Episode 53: Playing with a Full Deck of Ancestors with Tim Crowley of OurCards.com

No gathering of my mother’s relatives is complete without hours of card playing. My mother taught us to play card games from an early age. That’s why as soon as I saw Our Cards at a genealogy conference, I was intrigued.   

Forget Bicycle cards. They are lovely but nothing compares to seeing your ancestral photos in a deck.  Imagine your great grandmother as the Queen of Hearts. At the next gathering I’m going to bring a set and watch everyone’s expressions.  Priceless! 

About My Guest: Tim Crowley and OurCards.com

Tim Crowley has a background in banking and finance, but suddenly became interested in using cards as a device to tell family history. 

He founded OurCards in March of 2018 so he’s a relative newcomer to the genealogy market place (and to genealogy in general). 

OurCards is an online business that allows people to design their own customized deck of playing cards, with an interesting twist. The decks are standard decks of playing cards, so you can play any card game you like (Hearts, Go Fish, Gin, etc.), but on each card is a different family member. Initially designed for the genealogy marketplace, OurCards allows its clients to download their family tree from most any genealogy website (Ancestry, MyHeritage, FindMyPast, etc.), assign family members to cards and submit their order. Once printed (typically between 7 – 10 days) clients receive their own customized deck in the mail. There are a multitude of companies that support family research, but many genealogists are looking for a way to share their discoveries – OurCards was created just for them!

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About Maureen Taylor:

Maureen is a frequent keynote speaker on photo identification, photograph preservation, and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., London and Canada.  She’s the author of several books and hundreds of articles and her television appearances include The View and The Today Show (where she researched and presented a complete family tree for host Meredith Vieira).  She’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, The Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, Germany’s top newspaper Der Spiegel, American Spirit, and The New York Times. Maureen was recently a spokesperson and photograph expert for MyHeritage.com, an internationally known family history website and also writes guidebooks, scholarly articles and online columns for such media as Smithsonian.com. Learn more at Maureentaylor.com

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