The RootsTech 2014 Developer Challenge Finalists

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Each year, the RootsTech family history and technology conference draws thousands to see the latest in ideas in genealogical research and some of the recent innovations from family history products. The annual RootsTech Developer Challenge rewards those developers who introduce the most innovative, new concepts to the family history industry. From the many entrants from around the world, we are excited to announce the three finalists: Find-A-Record, PhotoFaceMatch, and Saving Memories Forever. The grand prize winner (along with the second prize and third prize winners) will be announced during the RootsTech keynote session on Friday, February 7.

Find-A-Record is a searchable worldwide index of records collections. A family history researcher can enter available information about where and when their ancestors lived and discover the various record collections available. The search is integrated with popular online trees through a browser extension.

Find-A-Record is a creation of John Clark and Justin York of Genealogy Systems LLC in Provo, Utah, USA. Clark spent the last 6 years working as a CTO and Founder at various startups. York has years of experience in web development. They share a passion for making genealogy research easier for everyone.

For more information about Find-A-Record, go to For media inquiries contact John Clark, Founder, at (801) 369-1421 or

PhotoFaceMatch, developed by Charley Smart & Steve Miller of Eclipse Identity Recognition Corporation, uses facial recognition technology to help genealogists. This application is a tool to analyze a digital shoebox of pictures, automatically detect common features and even build an album of portraits.

PhotoFaceMatch allows users to select one or more photographs of a known individual and photos of a different individual to determine the likelihood that the two are the same person. This can be used as a tool to help identify unknown individuals. Perhaps most notable to genealogists is recognizing the same person at various ages.

For more information about PhotoFaceMatch, go to or visit them at booth #125 at RootsTech. For media inquiries contact Charley Smart, Vice President of Marketing, at (408) 357-0233, 

 Saving Memories Forever is the creation of Harvey & Jane Baker, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. They wanted to know the people behind the names and dates.  What were their dreams? What did they like?   What made them laugh?

The Bakers saw that smart phones could serve as a mobile recording studio and as a tool to upload stories seamlessly to a private website. The app provides prompts and questions to encourage recording life stories and make them available for generations. It creates an easy way to connect families through the richness of voice and the warmth of storytelling.

For more information about Saving Memories Forever, go to or visit booth #330 at RootsTech. For media inquiries contact Harvey Baker, Founder, at (217) 321-1776, or grand prize winner will be announced during Friday’s keynote session at RootsTech

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