Sunday, October 24, 2010

Legacy Family Tree Webinars

The makers of Legacy Family Tree has offered webinars dealing with genealogy and will have more in the future you can sign up to watch. Visit their web page at

Monday, September 20, 2010


Nampa North Stake Center
6111 Birch Lane
Saturday, October 16, 2010

Online registration is available for the Boise Area Fall Family History Conference.
• BYU-Idaho is pleased to offer online registration. Please go to:

• For information on the conference and for handouts, please go to:

• For answers to questions, please phone: (208) 496-2337.

Welcome and Devotional Blair D. Keddington
Blair D. Keddington is a product manager for FamilySearch. Blair has
worked for the Family History Department for 30 years, with most of
that time spent in software development. Blair has been a product manager
on New FamilySearch for 7 years and prior to that has been a project
manager, Help Desk manager, Microfilm Distribution manager and other
positions in software development. He has an accounting degree from the
University of Utah. Blair and his wife Michelle live in Centerville, Utah They
have 6 children and 5 grandchildren.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Where do I look for sources?

Did you know that genealogy is everywhere? Sometimes we get in ruts and don't enlarge our scope of thinking about places to search for that piece of evidence that would point to the date of our ancestor's birth, marriage or death.

Now some of the documents listed below may not give you an actual date of the event but they may give you a clue. For example, land deeds aren't going to provide a death date but they may show a widow and/or her children selling land after her husband dies. An ancestor may be shown paying taxes year after year and then he disappears from the tax roll.

In some cases you can find the documents listed through an online subscription site or you may find them by researching at a library, archive or museum. Don't forget to use the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) and the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) as you research.

Here are the first 20 resources to look for.

1. State Vital Record Certificates
This is usually the first source we look for, the birth, marriage or death certificate of an ancestor. While this should be our first stop, remember that states differ on when they required vital record registration. Information may be found about where to order these from Also check out genealogy subscription sites like WorldVitalRecords for indexes. FamilySearch has some digitized images. Additionally, some states have digitized images of their vital records certificates. For more information check out Online Death Indexes and Online Birth and Marriage Indexes.

2. World War I Draft Registration
Available from some genealogy subscription sites, the World War I draft registration is going to pertain to your male ancestor born between 1872-1900. To learn more about this draft, read the book Uncle, We Are Ready! By John J Newman.

3. World War II Draft Registration (Old Man's Draft)
Available from WorldVitalRecords. Because of privacy restrictions, this is currently the only draft registration available to use for the World War II era. Taken in 1942, the Old Man's draft was for men who were born on or between 28 April 1877 and 16 February 1897. These men were between 45 and 64 years at the time of the registration.

4. Midwife Diary
Diaries and journals are typically available by searching a university library website, museum, archive or NUCMC. A few midwife journals have been published including Martha Ballard's. The value of a midwife's diary is that it includes information not only on the births she attended but also how she assisted other family members while the mother recuperated. Don't underestimate the value of the writings of your ancestor's neighbors.

5. Military Pensions
Military pensions can provide lots of great info about the soldier and in some cases the wife. Don't forget that there are more than just the pensions given out by the federal government. After the Civil War, the former Confederate states had to pay out their own pensions. You can find more information about what types of pensions were given out and when by checking out state archives. I would also recommend the William Dollarhide book, Genealogical Resources of the Civil War Era, for information about Civil War research.

6. Birthday Books
Birthday Books were like autograph books that Victorians kept that listed names and birthdates. You will most likely find these in a manuscript collection kept at a museum, library or archive. Search NUCMC for the locality you are researching.

7. Scrapbooks
Scrapbooking is not a new craze, the Victorians loved scrapbooking and they pasted newspaper clippings about their family, friends and neighbors in their scrapbooks. In some cases scrapbooks were donated and are part of manuscript collections. Conduct a locality search in NUCMC for possible hits as well as a search through a university library, museum or archive in the area you are researching.

8. Social Security Death Index
You can search the Social Security Death Index for free on WorldVitalRecords. The Social Security Death Index contains over 86 million records of deaths that have been reported to the Social Security Administration. This file includes the following information on each decedent, if the data are available to the Social Security Administration: Social Security number, name, date of birth, date of death, state or country of residence (prior to March 1988), ZIP code of last residence, and ZIP code of lump sum payment.
It's important to understand the limitations of the Social Security Death Index. The Social Security Act was signed into law in 1935. Only those who received Social Security benefits or were reported to Social Security as being deceased will be listed. Those who never paid into Social Security such as those who worked exclusively for the Railroad will not be listed.

9. U.S. Federal Census
Each census year provides a clue to the age of your ancestor. In addition, the 1900 and 1910 U.S. Census each has a column that asks how many years the person has been married in the present marriage.

10. State Census
Some states, but not all participated in a state census. To learn more about which states participated and online links to records, check out Genealogy Research Guides-State Census Records. In some cases you will need to order the state census on microfilm from the Family History Library.

