Saturday, March 21, 2015

Who Do You Think You Are? – Angie Harmon

The following is from Ancestry.com.

Who Do You Think You Are? – Angie Harmon
Premieres Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 10/9c on TLC


Always believing she was Greek, Irish and native American, Angie will be surprised to meet her 5x g-grandfather, Michael Harmon who immigrated from Germany as an indentured servant and winds up gutting it out as a soldier in Washington's regiment at ValleyForge. After a bleak season in hell he mutinies against the Continental Congress in protest for his basic rights of food, clothing and shelter…and succeeds! After the war Michael becomes a well to do land owner in Kentucky where Angie will get to pay her respects to what is still Harmon owned land today.

Here's a sneak peek.

Next Sunday’s episode will feature Sean Hayes, who travels to Ireland to learn more about his father’s side of the family.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

RootsTech 2015 Breaks Records and Keeps Giving

The following is from RootsTech.

RootsTech 2015 Breaks Records and Keeps Giving

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, 17 March, 2015—The fifth annual RootsTech 2015 conference, hosted by FamilySearch, is officially in the record books as registering 23,918 attendees over three days, an 83 percent increase over 2014. And it’s not done yet as the world’s largest family history conference. There are already plans to deliver over 1,000 local family discovery day events throughout the remainder of 2015. It’s another indicator that family history continues to be a strong and growing interest not only in the United States, but internationally as well. Attendees to RootsTech 2015 came from far and wide, hailing from 49 states (West Virginia was the holdout) and 37 countries.

The popular conference’s formula for success included attracting well-known keynote speakers, such as former First Lady Laura Bush, Donny Osmond, Tan Le, and A. J. Jacobs, who shared inspiring family stories, and offering a rich combination of more than 500 classes, exhibits, demonstrations, and fun entertainment designed to appeal to multiple generations of family members and broad family history interests. Select sessions from RootsTech 2015 can be viewed for free at RootsTech.org.

RootsTech 2015 also included Innovator Summit and Family Discovery Day. RootsTech-specific registrations were up 43 percent (10,216 paid attendees versus 7,253 for 2014) and Family Discovery Day was up 125 percent (15,765 attendees versus 6,900 in 2014, which includes some who also paid to attend RootsTech). Registrations for both were closed early because of popular demand and full sessions. Additionally, 20 sessions were broadcast live online, pulling in another 128,000 viewers. Family Discovery Day sessions and highlights can be viewed at lds.org/discoverfamily.

The Innovator Summit at Rootstech featured cutting-edge content for developers, business leaders, and enthusiasts seeking to use family history data and services. The summit saw increases in attendees, developer apps, and prize money from sponsors ($25,000) for the growing RootsTech Innovator Showdown that challenged developers to submit their entries for a possible share of the reward purse. This year’s big winner was StoryWorth, which provides simple solutions to help families preserve and share their family stories.

Another exciting fact is that before the lights were turned off for RootsTech 2015 on February 14, volunteers from locations worldwide were already busy preparing to deliver their own free local family discovery day events. Select sessions and planning resources from RootsTech 2015 have been recorded, translated in 10 languages, and made available online to support these local volunteer organizers. By the first week following the conference, 65 local family discovery day events had already been held, including 27 in Latin America, one in Korea, and another in the Philippines. Over 1,000 more events are expected to be held throughout 2015, significantly extending the reach and impact of this popular conference. Search online the growing list of local family discovery day events to find one near you.

The most popular question posed by many conference goers, media, and exhibitors was, “What about next year?”

Dennis Brimhall, CEO of FamilySearch, which hosts the popular conference replied, “We are just thrilled to provide a forum where families and people of all ages can enjoy the thrill of family discovery and learn new ways to share and involve others, and the growing attendance numbers are certainly very encouraging.”

In 2016, in addition to the venue in Salt Lake City, the conference’s organizers plan on taking more advantage of live broadcasting, recording of content for online viewing, and further offering local family discovery day events worldwide as a way to continue expanding the popular conference’s reach.

To view select sessions of RootsTech 2015 online, go to RootsTech.org andlds.org/familydiscoveryday.

South Davis Family History Fair - Volunteers Needed!

The following is from the Utah Genealogical Society.

South Davis Family History Fair 2015

The Utah Genealogical Association is pleased to present the the 18th year of the South Davis Family History Fair! It has grown from its beginning as a small local function to filling an entire high school. The Fair features the most up to date genealogical research and technological advances taught by experts in their field. There will be close to one hundred classes offered this year including DNA, new technology, beginning classes, regional studies in places like Germany, Great Britain, Scandinavia, and the United States, and how to organize and involve family members through innovative activities. This year’s theme is “Bridging Our Past, Present and Future”.

The UGA South Davis Family History Fair will be heldApril 11, 2015, at Woods Cross High School located at 600 W 2200 S, Woods Cross, UT 84087 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  There will be five class times allowing participants to explore several areas of their particular interest. Many fun and interesting vendors will be there and will be giving demonstrations of their products. Box lunches can be ordered ahead of time as can paper copies of the syllabus that will be available electronically to all conference registrants.

Go to fair.ugagenealogy.org to register.
Sign in as a UGA Member to get discounts.

If you would like to attend for free, SIGN UP AS A VOLUNTEER!!

UGA Webinar March 19th

The following is from the Utah Genealogical Society.

March 19th at 7:00 p.m. MDT
Virtual Chapter Webinar

"Back Door and Rear Window Research Techniques”

-  Ginny Ackerson

Trying to climb that brick wall or just banging your head against it? Some sneaky but effective research techniques are presented to help you get through your brick walls.

More info: HERE
Members: Don't forget you can watch previous Virtual Chapter Meetings in the Member's Archive.