Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Save $10 on all Legacy software PLUS Free shipping offer (through Dec 31, 2011)

The following is from Legacy Family Tree.

Just in time for the holidays - all Legacy Family Tree software is $10 off until December 31, 2011. We appreciate all of our Legacy users so much and we thank each of you for all of your support over the years. We would like to offer each of you a gift that we think your family and friends will really enjoy.
Through December 31st, we are offering four great ways to save:
  1. Save $10 off any new Legacy 7 software purchase for yourself.
  2. Save $10 off any new Legacy 7 software purchase for friends and family. There is no limit to the number of Legacys you can buy at this discount price.
  3. Legacy 3-packs. Save even more when purchasing three at a time.
  4. Legacy 5-packs. The best value.
Click here to purchase or call 1-800-753-3453.
Free Shipping and Deadlines
Purchase $75 or more and get free shipping - to anywhere! Click here for the deadlines for on-time Christmas delivery.
Legacy 3-packs and 5-packs
Give the gift of Legacy to the whole family with discounted 3-pack and 5-pack pricing. These bundles are save you even more money when purchasing multiple copies of Legacy.
Also save on Legacy add-ons, webinar CDs, videos, and books
Nearly every Legacy add-on, webinar CD, training video set, and how-to book has been discounted for this holiday sale, including Geoff Rasmussen's new book The Official Unofficial Guide to Using Legacy Family Tree and Paul Larsen's popular book, Crash Course in Family History.
Flippal2Brand New - Flip-Pal Mobile Scanners
We've just added the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner to our online store. This is the scanner that everyone has been talking about.Click here to view.
Happy holidays to everyone from the Legacy Family Tree team!

WorldVitalRecords joined the MyHeritage family

The following is from WorldVitalRecords.

Great News! World Vital Records is now World Vital Records, a MyHeritage Company. By merging World Vital Records' 4+ billion searchable names with MyHeritage's easy-to-use, world-class family tree service and Smart Matching technology, you'll have all that's necessary to explore and expand your family history. World Vital Records will also gain over half a billion new records over the next few months. To read the press release covering the merger, click here.

Celebrate with us by accepting these two exclusive gifts…

First, start searching for ancestors with 50% off a one-year subscription to World Vital Records. Normally $149, it's now reduced to $74.50. This is the best deal offered by World Vital Records ever.

Second, this email includes a 50% discount gift for a subscription to MyHeritage’s line of cutting edge family history tools. Get a Premium subscription to MyHeritage for as low as $37.50 (normally $75). MyHeritage has never offered a discount this large before.

With and becoming one company, you can have access to all these easy-to-use tools:
        • 4.5 Billion Searchable Names
        • Family Tree Builder Desktop Software
        • Online Family Tree
        • Smart Matching™ Technology
        • Photo and Video Albums
        • Facial Recognition Technology
        • Timeline and Timebook
        • Tree Consistency Checker
        • Family Tree Charts and Posters
…and so much more, at a fraction of the cost! Learn more about these tools below. You can easily start a new tree, or import your existing tree into MyHeritage in GEDCOM or a variety of other supported formats.

It's never been easier to discover your family history. Act fast because these gifts are only available until December 7, 2011.


MyHeritage discount code: MERGERDISCOUNT
In order to enjoy your 50% discount, download MyHeritage's free family tree builder software. Once the software is fully downloaded, install it. You will find this software better than most genealogy programs available, and it's completely free. The program has certain extra premium features, such as all-in-one charts, interactive maps, Smart Research and Smart Match merging. If you'd like to enjoy them, select "Upgrade to Premium" from the program's Tools menu. Now make your selection of Premium or PremiumPlus. Open the "Got a discount code?" link and paste MERGERDISCOUNT into the discount code field and follow instructions to finish upgrading your account. Now enjoy all the added features of a Premium or PremiumPlus account, and the Family Tree Builder software will be upgraded to the premium version for life.

Thank you for joining us in celebrating this exciting merger. Now go and enjoy all these tools that make your family history search more enjoyable and successful.


The World Vital Records+MyHeritage Team

"How does MyHeritage and World Vital Records joining forces help me with my family history?"
We're glad you asked…

MyHeritage is the most popular family network on the web. On MyHeritage, millions of families around the world enjoy having a private and secure place to explore their family history, share photos and special family moments and keep in touch… with almost one billion family tree profiles in 21 million family trees, supporting 38 languages.

