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Friday, March 28, 2008

The Photo Preservation Center Announces the 2008 Artistry of Genealogy Awards; Sponsored by

And the winners are .....

Serving as a source of inspiration and recognition to showcase outstanding genealogy websites, the 2008 Artistry of Genealogy Awards (AGA) recognizes excellence in preserving family history through genealogy. The categories and winners were selected by consumers across the country who had their photo memories digitally preserved by

Technology has enhanced the interest in learning about genealogy - the art of studying family history and investigating the ancestry of a family tree. While there are tens of thousands of Blog postings and websites dedicated to genealogy, The Photo Preservation Center - an educational division of - has commissioned a study to reveal the very best sites and is announcing the winners of the 2008 Artistry of Genealogy Awards.

"The 2008 Artistry of Genealogy Awards was planned to coincide with April’s ‘The Great American Photo Scanning Month’ to encourage having the 3.5 trillion analog photo snapshots digitally preserved," said Mitch Goldstone, Chairman of the Photo Preservation Center and president and CEO of, AGA’s sponsor.

"As generations of family photos begin to fade away, our goal is to promote photo scanning, 'The Great American Photo Scanning Month' promises to inspire many people to have their photos digitally scanned," said Goldstone.

Throughout April, is providing 1000 free photo scans to members of four leading social networking sites. Along with all members of each website recognized by the AGA’s, Flickr, MySpace, Blogger and Facebook members can have up to 1,000 4x6" photos scanned to DVD without charge when they mail their pictures to and pay $19.95 for return S&H and include the downloadable order form.

The 2008 Artistry of Genealogy Award winners was selected during a telephone survey of 945 customers across the nation during January 12 - March 24, 2008 who identified their favorite websites for each of the below categories. See Tales from the World of Photo Scanning: [] for complete listing and descriptions.

2008 Artistry of Genealogy Award Winners

  • Best Genealogy Reference Tool: Family Tree Magazine Blog - Genealogy Insider, edited by Diane Haddad. Here's your source for Family Tree Magazine's user-friendly take on what's happening inside the genealogy industry with daily updates. Website:

  • Best Genealogy Portal: Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet. A practical card catalog of the top family history-related Web pages. Cyndi Howells' site is updated daily and boasts more than 126,750 links in 150 categories; it's been visited by 27 million-plus genealogists. Website:

  • Best Way to Reunite Unidentified Photos: Dead Fred Genealogy Photo Archive. This is the ultimate site for genealogy enthusiasts to identify and reunite images of long-lost ancestors with rightful descendants. Website:

  • Best Family Immigration Story Site: Tell Us Your Story - The Ellis Island Immigration Museum. This site enables sharing your family’s immigration story, when they came to America and why -- the challenges faced in leaving your homeland and settling here, and how your family has become a part of the American Experience. Website:

  • Best Way to Network on The Internet With Your Family: The Generations Network Inc’s This is a leading family lifestyle site that has helped millions of people keep in touch with their family and friends by sharing photos, stories, news, family trees and more on their very own private web site. Website:

  • Best Archive of Historical Records: The Generations Network Inc’s This site has collected more than five billion names from historical records and counts 2.5 million active site members. WebSite:

  • Best Value/Free Genealogy Software Application: This social networking site lets you create a family tree through an easy interface to expand your tree by inviting relatives to join your tree. Website:

  • Most Popular Genealogy Publication: Family Free Magazine. This mass-market publication is America’s leading family history magazine for connecting people with their past. Website:

  • Favorite Genealogy Research Guide: Genealogy Research Guides, Tips and Online Records. Website:

  • Best Personal Genealogy Blog: AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors. Miriam’s Blog about genealogical research and her triumphs, challenges, research notes and lots of tips and links. Website:

  • Easiest Way to Share Family Stories Online: One Great Family. This online genealogical service is a group effort between you and the rest of the world to easily allow everyone to combine their knowledge and data to build one huge, shared database. Website:

  • Most Popular Genealogy Data Base - Family Tree Connection. With more than one-million archived records, this site provides an extensive indexed database of vital and public records, census, immigration, marriage, and other documents and resources that capture the day-to-day activities of your relatives. Website:

  • Best Personal Geology Blog - Renee Zamora, Renee's Genealogy Blog. The stories and details on the website are an inspiration for every family history buff. Website:

  • Best Daily Genealogy Newsletter - Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter. According to Dick Eastman’s website, for the last 11-plus years he has pursued his mission through an online periodical he writes every day, simply called "Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter." He loves to share technology "finds" that can help both new and seasoned genealogists. Website:
  • Background: Photo Preservation Center (PPC) was established by as the principal resource for information on scanning digital images and preserving generations of analog photo memories. Its mission is to promote and foster the dissemination of information and host an international resource center for discussing all issues pertaining to the preservation of family pictures. PPC is designed to facilitate the transfer of information and enhance awareness for the growing demand for converting analogy pictures into digital images and promote all the new products available for consumers to view, save and share their photo memories. is a division of 30 Minute Photos Etc., founded in 1990 as a retail and nationwide digital imaging Ecommerce business. has digitally scanned more than 6-million photographic images.

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