BYU Family History Technology Lab
The BYU Family History Technology Lab was mentioned in the August/September 2022 issue of Internet Genealogy. This is a nonprofit that has ties to BYU and FamilySearch. Let’s look at what this site offers.
This site is a unique mixture of games and tools related to genealogy and family research. Most of the games and tools require you to use the information that you have populated in your family tree on FamilySearch. If you haven’t done this or prefer not to do so, those tools will not be useful as it relies on that data to populate the game or parse your data. That said the concept is fun and interesting.
Imagine answering Wheel of Family Fortune questions specific to your own family tree or using the tool Geneography to explore statistic of what was happening in each part of the United States during various time periods. Two that I found quite poignant were related to age of death during the Civil War and World War II. You can see how many more men in their twenties to forties died during those time periods compared to before and after those events. It is a graphic representation of how war changes lives, families, and communities.
Like all sites that require person date or family data, check out the privacy requirements to make your own determinations regarding sharing your information. I think it is good to see what is available so explore and see if this is something that interests you. Have fun!
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With a lifelong passion for genealogy and history, the author enjoys the opportunity to share genealogy tidbits, inspiring others to research and write their family story.