History Or Genealogy Patents (Class 434/154)
  • Publication number: 20150111181
    Abstract: A computer implemented system for learning history includes a historical module; and, a creative module. The historical module includes campaigns, each representing a time period. Each includes a number of defined mission modules, each including historical developments in an associated campaign. Upon completion of the mission module, the historical module provides the user with the next mission module. The process of completing missions and objectives is repeated until all missions are completed in a campaign. Essays are then presented at an end of an associated campaign, each comprising a model argument relating to the campaign. The historical module includes campaign quizzes for testing a user's comprehension of the campaign and the campaign essays. Each historical module presents each campaign quiz after each campaign essay. The creative module is then unlocked, providing play independent of historical fact. The score results of the campaign quiz determine an extent of creative play.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: DANIEL L. GINSBERG
  • Publication number: 20150104760
    Abstract: An interactive scholastic teaching device may use first and second portions of a touchscreen for presenting problems and receiving answers to the problems from a user. The first portion of a touchscreen display is used for presenting one or more scholastic problems for a user during a problem session, and the second portion of the touchscreen display is used for recording one or more traces manually input by the user on the second portion of the touchscreen display during the problem session. A memory stores the one or more traces. The touchscreen display may also include a third portion having one or more touch buttons structured to accept input from the user during the problem session, which may also be stored in the memory, and associated with the stored traces. The traces may be stored in image form, moving image form, or in data that may be re-created to form a moving image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Scott D. Tepavich
  • Patent number: 8886592
    Abstract: A genealogy registry system includes a central server database and a central server. The central server database includes surname workspaces for storing genealogical data in lineage-linked form, a submission link space for making and storing links between data in the data spaces, and a third-party link space for making and storing links between the data spaces. The central server includes a surname cooperation manager to manage cooperation between researchers researching genealogy for the same surname, a unique ID generator to generate a unique ID for any individual being researched, a visible data selector to allow access to a subgroup of data on the central server database, and a workstation manager to manage transmission of data to the central server database from workstations where data are assembled relating to a particular surname. The workstations may assemble data by extracting, indexing, sorting and linking information from source documents for the surname.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Kent W. Huff
  • Publication number: 20140205973
    Abstract: Presenting genealogical information. A method includes displaying a representation of a first individual. The method further includes displaying a ring chart for the first individual. The ring chart includes elements representing individuals with familial relationships to the first individual in a ring chart fashion. Displaying a ring chart includes displaying the ring chart with visual coding. The visual coding indicates a level of completeness of research done for individuals represented in the ring chart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Kinpoint, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles D. Knutson, Daniel Zappala, Justin C. York, Robert A. Brown, Steven C. Nay, Justin T. Seliger, Scott M. Erickson, Derrick J. Brinton
  • Publication number: 20130236862
    Abstract: An apparatus and system are disclosed for displaying genealogy information. The apparatus includes a container. One or more first generation pieces fit together to form a first layer in the container. At least one first generation piece includes identity information of a person (“first generation person”). Each first generation person is related to a person (“original person”) through a genealogical relationship. One or more second generation pieces fit together to form a second layer in the container. At least one second generation piece includes identity information of a person (“second generation person”). Each second generation person is related to a first generation person identified on at least one of the first generation pieces through a genealogical relationship.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: John P. Dilworth
  • Publication number: 20130157234
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are disclosed for constructing a storyline visualization. The storyline visualization may be constructed from one or more temporal documents (e.g., news stories having publication dates). The temporal documents may be organized into chapters, subchapters, and/or various storylines interconnected by branches. In this way, the storyline visualization may relate to a main story, which may branch into various storylines that respectively comprise one or more chapters. A user may be able to interactively explore the storyline visualization to understand the evolution of the main story (e.g., how a first storyline may have developed and/or be related to a second (developing) storyline). The storyline visualization may provide access to the underlying temporal documents. The storyline visualization may be presented as a timeline, a virtual storybook, a photo album, and/or other various visualizations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Antonino Gulli, Antonio Savona, Giovanni Deretta, Daniel Bernhardt
  • Publication number: 20110177479