11. Religious Census
Church records encompass a large scope of various types of documents that can help with your research. One type of record that was kept by the Mormons and the Catholics is a church wide census. These census records provide information on each family and can be valuable to your research. Look for these records through the Family History Library or a church archive.

12. Newspapers
Newspapers provide much more to your research than just a place to find obituaries. Newspapers provide birth announcements, articles about 50th wedding anniversaries, funeral notices, legal notices and more. More and more digitized newspapers are making this research easier. At WorldVitalRecords we have a large collection of newspapers from Newspaper Archive and Paper of Record. You can also find newspaper digitized through state digitization projects like the Utah Digital Newspapers. You can also find newspapers through state archives as well. Check out the Kansas State Historical Society who has a large collection of newspapers from throughout the United State, available to researchers on microfilm through interlibrary loan.

13. Cemetery Records
Depending on the type of cemetery your ancestor is buried in, you may find records that provide a lot of information including cause of death and next of kin, you may find records that simply state where the person is buried or there may not be any records at all. Check with the owner of the cemetery, in some cases a city, county, church or private institution, for what information they have on your ancestor's burial.

14. Funeral Home Records
Funeral Homes have been around since about the time of the U.S. Civil War. What was once a family business has grown to include corporations that own many homes in different cities. Funeral home records are private business records and may be stored or disposed of according to the wishes of the business owner. When inquiring about records, be patient and considerate of the work the Home does with those who are dealing with the recent death of a family member.

15. Gravestones
The dates listed on a gravestone may provide clues to the birth and death of an ancestor. But remember, these are secondary sources and could be incorrect. In some cases, gravestones hold much more information than a birth and death. I've seen the names of children, information about the couple, including marriage information included on a stone.

16. County History Books (Mug Books)
County History Books, also referred to as Mug Books are important books detailing the history of an area, including autobiographical data. Although this data needs to be verified, in some cases the subject of the biography may have exaggerated or accidentally provided incorrect dates for family events, it is a good place to look for information.

17. Land Records
While land records don't provide vital records information per se they may provide valuable clues about the death or a person. Following a parcel of land through time may point to clues to when your ancestor died.

18. Plat Maps
Plat maps are a great way to see the connections between your ancestor and their community. Marriages between neighbors and other relationships can be traced by looking at those near your ancestor. It is also a good way to find nearby cemeteries during the time of your ancestor.

19. Funeral Cards
Given to those who attended a funeral, funeral cards hold valuable information about the birth and death of a person. Largely found as a home source, there is one genealogy subscription, Genealogy Today that has a database of over 23,000 names from funeral cards.

20. Photographs
Look for clues in photographs for weddings, births, postmortem photographs and even family gatherings at funerals. While photographs are largely a home source, either your home source or a long lost cousin's, there are websites like Dead Fred that seeks to reunite photographs with their descendents.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

General News and Information

September 8, 2010

All nine videos from the widely acclaimed “Celebration of Family History” that was presented at the Conference Center in April as part of the National Genealogical Society annual gathering are available to view online here. These are inspirational videos that you will want to share with family, friends, and ward members.

A Certified Record Manager for the Apple MacIntosh is ready. After over 18 months of development and coordination with FamilySearch Developer Support, MacFamilyTree version 6 is fully integrated with Get the details about their public beta test at here
FamilySearch Support

Monday, September 6, 2010

Scanning Advice

When scanning old photos, I used to store the picture as black and white, in order to save digital storage space. It is better to start with full color settings, even though it is a black and white original photo or document. In Photoshop and similar software, you can easily remove the yellowing of the picture. This may turn a faded looking picture into a fresh, crisp and vibrant picture. If all you have is black and white data, this cannot be done.

While keeping the original scan for archive, I usually make copies and crop the picture for display to bring out the important features. Many times this allows me to see faces that I could not make out on the original picture. With cropping and enlargement, group pictures can be turned into a series of individual portraits, useful when no other picture exists for that person.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Software that FamilyInsight and/or NewFamilySearch works with

Family Tree Maker 2010
• Full-featured genealogy program for Windows.
• You can use FamilyInsight to synchronize your records with new FamilySearch.
• Can synchronize with records found on if you have an account.
• Video training lessons are available from the Help menu. Chose, "Training Tutorials".
Family Tree Maker 2011 (to be released any day now)
• All of the features of Family Tree Maker 2010 with some added enhancements.
• A Mac version of this program will be available towards the end of the year and we will work with that program also.
• To learn more, click here
Personal Ancestral File (PAF 5.2)
• Full-featured genealogy program for Windows.
• You can use FamilyInsight to synchronize your records with new FamilySearch.
• Free to download from
• PAF v5.2 Lessons (English Only) are available for downloading from the same page as PAF download. The PAF manual and other help documents are available from the Help menu.
Ancestral Quest 12.1• Full-featured genealogy program for Windows
• Certified to work with the new FamilySearch or you can use FamilyInsight.
• To learn more, click here
• A direct link to their online video tutorials is found on the Help menu. Click "Video Tutorial".
RootsMagic 4• Full-featured genealogy program for Windows.
• Certified to work with the new FamilySearch or you can use FamilyInsight (currently in Beta testing).
• To learn more, click here
Legacy 7• Full-featured genealogy program for Windows. Certified to work with the new FamilySearch or you can use FamilyInsight.
• To learn more, click here
• A printed manual and training videos are available for purchase. The purchase offer appears when you open the program. There are help documents and written overviews available from the Help menu

