Legacy Stories Launches the FamilySearch Tree Connect Feature to Link Stories to Family Tree

Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) May 08, 2013

For the first time, it is possible to give voice to our ancestors. A new technology allows families to compose stories in multimedia then search for and link the stories to over 12 billion ancestor names in the FamilySearch Family Tree.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogical organization in the world with over 4600 Family History Centers. The LegacyStories.org Family History Library is amassing a database of life experiences that represents the living history of the 20th century. Now, members can go beyond documenting personal living history to loved ones who have passed.

Legacy Stories has the honor of being the first web application certified with FamilySearch’s Tree Connect feature . Users can view a 4-part video tutorial walking through each of Legacy Stories’ media components and learn how to link them to the Family Tree.

“This takes family history to a whole new level”, says Tom Cormier, President of Legacy Stories. “Now descendants can upload a photo of an ancestor or related scanned document, record a narrative in their own voice directly to the site, then easily place a link to the “talking photo” in a source box in the ancestor’s Family Tree record. When researchers click on the source link they are brought directly to the photo where they can see the image and hear the voice of the descendant describing the photo, person or event.”

Legacy Stories 4-part tutorials are the basis of a class taught by Certified Legacy Advisors and Family History Consultants in some of the 4600 Family History Centers around the world. Debbie Youd, a Certified Legacy Advisor and Family History Consultant in Kansas City, taught the class during the RootsTech Conference at the Kansas City Center. “It was a huge success”, she says. “People really loved the legacy classes”.

The classes are also being taught at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City by Certified legacy Advisor and Accredited Genealogist, Golden Adams and by Kathy Larsen, a Certified Legacy Advisor in Houston, Texas.

“We will be hosting live webinars to teach the process starting some time in May this year”, Cormier states. “Its amazing how excited people get when they see how they can give the gift of legacy to an ancestor.”

About Legacy Stories

LegacyStories.org is a cloud-based digital family history library founded by Tom Cormier and Dennis Stack in 2008. The free site offers multimedia story documenting and recording features for all ages.

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Tom Cormier



“Weird Al” Yankovic

“Weird Al” Yankovic
Event on 2013-06-02 20:00:00

"Weird Al" Yankovic

"Weird Al" Yankovic, the undisputed king of pop culture parody, has sold more comedy recordings than any other artist in history. In a career spanning nearly three decades, he has amassed 30 Gold and Platinum albums, 7 Gold and Platinum-certified home videos and 3 Grammy Awards (with 11 nominations). The singer-songwriter's first real brush with fame came in 1979 when he recorded "My Bologna" (a spoof of The Knack's "My Sharona") in the bathroom across the hall from his college campus radio station where he had a weekly DJ shift. A devoteé of musical satirists Spike Jones, Tom Lehrer, Allan Sherman and Stan Freberg, Yankovic's budding career took off when the song became a sensation on the nationally syndicated "Dr. Demento Show." Just a few years later, Al landed his first recording contract and has since created an extraordinary legacy of music and ground-breaking videos, including hits like "Eat It," "Like A Surgeon" and "Amish Paradise." An accomplished director, Al has helmed many of his own award-winning music videos as well as clips for Ben Folds, Jeff Foxworthy, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Hanson and The Black Crowes. His video for "Smells Like Nirvana," nominated for an MTV Video Music Award in 1992, was chosen by Rolling Stone as one of the "Top 100 Music Videos Of All Time." Al also created the critically acclaimed title sequence for the Leslie Nielsen feature film "Spy Hard." Making a successful transformation from pop music satirist to multimedia star, Al created his own television specials for MTV ("AL-TV"), Showtime and the Disney Channel, among others. His feature film "UHF" (1989) became an instant Top Ten best-selling DVD upon its release in 2002, and his CBS network series "The Weird Al Show" reached cult-classic status and was released on DVD earlier this year. Al has been featured on numerous TV shows and specials, and his profile on VH-1's "Behind the Music" remains one of the most popular installments in the history of the series. Yankovic's 12th studio album Straight Outta Lynwood (Way Moby/Volcano) is a DualDisc release brimming with special features. The DVD side contains six brand new Weird Al music videos produced by some of the world's top animators, including Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Bill Plympton, "Ren & Stimpy" creator John Kricfalusi, acclaimed media artist Jim Blashfield, the creative team behind Cartoon Network's Adult Swim show "Robot Chicken" and popular Internet animators Thomas Lee and David C. Lovelace. The package also features a 9-minute behind-the-scenes documentary, as well as PCM Stereo, 5.1 Surround Sound and karaoke/instrumental versions of the entire album. The centerpiece of Straight Outta Lynwood is "White & Nerdy," a parody of Chamillionaire's No. 1 smash hit "Ridin'." Al directed the highly-acclaimed video clip, which features hilarious cameos by Donny Osmond, Seth Green, Judy Tenuta and Mad TV's Keegan-Michael Keys and Jordan Peele. The "White & Nerdy" video went straight into heavy rotation on VH-1 (debuting at #5 in their Top 20 Countdown) and quickly racked up a few million hits on YouTube. Straight Outta Lynwood also features parodies of Green Day ("Canadian Idiot"), Usher ("Confessions Part III"), Taylor Hicks ("Do I Creep You Out") and R. Kelly (the 11-minute epic "Trapped in the Drive-Thru"), as well as the now-traditional polka medley ("Polkarama!"), which this time includes accordion-fueled renditions of hits by such artists as 50 Cent, The Black Eyed Peas, Snoop Dogg, Coldplay, Weezer, Pussycat Dolls and Kanye West. "Don't Download This Song," the first song and video released from the album, is a tongue-in-cheek look at the hot-button issue of mp3 piracy, set to original music inspired by the celebrity-driven charity benefit songs from the '80s. The song was ironically offered as a free download on Al's web site (weirdal.com) and MySpace page (myspace.com/weirdal), and quickly became a viral worldwide hit. Other original compositions on the album include an homage to both Brian Wilson and internal organs ("Pancreas"), an ode to computer-based paranoia ("Virus Alert"), a headbanger about frivolous lawsuits ("I'll Sue Ya"), an anthem for the relationship-impaired ("Close But No Cigar") and a cheery ditty about the most festive time of the year ("Weasel Stomping Day"). Straight Outta Lynwood debuted at #10 on the Billboard charts, making it Al's highest charting album to date. "Weird Al" Yankovic and his band (the same talented group of musicians that has performed with him since 1982) will be back on the road again in the summer of 2010.

