Fam­ily Nexus app is free in the of my an­ces­tors. For ex­am­ple, I grew App Store. Although it is only for iPhone up in the Pa­cific North­west, and didn’t and iPad, an An­droid ver­sion is planned even know I had roots in this area. I am for re­lease early next year. Ad­di­tional pre­mium ex­cited to make more dis­cov­er­ies us­ing fea­tures will also be avail­able in the The Fam­ily Nexus app.” fu­ture as one-time in-app pur­chases. For

You don’t have to live near your an­ces­tors more in­for­ma­tion, visit the com­pany’s or travel to ap­pre­ci­ate the app. It also web­site at TheFam­i­lyNexus.com or call alerts you on the an­niver­sary of sig­nif­i­cant 801-602-4917.

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