February 24, 2013

Heirlooms - iPhone App for Recording Family Treasures

Olive Tree Genealogy: Preserve Family Treasures with Heirloom App
Heirlooms is a terrific little app for keeping track of family treasures and mementos. It's fast, easy to use and pretty.

You choose an heirloom - I chose my great grandmother's toast rack and my grandfather's gold pocket watch - then you follow the instructions and icons to enter information about that item.



Olive Tree Genealogy: Preserve Family Treasures with Heirloom App
The empty fields include a spot to put the owner's name, the name of who owned the item originally, and a story about how the item came into your hands. Then you either take a photo, direct from the app, or choose one from your camera roll, and add that to your item entry.

Update Allows Sharing

Heirlooms also has an update available from the App Store that's pretty cool. File sharing! Now you can share your heirloom collection entries with family members via email. It's also possible to email your entries to your computer or laptop so you can access your notes on family treasures from there too.

Olive Tree Genealogy: Preserve Family Treasures with Heirloom App
If your relative doesn't have the Heirloom App they can get the free Reader in the App Store. This allows for viewing of the exported entry on any IOS device.

I tried emailing an entry to myself about my grandpa's gold pocket watch. It worked great! The email arrived, I opened and read it on my iPhone, then clicked on the attachment which opened in Heirlooms.

I'm impressed! All we genealogists need to do now is get our family members using this terrific little app. It's a great way to preserve family heirlooms digitally, and to share them with long-distance family.

Olive Tree Genealogy: Preserve Family Treasures with Heirloom App
I enjoyed using this new app and am hoping to convince my brother and my children to download it so I can share my entries with them.

Heirlooms App
Heirlooms Free Reader

Technical Details: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of Heirlooms for review purposes

1 comment:

Joan Thomas Holloway said...

Thanks for the heads up. I like it too!