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August 18, 2014

Last week I spoke at the BYU family history conference and it gave me the opportunity to review a number of software products that have been either released, or significantly updated over the past year.  There are some truly outstanding products on the market that have emerged.  Over the next few weeks I’ll introduce (or reintroduce) a few of these great products.

Last week I spoke at the BYU family history conference and it gave me the opportunity to review a number of software products that have been either released, or significantly updated over the past year.  There are some truly outstanding products on the market that have emerged.  Over the next few weeks I’ll introduce (or reintroduce) a few of these great products.
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

May 1, 2014

MARRIAGE RECORDS BY COUNTRY

MARRIAGE RECORDS BY COUNTRY
United States

April 13, 2014

You’ve heard the story before. Girl meets boy. Boy falls in love with girl. Girl proposes. And soon the couple finds themselves standing in a county clerk’s office asking about marriage licenses. Marriage records are an incredibly valuable resource for genealogists. Marriage records can give information about family members, dates, places, and more. FamilySearch.org has a large collection of records relating to marriage records. In this class, we will discuss the history of marriage records, learn about marriage records from different localities, and then talk about the resources of FamilySearch.org relating to marriage. 

You’ve heard the story before. Girl meets boy. Boy falls in love with girl. Girl proposes. And soon the couple finds themselves standing in a county clerk’s office asking about marriage licenses. Marriage records are an incredibly valuable resource for genealogists. Marriage records can give information about family members, dates, places, and more.

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.

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

February 1, 2014

Many people who become involved in family history research look at what other people have already completed on their common lines and then begin research where the first blank appears. There is a reason that Grandma or Aunt Clara stopped where they did. It was hard research!

Many people who become involved in family history research look at what other people have already completed on their common lines and then begin research where the first blank appears. There is a reason that Grandma or Aunt Clara stopped where they did. It was hard research!

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.

December 23, 2013

Morgan County offices were closed Friday when a federal judge ruled the state’s ban on same-sex marriage had been overturned. But Morgan County Attorney Jann Farris was watching the news with the rest of the state.

Morgan County offices were closed Friday when U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled that the 2004 Utah State Constitutional amendment defining marriage as only a legal union between a man and a woman was unconstitutional. He ruled that the amendment violates due process and equal protection under the fourteenth amendment. Salt Lake County immediately began issuing licenses.

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 14, 2013

Ancestry.com this week announced the acquisition of Find-a-Grave.  Find-a-Grave has been a volunteer-led effort that has provided grave information for individuals all over the United States.  Through the efforts of their volunteers they have amassed the largest collection of grave information online in the United States.  

Ancestry.com this week announced the acquisition of Find-a-Grave.  Find-a-Grave has been a volunteer-led effort that has provided grave information for individuals all over the United States.  Through the efforts of their volunteers they have amassed the largest collection of grave information online in the United States.  

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.<

June 3, 2013

I had a great experience earlier this week.  My son has shown some interest in family history.  My wife has ancestors in England that we have been researching for some time and I was stuck on where to go next.  I invited my son down to the Family History Library and we spent about two hours with a research consultant in B-2 (the British Area).  One of the research consultants helped us and I learned a new technique for finding ancestors and learning more information about them.  In the space of  less than two hours we were able to identify more than thirty new ancestors we had not found before and gain clues about many others.

I had a great experience earlier this week.  My son has shown some interest in family history.  My wife has ancestors in England that we have been researching for some time and I was stuck on where to go next.  I invited my son down to the Family History Library and we spent about two hours with a research consultant in B-2 (the British Area).  On

April 29, 2013

Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to try out MyHeritage.com.  MyHeritage has been around for a few years now.  Their primary product has been family trees and they have specialized in helping families work together.  

Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to try out MyHeritage.com.  MyHeritage has been around for a few years now.  Their primary product has been family trees and they have specialized in helping families work together.  

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.  

February 16, 2013

It is nearly time again this year for RootsTech. This has become one of the best genealogical conferences in the United States, and it is right in our back yard.  The conference runs from March 21-23. This year will have more sessions, a bigger display floor, and larger attendance that ever before.

It is nearly time again this year for RootsTech. This has become one of the best genealogical conferences in the United States, and it is right in our back yard.  The conference runs from March 21-23. This year will have more sessions, a bigger display floor, and larger attendance that ever before.

