Capturing your past with Technology: Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems

Whether we like it or not; our past and, in particular, our ancestors have a place in shaping who we are – be that by of overcoming challenges or maintaining a legacy. For this reason, many of us find that learning more about our ancestors is a fascinating and interesting puzzle. Who are we? Where did we come from? What was the life of our many-times-great ancestor like?RootsTech

This week, TechSmith will be making a showing at the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City, the largest family history conference in North America. The conference is for professionals and hobbyists alike. While we can’t do much to help you figure out the next link in your ancestral chain, we can help you capture, organize, and show off your research.

In the past, we’ve highlighted Lisa Louise Cooke, of Genealogy Gems, who is a new media producer in the Genealogy industry. Lisa uses Snagit and Camtasia for her own research, and to create content to teach others to do the same. Last summer, I was able to sit down with Lisa to talk about family history and how technology influences her work in both areas.

Can’t see the video? Watch on YouTube.

Looking to do your own family history work and want to give Snagit a bit of a work out? We’ve created a downloadable PDF to help you learn just a few of the ways you can use Snagit in your own research.

Just think of the possibilities!

  • Capture search results to help refine queries
  • Annotate captures to emphasize particular parts of source records, including adding references
  • Capture your finds and easily share them out as images with family members, co-researchers, and others
  • Create a quick video talking about what you’ve found and why it’s important
  • Record an interview or someone telling a story

With other TechSmith tools, like TechSmith Fuse, even non-screen content is easy to gather, annotate and share. Imagine that your grandpa (my wife’s grandpa turned 98 last year!) wants to tell a story about his parents. Normally something like this is hard to capture effectively. Taking a few notes or typing it up makes it all seem to lose a bit of luster – AND it’s time consuming. But, if you pull out your tablet or phone and use Fuse to record a video, you can share that content to Camtasia, trim it down, and publish what might have otherwise been a lost story.

Are you checking out a homestead, visiting a grave site, or working with a hard-to-scan source document? Again, TechSmith Fuse to the rescue! Use it to take a picture, bring it into Snagit, annotate, and share!

Are you using TechSmith Snagit or Camtasia to help work on recording your family history or other research? We’d love to hear more from you!

Maybe you’ll be visiting Roots Tech yourself? Stop by our booth, we’d love to chat with you.

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About Matt Pierce

Matt Pierce is the Customer Engagement Manager (Training, Technical Writing and Technical Support) at TechSmith. You can follow him at @piercemr He's many things to many people: husband, dad to 4, scout leader, instructional designer, lover of board games, and oh, so much more. His current favorite spot on earth is the area surrounding St. John's Newfoundland. His secret talent is interpreting board game instructions.
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  • LStifel

    What are the major differences between Snagit and Evernote?

    • piercemr

      @lstifel:disqus thanks for your question. There are a lot of differences, but the main being that Snagit focuses on allowing you to capture images or video from your and annotate those. For instance Snagit has the ability to capture a long web page (scrolling capture). You can also add a number of annotations like arrows, text, stamps. One of my favorites for something like Genealogy work is the Cutout tool. It allows you take out the middle of a long or wide capture and bring the pieces together.

      Evernote, as I see it, is a tool for gathering and keeping information. That is their main focus. Snagit has an Output you can download that will allow you to send your captured images directly to Evernote.

      Does that help?

      Matt Pierce

  • Dona Ritchie

    Thank you for the video. Please endeavor to quiet the BACKGROUND music, which is the unimportant part of the video (and completely unnecessary, in my opinion). I found it very difficult to hear Lisa speaking over the music. In fact, it’s something which often makes me simply ignore sites which utilize this kind of “advertising” with music. Completely irrelevant to the message!

    • piercemr

      Donna (and everyone else) the video is now updated with better audio. Sorry about the first version not being up to par.

      Matt Pierce


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