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8 Jun 2012 (All day)

This last week the Queen of England celebrated 60 years on the throne with a Diamond Jubilee.  She has now served longer than any other monarch since Queen Victoria, who reined for 63 years.  Many residents of Morgan have English ancestry.

1 Jun 2012 (All day)

Memorial Day is a great time for family history.  Each year my family makes an outing to three or four cemeteries.  A part of our outing is that we have breakfast at the same restaurant each year.  While it may be true that the kids enjoy breakfast more than the cemetery visits, our annual trek has become family tradition, one that my kids even seem to enjoy and look forward to.  

18 May 2012 (All day)

Utah will be available to search by name within the next day or two in the 1940 census at FamilySearch.org.  The total states published to search by name as of the present time are Delaware, Virginia, Colorado, Kansas, Oregon, New Hampshire, Utah, Florida, and Wyoming.  An additional seven states are close to release.  They are Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Vermont and Hawaii.  Several other states are completing quickly.  The project is nearly 50 percent complete. 

11 May 2012 (All day)

A growing method to help in genealogical research is DNA.  For the past decade DNA genealogy is been gaining ground in the community.  DNA testing can determine whether two individuals are related.  Descendants believed to have a common ancestor can be tested. The test can help to prove, or disprove genealogical theories.  It can also point to genealogical research that has been completed and indicated a family connection.  Even where no other family member has participated in a DNA study, the DNA results can point to likely places in the world from which ancestors originated.  

4 May 2012 (All day)

Many years ago I visited The Family History Library.  I had received a significant amount of genealogical information from my grandmother and I wanted to continue the work that she and my grandfather had done over many years.  I had never done genealogical research before and I understood little about what was required.  I was anxious to learn what I needed to do and find additional information.  

27 Apr 2012 (All day)

FamilySearch has quietly published free access to all of the United States Census, just as the 1940 project gets seriously underway.  More than a year ago FamilySearch announced a joint project with Ancestry.com to improve the currently published censuses.  Ancestry provided their index to the censuses and volunteers at FamilySearch did a second index of all the names.  The results were then arbitrated to create a better quality index.  FamilySearch created a new set of higher quality digital images from the original microfilm for many of  the years as well.

20 Apr 2012 (All day)

The National Genealogical Society conference is coming up this year in Cincinnati, May 9-12.  Each year this represents one of the best opportunities to meet other genealogists, and learn from some of the best researchers in the nation.  

13 Apr 2012 (All day)

Well, it’s finally here.  On April 2, the United States National Archive released the images of the 1940 census.  Almost immediately the National Archive site was virtually down, it was so slow.  Over the past week the site performance has steadily improved, but it continues to run a little slow.  What is not as well known is that the images are also available on FamilySearch.org/1940census and on Ancestry.com .  Both of these sites are making the images available for free.  If you know where your ancestor lived, you can now find the image in the census.  If you don’t know where they lived you can go to FindMyPast.com who has offered to find your ancestor for you in the 1940 census.  Images will also shortly be available on FindMyPast.com.

6 Apr 2012 (All day)

Guest Columnist - Cliff Jenkins

30 Mar 2012 (All day)

Writing a personal history can be daunting.  If you are like me, most of your journal entries begin with, “It’s been a while since I have written in my journal.”  Many individuals struggle with writing a daily journal.  A history of your life, however, will likely be the greatest gift that you can leave your family behind.  I guarantee that it will be treasured in generations to come as your life experiences will give them hope, insight, and understanding.

23 Mar 2012 (All day)

If you have Scottish records now is a great time to be searching online.  FindMyPast has just released the 1881 Scottish census on FindMyPast.com.  There are over 3.7 million records in the collection.   This is added to the 1841 to 1871 censuses already on their site.  

16 Mar 2012 (All day)

Apple has been in the news lately for their digital books and particularly for textbooks.  More relevant to genealogists but with much less fanfare, FamilySearch announced that they now have more than 40,000 ebooks published online.

9 Mar 2012 (All day)

RootsTech has become the do not miss conference in the genealogical world.  It brings together the best and brightest from the genealogical and the genealaogical technology worlds in one space.  I have written a few articles about it over the past few months.  

2 Mar 2012 (All day)

Privacy issues are in the news nearly every week.  Whether it is Google changing its policies, or new legislation restricting the use of personal information.  Privacy legislation is often the bane of genealogical research, however, and it is also often more public relations than good public policy.

24 Feb 2012 (All day)

I know I have written a few times about the 1940 census, but here I go again.  We are only a little over a month from the release of the census.  If you have not signed up to index I encourage you to do so.  

17 Feb 2012 (All day)

One of the keynote addresses at RootsTech posed an interesting question.  He asked what we would do with unlimited bandwidth, unlimited storage, and unlimited CPU.