With MyHeritage, you can do all sorts of wonderful things to grow your family tree…
  • Build a Family Tree: FREE! Start out by building your family tree with one of the most intuitive tree builders available. You can either use it online or download the software… you can also import an existing GEDCOM file to get started. Many other family tree file formats are supported. Learn More
  • Family Site: Create a free family site that you can make private or public… Showcase your family tree there to show the fruits of your research to your family. Store family photos and special family moments, learn valuable stats about your family tree, and stay in touch with your family members. Your family will love you for it. Learn More - see the short video
  • Smart Matching™ Technology: This unique technology will match your family tree to almost a billion profiles in other family trees, bridging across differences in spelling and language. So in a matter of minutes, you could discover a completely unknown part of your family and reunite long lost ties. Learn More
  • Face Recognition Technology: Now you can find out who was in that old family photo that has been stored in the attic. With face recognition technology, you can enjoy automatic tagging of your photos, identify relatives and even find additional photos of loved ones that you didn't know existed. Learn More
  • Tree Consistency Checker: MyHeritage will help ensure there are no errors or inconsistencies within your family tree. Learn More
  • Displaying your Heritage: With MyHeritage, you easily create personalized and elegant Family Tree Charts and print them at home, or have them professionally printed on Beautiful Posters. Enjoy an automatically created Digital TimeBook, and the animated, interactive TimeLine.
  • Ease of Use: MyHeritage is revolutionizing the family history industry with many technological advances, but they are also making sure you don't have to be a rocket scientist to use them. You will find MyHeritage to be very easy and intuitive to use.
  • AND SO MUCH MORE…there are too many benefits to cover in one email. Be sure to learn more about all the benefits of MyHeritage.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011's New iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch App Loaded With Exciting Features

The following is from



New ‘ Mobile’ iOS App Gives Users the Ability to Access Billions of Historical Records to Build Their Family Tree

PROVO, UTAH (November 29, 2011) –, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced the availability of a new, upgraded version of its Mobile app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with features designed to enable more rewarding discoveries as users build, update and share their family trees. The mobile app, which to-date has been downloaded more than 1.7 million times, is now available for free from the Apple App Store.

This upgrade adds three new features to’s existing family history app:

Ø  “In-app purchasing,” which allows subscribers to view, then buy fascinating historical records about their ancestors – such as World War I draft cards, Census records, birth/death certificates, and school yearbook photos, from among billions of historical documents in the database
Ø  A “Shaky Leaf” hinting feature that employs predictive analytics to suggest possible new connections between a user’s family tree and undiscovered documents in the world’s largest family history database
Ø  A new merge feature, which automatically identifies and extracts information about family members from historical records so users can quickly and easily update their family tree

“Our goal with the new mobile app is to enable more people to discover their family history through our billions of historic records, and allow them to share their findings easily with others,” said Eric Shoup, Senior Vice President of Product at “Our ‘Shaky Leaf’ hinting feature has resulted in tens of millions of successful family history discoveries online and it’s now accessible to our growing mobile user base.”

For users new to, the latest iOS app provides an easy way to get started by giving access to relevant historical documents on the site without a subscription.  For existing members, the new app gives them the ability to grow their tree using records and share them with others while on-the-go. 

The mobile app offers many of the most popular features available in the online version of’s industry-leading family history website, including the ability to add and edit family information, view and share documents and photos, take and attach photos and create and navigate multi-generational family trees.

To get started, download the free mobile app to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and either register for a new, or log in to an existing account and choose a family tree. subscribers can download family history records in the app free of charge. Non-subscribers pay a special introductory price starting at $0.99 for each record purchased through the Mobile app’s “in-app purchase” feature.

About Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) is the world's largest online family history resource, with approximately 1.7 million paying subscribers. More than 7 billion records have been added to the site in the past 15 years. Ancestry users have created more than 28 million family trees containing over 2.8 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site, offers localized Web sites designed for nine countries that empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history. 

MyHeritage acquires and to enter US market

The following is from MyHeritage.

