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 www.familysearch.org 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: http://fhexpos.com/expos/

All questions should be directed to:

Family History Expos.com
PO Box 187
Morgan, Utah 84050

Email: Expo@FHExpos.com
Phone: 1-801-829-3295
Web: http://fhexpos.com