3 Feb 2012 (All day)

There is a troubling trend worldwide, for genealogists, that seems to be taking root here in the United States.  For many years, The National Archives of the United Kingdom has been making money on the records over which they have stewardship.  They have entered into partnerships with commercial entities and receive royalties for many of the records that are published online.  The National Archives of Sweden has followed suit and is now charging for access to their records.  

27 Jan 2012 (All day)

Like the United States, the British have taken regular censuses. The first censuses were taken far back in history and were primarily designed so that the king or queen would know how many soldiers they could marshal during wartime and to assess the total property which could be taxed. In England, the first census that contains genealogical data is the 1841 census. 

20 Jan 2012 (All day)

A few years ago a new site emerged online with a large number of fully searchable newspapers.  The site is GenealogyBank.com and it contains information on millions of American families from 1690 to the present from over 5,800 newspapers.  There are more than twenty newspapers in Utah alone that are searchable on the site.  

13 Jan 2012 (All day)

 

Today is the last day of early registration for RootsTech.  The cost after today will change from $149 to $189.  If you are interested in RootsTech, today is the day to act.  

13 Jan 2012 (All day)

 

Today is the last day of early registration for RootsTech.  The cost after today will change from $149 to $189.  If you are interested in RootsTech, today is the day to act.  

6 Jan 2012 (All day)

There are many online blogs relating to family history, but one of the best is Eastman’s Online Genealogical Newsletter (EOGN) which is located at blog.eogn.com .  Dick Eastman, who writes the blog, has long been one of the best voices in what is happening in the family history world.  He attends all of the major conferences, and covers news from all of the major genealogical players.  He also writes about technology.  His practical approach to technology is a great addition to those who follow the newsletter and have an interest in learning how to use technology in their lives and to pursue family history.

23 Dec 2011 (All day)

As the clock ticks towards the release of the 1940 census, FamilySearch released new information on how they plan to produce a free version of the census, both index and images.  They said the following:

16 Dec 2011 (All day)

 

A few weeks ago FamilySearch released the following announcement:

FamilySearch International announced today a change in its chief executive officer. Effective January 2, 2012, Dennis C. Brimhall will succeed Jay L. Verkler as CEO of FamilySearch. Mr. Verkler will continue in a consulting capacity for a few months to ensure a smooth transition. 

9 Dec 2011 (All day)

If you’re looking for a little warm weather at this time of year a good place to look is St George.  The Family History Expos conference will take place February 24 and 25, 2012.  Just in time to give a little warmth after the cold winter months.

2 Dec 2011 (All day)

Many times family history is thought of as an activity for those who have retired.  When we picture a genealogist we often have in our minds the elderly aunt who is surrounded by books, photos, pedigree charts, and other family history documents.  While it is true that family history is a growing hobby of retired individuals, the demographic of those participating in family history is changing.

25 Nov 2011 (All day)

The genealogical community is filled with opportunities for service and with those who give service.  I am so thankful to all the genealogists who give of their time to help others be successful.  I have rarely seen any group of individuals who are so willing to give of their personal time.

18 Nov 2011 (All day)

Nearly everyone will have heard of Wikipedia.  It began as a project and a software product.  The concept was that an encyclopedia could be created online in a collaborative fashion.  Wikipedia grew out of an online encyclopedia written by experts, but community content rapidly outpaced the expert contributions.  In the first year only 20,000 entries were created.  Wikipedia now boasts more than 3.6 million articles.  Studies of accuracy have been done and place Wikipedia at an accuracy rate comparable to expert authored encyclopedias.  It is the best case, worldwide, of community collaboration creating wide content, high quality content at a very low cost.

11 Nov 2011 (All day)

Have you ever wondered what the town looked like where your parents or grandparents grew up?  If you have then the answer may be just a search away.  Many historical and genealogical sites are adding historical photos.   One of the newest is a site that shows pictures of old San Francisco.  

4 Nov 2011 (All day)

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words.  In genealogy, a picture can be worth many hours of research.  Seeing your research in new ways can help you to detect errors, see patterns, and identify new opportunities for research.

30 Oct 2011 (All day)

As April approaches preparation work for the 1940 census continues.  Ancestry.com announced that they will be providing a full index to the 1940 census once it is released.  They intend to provide the index free for the first year.

21 Oct 2011 (All day)

One of the lesser known sources for genealogical information is periodicals.   Periodicals are published by genealogical societies, historical societies, libraries, and other organizations.  

14 Oct 2011 (All day)

Last week I attended a dinner FamilySearch hosted for the leaders of the Board for the Certification of Genealogists (BCG).  As a part of the evening we were discussing ways that we could create a more rich experience with the 1940 census.  There were many excellent ideas that started me thinking.

