Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Women in Art

This is interesting not just from the artistic perspective but to see how women's fashions have changed dramatically over the centuries.

Women in Art

Monday, June 18, 2007

Discovering Something New

I'm working at the Alpine Family History Center right now and I just learned something new. I was talking to our director Paul Mecham about how our computers were all logged out of the Family History Center subscription to That is when I learned that the Family History Centers are now actively using the new URL has set up for their private access. I knew that was going to happen but I didn't realize it was a reality. So if you are like me and didn't know that, here is the URL you want to use when trying to access the databases available to FHCs:

See ya tomorrow, for tomorrow is alway another genealogy day.

Free 10 day Access to Fantastic Databases

It's time to go back and visit's website. They just had a 100 Database Weekend. They posted online some of the collection they acquired through their partnership with Quintin Publications. This collection of databases contains registers, visitations, family histories, pedigrees, obituaries, grants and notices. allows everyone free access to these databases for the first 10 days.

See ya tomorrow, for tomorrow is always another genealogy day!

DNA Data Added to Ancestry Website

The Deseret News this morning just broke the exciting news that The Generations Network, Inc. (Ancestry) is parterning with Sorenson Genomics (Relative Genetics). This partnership will help people use DNA technology to conduct genealogical research. If you are already a customer of Relative Genetics your DNA will now become part of Ancestry's databases. Ancestry will also start marketing the ability for others to include their DNA into Ancesty's searchable databases. Officials of both companies say the partnership is a milestone and "revolutionary" venture for the DNA genealogy field.

Link to article: DNA Data Added to Ancestry Website

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See ya tomorrow, for tomorrow is always another genealogy day!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Shrinking Pools

Alright, I might be a little slow but I was reading today this article from the 17th of May "80 Billion Family Files to Go Online" and had one of those AHA moments. You know how all these family history consultants are wondering, ever down right worried about what will happen to our Family History Centers when we go live with NFS. Some have thought that centers wouldn't be necessary because members could just do everything over the internet. You wouldn't need to come into the centers to clear names using TempleReady.

Now of course those are the consultants in Utah thinking that. Anyone from outside of Utah will tell you that more non-members use our family history centers than any of our members do, and they are not there to use TempleReady. We loose the non-member patrons when the results from FamilySearch Scanning and Indexing go live.

I've heard consultants say, "The Church will keep our centers open because we need to be there to help assist patrons in doing their family history, i.e. computer training, etc." I think that might be a good excuse to keep us open but it doesn't sit quit right with me. Why would a person doing their genealogy in the middle of the night wearing their comfy slippers want to come see me? If they are computer literate they will figure it out themselves. More and more people are becoming computer literate. It's not many patrons that I have to teach computer basics too. Of course, there are some, but people are starting to grasp this stuff.

It makes me think of this genealogy class I was attending and there was this ancient looking man in the audience with me. I swear he had to be in at least in his late 90's. He sat quiet and I don't know why but I started to wondered how much he knew about computers. Near the end of this class he just floored me with the beginning statement of his comment. You see he started by saying, in his frail little voice, that on his WEBSITE he used his ACCESS database... I didn't hear the rest I was shocked and thinking "this man knows way more than me." I'm sure he's not coming into the family history center for my computer training.

Yes some members don't have computers and need to come to the centers, but the pool of people that don't have computers or internet access is shrinking. I heard some really good figures the other day and can't find them to share with you, but people consider having computers in their homes a necessity, just like refrigerators. (If you know some figures please share.)

I recognize the fact that genealogy has a lot of facets and instruction in doing it properly is important. If people are going to do their family history work and we want them to share it, it's just got to be done right. I was watching YouTube the other day and thought wouldn't it be neat to learn how to put the class I just did about blogs on there. I could get really detailed and give lots of mini lessons, going into each facet in far more greater length than I would ever be able to in my class.

