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July 10, 2014

Last week DC Thomson Family History, the organization that owns findmypast.com, acquired Mocavo.  This seems like an excellent step forward for both of the companies.  

Last week DC Thomson Family History, the organization that owns findmypast.com, acquired Mocavo.  This seems like an excellent step forward for both of the companies.  

May 2, 2014

FamilySearch.org is a treasure trove for those searching for marriage records. Check out the following resources:

FamilySearch.org is a treasure trove for those searching for marriage records. Check out the following resources:
Historical Record Collections

April 13, 2014

When I purchased the newspaper about four and a half years ago I did not understand the genealogical value of community papers. Unlike the large daily newspapers that are struggling to stay alive, community newspapers are, in general, doing well. They provide content that can be found nowhere else. There is very little content online or being written, other than in social media, about the events at a local level. This is the staple of community newspaper content.

When I purchased the newspaper about four and a half years ago I did not understand the genealogical value of community papers. Unlike the large daily newspapers that are struggling to stay alive, community newspapers are, in general, doing well. They provide content that can be found nowhere else.

March 30, 2014

What did our great great great grandparents care about?  In many ways this was the focus of the talk by Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at RootsTech.  

What did our great great great grandparents care about?  In many ways this was the focus of the talk by Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at RootsTech.  

March 23, 2014

After you have gathered and compiled your first generation you begin to recognize tools and documents that will assist you as you begin work on the second generation.

After you have gathered and compiled your first generation you begin to recognize tools and documents that will assist you as you begin work on the second generation.

March 23, 2014

Compiling your first and second generations assists you in building skills and understanding the tools and document types that are helpful in building a correct family history.

Compiling your first and second generations assists you in building skills and understanding the tools and document types that are helpful in building a correct family history.

March 23, 2014

Several years ago I made trip to the Family History Library.  I was just beginning to do family history research and I had my laptop with PAF installed and all the information that I had been given by my mother and grandmother.  My grandmother had spent her entire life researching.  She had done much herself (I have about twenty family history books with stories and photos she created) and had hired professional researchers as well.

Several years ago I made trip to the Family History Library.  I was just beginning to do family history research and I had my laptop with PAF installed and all the information that I had been given by my mother and grandmother.  My grandmother had spent her entire life researching.  She had done much herself (I have about twenty family history books wi

February 8, 2014

RootsTech started out with a bang.  The conference will have more than 30,000 attendees with more than 4,000 youth attending on Saturday.  The conference will also be broadcasting to more than 600 locations worldwide.  These locations will hold local family history conferences in conjunction with RootsTech.  It is expected that the total number of individuals that will participate in RootsTech, either directly or through one of the local conferences, will be nearly 150,000.  That makes RootsTech the largest family history conference in the world, and it is right in our back yard.  If you have time on Saturday to head down to the Salt Palace it will be worth the trip.  On Saturday, Neil L Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will be speaking along with Elder Foster and Elder Packer of the Seventy. Studio C will be performing and John Bytheway will be speaking.

RootsTech started out with a bang.  The conference will have more than 30,000 attendees with more than 4,000 youth attending on Saturday.  The conference will also be broadcasting to more than 600 locations worldwide.  These locations will hold local family history conferences in conjunction with RootsTech.  It is expected that the total number of

January 25, 2014

This week’s column is a little more personal than normal.  During the holidays my family came together.  I am the youngest of six children and all of us except one of my sisters met at my dad’s house one evening.  We talked for a number of hours.  We reminisced, complained about our health, and shared information about our families.  It was a nice evening.

This week’s column is a little more personal than normal.  During the holidays my family came together.  I am the youngest of six children and all of us except one of my sisters met at my dad’s house one evening.  We talked for a number of hours.  We reminisced, complained about our health, and shared information about our families.&nb

December 28, 2013

Last week I wrote about Family History Expos coming to Morgan (see information below).  This week there is additional information about the event.

Last week I wrote about Family History Expos coming to Morgan (see information below).  This week there is additional information about the event.

December 28, 2013

The Genealogy and Local History Celebration was a hit with attendees.  Those in attendance had a great time and can’t wait to see more opportunities to serve the genealogical needs of our community.