at The Capitol Theatre
149 Westchester Ave
Port Chester, United States

Chris MacDonald’s Memories of Elvis Rockin Birthday Bash is back at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts January 12, 2013.

(PRWEB) January 08, 2013

In celebration of what would have been Elvis Presley’s 78th birthday, Chris MacDonald will lovingly bring back the magic of the King or Rock-n-roll in a truly dynamic performance complete with costumes, back up singers, dancers and a high-energy concert band for a Rockin tribute celebrating the life and music of one of the greatest entertainers and pop culture icons of the 20th century.

“Are you still lonesome Tonight” for the energy, charisma and incredible voice of one of the most enduring icons of pop culture? Then come celebrate the life and music of Elvis Presley, when tribute artist Chris MacDonald presents,” Memories of Elvis Rockin Birthday Bash” a tribute to the incredible story of the King of Rock-n-Roll, Saturday January 12th at the Coral Springs Center for The Arts. Elvis Presley, recognized by TIME magazine as the “Artist of the Century,” has sold more records than any other artist or group in the history of modern music. Even after death, his image and music continue to be loved and celebrated throughout the world. July 5, 2004 was established as the official 50th Birthday of Rock-n-roll commemorating Sun Records release of Elvis Presleys song Thats all right Mama. With recent number ones on Billboard and Great Britains charts, Elvis once again proves he is gone, but not forgotten.

Keeping the memory alive at countless venues throughout the country Chris MacDonald lovingly brings back the magic of the King of Rock-n-Roll with his tribute Memories of Elvis. Chriss show is not an overdone impersonation. It is a natural heartfelt tribute to the King of Rock-n-roll. Adding to the authenticity of his tribute, Chris has the honor of being the only tribute artist hired by Elvis Presley Enterprises to perform at Graceland’s Heartbreak Hotel for 7 consecutive years. An energetic and experienced entertainer, MacDonald has also starred in the famous LEGENDS IN CONCERT stage productions in such cities as Branson, MO, and Las Vegas, NV. He has also performed in Concert with Elvis Presleys original back up group The Jordanaires and D.J. Fontana at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Not only is the charismatic MacDonald superb in performing as Elvis, this versatile performer has an extensive repertoire spanning from the 50’s through today including contemporary country music tunes in addition to some of his own original music. MacDonalds solid vocals have also earned him Broward Countys Florida Country Music Associations (FCMA) Male Vocalist of the Year award and a feature track on The Deuces Wild compilation CD which received the FCMA Best CD of the Year award. Chris also had the honor of working with The Jordanaires on his original country music CD entitled No Misconception. The legendary Jordanaires arranged and provided the harmony vocals giving it an authentic traditional country sound. The songs are available for digital downloads on Amazon and iTunes or his website chriselvis.com. Also just released this year is a full live double CD recording of Chris MacDonald’s Memories of Elvis Live in Concert .It is also available on iTunes and Amazon.

With this national touring production, the show will include costume changes and performances representing the different stages of Elvis’s incredible career including the 1950’s, the Movies, the 1968 Comeback and the 1970’s White Fringe Vegas Concerts in tribute to the incredible story of the King of Rock-n-Roll.

For one night only at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, MacDonald will bring back an All-American Legend in a truly dynamic multi-media performance complete with costumes, back up singers dancers, and a high-energy concert band for a Rockin Birthday tribute celebrating the life and music of one of the greatest entertainers and pop culture icons of 20th Century.

January 12,2013 8pm

Coral Springs Center for the Arts

2855 Coral Springs Drive

Coral Springs, FL 33065