    Abstract: An historical educational game book/box that unearths and chronicles important eras, people, places and events in the past and present. The book contains a set of paints with brush, a scraping tool, a multicolored square or rectangular surface containing or holding miniature replicas to unearth. A brief summary of the historical set is attached to the inside cover of the book/box. After items have been unearthed, the box can be painted and figures and pieces can be stored within.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventor: Maura B. King
  • Publication number: 20110159465
    Abstract: This invention is intended to improve immersive simulation techniques. The integration of five components constitutes a new method creating an educational experience that will improve student levels of interest and performance in STEM and other subjects. The five components are: Physical hardware (representing real or simulated items), Facilities and supporting staff (representing themselves or facsimiles of non-contemporary facilities and staff) Media in various forms and formats including: advertising, news, music, film or other types produced for either broadcast or internet outlet. Dramatic stories that cohesively integrate items 1, 2 and 3 to enhance the educational experience. Linking technologies that enable the control and transmission of data and other information between the physical hardware and applicable personnel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventor: Rick Gutridge
  • Publication number: 20110086330
    Abstract: A game system for ethnic awareness education game play includes a video display device, a remote controller for controlling the video display device, and a video display device readable media. The media is operable to cause the video display device to: display a first question; display the correct answer to the first question; display a second question after displaying the correct answer to the first question; and terminate game play when a termination prompt is received from the remote controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventor: D'Anna Cherie Mounia
  • Patent number: 7844183
    Abstract: A system for transmission of information between at least two players in a training area comprises means on a first (1) of said players for encoding light pulses and means for transmitting information in the form of such coded light pulses towards at least one second (2-4) of said players, said second player having means for receiving said light pulses and means for decoding the information thereof. Each of said players is provided with a clock, and the system comprises means for keeping said clocks synchronized. The encoding means and the decoding means are adapted to utilize data of times of transmission and receipt of said light pulses for transmitting information from the first player to the second player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: SAAB AB
    Inventors: Peter Isoz, Alf Axerud
  • Publication number: 20100159424
    Abstract: An article including a series of different cereal box sleeves dimensioned to fit over a cereal box, each of the sleeves including content printed or otherwise formed thereon, wherein the content is a subject unrelated to cereal contained in the cereal box, wherein a common theme connects the content of the sleeves in the series of the sleeves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventor: Moshe Kugel
  • Publication number: 20080108027
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment provides for a graphical radially-extending family hedge. The family hedge displays a user's ancestors, contemporaneous generation and next generation. Additionally, the family hedge displays the user's spousal and in-law information. Both blood and in-law relations expand out from the user to N degrees of separation. When a member of the family hedge other than the user is selected, the family hedge re-arranges itself such that it expands out to N degrees of separation from the selected member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Inventor: MATTHEW D. SALLIN
  • Publication number: 20080032269
    Abstract: A method of generating a table in which data having time or period information is laid out at corresponding positions along a chronological axis includes the steps of displaying a table generating screen including a table generating area; displaying the chronological axis in the table generating area; obtaining a plurality of pieces of the data according to a selecting instruction; and generating the table by laying out the plurality of pieces of the data in the table generating area along the chronological axis on the basis of the time or period information of the individual pieces of the data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichiro Sako, Mitsuru Takehara, Yuichi Abe, Takatoshi Nakamura, Itaru Kawakami
  • Patent number: 7232157
    Abstract: Patent for a blank modular book (FIG. 1), the modules being distinguished by tags (1), each having the same number of pages, designed to be filled in by the members of each generation of the same Family, whatever they may want to write, each module being provided with transparent plastic bags for keeping photographs and documents, thus, in view of its long life extending for many centuries and even millennia, the book will be a material sound link in the Family, and can even result in the formation of a true “Clan” and, in view of having this characteristic of a very long life, it requires the protection of a highly resistant case (FIG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Inventor: Guido Amaral
  • Patent number: 6910050
    Abstract: An animal registry system and method utilizing information either borne by an animal or obtained from the normal abode of the animal to obtain veterinarian, search and/or rescue, concierge and other services to the animal with payment guaranteed to the provider of the services. The animal registry system is operatively connected to a communication system providing an automated response to incidents involving the registered animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Inventor: Harvey Gustave Pawlick
