Friday, June 26, 2015

Eastern European Family History Conference

The following is from FEEFHS (Foundation for Eastern European Family History Studies).

Do you have eastern European ancestry? Have you tried in vain to figure out how to find your ancestors? If so, the FEEFHS conference is made for you!

When: August 13-15, 2015 (Pre-conference workshops August 11-12, 2015)
Where: Plaza Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah
Who: Anyone who has eastern European ancestry. If you know your history, that could be most everyone in Europe at one time or another!

There will be general research classes that teach methodology particular to eastern Europe. There will also be classes on Jewish, German, Hungarian Empire, Polish, Russian, Croatian, and Slovakian research. This year we have an extended track for German research and we have added DNA and genetic research. This is your year for family discovery!

See the Schedule at a Glance @feefhsworkshop.org/program/schedule.

Russian:

Expanded offerings in Russian research sources, including Stalin's Arrest Files and the Russian 1897 Census. Come learn with us!

Jewish:

Diane Afoumado, PhD, Chief, Research and Reference Branch, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will be the keynote speaker and will also present some classes. Expanded offerings in Jewish research sources, including Hebrew for Translating Headstones and Records, Jewish Case Study using ITS Records, and Holocaust research. Come learn with us!

German:

This is the year for all family history researchers interested in German research to jump into the FEEFHS Conference with both feet! The conference will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Plaza Hotel, right next to the world renowned Family History Library. FEEFHS is offering an extensive German track that will get your research moving in the right direction. The classes will start Thursday afternoon, August 13th and will run through Saturday afternoon, August 15th. Some of the class offerings for German researchers are:

Identifying the German Hometown
German Record Sources Online
German Civil Registration
German Guilds and their Records

There are more classes (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) listed in the schedule. This is your opportunity to learn from experienced researchers who want to help you learn and apply successful methodology to your German research. Come join us! 


Schedule at a Glance @feefhsworkshop.org/program/schedule.

FamilySearch Adds More Than 15.6 Million Records

The following is from FamilySearch.

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FamilySearch Collections UpdateJune 26, 2015
 

FamilySearch Adds More Than 15.6 Million Indexed Records and Images for Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, India, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, and the United States

FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 15.6 million indexed records and images for Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, India, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 5,573,816 records from the US, Iowa, State Census, 1925 collection; 2,086,638 records from the US, California Death Index, 1905–1939 collection; and 1,325,362 images from the Italy, Cremona, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1744–1942collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 5.8 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org .

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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FamilySearch User Newsletter - June 2015

The following is from FamilySearch.

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FamilySearch User Newsletter
June 2015


The Promised Blessings of Family History
See promises given by Church leaders about how doing family history will bless our lives here and now.

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New View in Family Tree
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Users Love the Mobile App-You Will Too!
Discover Your Ancestors in Obituaries

How Partner Sites Can Help You Find a Name to Submit to the Temple: Records
Use the unique record sets on partner sites to find more ancestors to take to the temple!
Releasing Reservations after Two Years
Starting in the next few months the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will begin releasing user temple reservations that have been inactive for more than two years. See what you can do.
Youth Find Strength in Service to Community and Ancestors
In the San Antonio Texas West Stake, youth have experienced the truth of the scriptural promise that as they serve others they will discover and strengthen themselves.
Nothing Is Impossible
Since my childhood, my heart has been turned to my ancestors, so when the invitation from my bishop came to participate in indexing, I readily accepted.

Family History Expos Upcoming Events

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Southern States Library Learning Experience
Jul 13-18, 2015
FHL & Crystal Inn Hotel
230 W. 500 S.
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

Southern States Virtual Expo
Jul 13-18, 2015
Online

New England Library Learning Experience
Aug 17-22, 2015
FHL & Crystal Inn Hotel
230 W. 500 S.
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

German Research Library Learning Experience
Sep 21-26, 2015
FHL & Crystal Inn Hotel
230 W. 500 S.
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

Using DNA & Resources at the FHL
Oct 19-24, 2015
FHL & Crystal Inn Hotel
230 W. 500 S.
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

Basic Sources for Military Research 
Nov 9-14, 2015
FHL & Crystal Inn Hotel
230 W. 500 S.
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

Reconstructing Immigrant Neighborhoods
Nov 30 - Dec 5, 2015
FHL & Crystal Inn Hotel
230 W. 500 S.
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

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