7 Oct 2011 (All day)

If you missed rootstech last year and you love both genealogy and technology, or if you just want to learn more about the technology of genealogy then now is the time to act.  rootstech registration has opened and the Early Bird registration is $129 until November 30.  The normal registration cost is $189.

30 Sep 2011 (All day)

The National Archives and Records Administration is the National Archive of the United States.  Their website is archive.gov.  They are tasked with the preservation of important documents of the United States.  Their collection includes the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, Immigration Records, Military Records, Records of Act of Congress, Court Records, Presidential Records, and many others.

23 Sep 2011 (All day)

Vital records refer to the records of birth, marriage, and death.  They represent the key genealogical phases in an individual’s life, and are the most universally kept records.  The history of vital records in the United States has been, and continues to be, one filled with inconsistencies.  This has made US research more challenging.

16 Sep 2011 (All day)

Archives.com announ-ced last week that they are now offering the full set of United States Census records on their site, with the exception of 1930.  This announcement propels what has been a niche player in the online family history market, into a strong position, with a compelling offer, at an affordable price.

9 Sep 2011 (All day)

The Library of Congress has launched a new service that helps to bring the past to life.  The service is called the national jukebox.  It includes access for streaming audio to more than 10,000 historical recordings. 

2 Sep 2011 (All day)

The heart of genealogy is the evidence that forms our conclusions.  We search for clues of our ancestors among the records of the past.  All of genealogical research focuses on a name, a place, and a time.  Finding that elusive record that contains our ancestor is the key to success.

26 Aug 2011 (All day)

1752 is an important year in family history.  It is the year that most of Europe switched their calendars.  The Julian calendar did not coincide perfectly with the earth’s orbit and added eleven minutes each year.  The Gregorian calendar (which we use today) was introduced in 1582, but only a few countries in Europe adopted it.  

19 Aug 2011 (All day)

Located just east of the Ogden temple is the Ogden FamilySearch Library.  With the exception of the FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake, the Ogden library is the busiest in the world serving more than 45,000 patrons annually.  There are more than 140 computer stations in the facility as well as large training rooms.  The center has more than 300 staff who help patrons find their ancestors as well as an extensive film collection.

24 Jun 2011 (All day)

BrightSolid is a British company that is beginning to become a serious player in the online genealogical community.  They are owned by DC Thompson, a private British company who has been in the publishing industry for many years.  They entered the world of online family history with Scotland’s People.  Scotland’s People is the best online site for Scottish research.  They have great indexes and images to help with Scottish family history work.

10 Jun 2011 (All day)

Probably one of the best resources for knowing about your family, and often the least used, is your living family.  Family members don’t always have all of the genealogical information about ancestors, but what they know can help to validate or disprove theories.  Information from family members can also add color and life to ancestors and give a personal connection that, if recorded and shared, can help reveal ancestors as real individuals with real lives.

10 Jun 2011 (All day)

Probably one of the best resources for knowing about your family, and often the least used, is your living family.  Family members don’t always have all of the genealogical information about ancestors, but what they know can help to validate or disprove theories.  Information from family members can also add color and life to ancestors and give a personal connection that, if recorded and shared, can help reveal ancestors as real individuals with real lives.

20 May 2011 (All day)

Last week was the National Genealogical Society  Conference in Charleston, South Carolina.  One of the speakers reviewed the history of the Hunley.  The Hunley was the first submarine to sink an enemy ship.  Unfortunately, her crew also died.  It was a confederate ship.  It was one of the first ships to use a screw propeller instead of a paddle wheel and it was powered by a crew that manually turned a crankshaft to drive the propeller.

13 May 2011 (All day)

Last month FamilySearch announced that there are now more than 140 genealogical online training courses on FamilySearch.org.  I have written somewhat about these, in the past, but thought given the large increase in courses that it was worth another mention.

29 Apr 2011 (All day)

Gedcom (Genealogical Data Communications) is a file format that allows genealogical data to be shared between software programs.  Gedcom was implemented many years ago by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to facilitate genealogical information exchange.  It was subsequently adopted as a standard and virtually all genealogical software and sites support Gedcom for data exchange.  

22 Apr 2011 (All day)

Today I received information about a new experience in family history.  I am a somewhat reluctant user of Facebook.  I recognize its value, but don’t really like the idea of living my life in public online.  I have several family members who are crazy about it.  I have watched many individuals while away hours of time at Farmville (a game where individuals create virtual farms and grow virtual crops).  I have played many online games and video games in my life, so I understand some of the addiction, but I have not really understood the fascination with Farmville. 

15 Apr 2011 (All day)

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  Wars are always significant for genealogists.  They create many new records.  In the United States, wars create draft, pay, enlistment, discharge, and pension records, just to name a few.  The Civil War is no exception and there are a wealth of records in which your ancestral information may be found if they were living in the United States at the time.