Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2015 South Davis Family History Fair

The following is from the Utah Genealogical Association.

Registration Now Open!   Makes a Great Christmas Gift!

2015 South Davis Family History Fair
More info and to register -

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Woods Cross High School
600 West 2200 South
 Woods Cross, UT 84087

New Charting Companion with Direct Edit - Free upgrade

The following is from Progeny Genealogy.

Progeny Genealogy is pleased to announce ver. 5.3 of Charting Companion, featuring a fast, convenient chart preview and edit, directly in the main window. 

Ancestor Chart Editing
You can now move rectangles in the Ancestor, Descendant, Hourglass, and Bowtie charts, edit the chart by pruning selected branches, and print or publish to PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF or BMP image format. Just scroll the mouse to zoom in or zoom out, and adjust the size of the chart so it fits exactly in the page or pages that you choose.
Charting Companion also speaks 18 languages!
Descendant Chart Editing
The Ancestor and Descendant Fan charts can be tiled over multiple pages. 
Best of all, the new version is available as a free upgrade to all customers who have already bought their copy of Charting Companion (ver. 5). If you have another program such as Charting Companion for Family Tree Maker, Legacy Charting Companion or PAF Companion, you can purchase Charting Companion now for $29.95 before the price increases to $34.95 on  January 1
Just click here to download and install Charting Companion if you have already bought a license. 
If you don't own Charting Companion, visit our website for more information, and to buy.
Charting Companion charts will make you a hit with your relatives, and the star of your next family reunion. 
Pierre Clouthier
President, Progeny Genealogy 

New Interactive Option for Virtual Institute Courses

The following is from Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research.

Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research Offers New Interactive Option for Courses

RALEIGH, North Carolina, 17 December 2014:

The Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research is evolving!

Student responses to our first course have reinforced our plans concerning the need for additional instructor interaction and feedback. Beginning in 2015 we will offer instructors and students this option.

Previously our courses came in a single format: four 90-minute lecture sessions with Q&A, extensive syllabus material, and at least one practical exercise.

Plus courses will consist of:
  • the same four 90-minute lecture sessions and syllabus material offered to standard students; plus
  • an additional one-hour Q&A/discussion session held on an evening either midweek or at the conclusion of the course;
  • individualized instructor feedback on practical exercises by email;
  • a Certificate of Completion for the course.

The Plus option for any course will cost $99.99, as compared to the $69.99 cost of standard courses.

J. Mark Lowe’s “Preparing the Field: Understanding the Agricultural Records of Our Ancestors” will be the first course to offer this new option. Beginning on Wednesday, 17 December 2014, buttons will appear on the website to purchase either the Standard or the Plus option for this course. Many of the Institute’s future courses will also offer this option.

For more information visit or email

About the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research
The Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research offers virtual, year-round courses on a wide variety of genealogical subjects from top experts in the field. For more information visit or email

Innovator Summit features Nathan Furr

The following is from FamilySearch. I did already post a similar announcement. I didn't realize the official press release provided more information. 

FamilySearch Press ReleaseDecember 15, 2014

Nathan Furr, PhD, Coauthor of The Innovator’s Method, to Headline the RootsTech Innovator Summit
Nathan Furr
Salt Lake City, Utah—For the second year in a row, the world’s largest family history and technology conference, RootsTech, is getting a jump-start a day early with Innovator Summit, a full-day event featuring Nathan Furr, coauthor ofThe Innovator’s Method and Nail It Then Scale It. The event, sponsored by, will be held onWednesday, February 11, 2015, at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Nathan Furr is a recognized expert and a professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at Brigham Young University and a visiting scholar at INSEAD and ESSEC. His new book, The Innovator’s Method (Harvard Business Review Press, Sept. 2014) combines the two, bringing the radical “lean start-up” approach to innovation into established organizations. His previous book, Nail It Then Scale It (NISI Institute, 2011), underscores that the seeds to entrepreneurial success are sown before you build anything. He will kick off the day with his keynote address titled “How to Apply the Innovator’s Method to Increase Your Success and Decrease Your Risk.”

By bringing in keynote speakers such as Furr, Innovator Summit aims to inspire new ideas, new discussions, and new connections that will drive technology and business opportunities both inside and outside the traditional genealogy marketplace. “We are excited to bring technology leaders, innovation experts, and entrepreneurs together once again to better understand and discuss opportunities in a rapidly growing market segment,” said David Pugmire, event manager. “RootsTech Innovator Summit is a one-of-a-kind event. Thought leaders like Furr can distill their recipe for success and those interested in this space can network with others that can help bring projects to reality.”

The Innovator Summit offers developers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs access to the latest content and resources that provide insight on family history data, services and inspiration for current and future projects. A full lineup of classes are offered on Wednesday, February 11, with additional classes offered on Thursday and Friday. The Wednesday event includes the keynote address, a lunch combined with the semifinal round of the RootsTech Shark Tank, an evening mingle, and a late-night hack-a-thon event. In addition to Furr, other business and technology speakers at Innovator Summit include:
  • Harrison Tang, cofounder and chief executive officer of
  • Mike Davis, cofounder and chief executive officer of StoryPress.
  • Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, director of the Great Migration Study Project at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
Though Innovator Summit innovation competitions have been included in the past, this year RootsTech is upping the ante with $25,000 in total cash prizes. This RootsTech Innovator Showdown event will include a live audience; judging by genealogy, technology, and business gurus; and a people’s choice award. New apps, software, or other products will be unveiled, and three winners will receive cash prizes and the chance to show their winning entries to media, bloggers, and thousands of RootsTech attendees. Past winners, such as last year’s grand prize winner, Harvey and Jane Baker of Saving Memories Forever , have gone on to successfully capitalize on the $4 billion family history market and stake a claim for themselves.

For more information about Innovator Summit or to get registered for the conference, please visit