By Holly T. Hansen
The Genealogy and Local History Celebration was a hit with attendees.  Those in attendance had a great time and can’t wait to see more opportunities to serve the genealogical needs of our community.

December 28, 2013

One of the most common things I hear from individuals is that all their ancestors have been found.  I have yet to ever to find someone for whom it is true that all their ancestors have been found.  From an ancestral perspective at 10 generations we each have 256 ancestors.  If you include their children and spouses the number is more likely to be about 2,000.

One of the most common things I hear from individuals is that all their ancestors have been found.  I have yet to ever to find someone for whom it is true that all their ancestors have been found.  From an ancestral perspective at 10 generations we each have 256 ancestors.  If you include their children and spouses the number is more likely to be about 2,000.

November 28, 2013

Many of those involved in family history in Morgan may not know that we have a celebrity/expert in our midst.  

Many of those involved in family history in Morgan may not know that we have a celebrity/expert in our midst.  

November 9, 2013

Family History can be a solo activity.  It is ironic that the nature of genealogical research is often that it isolates us from our families.  We find ourselves alone in a family history center or The Family History Library at a computer or a microfilm reader looking at records.  We spend time pouring over transcriptions late into the evening when the rest of the family has gone to bed.  

Family History can be a solo activity.  It is ironic that the nature of genealogical research is often that it isolates us from our families.  We find ourselves alone in a family history center or The Family History Library at a computer or a microfilm reader looking at records.  We spend time pouring over transcriptions late into the evening when the

October 19, 2013

MyHeritage announced this week that they have reached a landmark agreement with FamilySearch. In the announcement they said, “MyHeritage, the popular online family history network, and FamilySearch.organnounced today the signing and commencement of a strategic partnership that forges a new path for the family history industry. Under this multi-year partnership, MyHeritage will provide FamilySearch with access to its powerful technologies and FamilySearch will share billions of global historical records and family tree profiles spanning hundreds of years with MyHeritage. This will help millions of MyHeritage and FamilySearch users discover even more about their family history.

MyHeritage announced this week that they have reached a landmark agreement with FamilySearch. In the announcement they said, “MyHeritage, the popular online family history network, and FamilySearch.organnounced today the signing and commencement of a strategic partnership that forges a new path for the family history industry.

October 5, 2013

The Federation of Genealogical Societies conference is going in right now in Ft. Wayne, Indiana home of the Allen County Public Library.  The Allen County Library is one of the largest genealogical libraries in the United States.  

The Federation of Genealogical Societies conference is going in right now in Ft. Wayne, Indiana home of the Allen County Public Library.  The Allen County Library is one of the largest genealogical libraries in the United States.  

October 5, 2013

Over the past several years FamilySearch has been working with a number of commercial companies, other non-profits, and many archives to help publish more records.  FamilySearch now has more than 200 cameras operating worldwide in archives capturing images of birth, marriage, death, probate, military, and a variety of other records.  This work adds to the more than 3.3 billion images already in the Granite Mountain Records Vault.

Over the past several years FamilySearch has been working with a number of commercial companies, other non-profits, and many archives to help publish more records.  FamilySearch now has more than 200 cameras operating worldwide in archives capturing images of birth, marriage, death, probate, military, and a variety of other records.  This work adds to the m

September 10, 2013

This week FamilySearch and the other libraries involved in their book digitization project (BYU, Allen County Public Library, Clayton Library, and Mid-Continent Library) announced a milestone of 100,000 books published online.  The effort to digitize books that are out of copyright, and make them available on FamilySearch.org has been ongoing for several years, but has picked up speed over the last two years.  

This week FamilySearch and the other libraries involved in their book digitization project (BYU, Allen County Public Library, Clayton Library, and Mid-Continent Library) announced a milestone of 100,000 books published online.  The effort to digitize books that are out of copyright, and make them available on FamilySearch.org has been ongoing for several years,

August 21, 2013

Robert Kehrer is the product manager in charge of developing search at FamilySearch.  This last week Robert wrote on the FamilySearch blog about some new features being released on FamilySearch.  These new features are a wonderful new addition for helping to find ancestors quaickly and accurately .  The following are the details of the changes.