  • Publication number: 20040086835
    Abstract: A system and method for teaching and learning history and geography which uses color-coded lines that are created, then filled in, by the user with pertinent information about the era or person and area of world being studied. The color-coding for such timelines is based on the breakdown of the historical experience in seven basic categories to which a specific color is then assigned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2003
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Inventor: Eileen Marie Otto
  • Publication number: 20040072129
    Abstract: A system and method for establishing and administrating a short term or perpetual remembrance program is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2002
    Publication date: April 15, 2004
    Inventor: Richard L. Arnoldy
  • Patent number: 6712616
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system (20) and a method and signal used for broadcasting of a media package (28). In the media package, a name list is established for a predetermined period of days or on a day by day basis and includes one name for every day of the period. The list could be established by a software program providing names from a name database. A media channel is used for broadcasting a name of the day media package (28) comprising at least a presentation of the at least name corresponding to the day of a broadcast (40). The media channel presents the media package (28) on a display (24), whereby an audience is educated about each presented name and its history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: Vision & Waves AB
    Inventor: Björn Albrektson
  • Patent number: 6641400
    Abstract: A multi-disciplinary educational tool having a plurality of commodity representations, a plurality of instruction cards, and at least one cargo transfer means that is moved among a plurality of geographical regions is disclosed. The multi-disciplinary educational tool can also comprise a playing surface to represent a plurality of geographical regions. The commodity representations comprise physical samples, pictorial representations or a combination of physical samples and pictorial representations of the represented commodities. The multi-disciplinary educational tool can also comprise a quantity of money for use during trading and exchange rates, wherein the exchange rates can set prices and exchange rates for the plurality of commodity representations. The multi-disciplinary educational tool can also comprise a plurality of impact cards that affect trading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Inventor: Lorraine M. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 6582231
    Abstract: A method for encouraging purchasers of animals to register the animals with a genealogical registry involves providing a purchaser of an animal an application form for registration of the animal with the registry wherein the application form has printed thereon sire and dam information for at least two immediately previous generations of the animal to permit the purchaser to make informed purchasing decisions concerning the genetic history of the animal. Application forms for registering an individual animal with the registry may be provided by the registry to intermediate distributors of the animals to permit the distributors to print the identifying information and sire and dame information for an individual animal on the registration application and then transfer the registration application to the purchaser at the time of purchase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Assignee: United All Breed Registry, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Craig Cobb, Rocky D. McMahan
  • Patent number: 6524108
    Abstract: A three dimensional family tree display has a plurality of family member blocks with each block having a plurality of edges and having a family tree member identification thereon. Each block has a plurality of openings therein and at least one edge of each block has a connected portion for connecting one edge of one block to one edge of a second block. Each pair of edge connected blocks being illustrative of the spousal relationship with the family members on each of the pair of edge connected blocks. A plurality of connecting tubes or rods are each attached to one opening in each of a pair of blocks to thereby connect the two blocks. The rod connected blocks being illustrative of the parent child relationship of the connected blocks. A base supports a plurality of attached blocks so that a family tree is displayed in a three dimensional display. Each block can have a family name as well as photographs of the family member thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Inventor: Robert C. Murray
  • Publication number: 20020172924
    Abstract: This invention is a block which holds a picture and or a plaque. This block can be connected to another block by tubular members which are inserted vertically into the blocks allowing them to rotate 360-degrees. It is essential that the blocks be able to move in this way to allow for balanced and uncluttered appearance. These blocks can each represent a family member and be arranged by family relationship. Parents connect to children and children connect to grandchildren and so on. A relationship that can not be shown can be written on the plaque. In business, the president could be connected to the vice presidents, and vice presidents could be connected to the managers and so on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2001
    Publication date: November 21, 2002
    Inventor: Robert C. Murray
  • Patent number: 6416325