Ohana FamilyInsight

Today, Ohana Software announced their latest MAJOR update. You may now use PAF and Family Tree Maker 2010 files with FamilyInsight without the need of a GEDCOM file. We will be compatible with 2011 when that version of Family Tree Maker is released very soon. Ancestral Quest and RootsMagic users can join us in beta testing FamilyInsight for that program. Legacy users, please don't loose heart, the ability to read a Legacy file is under development. We hope to develop the ability to work with other programs, too. If you are interested in helping us with our beta testing, please send an email to telling us which program you use and would like to help test with.
To use these additional program files in FamilyInsight, you will simply open FamilyInsight from the desktop icon and select your Family Tree Maker (.ftm), Ancestral Quest (.aq), RootsMagic (.rmg) or Legacy (.fbd) file. Remember, no GEDCOM is needed!
The gift of choice is now yours. You may continue using PAF and FamilyInsight but if you choose to try other software programs FamilyInsight will be able to read their files without creating a GEDCOM. Because of the relationship we have with these other companies we can now offer you their products bundled with FamilyInsight at a discount. We currently sell Family Tree Maker 2011 as pre-order for when it is released , Ancestral Quest 12, RootsMagic 4 and Legacy 7 on our website. Look for our bundles and save! Change is GREAT!
~Cina Johnson~

Friday, August 20, 2010

FamilySearch announced the addition of over 200 million new searchable historic records

FamilySearch announced the addition of over 200 million new searchable historic records representing 18 countries to its online database. The new records were added to the hundreds of millions FamilySearch published earlier this year at a similar event in Salt Lake City, Utah. The number of records on the pilot site totals 700 million The latest deluge of records includes 53 new or updated collections from the United States and over 100 million new records from Europe, Scandinavia and Mexico. The United States collections include the 1910 U.S. Census and states’ birth, marriage and death records. There are 10 million new records from New Jersey and Michigan, 4 million from Tennessee, an amazing 41 million from Massachusetts, and many more from other states.

“Some time ago, FamilySearch committed to creating access to the world’s genealogical records online in a big way. Today’s updates are part of an ongoing effort to make good on those commitments,” said Paul Nauta, FamilySearch public affairs manager. “We have only just begun,” Nauta concluded. In the U.S., FamilySearch is currently focusing on digitizing and publishing online federal and state censuses and state birth, marriage and death records. When complete, the initiative will provide a definitive collection of U.S. genealogical resources for family history researchers.

In addition to the new U.S. collections, over 100 million records were added to FamilySearch’s international collections online — making it most likely the largest international genealogy collection online. The new international databases come from birth, marriage and death records and from municipal records. Go to, then click Search Records and then Record Search pilot to see a full list of the free collections. The records will also soon be available at

“What makes today’s announcement even more impressive is that FamilySearch uses predominantly a growing corps of volunteers to accomplish the task of digitizing and indexing the records for online publication. That’s also in large part how we can do it for free, how it can be done at no cost to the patron,” said Nauta. Currently, 350,000 volunteers worldwide log on to and use FamilySearch’s proprietary software to view digital images of historic documents of personal interest and type in the desired information. FamilySearch then creates a free, searchable index of the historic collections online for the public to use.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

New Family History Hours

Starting the week of July 11, 2010 the Family History Center located in the Meridian Idaho Amity Stake Center will be changing hours.

9am - noon
1pm - 4pm
7pm - 9pm

All other days/times are available if you schedule with your ward family history consultants.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Latest from Salt Lake City

Consultant Fireside Video Now Available
On Tuesday, April 27, 2010, Elder Allan F. Packer of the First Quorum of the Seventy, and one of the Executive Directors for the Family History Department of the Church (aka FamilySearch), held a special fireside in the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, in conjunction with the National Genealogical Society’s annual conference that was held the same week. This fireside was directed toward local family history consultants, but its message is pertinent to all who are engaged in this vital saving work. You can find the video recording of this fireside on the Family History page of Serving in the Church on Click here to find the links for the fireside in both English and Spanish.

Record Search Update: 26 Million New Names Added
Twenty-nine new collections were updated or added last week at—with 26 million names and 1.5 million digital images! The international collections continue to expand, with exciting new additions for Costa Rica, France, Hungary, Mexico, and Spain. In addition, nine indexes were added to the U.S. 1910 Federal Census collection—that means it is 37 percent complete! This project is moving along quickly.

