Saturday, October 04, 2014

Free BCG Lecture Series in Salt Lake 11 Oct 2014

The following is from the Board of Certification for Genealogist.

Top genealogists Elissa Scalise Powell, Judy G. Russell, Elizabeth Shown Mills, and Stefani Evans will present six lectures at the Family History Library’s Floor B2 classroom in Salt Lake City Saturday, October 11, between 9 am and 4:45 pm. The lectures are free and open to the public, sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists. The board is an independent certifying body and author of the updated 2014 Genealogy Standards.
Topics and speakers:

Saturday, 11 October 2014, Classroom on B2, FHL

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
BCG Certification Seminar
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL
9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Shootout at the Rhododendron Lodge: Reconstructing Life-Changing Events
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
11:00 a.m. – noon
From the White Lion to the Emancipation Proclamation–Slavery and the Law Before the Civil War
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Using Evidence Creatively: Spotting Clues in Run-of-the-Mill Records
Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Oh, The Things You Can Map: Mapping Data, Memory, and Historical Context
Stefani Evans, CG
3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Keynote Address
Trousers, Black Domestic, Tacks & Housekeeping Bills: Trivial Details Can Solve Research Problems
Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA
“Whether you stop in for one lecture or all six, you will learn more about how to apply good methodology to your own family research,” said President Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. “The Board for Certification of Genealogists strives to foster public confidence in genealogy by promoting an attainable, uniform standard of competence and ethics. Educating all family historians of every level is part of this mission.”
For questions or more information contact: Nicki Birch, CG,

Mark Your Calendars - UVTAGG Meeting!

The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG (Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group - UVPAFUG) will be on Saturday, 11 Oct 2014, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo.  Information about the Group, meeting location, main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on their website  and the press releases are at .  On the blog you can subscribe to receive the press releases via email when they are posted a week before the meeting.

The main presentation this month at UVTAGG is by Sharon Monson on THE FAMILYSEARCH CATALOG:  KEY TO THE COLLECTION.  The FamilySearch Catalog is the new version of the old Family History Library Catalog which has been retired.  It now includes much more than it used to.  Locating available books, microfilms, or microfiche for a certain place or subject depends on the depth of the catalog search criteria.  Basic searches such as Place, Last Name, Title, Author, Subject and Keyword, will be demonstrated and Ms. Monson will show how you can now instantly view original records in a Historical Records search.  Thousands of books are now online and many have updated indexes and all are every-word searchable.  She will show how to filter your searches to save time and effort.  

Sharon D. Monson is the founder of "GenSearch and more,".  She is an author and frequent conference presenter with extensive research experience spanning 30+ years in courthouses, the Family History Library, and repositories.  Her family history presentations cover a wide range of research methods, useful tips, source document locations and unusual resources.  She specializes in the Southern US region, where burned out counties and loss of records is the norm, and has learned to dig "deeper" and polish the skills necessary to find missing documentation.  As a Residential Appraiser for most of her life, she has learned to pay attention to details.  Examining what doesn't look right, or what appears to be in the wrong place, will often yield that previously missed clue.  She feels it is extremely important to use accurate information to support family data.  As the founder of GenSearch and more, her vision is to teach younger people how to search for their families.  So that no one gets left out, she also teaches those who aren't tech savvy how to use new technology in their search for ancestors.  More information about her is available at .  

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled; check the meetings page at  for last minute changes or additions.   
  1. Treasures Found in US Military Records by Sharon Monson
  2. LDS Partner Web Sites:  MyHeritage by Sue Maxwell
  3. Family Tree Certified Programs: TreeSeek, RecordSeek, Puzilla, and RootsMapper by Don Snow and Linda Westover
  4. Ask An Expert (Personal Help) by Don Engstrom and Finn Hansen
  5. Video of last month's main presentation: Presenting and Preserving Your Family History: You Can't Take It With You, So How Do You Leave It? by Don Snow and Linda Westover
  6. Ancestral Quest by Gaylon Findlay
  7. Legacy: Custom Design Your Toolbar - Amazing Legacy Tools at Your Fingertips by Marilyn Thomsen
  8. RootsMagic by Renee Zamora
As you can see, there is something for everyone no matter what their level of family history expertise, and this includes youth and those just getting interested in genealogy.  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 about 100 attending the monthly meetings on the second Saturdays, most of whom are Family History Consultants. The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Renee Zamora, Secretary; Liz Kennington, Newsletter Editor; Don Engstrom and Rayanne Melick, Membership and Finances; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, DVD Library; and Chris Stevenson, Webmaster.  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.  Many members don't live close enough to participate in the monthly meetings, but pay the $10 per year online dues to belong so they can receive the monthly newsletter via email and purchase the inexpensive DVDs of the presentations and classes.  Gift memberships make great presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and Family History Consultants.  See more information about the presentations, classes, class notes, and to join 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 .

Announcing MacBridge: Run RootsMagic on Your Mac without Windows

The following is from RootsMagic.

Announcing MacBridge:
Run RootsMagic on Your Mac without Windows

One of the most common questions we are asked is, “When will RootsMagic run on a Mac?” With today’s release of MacBridge for RootsMagic 6, the answer is“right now”. MacBridge for RootsMagic 6 allows you easily install and run RootsMagic on your Mac in mere minutes with almost no additional setup or configuration.
MacBridge for RootsMagic is different than other solutions you may be familiar with. For starters, it does not install Windows on your Mac. It also does not create a slow and bulky virtual computer. It runs right on your Mac, using your Mac file system. You can even put the RootsMagic icon on your dock for easy one-click access! So while we are busily working on an actual native Mac version of RootsMagic, MacBridge for RootsMagic 6 gives you the ability to work on a Mac today.

Want to see it for yourself? Here’s a short video demonstrating how quick and easy it is to download and install RootsMagic onto your Mac:
Watch the Video

Still have questions? Take a look at our answers to some Frequently-Asked Questions about MacBridge for RootsMagic.

Currently, MacBridge for RootsMagic 6 is available only as a download. The regular price is $14.95 but for a limited time, you can get it for only $9.95. So if you or someone you know uses a Mac and has felt left out of the RootsMagic magic, do yourself (or them) a favor and check out MacBridge for RootsMagic today!

RootsMagic Adds Direct TMG Import

The following is from RootsMagic.

RootsMagic Adds Direct TMG Import

On July 29th, Wholly Genes Software announced that they would be discontinuing "The Master Genealogist" (TMG).  Since then, quite a number of TMG users have contacted us directly and on our message boards asking what their options were for converting their data to RootsMagic. While data can be transferred to RootsMagic via GEDCOM, TMG loses many details as it exports to GEDCOM including witnesses, roles, source templates, and more.

We have just released a new RootsMagic update (v6.3.3) which adds a direct TMG import. This direct import not only imports basic genealogical information from TMG like names, events, notes, and media, but also imports witnesses (with roles), source templates, and sentence templates.  In fact, RootsMagic has the most complete TMG import available anywhere. Of course, due to different data models and template languages, no import can be 100% perfect but we have prepared a guide to make the transition as smooth as possible.

And to make it even easier for TMG users to transition to RootsMagic, for a limited time we are offering TMG users a competitive upgrade price of $19.95 for RootsMagic.  To find out more information about the TMG import and to get the TMG upgrade price, visit:

We know that change isn't always easy, so if you know a TMG user who is contemplating moving to another genealogy software, feel free to let them know about this update and our special pricing for TMG users.