June 7, 2013 - Treelines, the winner of the 2013 RootsTech Developer Challenge, will announce tomorrow at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree its first family storytelling contest on the theme of “Getting Started Stories.” Everyone with a fascination for their family’s history, regardless of their level of experience, is invited to share the story about they first got interested.
All entries must be composed and published using the Treelines storybuilder, currently available for free to all registered users of the site. “Treelines’ unique site brings storytelling to a new level of expression by combining words with photos and family history,” said Maureen Taylor, the internationally recognized photo identification and family history expert. “It’s a perfect way to present and share your family history a picture at a time.”
The contest will be judged by Taylor and Tammy Hepps, the founder of Treelines. They will look for stories that best capture the fun and wonder of uncovering family history, as well as those that are well-written, highlight family photographs, and take full advantage of the Treelines storybuilder’s capabilities. The authors of the three best stories will each win a personal consultation with Taylor, in which she will help them uncover the stories behind their family photographs.
Entries will be accepted through July 19. Complete information is available at treelines.com/contest/.
Treelines is a web-based storytelling tool for family historians. Winner of the 2013 RootsTech Developer Challenge, Treelines is already gaining notice for its story-centric approach to family history, as well as its broad sharing capabilities and interactivity. Treelines brings those who work on preserving their families’ history the easy tools and beautiful templates to easily share stories their relatives will actually enjoy.
About Maureen Taylor
Maureen Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on the intersection of history, genealogy, and photography. She has been featured in top media outlets, including The View, Better Homes & Gardens, the Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, MSNBC, Life Magazine, and PBS Ancestors. Maureen is the author of a number of books and magazine articles, as well as a contributing editor at Family Tree Magazine. She also shares her tips and techniques in energetic seminars on family history, photography, genealogy, scrapbooking, and New England history.