Thursday, February 04, 2016

From this day forward...

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Forever Launches PDF Document Functionality

The following is from Forever.

Forever Launches PDF Document Functionality
Forever, Inc. announces that it now supports PDF documents at to help families save their memories for generations.
(SALT LAKE CITY) February 4, 2016  Forever, Inc., the complete memory-keeping solution where genealogists, moms and other family historians collect, curate, and celebrate their memories now and for generations, is pleased to announce that it has launched PDF document functionality across their entire platform of products and services.  Forever made the announcement at RootsTech 2016, which is the largest family history conference in the world and is being held at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah from Feb. 3-6, 2016.
“Our ability to support documents is a significant addition to the Forever platform,” said Glen Meakem, Forever Founder & CEO.  “This development proves that we are becoming a complete memory-keeping solution, one that empowers users to tell life’s stories for generations.”
The new functionality enables users to save and share valuable family documents, such as genealogical records, family trees, birth certificates, baptismal certificates, and marriage licenses, all in their permanent digital homes at  Users can also protect private and personal documents, such as financial records, legal contracts, and private correspondence.
While speaking to a group of RootsTech attendees, Meakem said, “Imagine writing letters for your children or grandchildren to read many years into the future.  Perhaps those letters are congratulatory notes meant to be delivered during events to come, such as graduations, weddings, or anniversaries.  Or perhaps those letters are reminders of important family values, traditions, or beliefs.  Forever’s powerful platform of products and services enables you to choose how and when you share important family memories and personal content with others, and Forever’s patent-pending guarantee ensures that you can leave a legacy that speaks for generations.  Whether you choose to share your documents with others, or keep them private, you can rest easy knowing that they will be protected for many, many years to come.
The company plans to add support for video later in 2016.
About Forever
Forever, Inc. offers the world’s first and only guaranteed permanent online media storage and sharing service, which is backed by the patent-pending Forever Guarantee.  Forever was founded and is led by Glen Meakem, previous Founder and CEO of the highly successful business-to-business e-commerce company, FreeMarkets, Inc.  Forever provides a permanent, secure, trustworthy place in the internet cloud – a permanent digital home with a complete set of memory keeping services – where moms and families can collect, curate, celebrate and permanently save their precious personal and family memories.  The company offers highly secure, triple backed up cloud storage, with encryption of critical locator data.  It also offers award winning mobile apps for iOS and Android that automatically back up to member accounts at, as well as web and desktop apps so customers can upload, access, edit, organize, and protect their content from virtually any device.  Forever guarantees customers who buy “permanent sharable storage” that their photos and memories will be saved for their lifetimes plus 100 years with the goal of many generations beyond.  The company can make this guarantee because a large portion of the money customers pay for “permanent storage” is deposited into the Forever Guarantee Fund, a restricted fund that acts like a permanent endowment or reserve, with earnings paying for storage, bandwidth, and migration to new file formats for generations into the future.
The company also offers Forever Artisan, the leading digital desktop scrapbooking software, and Forever Historian -- photo organization and management software, as well as Forever digital art, desktop uploader (Forever Valet), digital photo project design applications (such as Forever Projects), printing, photo scanning and media conversion services.
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About RootsTech
RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch International, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.

Relative Race Promotion for RootsTech

The following is from BYUTV.

World Premiere at RootsTech

Are you attending RootsTech this week? If so, come see the world premiere of Relative Race–BYUtv's new reality competition show–on Friday, Feb. 5, at 1:30PM in Room 150 of the Salt Lake Convention Center.

Don't miss it–we'll be giving away 10 AncestryDNA kits to 10 lucky attendees!

Find out more about this new TV series at

Not going to RootsTech? You can tune in to watch the broadcast premiere of Relative Race on February 28 at 6PM MT. Watch on BYUtv, stream on, or view on the BYUtv app.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Family Discovery Day is just a few days away!

Family Discovery Day is just a few days away!
Family Discovery Day at RootsTech will be an amazing day filled with classes, activities, messages, and events that will inspire you to find family names, take them to the temple, and teach others to do the same.

Event Check-in
We are anticipating a very high number of people coming to Family Discovery Day. As such, we would like to encourage you and your group or family to arrive at least an hour before the opening general session, which starts at 1:00 p.m. Check-in for Family Discovery Day opens at 10:00 a.m. and will be located at the RootsTech registration area in the south foyer of the Salt Palace. You will need to show your picture ID upon check-in, after which you will receive wrist bands and bags based on the number of people you signed up online. This number should reflect the total number in your group, including adults, youth, and children.

Family Discovery Day Schedule
Family Discovery Day includes free, fun, and informative classes and activities to help inspire and teach you and your family or group to find family names, take them to the temple, and share your experience with others. Below is an abbreviated schedule of the day’s events, including guest speakers and session themes and topics.
Family Discovery Day Schedule

Event Parking
There are two convenient underground parking garages available at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Parking is $12–18 per day. There are several less expensive parking lots in downtown Salt Lake City within easy walking distance. The parking lot just north of South Temple Street, between 200 West and 300 West, charges $3–$5 per day. Additional parking is available at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building for $10 a day and at City Creek Center.

Public Transportation
Salt Lake City offers several transportation options, making your travel to and from the Salt Palace Convention Center, Family History Library, and throughout downtown Salt Lake City fairly convenient. Visit for transportation options.

For those taking Trax, the Green or Blue line will get you to the Salt Palace. The closest stop to the Salt Palace is Temple Square (132 W. South Temple Street). For more information, visit