Robert Kehrer is the product manager in charge of developing search at FamilySearch.  This last week Robert wrote on the FamilySearch blog about some new features being released on FamilySearch.  These new features are a wonderful new addition for helping to find ancestors quaickly and accurately .  The following are the details of the changes.<

April 20, 2013

When many people think of family history, they think of Aunt Mabel.  The image conjured up is that of someone who is a little eccentric whose idea of a good time is going to a cemetery to take rubbings of headstones or visiting a county courthouse to pour through county records.

When many people think of family history, they think of Aunt Mabel.  The image conjured up is that of someone who is a little eccentric whose idea of a good time is going to a cemetery to take rubbings of headstones or visiting a county courthouse to pour through county records.

April 20, 2013

One of the major themes of RootsTech this year was collaboration.  It is a topic on which I have spent a great deal of time over the years.  

One of the major themes of RootsTech this year was collaboration.  It is a topic on which I have spent a great deal of time over the years.  

March 25, 2013

Wednesday night, at the blogger dinner, FamilySearch made a number of announcements.  First off, they released that there are more than 6,700 registrants in advance of the conference.  This makes RootsTech the largest genealogical conference in North America.  In only its third year that is a remarkable achievement.  It has become the “not to miss” conference in the genealogical world.  If you did not pre-register you can still register at the door.  A one day pass is only $89. The exhibit hall is open for free.  

Wednesday night, at the blogger dinner, FamilySearch made a number of announcements.  First off, they released that there are more than 6,700 registrants in advance of the conference.  This makes RootsTech the largest genealogical conference in North America.  In only its third year that is a remarkable achievement.  It has become the “not t

March 15, 2013

After six years of development and testing FamilySearch has released its Family Tree product to the general public.  I have written about new.FamilySearch.org and then Family Tree a number of times over the past few years as FamilySearch did regular releases of the software to try to perfect the experience for those researching their ancestors.

After six years of development and testing FamilySearch has released its Family Tree product to the general public.  I have written about new.FamilySearch.org and then Family Tree a number of times over the past few years as FamilySearch did regular releases of the software to try to perfect the experience for those researching their ancestors.

February 28, 2013

The growth of indexed family history records has allowed the development of new family history experiences.  The goal of a variety of companies has been to allow individuals with less genealogical experience to have success.  

The growth of indexed family history records has allowed the development of new family history experiences.  The goal of a variety of companies has been to allow individuals with less genealogical experience to have success.  

October 11, 2012

There has been significant focus on the Social Security Death Index by Congress in the last year.  It is a good example of government reacting to public misunderstanding and actually making a problem they are trying to solve worse rather than better.  

There has been significant focus on the Social Security Death Index by Congress in the last year.  It is a good example of government reacting to public misunderstanding and actually making a problem they are trying to solve worse rather than better.  

October 10, 2012

Virtually all of us are immigrants.  Our ancestors may have come across on the Mayflower, or in one of the subsequent waves of immigration.  We may have ancestors from Germany, England, Wales, Scotland, Italy, Africa, China, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, or any one of a hundred other countries that have made up the wonderful melting pot that has formed the United States.  We are a nation of immigrants.

Virtually all of us are immigrants.  Our ancestors may have come across on the Mayflower, or in one of the subsequent waves of immigration.  We may have ancestors from Germany, England, Wales, Scotland, Italy, Africa, China, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, or any one of a hundred other countries that have made up the wonderful melting pot that has formed the United

August 16, 2012

The online world has created many opportunities to find additional information and connect with others who are researching our ancestors like never before.  The ability to search indexes and view the original images from home at our convenience is changing the world of family history.  Digital is here to stay and will continue to enhance our ability to identify our ancestors, but it does bring some challenges.

The online world has created many opportunities to find additional information and connect with others who are researching our ancestors like never before.  The ability to search indexes and view the original images from home at our convenience is changing the world of family history.  Digital is here to stay and will continue to enhance our ability to iden

August 13, 2012

This last week there were two major announcements from the organizations working on indexing the 1940 census.  Work began early April to take the millions of digital images created from the enumerators work as they visited each household in 1940 and transcribe the information into a searchable index.  This allows individuals to search for those in the census by name rather than browse through hundreds or thousands of images to find their ancestors.

