Just heard about a killer cool presentation from the BYU Family History Conference. Wow. That’s all I can say. Wow!
Tim Cross showed three new eye popping services being developed by a genealogical community of cooperating partners led by FamilySearch.
These are innovative and astounding applications leveraging the new FamilySearch Tree (NFS).
Community Reference Links
Community Reference Links is an emerging technology that enables you and the rest of the genealogy community to hook together everything about your ancestor that is on the web. This includes artifacts, photographs, and stories that pertain to an ancestor. Cross showed a “proof of concept” application showing this capability.
Cross’s demonstration is still accessible (as I write this) at https://genstone.org/links-test/person.jsp?personId=K2QQ-QCH. You can see a screen image pictured to the right.
At the top left of the page is a link to the focus individual on NFS.
Focus individual in the new FamilySearch Tree
Person page on Footnote.com
Memorial photo from Findagrave.com
Photographs on Family Photoloom
These community references are called links because the artifact or content isn’t copied. Web pages, photographs, and other artifacts remain where they are.
I should reiterate that this is a proof of concept, only. When—or even if—it will see the light of day is impossible to predict. This is such a simple, powerful concept, I can’t imagine it not coming to fruition. If FamilySearch should somehow stumble and fail to productize this service, I think other vendors will move forward without them.
Next time I’ll show you two more eye popping services. Does anybody else see a problem with this? Three eye pops. Two eyes. Maybe you’ll see two more, and maybe you won’t.