There are now 428 collections from original source records available online. Search all of these great collections at FamilySearch’s Record Search pilot.

Indexing Update
A project to index Freedmen Letters from North Carolina is now available. This is the second Freedmen’s Bureau collection FamilySearch has worked on with the National Archives. These records provide the earliest major compilation of information on many emancipated slaves, freed Blacks, and Black Union soldiers, including names, marriages, education and employment information, and receipt of rations, health care, and legal support. Click here for the latest Indexing projects, news, and updates.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Over 300 Million New Names Added Online

There were over 150 new collections added or enhanced this week at FamilySearch volunteers indexed over 120 million records—over 300 million new names—from original source documents to accomplish this great feat. The massive release was announced this past week at the National Genealogical Society annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The records can be found at FamilySearch’s Record Search pilot (, click Search Records, and then click Record Search pilot) or Be sure to share the good news with family and friends.

See the chart below for the complete list of all the newly added or improved collections.

None of this would be possible without the great contributions of many online FamilySearch volunteers. These individuals donate the time and effort needed to make these collections freely available to FamilySearch patrons. If you would like to become a volunteer in the FamilySearch community, please go to Many hands produce great work.

New/updated Collections

•Baptisms, 1645—1930
•Marriages, 1722—1911

•Deaths and Burials, 1816—1980

•Births and Baptisms, 1651—1940
•Burials, 1768 – 1918
•Marriages, 1722 — 1898

•Births, 1550—1891

•Baptisms, 1739—1891
•Burials, 1854—1885
•Marriages, 1854—1879

•Births and Baptisms, 1560—1890
•Deaths and Burials, 1564—1900

•Baptisms, 1688—1935
•Deaths, 1750—1890
•Marriages, 1730—1955

•Births and Baptisms, 1661—1959
•Deaths and Burials, 1664—1955
•Marriages, 1661—1949
•British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872—1986
•British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859—1932
•New Brunswick Births, 1819—1899
•Nova Scotia Births, 1702—1896
•Nova Scotia Marriages, 1711—1909
•Ontario Births, 1779—1899
•Ontario Marriages, 1800—1910
•Quebec Births , 1662—1898

•Births, 1590—1928
•Deaths, 1790—1906
•Marriages, 1591—1905

Costa Rica
•Baptisms, 1700—1915
•Deaths, 1787—1900
•Marriages, 1750—1920

Czech Republic
•Births, 1637—1889
•Marriages, 1654—1889

Dominican Republic
•Baptisms, 1726—1924
•Deaths, 1666—1862
•Marriages, 1743—1929

•Baptisms, 1680—1930
•Deaths, 1800—1920
•Marriages, 1680—1930

El Salvador
•Baptisms, 1750—1940
•Marriages, 1810—1930

•Deaths and Burials, 1546—1960
•Marriages, 1546—1924

•Births and Baptisms, 1558—1898

•Marriages, 1879—1918
•Births and Baptisms, 1704—1876

Great Britain
•Deaths and Burials, 1778—1988
•Marriages, 1797—1988
•Channel Islands Births and Baptisms, 1820—1907
•Isle of Man Births and Baptisms, 1821—1911
•Isle of Man Deaths and Burials, 1844—1911
•Isle of Man Marriages, 1849—1911
•Wales, Births and Baptisms, 1586—1907
•Wales, Deaths and Burials, 1586—1885
•Wales, Marriages, 1541—1900

•Births and Baptisms, 1866—1891

•Baptisms, 1730—1917
•Deaths, 1760—1880
•Marriages, 1750—1930

•Baptisms, 1730—1930
•Marriages, 1800—1910

•Baptisms, 1734—1895

•Marriages, 1770—1920

•Births and Baptisms, 1800—1945
•Deaths and Burials, 1800—1945
•Marriages, 1800—1945

•Deaths, 1864—1870

•Births and Baptisms, 1806—1900
•Deaths and Burials, 1809—1900

•Births and Baptisms, 1752—1920

•Births, 1662—1840
•Deaths, 1702—1798
•Marriages, 1700—1810

•Deaths, 1680—1940
•Marriages , 1570—1950

•Baptisms, 1750—1938
•Deaths, 1840—1930
•Marriages, 1800—1950

•Baptisms, 1800—1930
•Marriages, 1800—1900

•Baptisms, 1556—1930
•Deaths, 1750—1930
•Marriages, 1600—1940

•Births and Baptisms, 1642—1994
•Deaths and Burials, 1726—1957
•Marriages, 1723—1957

•Baptisms, 1570—1910
•Deaths, 1640—1910
•Marriages, 1670—1910

•Births and Baptisms, 1755—1917
•Deaths and Burials, 1815—1917
•Marriages, 1793—1919

