Friday, May 27, 2016

I took a deep breath and created my first video

Earlier this week my Facebook friend and genealogist Amy Johnson Crow posted information about a short video she created using a new tool from Adobe, called Adobe Spark. Here's a link to her video

I've been wanting to prepare a brief instructional video with Adobe Spark to demonstrate some of the Trello boards I've created for families in my ancestry. Eventually, I want to learn how to make a video that is a Screen Share with narration so I can actually take you through the process of creating a family Trello board. So far I haven't "gotten all my ducks in a row" to create that video. I'm learning these new techniques in tiny baby steps!

In the meantime, I followed the instructions of Amy Johnson Crow and created a very short video this week that is an introduction to how I use Trello in my family history research. I used the powerpoint presentation I created about a month ago that I store on SlideShare (my first effort in that area too). I added quick narration (they don't allow you much time!), and uploaded the resulting video to YouTube. I also shared it with the Trello for Genealogy and Family History group on Facebook. You can view it here. 

I've had such fun creating the family boards and I'm amazed at how much closer they're drawing me to my ancestors, as I study the news clippings, documents, and photos that I'm adding to the family on the Trello board. I encourage you to give consideration to doing the same. Step out and create something new. Trello is FREE, easy, web-based with a wonderful mobile app, versatile and lots of fun. It's a good collaboration tool since we can allow others to have access to our boards, or make them viewable to others, or we can keep them private. Give it a try! You'll have fun and create something that your descendants will be grateful to have. I sure wish this technology had been available 100 years ago and someone would have created a nice Trello board about my great-grandparents! 


Jana Last said...


I'd like to let you know that your wonderful blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at

Have a wonderful weekend!

Becky Jamison said...

Thank you, Jana! I appreciate it and hope others who read this may try the same thing, and let me know how it goes!

Hilary Gadsby said...

Becky I will add a link to this post in the comments on my earlier blog post about Trello.

Becky Jamison said...

Thank you, Hilary. You're doing a good job of helping to spread the word about the value of Trello with Family History. Again, thank you!

Michelle Ganus Taggart said...

You did a great job Becky. It's clear and concise and just what we need to get started.