Saturday, January 31, 2015

My Family History Calling

The following is from FamilySearch.


My Family History Calling Newsletter 
January 2015

News you need to succeed-for priesthood leaders, consultants, and center directors.

A New Year's Resolution Worthy of All Acceptation
Something interesting happens at FamilySearch every January-the number of users on our website skyrockets! I guess it's New Year's resolution time-though we don't mind all the website traffic, we'd love it even more if users stayed! Then everyone would be eligible all year long for the blessings that family history brings. I can tell you from recent experience just what are those blessings are.

Share Temple Opportunities with Family and Friends Now a FamilySearch Feature

I Believe! One Person's Testimony of Elder Andersen's Youth Challenge

Blessing the Lives of New Converts and Returning Members

RootsTech Is Almost Here: Why Attend?
RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is the largest family history event in the world! The fifth annual conference-celebrating families across generations-is the perfect place to discover and share your family's stories and connections through technology. See why you should attend (onsite or remotely)!

The FamilySearch App Gallery Connects You with the Latest Family History Apps
Whether you are searching for ancestors, sharing family photos, or recording stories for future generations, there's now a family history app for that.

What's New on FamilySearch-January 2015
FamilySearch has recently released several new features. Here is a recap some of the important changes that have taken place. Read the full article.

How to Submit Names to the Temple through
If you have a free LDS account in the website, people in your family tree can be associated with those found in your FamilySearch tree and their names can be submitted to the temple for ordinance work. Here's how.

Genealogy Gems "Outside the Box Session" at RootsTech 2015

The following is from the Genealogy Gems Newsletter.

Back by popular demand! After fabulous response last year, Genealogy Gems will once again be sponsoring "Outside the Box Sessions," a series of FREE mini-presentations at RootsTech 2015.

Our popular sessions help you think outside the box (and have fun and get free swag while you're at it). NEW FREE EBOOK: Attend any session and receive our free ebook of handouts for all sessions!  

Click here for the full schedule and the Grand Prize entry form. Drop this entry by Booth #1242 and say hello! Lisa will also be signing copies of her brand new book The Genealogist's Google Toolbox Second Edition!
Please forward this newsletter to your friends who are 
heading to RootsTech / FGS. 

NEHGS February Webinar

The following is from the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

New at the Online Learning Center
Sign up for the FREE Webinar

Using Manuscripts in Your Genealogical Research
Thursday, February 19, 2 p.m. EST (1 p.m. CST12 p.m. MST11 a.m. PST)
Presented by Timothy G. X. Salls, Manager of Manuscript Collections

NEHGS has one of the largest collections of genealogical papers in the United States. Learn how these unique items can benefit your genealogical research. Join Manager of Manuscript Collections Timothy G. X. Salls as he provides research case studies and highlights from our special collections. Register today!

Can't attend the live broadcast? A recording will be posted to our website the following day.

Additional Resources

Visit the Online Learning Center for subject guides on a variety of genealogical topics, informative videos, webinars, online courses, and more. If you have questions or feedback, contact Ginevra Morse, Director of Education and Online Programs, at

ISGS February 2015 Webinar – Basic Scandinavian Research

The following is from the Illinois State Genealogical Society.

February 2015 Webinar – Basic Scandinavian Research

Looking for ancestors in Denmark, Norway and Sweden? Then join us on February 3, when Diana Smith will share her secrets in her presentation Basic Scandinavian Research.

Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2014, 8:00 pm Central

Description: Researching the Scandinavian countries (Norway, Denmark, and Sweden) is very different from researching in the US. Learn about the patronymics, language, and more.

  • Overview of the influence of history and geography
  • Patronymics
  • Alphabets of each language - extra letters and search techniques
  • Use of dates and calendar basics
  • Hints for keeping track and searching efficiently
  • Resources for each country
Presenter: Diana Smith

Diana Crisman Smith is Treasurer of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE), Treasurer, Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), Treasurer, Florida State Genealogical Society, and Past District Director of APG. She served more than 20 years as a lay librarian at Westlake (OH) Family History Center, and has written for numerous genealogical publications. She also author of “Chapter 4: Scandinavia” in The Family Tree Guidebook to Europe (2013). She has enjoyed speaking at conferences around the country (and at sea) more than twenty years and looks forward to expanding her genealogical
endeavors after concluding a career in software consulting.


Recording and Handout Available to ISGS Members:  For ISGS members who cannot attend the live webinar on February 3, a recording of the webinar, along with the handout, will be made available in the Members Section of the ISGS website at  If you're not already a member of ISGS, visit Join ISGS! at for more information.

Make a Contribution:  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