This last week there were two major announcements from the organizations working on indexing the 1940 census.  Work began early April to take the millions of digital images created from the enumerators work as they visited each household in 1940 and transcribe the information into a searchable index.  This allows individuals to search for those in the censu

July 23, 2012

The Genealogy Star blog this week reported that editing has now come to FamilySearch’s new version of their family tree.  The family tree will be a replacement for new FamilySearch when it is released.  It has been in development for many months and its aim is to fix many of the challenges with the current tree.  

The Genealogy Star blog this week reported that editing has now come to FamilySearch’s new version of their family tree.  The family tree will be a replacement for new FamilySearch when it is released.  It has been in development for many months and its aim is to fix many of the challenges with the current tree.  

July 18, 2012

For the past several months FamilySearch has been quietly growing a presence on Facebook and on Skype.  It began with just a few pages focused on Ohio and one or two other states, but has turned into a much larger initiative with more than 100 pages and more than 20,000 “likes.”  For the non-Facebook users, a “like” is when someone goes to the page, sees something he or she likes or wants to promote to their friends and clicks on a button that indicates it is something they like.  20,000 likes is a very respectable number for Facebook pages.

For the past several months FamilySearch has been quietly growing a presence on Facebook and on Skype.  It began with just a few pages focused on Ohio and one or two other states, but has turned into a much larger initiative with more than 100 pages and more than 20,000 “likes.”  For the non-Facebook users, a “like” is when someone g

July 16, 2012

For some reason lately it seems that I have received many questions about Personal Ancestral File (PAF).  PAF is a genealogical record manager created by FamilySearch nearly 20 years ago.  It started as a DOS program and then eventually was ported to Windows.  It has been one of the more widely used record mangers for genealogical work, particularly among members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

For some reason lately it seems that I have received many questions about Personal Ancestral File (PAF).  PAF is a genealogical record manager created by FamilySearch nearly 20 years ago.  It started as a DOS program and then eventually was ported to Windows.  It has been one of the more widely used record mangers for genealogical work, particularly among members of the Church of

July 6, 2012

The Chief Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch is a world-renowned Irish researcher.  Irish records are challenging and often necessitate a visit to Ireland to fully research the records.  He is fond of saying, “You don’t have to visit Ireland. You GET to visit Ireland.”

The Chief Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch is a world-renowned Irish researcher.  Irish records are challenging and often necessitate a visit to Ireland to fully research the records.  He is fond of saying, “You don’t have to visit Ireland. You GET to visit Ireland.”

June 5, 2012

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. 

May 12, 2012

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.

May 12, 2012

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.  

May 5, 2012

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.  

 

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.  

April 28, 2012

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.

 

April 14, 2012

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.  

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.  

March 31, 2012

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.

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.

March 17, 2012

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.  

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.  

February 18, 2012

 

Wow, it was a great week at RootsTech last week.  There were more than 4,500 attendees, making this the largest genealogical conference in the United States.  There were more than 2,500 visitors to The Family History Library for the Friday night event.  The Library was open late, until midnight, and at 11:00 there were still more than 500 patrons in the Library.

February 4, 2012

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. 

February 4, 2012

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.  

January 16, 2012

 

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.  

 

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.  

January 16, 2012

 

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.  

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.  

December 29, 2011

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:

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:

December 29, 2011

 

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. 

A few weeks ago FamilySearch released the following announcement:

December 10, 2011

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.

 

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.

November 19, 2011

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.

 

November 1, 2011

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.

 

October 25, 2011

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

 

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

September 30, 2011

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.

 

September 15, 2011

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.

 

July 19, 2011

United States research is interesting.  It can be some of the most challenging research that can be undertaken.  Even up to the present the United States does not have a federal registry for births and marriages.  The social security death index is probably the closest thing we have to a national death index.

 

June 16, 2011

 

Obituaries are a wonderful source of information on ancestors.  The following is quoted from the FamilySearch wiki on obituaries:

An obituary is a good source for information about a person. It gives the name of the deceased and the death or burial date. It may also contain information such as the birth date, marriage date, names of parents and spouse, children, occupation, education, and the location of living family members at the time the obituary was written. Obituaries are usually printed in a newspaper or in a local history.