    Abstract: A computer program and method for displaying a family tree in 3 dimensions. A family space contains person objects representing members of a family. Data can be entered on family members by hand or read in from a database. Person objects are connected to other person objects to represent family relationships. Different axes in the family space can represent different relationships. One axis can represent siblingship, another can represent parent/child, and another can represent marriage or father/mother relationships. The space, or parts of it, can be displayed on an output device. A set of commands allows rotations, translations, zooming, etc. Selecting a particular person object can bring up historical information concerning that person and possibly a visual representation of that person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Gross
  • Publication number: 20010041327
    Abstract: A computer program and method for displaying a family tree in 3 dimensions. A family space contains person objects representing members of a family. Data can be entered on family members by hand or read in from a database. Person objects are connected to other person objects to represent family relationships. Different axes in the family space can represent different relationships. One axis can represent siblingship, another can represent parent/child, and another can represent marriage or father/mother relationships. The space, or parts of it, can be displayed on an output device. A set of commands allows rotations, translations, zooming, etc. Selecting a particular person object can bring up historical information concerning that person and possibly a visual representation of that person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2001
    Publication date: November 15, 2001
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Gross
  • Patent number: 6273725
    Abstract: A process is provided for teaching students multiple curriculum subjects through the use of a theatrical production. A play is first selected which has been created for student performance and adapted to the grade level of the students participating. Student lesson plans are provided, including worksheets in multiple curriculum subjects. These subjects include at least two of the following: language arts, math, science, health, and history. The students are assigned speaking or non-speaking roles in the play. Sound recordings are provided which pertain to the play. These sound recordings can include a soundtrack of the script of the play serving as an aid in teaching the students the roles of the play as well as sound effects and audio bites for use during the performance of the play. Templates are provided for creating backdrops and props for the play. A portable stage is erected within a classroom environment and used in performing the play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Assignee: Spotlight Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrik L. T. Bernstein, Jeannette A. Hammerstein
  • Patent number: 6183258
    Abstract: A method for encouraging purchasers of pets or other types of animals to register the animals with a genealogical or breed registry involves providing a purchaser of an animal, at the time of purchase, an application form for registration of the animal with the registry wherein the application form has printed thereon sire and dam information for at least two and preferably three or four immediately previous generations of the animal to permit the purchaser to make informed purchasing decisions concerning the genetic history of the animal at the time of purchase. The purchaser of an individual animal is instructed by instructions on the registration application to complete the application by providing a name for the animal and to return the application to the registry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: United All Breed Registry, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Craig Cobb, Rocky D. McMahan
  • Patent number: 6164971
    Abstract: This invention relates to methods and systems for reenacting historical scenarios in a computer controlled data base and operating system wherein roles are segregated and processed to permit intervention of interactive role players for modifying the reenacted scenarios in accordance with their reactions and decisions on line as they view the scenarios. In this way, the role players get involved personally in the historical events reenacted to make the action and results more memorable, interesting and understandable. Different roles may be chosen to match the skills, capabilities and interest of the role players. The role players input decisions are substituted in the reenactment to conform with or change the course of history and feedback is provided to inform the role player of the impact introduced. Thus, grading or evaluation records for role players may be produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Inventor: Grayden T. Figart
  • Patent number: 5496176
    Abstract: A method and apparatus (10) for recreating the strategy and maneuvers employed by opposing forces in an actual military engagement as described in a historical text through the placement and movement of different sized military unit markers (40) on the surface of a map (20) in accordance with the narrative contained in the text (100), wherein the different sized military unit markers (40) are adapted to be releasably attached both to the surface of the map (20) and to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1996
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Swanson
  • Patent number: 5454569
    Abstract: The invention relates to an Afro American Educational Quiz Game where players receives points for correctly identifying notable black persons on question and answer cards. The game has a game board divided into multiple subject categories with letters for each category and numbers corresponding to letters and numbers on the question and answer cards and token chips, which are kept in a card box, having separate compartments for each subject matter and a chip box with separate compartments for each category. A person chosen as monitor places the numbered and lettered chips on the correspondingly matched numbered and lettered sections of the game board. A player then chooses a category. The monitor then selects a chip from the category chosen by the player, and the monitor picks the question and answer card corresponding to the number and letter on the selected chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1995