MyHeritage acquires and to enter US market
Significant move into US and addition of historical content mark major evolution for world's most popular online family network

PROVO, Utah & LONDON, UK & TEL AVIV, Israel-- MyHeritage, the most popular family network on the web, announced today the acquisition of, Inc., maker of the family history content sites and This is MyHeritage's seventh and largest acquisition since 2007. The purchase marks a significant move into the US market commercially and operationally, and will boost MyHeritage’s offering to families with the addition of a vast database of more than 3 billion historical records. With offices and staff in Europe, Australia and Israel, MyHeritage will now be adding its first US-based office in Utah, the home of and often cited as the family history capital of the world.

 “We are delighted to join forces with the talented FamilyLink team in Provo to deliver meaningful value to families across the world,” says MyHeritage CEO and Founder Gilad Japhet. “Combining close to one billion family tree profiles on MyHeritage with FamilyLink's massive library of historical data delivers a perfect one-stop-shop for families looking to discover and share their family history".

Founded in 2006, both and are subscription services  which provide access to a huge database of historical content, covering several billion individuals within census, birth, marriage and death records, as well as the web’s largest archive of historical newspapers. This content will deliver new insights and value to the 60 million people who have signed up on MyHeritage in 38 different languages, creating more than 900 million profiles in 21 million family trees. When brought together under the MyHeritage umbrella, the company’s innovative Smart Matching technology will automatically match any of the new historical data to the relevant users' ancestors and relatives within the family trees.

“Our team of family history veterans couldn't be more excited about joining forces with MyHeritage”, said CEO Paul Brockbank. “This acquisition creates new horizons in exploring family history. People will receive the opportunity to search the most comprehensive historical content sources and make exciting new discoveries; share this information with their close family and save it into their family tree. Combined under the leadership of MyHeritage, the service will continue to flourish and add more value to millions of families”.

MyHeritage Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet adds: “The establishment of a US base for MyHeritage in Utah, the international center for genealogical research, is an important milestone in our growth and brings about an exciting opportunity for the company and the families we serve. MyHeritage provides the perfect service to collect the family’s treasured archive to share and keep for future generations in a setting that is friendly and secure – and now we're excited to top this off with vast amounts of content that will add more color and life to family trees. Through our powerful search engine and automatic Smart Matching technology we'll find your mother's yearbook, your great-grandfather's will and your ancestor's immigration record, leaving you with the time to marvel at, enjoy and share your family heritage. We'll do that on a massive, global scale, as we live in a world that is smaller and more tightly connected than ever before”.

This is the latest in a series of strategic purchases by MyHeritage since 2007 which have included Pearl Street Software, makers of and the Family Tree Legends software; free family tree backup service; European family social network market leader OSN (Verwandt) GmbH; Dutch family network ZOOOF; British family network and Polish family network
The majority of the employees will join MyHeritage, based out of the company’s new US office in Provo, Utah: bringing the benefit of their collective expertise within the family history and North American genealogy market. The CEO of, Paul Brockbank, previously CEO of Logoworks and GM of Hewlett Packard Web Print Solutions, will play a key role in supporting the transition over the coming months and will later join the MyHeritage advisory board. founder Paul Allen, previously a co-founder of, and's "We're Related" Facebook application, will not be part of the merger with MyHeritage.
In the short-term, MyHeritage will continue to operate the two sites and, with the intention of achieving full integration within MyHeritage in 2012. With immediate effect and for an introductory period, loyal subscribers and users of MyHeritage will be entitled to discounts of up to 50% on and subscriptions, and vice versa.

About MyHeritage
MyHeritage is the most popular family network on the web. Millions of families around the world enjoy having a private and free place for their families to keep in touch and to showcase their roots. MyHeritage’s Smart Matching™ technology empowers users with an exciting and innovative way to find relatives and explore their family history. With all family information stored in a secure site, MyHeritage is the ideal place to share family photos, and celebrate and preserve special family moments. The company is backed by Accel Partners and Index Ventures, the investors of Facebook and Skype. For more information visit

Launch of Family Tree Builder on

The following is from FindMyPast.

·         First Irish family history website to offer web-based family tree software
·         Allows user to fully benefit from access to almost 10 million records

Today, becomes the first Irish family history website to offer its users family tree builder software, greatly enhancing its offering to Irish family history enthusiasts.

One of the most important elements in researching your family history is the ability to form a visual representation of your years of hard work and research.’s free online application allows users to easily create a tree from scratch and add some of 10 million records now available on to their existing research.