The following suggestions can help you locate obituaries online:

 

Obituaries are a wonderful source of information on ancestors.  The following is quoted from the FamilySearch wiki on obituaries:

June 16, 2011

 

Obituaries are a wonderful source of information on ancestors.  The following is quoted from the FamilySearch wiki on obituaries:

An obituary is a good source for information about a person. It gives the name of the deceased and the death or burial date. It may also contain information such as the birth date, marriage date, names of parents and spouse, children, occupation, education, and the location of living family members at the time the obituary was written. Obituaries are usually printed in a newspaper or in a local history.

The following suggestions can help you locate obituaries online:

 

Obituaries are a wonderful source of information on ancestors.  The following is quoted from the FamilySearch wiki on obituaries:

May 14, 2011

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.

 

March 26, 2011

FamilySearch continues to publish records at a “record” pace.  Over the past few months many new records have been added.  These records include:

 

FamilySearch continues to publish records at a “record” pace.  Over the past few months many new records have been added.  These records include:

February 27, 2011

FamilySearch had a bloggers call this last week and there were some interesting highlights.  The pace of digitization is steadily increasing.  Last year FamilySearch added more than 4 million images to their collection.  This year the number will increase substantially.  FamilySearch has yet to hit the rate at which they will ultimately reach in producing digital images and other records.  They are still projecting to have their collection fully digitized within the next eight years.  This goal now seems possible.

By Don Anderson

 

February 10, 2011

We are only a few weeks away from a brand new conference sponsored by FamilySearch, Ancestry, and the New England Historical Genealogical Society. The conference is called RootsTech and for those who enjoy genealogy and technology it will be a conference not to miss.  It will be held February 10-12 at the Salt Palace. 

We are only a few weeks away from a brand new conference sponsored by FamilySearch, Ancestry, and the New England Historical Genealogical Society. The conference is called RootsTech and for those who enjoy genealogy and technology it will be a conference not to miss.  It will be held February 10-12 at the Salt Palace.  

January 1, 2011

Those who are regular readers will know that I work for FamilySearch.  In my role there I have responsibility for Patron Services.  My team provides help for individuals around the world to find their ancestors and use FamilySearch software.

December 31, 2010

I have written several times about FindMyPast.  Over the past few months they have continued to add to their collection.  Along with FamilySearch, FindMyPast has become the single best place to search for British ancestors. 

I have written several times about FindMyPast.  Over the past few months they have continued to add to their collection.  Along with FamilySearch, FindMyPast has become the single best place to search for British ancestors.  

December 14, 2010

Two weeks ago, I discussed getting started with family history. I outlined an approach that began with starting with what you know. By writing down what you know, looking at photographs and other items and connecting with other family members substantial family information can often be complied.

Two weeks ago, I discussed getting started with family history. I outlined an approach that began with starting with what you know. By writing down what you know, looking at photographs and other items and connecting with other family members substantial family information can often be complied.

November 9, 2010

Have you ever gotten stuck while doing family history and wished that you had a personal trainer to help you and teach you how to do research the way the professionals do? If so, you are in good company. Everyone comes upon a problem they don’t know how to solve at some point.

Have you ever gotten stuck while doing family history and wished that you had a personal trainer to help you and teach you how to do research the way the professionals do? If so, you are in good company. Everyone comes upon a problem they don’t know how to solve at some point.

November 8, 2010

This last week I had the opportunity to speak about family history centers. Family history centers are a part of my responsibilities at FamilySearch.
Over the past several years FamilySearch has been articulating a strategy to bring all possible records online. This began in earnest last year and is accelerating. Many millions of names and images will be posted this year and the pace is accelerating.

This last week I had the opportunity to speak about family history centers. Family history centers are a part of my responsibilities at FamilySearch.

October 24, 2010

I will return to the topic of land records soon, but this week I have been involved with a few of the individuals who author some of the most read blogs in the genealogical community.

I will return to the topic of land records soon, but this week I have been involved with a few of the individuals who author some of the most read blogs in the genealogical community. I thought I would take a moment to introduce them.

