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Research Notes 2019-8-19

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Did you know that your presentation software (PowerPoint on Windows and Keynote on Mac) makes a great storytelling platform?


Keynote “sketchbook”

This example was created with Keynote on an iPad, but it could just as easily been created with PowerPoint or any of the other presentation apps. All you have to do is combine photos and ephemera with text. Your presentation app includes several design options to jazz things up. In this example I am using a sage green background and several different fonts to add a bit of “style” to the look of each slide.

I’m not sure how PowerPoint handles this, but with Keynote you can export your sketchbook presentation as a PDF file that can then be posted on your blog or shared with others.


Have you heard of Flipboard? It’s an online magazine full of news, genealogy, politics, travel, food, gardening and much more. Even better . . . it doesn’t cost a thing. You can view it online at or you can use the free Flipboard app (iOS and Android).

Storytellers Studio has been publishing to Flipboard for several years and is filled with ideas to share your family stories.


The Family History Guide continues to provide useful information to help us with our research efforts. They have now added a Countries Knowledgebase section where you will find tips, guidelines, definitions, and more for your family history research in countries worldwide. Visit the Countries Knowledgebase section where you will find a list of countries in alphabetical order. Click a topic to open its contents. 


Final Notes

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Sample of the “fine print” at the bottom of each post.

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