•Baptisms, 1863—1940
•Burials, 1895—1970

•Deaths, 1600—1920

•Baptisms, 1611—1920
•Burials, 1649-1920
•Marriages, 1630-1920

•Baptisms, 1491-1940
•Burials, 1613-1875
•Marriages, 1532-1910
•Basel City Church Books, 1380-1917
•Schaffhausen Genealogies and City Directories, 1460-1952

•Births and Baptisms

•Marriages, 1840—1900

United States
•1910 Federal Census (AZ, CA, DE, FL)
•Births, 1867—1931
•Deaths, 1867—1961
•Marriages, 1733—1990
•Arizona Births and Christenings, 1909—1917
•Arizona Deaths, 1910—1911; 1993—1994
•Arizona Marriages, 1888—1908
•Arkansas Births and Christenings, 1880—1893
•Arkansas Deaths and Burials, 1882—1929; 1945—1963
•Arkansas Marriages, 1837—1944
•Delaware Births and Christenings, 1710—1896
•Delaware Deaths and Burials, 1815—1955
•Delaware Marriages, 1713—1953
•District of Columbia Births and Christenings, 1830—1955
•District of Columbia Deaths and Burials, 1840—1964
•District of Columbia Marriages, 1830—1921
•Florida Births and Christenings, 1880—1935
•Florida Deaths and Burials, 1900—1921
•Florida Marriages, 1837—1974
•Hawaii Births and Christenings, 1852—1933
•Hawaii Deaths and Burials, 1862—1919
•Hawaii Marriages, 1826—1922
•Idaho Births and Christenings, 1856—1965
•Idaho Deaths and Burials, 1907—1965
•Idaho Marriages, 1878—1898/1903—1942
•Kansas Births and Christenings, 1818—1936
•Kansas Deaths and Burials, 1885—1930
•Kansas Marriages, 1840—1935
•Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839—1960
•Kentucky Deaths and Burials, 1843—1970
•Kentucky Marriages, 1785—1979
•Louisiana Births, Christenings, 1811—1830; 1854—1934
•Louisiana Marriages, 1816—1906
•Maine Births and Christenings, 1739—1900
•Maine Deaths and Burials, 1841—1910
•Maine Marriages, 1771—1907
•Maryland Births and Christenings, 1650—1995
•Maryland Deaths and Burials, 1877—1992
•Maryland Marriages, 1666—1970
•Montana Marriages, 1889—1947
•New Mexico Births and Christenings, 1726—1918
•New Mexico Deaths, 1788—1798; 1838—1955
•New Mexico Marriages, 1751—1918
•New York Births and Christenings, 1640—1962
•New York Deaths and Burials, 1795—1952
•New York Marriages, 1686—1980
•North Carolina Births and Christenings, 1866—1964
•North Carolina Deaths and Burials, 1898—1994
•North Carolina Marriages, 1759—1979
•Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854—1997
•Oregon Births and Christenings, 1868—1929
•Oregon Deaths and Burials, 1903—1947
•Oregon Marriages, 1853—1935
•South Dakota State Census, 1935
•Tennessee County Marriages, 1790—1950
•Utah Births and Christenings, 1892—1941
•Utah Deaths, 1888—1946
•Utah Marriages, 1887—1966
•Vermont Births and Christenings, 1765—1908
•Vermont Deaths, 1871—1965
•Vermont Marriages, 1791—1974
•Virginia Deaths and Burials, 1853—1912
•West Virginia Births and Christenings, 1853—1928
•West Virginia Deaths and Burials, 1854—1932
•West Virginia Marriages, 1854—1932
•Wyoming Marriages, 1877—1920
•World Misc Births, 1534—1983
•World Misc Deaths, 1767—1950
•World Misc Marriages, 1662—1945

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Writing your Personal History