When compared to using traditional software’s web-based program presents many advantages such as allowing users to access the latest version of their family tree from any computer and share their family tree with invited members of their family or fellow researchers. Some of the main features of the software include:

·         Add, edit, update and delete relations
·         Add partners, parents and children
·         View your immediate family, ancestors, descendants or whole family tree

This is merely the first step in’s development of a fully integrated family tree program on which users will be able to store photos and historical references, helping to preserve the story of their ancestors. Future features will also include greatly enhanced social functionality, such as the ability to search other users’ trees and inviting other users to collaborate on a tree. 

Cliona Weldon, General Manager of, comments: “Our family tree building software is equally adept at helping the novice family historian and experienced genealogist alike to store all the names on their family tree in one place. We’ve made the web based program as easy to use as possible and most importantly its free.” is the world’s most comprehensive Irish family history website, providing easy-to-search, online access to some of the most significant Irish records that have ever been made available. This new site is a joint venture between two experts in the field:, one of the leading family history websites and part of the brightsolid family, while Eneclann is an award-winning Trinity College Campus Company specialising in genealogical and historical research and the publication of historical records.

Based in Dublin, has a dedicated team committed to providing the best experience possible when researching Irish family history.

Orem Family History Processing Center

The following is from FamilySearch.

The FamilySearch Dept. has opened a new missionary/family history processing facility in Orem and they are looking for church service missionaries to staff it.

They are looking for those with the following skills:

  • Ability to do detailed, repetitive work on a computer experience with computers using Microsoft XP
  • Willingness to learn
  • Problem solving skills 
  • Sufficient health/ability to sit at a computer 5-8 hrs/day 
  • Helpful to have a working knowledge of Excel

The work involves working on special projects, missing ordinances, improving data quality, completeness checks, etc. Such as:

  • Search for and compile info on deceased famous people 
  • Reservation list analyses 
  • Monitor FamilySearch Forums 
  • Work with Holocaust Searches Identify and remove inappropriate names from FamilySearch files
  • Search and identify pre-1500, pre-200 & Biblical era individuals 
  • Clean up early Church leader records 
  • Combine completed ordinances and make the database more accurate and easy to use.

If interested please call Elder or Sister Slagowski at (801) 240-8653

This would require receiving a call to serve as a church service missionary

ICAPGen Announces New Testing Levels

The following is from ICAPGen.

ICAPGen is pleased to make the following announcement: ICAPGen now offers three testing levels, which recognize the achievements of applicants as they strive to attain the accreditation credential. This program allows applicants more time to prepare for the written exam and offers a choice as to when the exam is scheduled.

The accreditation requirements remain the same—a quality four-generation research report followed by an eight-hour written exam and an oral review. The new levels program segments the accreditation process into three distinct levels and allows an applicant more time to prepare for each level.

The three levels are:

  • Level 1—the four-generation application project
  • Level 2—four sections of the written exam that test knowledge of record content and usage
  • Level 3—two sections of the written exam that test skills in data analysis, research planning, methodology, and report writing, with the oral exam following.

This program will give applicants more flexibility and control of how they proceed through the accreditation process. It will begin with the first quarterly testing period of 2012. Current applicants may choose whether to remain in the former program or enter the new program.

For more information about the new program, please visit: .

Thank you for your continued support of ICAPGen!

See Your Family Tree

The following is from FamilySearch.

See Your Family Tree

Discover a quick and easy way for you and your family to see what already exists in your family tee. You can print it, show it to your family and friends, even frame it—it's that impressive. Take a look, you’ll be surprised.

Click here to see a demo.

Monday, November 28, 2011

RootsMagic Holiday Offer - Includes Newly Released RootsMagic 5 and Personal Historian 2

The following is from RootsMagic and the news is just getting better and better.  RootsMagic Holiday Offer includes purchasing newly released RootsMagic 5 and Personal Historian 2! Also look for the announcement of the free webinar on RootsMagic 5 below.

RootsMagic 5 is Here!

We are excited to announce the release of RootsMagic 5.  We have added some of our most requested features: a timeline view showing a person's events as well as those of their immediate family members, a research manager which lets you create and track unlimited research logs, the ability to filter the people view, as well as enhancements to multimedia, sources, to-do lists, and much more.  There's a little something for everyone.

