MyFamily.com has been a popular Web site for family historians and their families. It was a place to gather to share news, family trees and recipes. It offered social networking before social networking became a Web 2.0 buzzword.
I was a MyFamily member a decade ago when the site was free. I also paid for a few years, $29.95 a year, when the company decided it need to charge for the service. I quit after awhile for a variety of reasons.
Now MyFamily.com is back with a 2.0 revamped free version with light doses of ad as well as ad-free sites with more storage and frills for an extra charge.
The thing that grabbed me at the site is SnapGenie, a feature on free and for-pay versions, that enables users to add narration to their slideshows.
Photo galleries are hugely popular at newspaper Web sites. I also know that friends, family and even strangers are hooked on slideshows and galleries I have done with my photos at Kodakgallery and Flickr.
Clearly, narration adds another dimension. One of my cousins, Marcia Wolinski, always goes over my images seemingly with a magnifying glass and then serves up tons of questions. My narration seems to fill the information hole.
It's easy to pull together a SnapGenie slideshow.
You upload your photos and arrange them in the order you wish. Then, you call a toll-free number and narrate the slides as the software records your voice. You push an on-screen button, add comments, and repeat the process until you finish telling your story.
Then, you invite people to view your the slideshow or post it your blog.
Check out my SnapGenie on a visit to Lithuania at