YouTube has the capability of delivering family history instruction to far more people than a family history center ever could. We have to think Henry Ford and bring the instruction to the people. Virtual learning and social networking can easily replace a family history consultant.

I realized today that our family history centers are going to be the access point for people like me. I know how to use computers, do research, document it, organize it, submit it, and share it. Those are all things that can be learned from the web. What I don't have is money. I will never be able to afford a subscription to every website hosting loads and loads of records that I may or may not want. Yah, we lost some good things on Ancestry but the future partnerships that the Church is making with archives and societies is going to make Ancestry's holdings seem like nothing.

I think when the Church made the announcements they are partnering with:
World Vital Records (
Kindred Konnections (
Godfrey Memorial Library (
Heritage Quest Online
Footnote (

We let that one kind of pass by us. I put the press releases on my blog along with tons others, but that is about as far as I went. Saturday, I had the privilege in attending the UVPAFUG monthly meeting. Justin Schroepfer from Footnote was our main presenter. I can not believe what they are doing. The month before that Yvette Arts, Whitney Ransom, & Jason McGowan gave presentations on WorldVitalRecords and FamilyLink. These companies are very new. If you look at their sites you might not find a TOTALLY over-whelming collection but it's coming.

I will try my best to let you know more about these companies that the Church is partnering with. I want to do my research first. But take comfort our family history centers are going to stay. You see the Church has the perfect delivery system setup for all the companies they partnership with and the deals are sweet to each. Family History Centers are going to become the "car dealership" for any one that wants to use these products. The partners know the odds are when the patron of the family history center finds the right "vehicle" they are going to buy. Now, that person wearing comfy slippers, is going to want to visit me.

See ya tomorrow, for tomorrow is always another genealogy day.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Totally Charged

I was just reading this article on The Boston Globe - MIT Discovery could unplug your iPod forever. Seems they have figured out a way to wirelessly light a 60-watt, unplugged light bulb from seven feet away. There was no physical connection between the power source and the light bulb. They used a carefully designed magnetic field to deliver power.

The future could someday allow us to wirelessly recharge our electronic devices, from iPods to laptops this way. This would be major coolness. No more chargers or batteries. My digital camera would always be able to take pictures. I could upload them to my laptop that never dies and do genealogy all day long. I could listen to genealogy podcasts everywhere I go. My cell phone would always ring... well, maybe that's not a good one.

Technology is just amazing. Now could someone just make a land-line phone that would give me all the cool features of a cell phone. Come on we have cordless phones already. I would just love to text message my kids this way. I haven't looked to see if there is such a phone out there like that, but if there isn't I want credit for the invention!

See ya tomorrow, for tomorrow is always another genealogy day.

Mark Your Calendars!

Utah Valley Chapter of UGA is happy to present Suzanne Russo Adams speaking on Historical Newspapers On Line - Friday, June 15, 7 pm at the South Area Family History Training Center 100 North 600 East Provo, Utah. (She is rumored to have an excellent handout!)

You do not need to be a member of UGA to attend.

Renee's Note: The Chapter meetings are always the third Friday of every month. I believe I'm speaking there next month on Using Blogs and RSS Feeds. I just need to firm up the date. I'll get back to you on that one!

Friday, June 08, 2007

Genealogy Blogs I Read

Web 2.0

I consider this video on YouTube major coolness. It gives a very good explanation of what Web 2.0 means and is entertaining at the same time.

Notice: Creation of a New Blog

Renee's Genealogy Blog was originally created using LiveJournal. After creating a class on blogs I determined that Google Blogger was the way to go. I have therefore created this new blog space. The older version of "Renee's Genealogy Blog" will no longer be updated. I am still in the mist of transferring my old data into a usable format onto this new blog site. Please be patient while I am under construction.

I have also created a new blog called "Renee's Class Notes". I have placed a feed to it on this blog. You will also see a feed to the last posts that were made to the older version of "Renee Genealogy Blog".

See ya tomorrow, for tomorrow is always another genealogy day!