Learn more about What's New on our website or by attending our webinar.

How to Order
If you are a current paid user of RootsMagic, you can upgrade for just $19.95.  New users may purchase RootsMagic 5 for only $29.95.

The fastest and easiest way to order is online at:

You can also order by phone at 800-766-8762, but with the high volume of calls we are anticipating, you may need to leave your name and phone number for us to call you back.

RootsMagic is available as a download or on CD.  The download is available right now, but the CDs will the week of December 12.  If you order a CD, you will receive the download immediately.
Eighth Annual Special Holiday Offer

With the holidays coming up, we often get requests from our users about buying copies of RootsMagic to give as gifts to their family or friends.  
In what has become an annual tradition, RootsMagic owners can buy discounted copies of our software to give as gifts.

Brand New Version 5!
For the first time in our history, our Holiday Special hits at the exact same time as the release of a new version.  During this special holiday sale, you can order gift copies of RootsMagic 5 for just $19.95 (plus shipping).  Even better, you can order our other products (including the just released Personal Historian 2) at that same $19.95 price.

There is no limit on the number of discounted gift copies you can buy during this limited time offer which will expire December 22, 2011. You will receive the full program for each copy you order.
To take advantage of this offer, just visit:

or order by phone at 1-800-ROOTSMAGIC (1-800-766-8762).

Webinar Tomorrow: "What's New in RootsMagic 5"

We will also be having a webinar "What's New in RootsMagic 5" tomorrow (Tuesday) at 6PM MST where we'll show you all the great new stuff in RootsMagic 5.  If you would like to join us (I'm sure this one will fill up fast), you can sign up at:

RootsMagic 5 Software Released

The following is from RootsMagic. 
I've done a lot of beta testing on this latest version.  As a genealogist and passionate about organizing things, I can't wait to use the new Research Log and enhanced To-Do List.

Latest Version of Genealogy and Family Tree Software Now Available to the Public
SPRINGVILLE, Utah. — November 28, 2011 — RootsMagic, Inc. today announced the official release of RootsMagic 5, the latest version of the award-winning genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history easy and enjoyable.  With this release comes an update to the popular “RootsMagic Essentials” free genealogy software.

Family History Made Easy

A July 2009 review of RootsMagic 4 by Family Tree Magazine said, “Probably the best all-around genealogy program, RootsMagic offers a winning combination of features for both casual and serious genealogists.”

Throughout it’s 10-year history, RootsMagic has helped people research and share their family trees with innovative features such as moving people from one file to another with your mouse, a SourceWizard to help you document your work, creating a Shareable CD to give to family and friends, and running RootsMagic off of a USB flash drive when you are away from home.  RootsMagic also received the award for “Easiest to Sync” from FamilySearch for their work in interfacing with that system.

New Features

RootsMagic 5 adds many new features while making existing features even easier to use.  “This release includes something for everybody,” said Bruce Buzbee, president.  “Whether you’re a grandma wanting to share your family history with grandkids or a professional researcher trying to organize your work, RootsMagic 5 has something new for you.”  New features include:
  • Timeline View - put a person’s life in context with events from their own life and from the lives of family members.
  • CountyCheck - confirm and correct the existence of a county, state, or country on any given date from a multi-national database.  It can even show you online maps of county boundaries for that date.
  • Research Manager - avoid “reinventing the wheel” by keeping track of research goals, sources, and results that you have collected on a person, family, or place
  • “On This Day” List - bring your family history to life and view family events along with famous births, deaths, and historical events for any given day of the year.
  • Media Tagging - tag your media with people, families, sources, or places.  For example, tag an image of a census record with the people, families, and places mentioned in the record as well as the census’ source citation.
  • Plus over 80 other enhancements and features

Free “RootsMagic Essentials”

RootsMagic 5 is also available in an updated, free edition named, “RootsMagic 5 Essentials”.  RootsMagic Essentials contains many core features from the RootsMagic software and the two products are fully-compatible with one another.  “Many people are curious about their family history and don’t know where to begin,” said Michael Booth, vice president.  “RootsMagic Essentials is the perfect way for someone to get started, risk-free.”  RootsMagic Essentials is available for download at

Available Now

RootsMagic 5 is now available online at or by calling 1-800-766-8762.  New users may purchase RootsMagic 5 for only $29.95.  Users of previous versions of RootsMagic and it’s predecessor, Family Origins may purchase RootsMagic 5 for the upgrade price of only $19.95.