October 11, 2012

Recently the Social Security Administration reported the most popular baby names from 1901.  The following is the list.  This may give you some insight into why your grandparents or great grandparents have their name:

Recently the Social Security Administration reported the most popular baby names from 1901.  The following is the list.  This may give you some insight into why your grandparents or great grandparents have their name:
Girls names:
20. Rose

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.”

May 31, 2012

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.  

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 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

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.

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.

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.  

February 4, 2012

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.  

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.  

January 16, 2012

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.

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

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 19, 2011

Congratulations to Emma Morgan, 5th grade student at Mountain Green Elementary School, for her winning entry into the Morgan Conservation District’s “Forests For People” poster competition.  Emma was awarded a cash prize, as well as a pizza party and a watershed model demonstration presented to her class.  Emma put forth an amazing amount of thought and time into her project and her winning poster was a clear representation of her efforts.

November 7, 2011

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.

 

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.  

October 17, 2011

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.

 

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.

October 6, 2011

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.

 

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 22, 2011

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.

 

September 1, 2011

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.

 

August 4, 2011

When many individuals begin family history there seems to be a race to go backwards in time.  It seems like whenever individuals get together to discuss family history the first topic is something like, “My Patterson line goes back to 1620.”  There is peer pressure and some satisfaction in tracing family lines back as far as possible.

 

July 28, 2011

During our school years each of us learns about the scientific method.  We develop theories, test them, and then draw conclusions from the tests.  Once conclusions have been validated they are reviewed by peers in the field in order to identify any flaws in the research or conclusions.  This method has been at the heart of nearly all major scientific discoveries.  

 

July 21, 2011

Over the past two weeks I have looked at many family photos as we prepared for my mother-in-law’s funeral, and it reminded me of all the clues that are hidden inside each photograph.  Many times we inherit or are sent photos by other family members.  Most of the time there is no indication of who is pictured in the photo or how they are related.  Sometimes one or two individuals are known, but the rest are a mystery.  There are many things inside photos that can help to date them, provide clues to where they were taken, and tell who is contained in the photographs.

 

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.

 

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.  

December 31, 2010

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

Often as I am working with genealogists they express sadness that they cannot get more members of their family to become engaged in family history.  Many of them have been doing family history for years.  Sometimes they have rooms full of information on their research and no one in their family with which they can share it.

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.

December 13, 2010

One of the most daunting tasks in family history can be just getting started. “Where do I begin? “ Is one of the most common questions I am asked. Like many things in family history the answer is simple, and not so simple.

One of the most daunting tasks in family history can be just getting started. “Where do I begin? “ Is one of the most common questions I am asked. Like many things in family history the answer is simple, and not so simple.

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

Kenny's Style & Barber Shop is the new 'stylin' place in town! Karen Tucker, barber for 25 years, just opened Morgan County's new barbershop. 

Kenny's Style & Barber Shop is the new 'stylin' place in town! Karen Tucker, barber for 25 years, just opened Morgan County's new barbershop.  

September 25, 2010

Is your family dead-ended on a research problem related to immigration?  The following are a few techniques and websites to help you in your genealogical quest.

Is your family dead-ended on a research problem related to immigration?  The following are a few techniques and websites to help you in your genealogical quest.

September 19, 2010

Julie Miller, a genealogist with whom I have worked over the past few years writes a column for The Broomfield Enterprise.  She recently wrote and article which started me thinking.  Her article focused on the fact that while the Internet is a great resource, not everything can be found online.

Julie Miller, a genealogist with whom I have worked over the past few years writes a column for The Broomfield Enterprise.  She recently wrote and article which started me thinking.  Her article focused on the fact that while the Internet is a great resource, not everything can be found online.

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

Over the years I have been doing family history I have occasionally heard someone claim they have their line traced back to Adam.  I have from a researcher hired by my grandma, a record which shows my Mecham line traced back to Adam.  Unfortunately, these claims are fantasy.

Over the years I have been doing family history I have occasionally heard someone claim they have their line traced back to Adam.  I have from a researcher hired by my grandma, a record which shows my Mecham line traced back to Adam.  Unfortunately, these claims are fantasy.

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 13, 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.