For some of us, sitting down and writing a comprehensive personal history can be quite difficult. Here’s a way to write that personal history and finish it bit by bit. Believe it or not, you’ll end up with a better history.
The problem with writing your history starting from when you were born until the present is that your history usually becomes more of a list of things that happened in your life with short paragraphs explaining important events. Those events probably merit more than just a paragraph or two, but when you’re putting it together year by year, your history starts to get long, and you feel content with simply listing what happened.
Instead, write separate documents about major events, beliefs, and experiences you’ve had. You’ll feel like going into much more detail about your experiences and impressions when you dedicate a single document to the experience. For instance, write about the places you’ve lived and describe how those places have influenced your life today.
Write about your favorite television shows and how they’ve impacted how you think (or how you don’t think, either way). Chart your views on religion, politics, love, etc. There’s so much more you can write about.
Create a separate document on your computer (or in a binder) for each mini-history you create. You could use a naming convention: “Personal History by ”. Also, make sure you save the document in a format that will preserve your work such as a PDF or RTF. Add pictures to your document, and go into detail about your thoughts, feelings, what you’ve learned, and how the topic has help make you who you are
Write a separate page or two about your favorite topics. Here’s a list of ideas of what you can write about:
• Places you’ve lived
• Influential individuals from your childhood
• Favorite vacations
• Jobs you’ve had
• Religious views
• Top 5 favorite movies
• Civic and community service rendered
• Things you like to collect
• Write about your spouse
• Your hopes and dreams and how they have changed over the years
• The automobiles you’ve had or transportation you’ve used.
• Create a list of places that you’ve visited and when visited.
• Your favorite hobbies
• Your impressions of the times, wars, developments, etc.
• Collections of writings or poems that you’ve created
• Listing of certificates and accomplishments
• Favorite restaurants
• Favorite music
• Operations you’ve had (not the most fun, but interesting)
• The top 3 most difficult things you’ve ever done or had to go through
• Memberships in clubs or churches
• Write about your siblings and other relatives, (they’re children may not be as lucky as yours. They may not have written memories of their parents’ youth)
• Gardens you’ve grown
• Favorite foods
• Favorite recipes (some families like to hand down recipes). Wouldn’t it be fun if your descendants knew which ones were your favorite and you left the recipes for them?
• Your favorite time of year
• Sports that you’ve played throughout your life
• Pets you’ve had
• Weather phenomenon you’ve seen or experienced.
• Technological advances you’ve seen in your day
• Spiritual experiences you’ve had
• Favorite toys you’ve had
• Thoughts on raising children
• Education achieved
• Activities you’ve participated in
• Favorite books
You may find it easier to write your history in a physical journal. Physically writing your journal can be a great way to create an heirloom to be handed down in your family.
Each of the subjects mentioned above (or others that you think of) that you write about become your history and can be compiled into one big history someday. In the meantime, you’ve created stories and insights that can be easily shared rather than one big project that you know you should work on someday but never finish.
For further information on how to start your family history please contact one of our wards family history consultants.

Neil & Julie Barson 362-9541
Ron & Irene Grames 362-3309 850-0631
Gerrell Knudson 362-6923
Sue Moore 362-5263

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

America's First Immigration Center is an educational project of The Battery Conservancy. This free site offers access to an extraordinary database of information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened. Over 100 million Americans can trace their ancestors to this early immigration period.

Castle Garden, today known as Castle Clinton National Monument, is the major landmark within The Battery, the 25 acre waterfront park at the tip of Manhattan. From 1855 to 1890, the Castle was America's first official immigration center, a pioneering collaboration of New York State and New York City. is an invaluable resource for educators, scholars, students, family historians, and the interested public. Currently the site hosts 11 million records, and support is needed to complete the complete digitization of the original ship manifests.

The Battery remains one of the oldest public open spaces in continuous use in New York City. Native Americans fished from its banks, and the first Dutch settlers built a low, stone wall with cannons, a battery, to protect the harbor and the fledgling city of New Amsterdam. The transformations of The Battery and the Castle tell the history of New York and, by association, the growth and development of our nation.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Genealogist’s 13 ARTICLES OF Faith

1. We believe in Aunt Clara , the e eternal pursuer of our genealogy, and in the tradition that allows us to "let Aunt Clara do it", and in her persistence in supplying us with Xerox copies.
2. We believe that man will be excused from doing his own genealogy if he is earning a living or just too busy.
3. We believe that through the temple attendance of others, all mankind may be saved.
4. We believe the first principles of genealogy work are: first, that someone else will do it; second, repentance through main¬tained ignorance; third, baptism by immersion and into so many other things that we don't have time to do anyway; fourth, laying on of excuses for the gift of self-justification.
5. We believe that a man must be a born genealogist or he will never have the ability to perform the functions of record-keeping or research.
6. We believe in following the same organization that existed before the correlation program. Namely, don't try to improve the system, don't take training courses, don't form a family organization, etc.
7. We believe in the gift of time--time for TV, time for ballgames, time for movies, time for clubs, time for telephone chats, etc.
8. We believe the Handbook for Genealogy and Temple Work to be the word of the Church as far as it is translated correctly. We also have our doubts about the genealogy lesson manuals.
9. We believe nothing that the Ward Genealogy Committee has revealed, and we doubt that it will yet reveal any great and important things we do not already know.
10. We believe in the literal gathering of names, and that our pedigree sheets will be renewed automatically to paradisical correctness, just as though real honest research had been done.
11. We claim the privilege of interpreting all family traditions and printed histories to suit our own convenience, and allow all men the same privilege--let them assume who, where, or what they may.
12. We believe in being subject to discouragement, lack of confidence, and busy schedules; and in ignoring, resisting. or withstanding the law.
13. We believe in being lazy, and in not supporting genealogy work, indeed, we may say that we follow the lines of least resistance; We hope all things (but we do nothing); we have not endured any¬thing, and we do not expect to be able to endure anything. If there be any approved way to get out of these responsibilities, we seek after these things.
submitted by Jeannie Alagee

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Family History Library Classes Now Available on Internet

This is great news from FamilySearch. Classes in the following topics are now available online at no charge:

* England Beginning Research
* Germany Research
* Ireland Research
* Italy Research
* Principios básicos para la investigación genealógica en Hispanoamérica (México)
* Research Principles and Tools
* Russia Research
* U.S. Research

There are currently 23 Family History Library classes available online, with subjects ranging from European research to United States military records. The most popular offerings are the Beginning Research Series for Ireland and England and a class on descendancy research.