About RootsMagic, Inc.

For over 20 years, RootsMagic, Inc. has been creating computer software with a special purpose- to unite families. One of our earliest products- the popular “Family Origins” software, introduced thousands of people to the joy and excitement of family history.

That tradition continues today with “RootsMagic”, our award-winning genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history fun and easy. “Personal Historian” will help you easily write and preserve your life stories. “Family Reunion Organizer” takes the headaches out of planning those important get-togethers. And “Family Atlas” creates beautiful and educational geographic maps of your family history.

For more information, visit
Source: RootsMagic, Inc.

Added Note:  We will also be having a webinar "What's New in RootsMagic 5" tomorrow (Tuesday) at 6PM MST. If you would like to join us (I'm sure this one will fill up fast), you can sign up at:

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Winner of Free RootsTech Registration Announced

Dear RootsTech Contest Participants,

A winner for the Renee's Genealogy Blog contest drawing for a Free RootsTech Registration has been determined. 

Thank you for participating. I wish all of you could have won!

The Winner is Tafta Watson from Fillmore, Utah.  She has until Tuesday evening (Nov 29th) to confirm she is still interested in attending RootsTech.  I have drawn the name of a second place runner up just in case: Marie Anderson from Springville, Utah.

Don't forget you still have an opportunity to purchase a RootsTech Registration at the Early Bird Registration price of $129 (regularly $189).  Family History Consultants can register using code RT89 for $89 (a savings of $100).  You can go to to purchase your registration, for Early Bird Registration look for the Orange box.

I still hope to see you all there!

Renee Zamora
Renee's Genealogy Blog

Friday, November 25, 2011

Last Chance to Enter Drawing for Free RootsTech Registration

"Renee's Genealogy Blog" contest drawing for One Free RootsTech Registration ends Midnight Tonight!  You can see the details here:

So far only 20 individuals have entered my drawing.  That means if you submit your entry form at:

You have a 1 in 21 chance of winning a RootsTech Registration valued at $189!.

You have until 11:59 PM (Mountain Time) on Friday, 25 November 2011 to complete the RootsTech 2012 Contest Entry Form 

Here are a sampling of the entry form responses.

1. Why I should attend RootsTech.
With the technology in family history advancement so fast I would like to attend the convention.  As a family history consultant I need to keep up with all of the changes available.
To learn new ways to research and to learn about the latest techniques and keep me informed so I can help others as well as myself.  Also to learn from hands on workshops and presentations given.
As president of the Seattle Genealogical Society, I am looking for ways to increase our membership and increase our "connectivity" with our members. As a genealogist and semi-nerd, I'm always looking to learn more about how new technologies can improve my research.
2. My First choice in Sessions I want to attend.
I would like to attend the session where the Future of FamilySearch Family Tree presentation will be given.
Don't Do Genealogy Alone.
Janet Hovorka's session on "Advocating Genealogy and Growing the Market: Issues of the New Genealogist." I'm hoping this discussion will help me figure out how to get more "newbies" to join the Seattle Genealogical Society.
3. My Second choice in Sessions I want to attend.
The session where the Digitizing Your Way to Organization presentation is given.
Inspiring Ways to Capture the Interest of the Non-Genealogists in Your Life
Torrill Johnsen's session on "A Genealogical Society Using Social Media." I have an SGS President's Blog and we have a Facebook page, but only a fraction of our members visit them.
4. What are your plans for the evening?
Special Events, Research the night away at the Family History Library
Research the night away at the Family History Library
Research the night away at the Family History Library
5. I really want to see this vendor at RootsTech!
new updates
Ancestral Quest
6. Did you attend RootsTech last year? If so, what was your favorite part?
No. I was there about 10 days before RootsTech, but heard from several SGS attendees that it was a great conference.

Please enter ONLY if you plan on attending RootsTech on February 2-4, 2012.

See ya tomorrow, for tomorrow is always another genealogy!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

RootsTech Registration Contest Status Update

Very early Saturday morning I announced on "Renee's Genealogy Blog" my contest drawing for One Free RootsTech Registration.  You can see the details here:

So far only 11 individuals have entered my drawing.  That means if you submit your entry form at:

You have a 1 in 12 chance of winning a RootsTech Registration valued at $189!.