September 25, 2010

This last week, Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, acquired Genline.com.  If you have Swedish ancestry, this could be significant. 

This last week, Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, acquired Genline.com.  If you have Swedish ancestry, this could be significant.  

September 25, 2010

In March, FindMyPast.com announced that many of the Chelsea Pensioner records have been digitized and indexed.  This is a big deal because they are the records on anyone who received a pension from the British Army from 1760 to 1913.  At the end of last week they announced that they had added 100,000 records to the collection. 

In March, FindMyPast.com announced that many of the Chelsea Pensioner records have been digitized and indexed.  This is a big deal because they are the records on anyone who received a pension from the British Army from 1760 to 1913.  At the end of last week they announced that they had added 100,000 records to the collection.  

September 25, 2010

Over the past several years FamilySearch has been adding to the resources available to answer questions online.  I find that many individuals who use the FamilySearch sites are unaware of the help resources available.

Over the past several years FamilySearch has been adding to the resources available to answer questions online.  I find that many individuals who use the FamilySearch sites are unaware of the help resources available.  

September 19, 2010

   If you are a long time PAF user (Personal Ancestral File, the free record manager available from FamilySearch) and want to continue using PAF, but also take advantage of the features of new FamilySearch, consider FamilyInsight.

   If you are a long time PAF user (Personal Ancestral File, the free record manager available from FamilySearch) and want to continue using PAF, but also take advantage of the features of new FamilySearch, consider FamilyInsight.

September 19, 2010

Family Tree Maker is a record manager from Ancestry.com.  Ancestry has been steadily enhancing this product for many years.  It has always been a strong product, but has grown to be one of the best record managers in the marketplace.  The cost of the software is $39.95, making it a little more expensive than most.  Ancestry is about to ship a new version of the software.

September 19, 2010

The past few years have seen many entrants providing software for family history. The new FamilySearch pedigree software has added significantly to this mix for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

September 19, 2010

     Over the next few weeks I will provide a review of Record Managers. I will begin with RootsMagic.  RootsMagic has two products.  They have a free product called RootsMagic Essential and a more full featured product that sells for $29.95.  In my experience the $29.95 is well worth the cost.

     Over the next few weeks I will provide a review of Record Managers. I will begin with RootsMagic.  RootsMagic has two products.  They have a free product called RootsMagic Essential and a more full featured product that sells for $29.95.  In my experience the $29.95 is well worth the cost.

September 19, 2010

Last week I focused on resources that are not available online.  Unfortunately, this still represents the majority of family history records.  This week I will  focus on the main sites where you can find online records.

September 18, 2010

FamilySearch, a nonprofit sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has family history centers dotting the globe.  There are more than 4,500 family history centers in more than eighty countries around the world.

September 17, 2010

As more people have begun using Macs (Apple’s personal computer) over the past few years I have often been asked if I could recommend a record manager for the Mac.  I have consistently replied that there are no good record managers for the Mac and that I run one of the Windows record managers in Parallels on my Mac.  Today I will change my reply.

As more people have begun using Macs (Apple’s personal computer) over the past few years I have often been asked if I could recommend a record manager for the Mac.  I have consistently replied that there are no good record managers for the Mac and that I run one of the Windows record managers in Parallels on my Mac.  Today I will change my reply.

September 14, 2010

Last week I attended the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ annual conference in Knoxville Tennessee.  The Federation of Genealogical Societies is an organization made up of genealogical societies (wow, redundant).

Last week I attended the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ annual conference in Knoxville Tennessee.  The Federation of Genealogical Societies is an organization made up of genealogical societies (wow, redundant).  The conference helps societies improve their services to members and better market and govern themselves.

September 12, 2010

I had not previously used Legacy Family Tree and my impressions from the beginning were very positive.  The screens are clean, uncluttered, easy to understand, and easy to navigate.  There is a free product and a premium version for $29.95.  As with most of these products, the premium version is worth the small additional investment.

I had not previously used Legacy Family Tree and my impressions from the beginning were very positive.  The screens are clean, uncluttered, easy to understand, and easy to navigate.  There is a free product and a premium version for $29.95.  As with most of these products, the premium version is worth the small additional investment.