The classes vary in length from 6 to 58 minutes, with most lasting about 25 minutes. The format of the class varies, depending on the content being presented. One type of class shows a video that alternates between the teacher and the PowerPoint slides. Another kind of class integrates video of the presenter, the accompanying PowerPoint slides, and links to supplemental materials all in one screen.

Several of the classes are interactive, such as a course on reading German handwriting. In these classes, the teacher is represented with still photographs and audio narration, and the student can actively participate in learning activities, such as matching English and German characters or transcribing selected words from a document. As a student types, the correct text appears in green and incorrect answers appear in red, providing immediate feedback.

FamilySearch is continually adding new online offerings; classes on how to read English handwritten records are currently in development. All of the classes can be accessed on by clicking on Free Online Classes on the home page.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Immigration Family History Expo in Salt Lake City

The Immigration Family History Expo, hosted by Family History Expos, Inc., will be on Thursday, March 18, at the Historic Masonic Temple, 650 East South Temple Street in Salt Lake City. Registration begins at the door at 8 a.m., and the day’s sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. The fee for attending this one-day event is $45 and includes lunch.

The expo will feature outstanding speakers throughout the day. World Trade Center Utah president and CEO Lew Cramer will join the center’s executive vice president and COO, Elizabeth Goryunova, in an opening keynote address. Cramer and Goryunova will focus on the importance of migration, immigration, and emigration today and in the future. The event will culminate with author, producer, and director Lorie Conway’s in-depth look into the history of immigration to America. Her presentation will include a special screening of Forgotten Ellis Island: The Extraordinary Story of America’s Immigrant Hospital.

Other notable speakers include:

• Brigham Young University Professor Fred E. Woods. Woods has held a Richard L. Evans Chair of Religious Understanding since 2005. Woods has also been a visiting professor at several universities and has lectured at many academic institutions in the United States and internationally. Professor Woods is the author or co-author of seven books and many articles, including three dozen on the topic of Mormon immigration and emigration in the 19th century.

• Arlene Eakle, PhD, president and founder of The Genealogical Institute, Inc. Eakle is a consultant, lecturer, author, and researcher specializing in the geographic areas of New York, southern U.S., British Isles, Switzerland, and parts of Germany.

• Kory L. Meyerink, MLS, AG, FUGA, vice president of ProGenealogists, Inc. in Salt Lake City. Meyerink has worked with Ancestry and the Family History Library. He is past president of the Utah Genealogical Association and founder of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Meyerink is a nationally known speaker, editor of Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records, and adjunct faculty for BYU and San Jose State University.

• Holly T. Hansen, Family History Expos, Inc. founder and president is a lifelong resident of Croydon, Utah. She has been a family history educator for more than 15 years. Although she sponsors elaborate genealogical events, she also enjoys helping people one-on-one as they learn how to make technology work for them. An author, lecturer, and editor, Hansen devotes time every day to education.

Exhibitors will be at the event to offer hands-on demonstrations and techniques as well as technology to help researchers trace their roots.

Immigration Expo details and the class schedule are available online at:

All questions should be directed to:

Family History
PO Box 187
Morgan, Utah 84050

Phone: 1-801-829-3295

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Four Family History Conferences in One Week in SLC

We want to make you aware that four major family history conferences will all happen in one week in Salt Lake City this spring:

· National Genealogical Society 2010 Family History Conference

· Brigham Young University 2010 Conference on Computerized Family History and Genealogy

· Brigham Young University 10th Annual Family History Technology Workshop

· FamilySearch’s 2010 Developers Conference

You may find information at these conferences beneficial in helping members find their ancestors—particularly the free classes for family history consultants and workers that will be offered just before the conferences begin.

The premier event of the week is the National Genealogical Society’s annual conference. The theme for this year's NGS Conference is “Follow Your Ancestral Trail.” It will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, on April 28–May 1, 2010.

Many free events are planned in conjunction with this week; a complete schedule is below. Of particular note for family history consultants are classes and a fireside on Tuesday, April 27. Simply bring the Free Consultant Training Pass coupon below for access to the consultant classes. There is also no cost for attending the fireside or any of the other events listed below.

If you want to attend the NGS conference classes, price and registration information can be found at There is an early-bird discount until March 8, 2010.

Over 200 classes will be presented by industry leaders and experts from the local and national genealogical community as well as staff from FamilySearch. Products and services from genealogy companies will be showcased in an exhibit hall. There you can also meet with specialists for free personal consultations on research questions or problems.