    Inventor: Donald P. Walker
  • Patent number: 5246374
    Abstract: A kit, structure, and method for displaying pictures of related individuals or couples in a family tree according to actual family relationships The kit has at least one picture holder in the shape of a heart and several in the shape of leaves One or more branches are provided to connect the picture holders according to a structure suggested by family relationships. A heart shape around a picture represents marriage. A branch is extended from the heart shape if the marriage produced children. For each child of the marriage, a leaf picture holder is connected to the branch as if "growing" from it by a leafstalk. The marriage of a child is represented by an additional branch "grafted" into the child's leaf picture holder and an additional heart-shaped picture holder on that additional branch. If the child had children from this marriage, the additional branch extends beyond the additional heart and has additional leaf picture holders "growing" from it. This pattern continues for as many generations as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1993
    Inventor: Alma Boodram
  • Patent number: 4865548
    Abstract: A three-dimensional family tree system displaying family relationships, including lateral lines such as aunts, uncles and cousins, comprises a number of transparent planes in a vertical assembly, one plane for each generation, each plane vertically separated from the planes above and below it by sufficient distance to allow the placement, on each plane, of a number of individual markers. To each marker is affixed the name of a family member of that generation, and each of said markers is connected by a line to the marker or markers for the said family member's parents on the plane above, and, as appropriate, by lines to one or more markers for the said family member's child or children on the plane below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1989
    Inventor: Henry A. Snyder
  • Patent number: 4773862
    Abstract: A method and map (10) for charting historical events by ventures A and B in a joint venture is described. The method and map enable a visual understanding of the operation of joint venture in the past and possibly more effective development of the joint venture in the future.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1988
    Assignee: Board of Governors of Wayne State University
    Inventor: Marietta L. Baba
  • Patent number: 4650422
    Abstract: A modular family tree doll system has a modular tree formed of a base member, modular trunk sections that snap-fit together, and modular branches that fit to one another and to the trunk sections. Dolls that represent progenitors of either gender back through several generations can be placed in doll swings or treehouses that are suspended from the branches of the tree. Flags can indicate the country of origin for the person that the doll represents, and the doll swings or treehouses, and cushions on the fixed swings or treehouses can be color coded to indicate blood lines. The system can be free standing or can be suspended on a wall, and can be expanded as more is learned about the ancestors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1987
    Inventor: Dorothy J. Gorczynski
  • Patent number: 4501559
    Abstract: This Basic Comprehensive Family History and Records System or Straightline Genealogy is designed to simplify the recording, numbering, filing, storing, and retrieving family lineages both indefinitely into the past and indefinitely into the future without re-structuring or re-copying, and to encourage the compilation of family history, records, and memorabilia. The non-patentable portion which uses the numbering, filing, and storing aspects of the invention also encourages in-depth recording of personal data for individuals including medical history against future reactions and the developing of a base-line for future genetic counseling to benefit both the current and future generations.The compact form of the invention eliminates all unnecessary pieces of paper while still providing adequate space for recording each generation. This allows the lineage file to be used as a research tool as well as permanent records so no re-copying of information is necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1982
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1985
    Inventors: Beth H. Griswold, Gail E. Griswold, Alexandra F. Griswold
  • Patent number: 4483680
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for recording and displaying genelogical or pedigree information on humans or animals are provided, wherein data on individuals is recorded on a plurality of interconnectable discrete patterns imprinted on transparent, self-adhesive material, the appropriate pattern being selected on the basis of the individual's gender, marital status, and status as a direct or collateral descendant, and then completed patterns are arranged on a display means to illustrate familial or blood-line relationships.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 20, 1984
    Inventor: Louise A. Daly
  • Patent number: 4332565
    Abstract: A display device comprising a plurality of adjacent hierarchical orders, and at least one hierarchichal display in each order. The number of hierarchichal orders is n. The number of hierarchical displays in each order is 2.sup.n-1. The displays in each order include (n-1) display segments when n>and one display segment when n=1. The hierarchichal displays within each order are arrayed symmetrically about a medial boundary line intersecting the orders. Means for representing selected indicia at each display segment are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1982
    Inventor: Pierre F. Mialet