Monday, August 29, 2016

New Genealogy Service Poised to Fill Critical Gap in Genealogy Industry

The following is from genealogyDOTcoach.

New Genealogy Service Poised to Fill Critical Gap in Genealogy Industry

CEDAR HILLS, Utah - August 29, 2016 - A new family history service launched today that will fill a critical gap in the multi-billion dollar genealogy industry.  genealogyDOTcoach (SM) is a new online service that matches up professional genealogists (called Genealogy Coaches) with people who want to have all the fun of making family history discoveries for themselves but just need a little assistance from someone they can trust.

"With do-it-yourself sites like and it has become so easy for anyone to start climbing their family tree," says co-founder, Janet Hovorka.  "But, sometimes people get a little stuck in the process.  The traditional option at that point has been to purchase a 10 or 20 hour research package from a professional genealogist.  Many people can't afford that kind of help.  Others are reluctant to do so because they want the joy of making those family history discoveries themselves.  genealogyDOTcoach aims to fill that gap."

The service launches with 25 coaches across 47 different categories.  Topics include:  getting started; genetic genealogy/DNA; tree analysis and writing a research plan; and document translation.  Coaches also specialize in research for different regions of the world and different ethnic groups.  The initial group of coaches have an average of 25 years of training and experience a piece.  They are researchers, authors, and lecturers.  The impressive list of coaches includes some of the most well-known genealogists in the industry.

On the genealogyDOTcoach website, users can select a topic and see a list of coaches who specialize in that topic.  They can review comments and ratings from previous clients, to help them select a coach they would like to work with.  Sessions can be scheduled for 15, 30 or 60 minutes.  Pricing starts as low as $15 for 15 minutes.

Shortly before the coaching session, an email link is sent that allows the user to log in to a private video chat room.  There they meet face to face, via video chat, to share screens and documents with the genealogy coach, and receive the help they need to keep them moving along in their family history journey.

"Clients leave the coaching sessions with a game plan for how to move forward in their family history research," says Hovorka.  "Just like life coaches or athletic coaches, genealogy coaches can give you the boost you need to be better at what you enjoy."

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

RootsMagic 7 Deals on Amazon Prime Day

The following is from RootsMagic.

RootsMagic 7 Deals on Amazon Prime Day

In case you haven't heard, July 12th is Amazon's annual "Prime Day", a one-day only day of deals for Amazon Prime members.  RootsMagic is participating in Prime Day, but we aren't limiting our deals to Prime members, and we aren't limiting it to one day either.

From July 12th (midnight PT) through July 14 (midnight PT), you can get $10 off either RootsMagic 7, or the RootsMagic 7/Book bundle.  There is a limited quantity so this deal could end earlier depending on stock.

To take advantage of these Amazon deals, here are the direct links:

RootsMagic 7

RootsMagic 7 plus Getting the Most Out of RootsMagicbook

Renee's Note: The discount price will not be reflected until checkout. Then you will see the $10 discount applied. 

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Jay Verkler Appointed Interim CEO At Findmypast

The following is from Findmypast.

Jay Verkler Appointed Interim CEO At Findmypast
London, Tuesday, July 5th 2016

Jay Verkler, former CEO of FamilySearch, has been appointed as interim CEO of Findmypast. He takes over from Annelies van den Belt who has stepped down after three years.

In a decade as CEO of FamilySearch, Jay pioneered the digital transformation of the world’s largest genealogical organisation. He oversaw the shift from vast paper and microfilm record stores to accessible digital archives. He broadened the audience for family history by developing partnerships with genealogy and technology companies, societies and archives across the world. Since leaving FamilySearch, he has been a consultant on strategy, product and technology for many organisations.

Welcoming Jay Verkler, Richard Hall, chairman of Findmypast, said: “I am delighted that Jay is going to head up Findmypast for the next six months. He has the industry knowledge and the entrepreneurial experience to drive the business forward. One of our key markets is the US and Jay has the experience and knowledge to help us to continue to expand Findmypast’s growth in America.”

Jay Verkler said: “I am excited about the opportunity to lead Findmypast. I have worked with the organisation over the years as a partner and advisor and am excited to work with talented team in a real determination to develop the business. There is great opportunity to build on existing partnerships and to establish new ones across the globe.”

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Mark Your Calendars - UVTAGG Monthly Meeting!

The next meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG (Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group) will be on Saturday, 09 Jul 2016, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo. This is the regular second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting.  Information about the Group, meeting location, main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on their website  and the press release blog is at .  On the blog you can subscribe to receive emails of the press releases when they are posted the week before the meetings.

The main presentation at this month's UVTAGG meeting will be by Gurcharan Singh Gill on SEEK AND FIND: EXTRACTION OF PEDIGREES FROM REVENUE RECORDS OF PUNJAB, INDIA.  This will be a discussion of the process of finding these records and extracting the names into pedigrees.  This is more than just indexing the records since it requires additional information to put them into ancestral trees. This information will be of value to all Family History Centers where there is even a small population of people with ancestors from India.  Gill (That's the name he usually goes by.) came to America in 1954 at age 19, joined the LDS Church in California, and graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1958.  That same year he married Vilo Pratt.  He went on to Graduate School and got a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Utah in 1965.  He then taught Mathematics at BYU until he retired in 1999 and is the author of math papers and some problem books on Calculus and Analytic Geometry.  In 1993, he and Vilo were called to be the first Mission Presidents for the LDS Church in Bangalore, India, and they served there until 1996.  Later, after retiring from BYU, Dr. Gill has been doing family history on the Moga District in Punjab, India where he was born.  He has traced the genealogy of the Gill, Sidhu, Brar, Bhatti, and Toor Clans and published a booklet on this subject for his family and his descendants.  He and his wife live in the Edgemont area of Provo where they raised their children.

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled.  See the UVTAGG website and blog for last minute changes and additions.
(1)  Gurcharan S. Gill, Submitting Temple Names for India
(2)  TBA
(3)  Don Engstrom and Don Reynolds, ASK AN EXPERT (Personal Help)
(4)  Video of last month's main presentation, Get More From Tech Enhancements From Family Tree, by Cathy Anderegg
(5)  Bruce Buzbee, ROOTSMAGIC
(6)  Gaylon Findlay, ANCESTRAL QUEST

Notice that there is something for everyone, no matter what their level of family history expertise.  This includes youth, those just getting interested in genealogy, long-time genealogists, and ward family history consultants.  All meetings of UVTAGG are open to the public, whether members of the Group or not.  The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually 70-80 people attending the monthly meetings, many of whom are family history consultants.  The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Eileen Phelps, Newsletter Editor; Don Engstrom and Rayanne Melick, Membership and Finances; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, DVD Library; and Chris Stevenson and Rick Klemetson, Webmasters.  Several of these will be at the meeting to answer questions, help with membership, distribute the current issue of the monthly newsletter TAGGOLOGY, and check out and sell to members of the Group DVDs of past presentations and classes.  Membership includes many benefits such as being able to purchase the inexpensive presentation and class DVDs, receiving the monthly newsletter TAGGology (via email, if requested), and access to many genealogy resources through the UVTAGG's membership in the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  The online dues are only $10 per year and gift memberships make great presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and family history consultants.  Membership is on a calendar year basis.  See more information about presentations, classes, class notes, and joining the Group on the websites above.  You can also contact President Gerhard Ruf at  (801-225-6106), or 1st VP Laurie Castillo at  , or 2nd VP Don Snow at .