Here are some more new companies that presented products and services at FGS-RootsTech 2015. I understand there were 170 vendors, up from 120 vendors last year. This is not a comprehensive list. but just some of the ones that caught my eye or approached me!
As with yesterday’s disclaimer, I am not receiving any type of compensation from any of these companies and I am not recommending any of them. This is simply information for your review and further details can be gleaned through the live links to their websites.
1. MY FAMILY ON LINE is advertised as a full service genealogy company that offers scanning and digitizing, family websites, translations, research and photo restoration, among other services. This is a fee-based company that offered a discount at RootsTech. I don’t know if the same offer is being made through their website.
2. Forever.com and Panstoria – Forever.com is a cloud storage company that purchased Panstoria, a photo organizing scrapbook software company. Together they offer a “permanent digital home” and way to tell your stories and share them with family. A sales rep told me that there was a one-time subscription fee that covered both, but the websites show monthly rates, too.
3. ArgusSearch says it is a company that “protects your future by investigating their past.” Their entry in the Innovator Summit was a search engine technology that is a handwriting recognition program. Written documents on line can be searched for specific requested information. This is a fee based service company.
The winner of the challenge was:
4. StoryWorth, which helps families share stories. A question about one’s life is emailed once a week. Stories are saved on a private site that can be accessed by other family members. The basic monthly fee allows six storytellers (perhaps four grandparents and two parents or any other combination one wishes), but permits unlimited story recipients.
Randy Seaver had a great post on the four finalists on Genea-Musings last week.
I hope this gave you a flavor of the up and coming companies and what they are offering the genealogy community. I purposely did not include pricing, even if I could find it. If one or more of these companies sounds interesting to you, click the link and visit their websites.