Saturday, December 20, 2014

Search the Joseph Smith Papers for your Ancestors on

The following is from the FamilySearch Blog.

Did Your Ancestors Interact with the Prophet Joseph Smith?

Joseph Smith
The Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is pleased to announce an exciting collaborative effort between the Joseph Smith Papers Project and FamilySearch. users can now easily view documents in the papers of Joseph Smith that mention their direct ancestors. With just a few clicks, it is now easy to see how your ancestors interacted with Joseph Smith and other early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The new website is free and available now at
“Using the power of and the scholarship of the Joseph Smith Papers Project, descendants of early Church members can now connect to original source documents where their own progenitors are mentioned,” said Elder Steven E. Snow, Church Historian and Recorder. “Seeing our ancestors in the original papers will provide insight and inspiration as we see how our own lives intersect with the . . . history of the Church,” he continued.
The new website combs through all the digitized pages of the Joseph Smith papers and compares names from the documents with the names of ancestors in your family tree on You can then easily view original historical documents from Church history containing ancestors’ names and search other related historical records on

Family ChartMasters - Instant Family History Gifts

The following is from Zap The Grandma Gap and Family ChartMasters.

Instant Family History Gifts--Because A Scented Candle
Never Changed Anyone's Life

E-Books Now Available
Now all of our Zap The Grandma Gap Books are available in e-book format!

With hundreds of live links to all of the best genealogy sites all over the web and now with instant delivery, these e-books are sure to be a hit with your family members.  We hope this new delivery system will make it even easier to share your family history with your family members.

I am offering an introductory sale on all of the e-books.  For complete details on this sale and for gifting options, please take a look at the full blog post on the Chart Chick or  

Gift Certificate Sale
Taken from The Chart Chick blog:

I am running a sale on gift certificates from now until December 22nd. Even if you are a wait-until-the-last-possible-second kind of shopper, you can get an instant gift that doesn't come with a killer price tag. From now untilDecember 22nd, I am offering 25% off of all gift certificates.  It's so easy and you can print the gift certificate directly from your computer immediately after purchase. Not to mention your loved ones still get a meaningful gift, to their exact specifications, with only a few mouse clicks from you. You save money and get all of the praise without the hassle and sweat. This is absolutely the best way to go as Christmas and Chanukah approach.

Continue reading this post on The Chart Chick Blog for full details on how to get your instantly downloadable gift certificates.  Or just

Upcoming ISGS Webinars

The following is from the Illinois State Genealogical Society.

Upcoming  ISGS Webinars

Join us on Tuesday, January 13, at 8:00 PM Central, when Lisa Louise Cooke will teach us how to unlock mysteries in our genealogy research Using Google Earth for Genealogy. To attend this webinar, register at

Last week's webinar, HeritageQuest Online - The Ins and Outs, presented by C. Ann Staley, CG, CGL, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (

Upcoming Webinars

January 13 – Using Google Earth for Genealogy
Presenter: Lisa Louise Cooke

February 3 – Basic Scandinavian Research*
Presenter: Diana Smith
* This webinar is held one week earlier than our regular schedule to accommodate those attending the FGS 2015 and RootsTech conferences

March 10 – Finding Your Femme Fatales: Exploring the Dark Side of Female Ancestors
Presenter: Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.

For the complete list of upcoming webinars, visit

Support the ISGS Webinar program by making a financial contribution, which will help ISGS expand its educational offerings in a virtual manner.  To learn why we need your help, or to make a contribution, please visit

Please direct any questions to the ISGS Education Committee at

 The 2015 ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch (

SLIG - Check Out Extra Events!

That following is from the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, sponsored by the Utah Genealogical Association. You do not have to register for a full course in order to take advantage of these events.

Evenings at the 20th Annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy are packed with exciting events.   Please consider the following that may be added to your original registration online.  

Colloquium Banquet:  The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy will hold its first annual SLIG Colloquium on Saturday, January 10, 2015.  Leaders in our field will come together for a day of discussion on topics such as inter-field integration and DNA.  SLIG participants and guests are invited to join us in celebrating this exciting event that evening at the Academic Colloquium Banquet.  Banquet tickets are $45; colloquium presenters will present a synopsis of their colloquium presentations.   

Plenary session:  Our 20th anniversary plenary speaker will be Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG.  She will present "What's the Evidence?” on Monday, January 12th at 7:00 PM.  The plenary is open to both SLIG students and the public - feel free to bring your travel buddy with you.  Please RSVP through the registration system for planning purposes.
Premier Viewing of Genealogy Roadshow:  Join hosts of PBS Genealogy Roadshow, Josh Taylor and Mary Tedesco, for a preview of the new season’s first episode.  The screening will be held following the plenary session onMonday, January 12th at 8:15 pm and will be followed by an open Q&A with the hosts.  No cost.

Evening Classes:  Your days at SLIG are likely spent pouring over exhaustive amounts of information.  Our evening classes are set to enhance your research skills with technology and context.  Four classes are  available at a cost of $10 each:
Tuesday, January 13, 7:00 pm:
     "Turning Biographical Facts into Real Life Events: How to Build Historical Context,” John Philip Colletta, PhD.  
     "Tech No Genealogist Should be Without: Powerful Solutions for Surviving the Data Avalanche," Valerie Elkins.  
Thursday, January 15, 7:00 pm:
     "Geo-Genealogy: Finding and Interperting Where your Ancestors Lived, presented by Jay Fonkert.  
     "Nifty & Powerful Technologies for Genealogical Analysis & Documentation,” Ron Arons

Mini-Problem Solving Roundtable:
Wednesday we are offering a unique peek into our problem solving course, where students bring their own research problem to discuss.  Roundtables will be set up based on a focus area or region and time period, each with a professional on hand to lead the discussion and guide the group in developing next research steps.  It's like crowd sourcing your research problem.  Participation is free, but is seating is limited, so make sure you sign up.  You will be asked to submit your region or focus area and time period immediately following registration and be prepared to discussed your research problem at your roundtable at the event.

Last Genealogist Standing:  Craig Scott will offer his fun and popular gameshow, "Last Genealogist Standing,”Wednesday evening at 8:30 PM.  No cost; registration is not required.

Completion Banquet:  David Rencher, AG, CG, Chief Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch will give the keynote address at our 20th anniversary completion banquet to be held Friday, January 16th at 7:00 pm.  The banquet is preceded by a networking social (no-host cash bar) at 6:00 pm.  While students will receive their completion certificates at the end of their class, the banquet gives us an opportunity to celebrate the week, confirm new acquaintances, and get a sneak peak at whats coming for 2016. The Utah Genealogical Association will announce the newest Fellow of UGA (FUGA) and give out several other awards at the banquet.   Included with SLIG registration, but ticket required; guest tickets also available for $60.

To Add Evening Events to your Registration:  Go to the SLIG website (, SLIG Registration page.  Click on “use this link” (under “Current Registration Info for SLIG 2015) to retrieve your registration with your email address and SLIG confirmation number.  You will then be able to add the evening events of your choice to your existing registration.  If you have forgotten your confirmation number, you can email the to obtain it.