NGS Conference details and the class schedule are available online at:

The following free events and resources will be available for consultants in connection with this week of conferences:

Tuesday, April 27

· Consultant Training Seminar at the Conference Center Little Theater. There are two times to choose from: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

· Behind-the-scenes tour of the Family History Library (all day)

· Behind-the-scenes tour of the new Church History Library (4:00 to 6:00 p.m.)

· Consultant Fireside at the Salt Lake Tabernacle at 7:00 p.m. The speaker will be Elder Allan F. Packer of the First Quorum of the Seventy, who is one of the Executive Directors of the Family History Department.

Wednesday, April 28

· FamilySearch Open House at the FamilySearch Center in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Meet and greet product managers and designers for FamilySearch’s new programs and offerings.

Wednesday, April 28–Saturday, May 1

· GenTech Hall, an exhibit displaying the latest technological innovations for family history in the same venue as NGS, is open and free to the public.

· The NGS Conference Exhibit Hall is open to the public daily 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 29

· “A Celebration of Family History” event in the Conference Center at 7:00 p.m. This evening will feature the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, along with wonderful guest speakers. Special reserved tickets for this event will be available for consultants. Instructions on how to request tickets will be e-mailed to you in the next few weeks.

Saturday, May 1

· Genealogy Kids Camp, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Salt Palace conference venue.


· Hours at the Family History Library have been extended until 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday during the conference. (Closed during the Thursday celebration.)

· The BYU 2010 Conference on Computerized Family History and Genealogy will be held in Salt Lake City at the same venue as the NGS Conference on Monday, April 26, and Tuesday, April 27. For more information, visit:

· The BYU 10th Annual Family History Technology Workshop will be on Wednesday, April 28, also in the same venue.

· The FamilySearch Developers Conference will be on Tuesday, April 27, in the same venue.

This promises to be a full week of family history learning and activities that will help you better assist the members in your ward. We hope that you will come and enjoy the conference with us. For additional information, please visit:

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Who do you think you are?

Who Do You Think You Are? begins Friday, March 5, 2010 at 8/7 Central on NBC.

Share a heartwarming journey through family history with Sarah Jessica Parker, Emmitt Smith, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Broderick, Brooke Shields, Susan Sarandon and Spike Lee as they discover the stories of their ancestors.

Who Do You Think You Are? also shares ideas and research strategies that could help you make new breakthroughs — and help people everywhere understand what they could discover about their own family stories. We hope you’ll invite your friends and family to watch the show on Friday nights at 8/7 Central starting March 5, 2010.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

FamilySearch Record Search Update: 25 million new free records

25 million new free records added for Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Dominican Republic, England, Germany, Guatemala, South Africa, Switzerland, and the U.S.

There were 22 collections added or enhanced in the latest update. Many happy researchers will search eagerly through the 25 million new records in this update! The records can be found at FamilySearch’s Record Search pilot (, click Search Records, and then click Record Search pilot). Be sure to share the good news with family and friends.

See the chart below for a list of all the newly added collections.

None of this would be possible without the great contributions of many online FamilySearch volunteers. These individuals donate the time and talent needed to make these collections freely available to FamilySearch patrons. Find out more about volunteering at Thank you!


Buenos Aires City—1855 National Census - New index and image collection.
1869 National Census - Updated collection. Project is now complete!

N.S.W. —Index to Bounty Immigrants Arrivals, 1828–1842 - New index and image collection and the second Australia collection.

Catholic Church Records - Additional images.
Dominican Republic

Civil Births, 1828–1917 - New image only collection.

Cheshire—Parish Records, 1530–1900 - Updated index.
Cheshire—Bishop Transcripts, 1598–1900 - Updated index.
Non Conformist Records, 1671–1900 - Updated index.

Brandenburg—Church Book Duplicates, 1800–1874 - Additional images.
Posen—Church Book Duplicates, 1800–1874 - Additional images.
Baden, Bonndorf— Church Book Duplicates, 1810–1869 - New index only collection.

Ciudad de Guatemala—1877 National Census - New index and image collection.
South Africa

Orange Free State—Estate files, 1951–1973 - New image only collection.

Schaffhausen—Church Records, 1540–1875 - New image only collection.
United States

1920 Federal Census - Added indexes for Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Wisconsin, South Dakota, and Maine
Arkansas—County Marriages, 1837–1957 - Updated collection. Joint project with the Arkansas Genealogical Society.
Florida—State Census, 1935 - New index and image collection.
Florida—State Census, 1945 - New index and image collection.
Georgia—Deaths, 1914–1930 - New index only collection; ongoing project.
Indiana—Marriages, 1811–1959 - Updated collection. Joint project with the Indiana Genealogical Society.
Massachusetts—Marriage Records, 1842–1915 - Updated index.
Washington—County Marriages, 1858–1950 - New index and image collection; ongoing project.
Search these records by clicking here.