You have until 11:59 PM (Mountain Time) on Friday, 25 November 2011 to complete the RootsTech 2012 Contest Entry Form 

Here are a sampling of the entry form responses.

1. Why I should attend RootsTech.
As the (Blogger), I feel a certain obligation to stay current on the latest news, trends and technology, RootsTech seems the place to do just that.
Learn latest technology for family history and emerging technologies.
Visit the booths in the exhibit hall.
Talk with FamilySearch product managers and see their demos.
Visit booths sponsored by genealogical and Internet organizations.
I could collaborate with other genealogists and the actual technologists that create the programs.
2. My First choice in Sessions I want to attend.
Taking Your Family History Electronic - Creating Your Own Amazing Ebook
Sessions taught by FamilySearch product managers.
Research sources and methods as related to technology.
Citation Principles for Tech Creators
3. My Second choice in Sessions I want to attend.
Telling stories: transforming the bare facts of genealogy into the astonishing tale of you and your family.
Using the Internet for family history research.
Using Google for family history.
Digitizing Your Way to Organization
4. What are your plans for the evening?
Special Events, Relax with friends
Special Events, Research the night away at the Family History Library
Special Events
5. I really want to see this vendor at RootsTech!
6. Did you attend RootsTech last year? If so, what was your favorite part?
No, but I attended the live webinars and caught the bug. 
I visited all of the booths in the exhibit hall.
Most valuable was talking with FamilySearch product managers and seeing their demos.
I enjoyed the syllabus material on CD, but wanted to print out several of the classes that I was going to attend--the printer near the registration desk was not mentioned.
I really enjoyed the Novell travel case--I use it often.
Having Internet and lap tops available was very helpful.
Least valuable was the pool table and play area.
Yes! The excitement in the air, it was awesome. I loved the big room with the large screens and the great presentations they had.

Please enter ONLY if you plan on attending RootsTech on February 2-4, 2012.

See ya tomorrow, for tomorrow is always another genealogy!

FamilySearch Announces New CEO

The following is from FamilySearch.

FamilySearch Announces New CEO

SALT LAKE CITY— FamilySearch International announced today a change in its chief executive officer. Effective January 2, 2012, Dennis C. Brimhall will succeed Jay L. Verkler as CEO of FamilySearch.  Mr. Verkler will continue in a consulting capacity for a few months to ensure a smooth transition.

It is the business culture and practice of FamilySearch, as an organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to regularly rotate its senior leaders. This pattern assures the forward momentum of its core programs.

Over the past decade under Mr. Verkler’s leadership, FamilySearch has shifted its vast stores of genealogical records and resources to a digital, worldwide, internet-based focus.  FamilySearch has developed partnerships with many genealogy and technology industry organizations, helping form a broad and deep industry community including companies, societies, and archives. 

FamilySearch has helped make the world’s historic records easier to access online, publishing over 2.4 billion names in historic records at, including 870 collections from over 50 countries indexed by over 250,000 volunteers. During this period, FamilySearch has also created an unprecedented, free global service organization that engages over 70,000 volunteers who provide needed local and online support to research patrons and the genealogical community.  FamilySearch has pioneered genealogical search, record linkage, imaging, crowd-sourcing, and digital preservation technologies.

“It has been a career highlight for me to work in such a significant and meaningful effort,” said Jay L. Verkler regarding his time at FamilySearch’s helm. “I have had the privilege to work with countless great individuals, organizations, and companies, all striving to provide the best of user experiences.”

Mr. Brimhall comes to FamilySearch with a deep background in management.  He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He recently served for 17 years as president and CEO of the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver from 1988 until 2005.  Since then Mr. Brimhall has held positions of increasing responsibility in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“I am very excited to help lead the work of FamilySearch, to continue the great things that have been done and move forward in new directions as appropriate,” said Brimhall.  “FamilySearch provides services to millions of people worldwide. We really need to understand our customers’ needs and satisfy them. Our focus will be to ensure that FamilySearch’s customer experiences are really first rate.”

FamilySearch looks forward to further strengthening its commitment to the global genealogical community, to publishing and digitizing the world’s records, and encouraging all people to discover, preserve, and share their family histories.  

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International 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 predecessor organizations have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

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