Wednesday, November 28, 2012

FamilySearch 4th Quarter User Newsletter

The following is from FamilySearch.

In this issue...
Executive Corner: Family History Resources Are Posted on Website

I’m pleased to announce that has posted as its feature article a portal that takes visitors to a Family History landing page that focuses on Elder Richard G. Scott’s October, 2012, General Conference address. This page is filled with links to stories, instructional resources, and video clips to help readers understand and appreciate their responsibility to find and redeem their dead. 

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Site Scoop:  Family Tree is Coming

Have you heard about the Family Tree service that FamilySearch is introducing in the next couple of months? Have you tried it? As you may know, this upgrade and future replacement will help you to more easily qualify ancestor names for temple work, collaborate with family and other researchers near and far, and preserve your research for future generations. 

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Collaboration: It’s about Sharing

Remember the story of Stone Soup, where the townspeople came together offering ingredients to create a delicious soup made only from a stone and water, or so they thought?  There are many versions of the story that have been passed down and shared over the years. Although the adaptations change, one of the main themes of the story is the value of sharing. By coming together, bringing what each person can offer and sharing with others, everyone benefits from the resulting rich and hearty soup.

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Senior Missionary Couples Serve to Preserve Genealogical Records in Lima, Peru

For the past 26 years David Tirado has been photographing vital records for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and helping the people of Peru discover their past. Without realizing it, he has also helped to make another very old dream come true. 

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FamilySearch Recognized for “Continued Dedication and Support” at 2nd International Black Genealogy Summit

FamilySearch was recently recognized for its “continued dedication and support” of African family history research at the 2nd International Black Genealogy Summit, held at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City October 18-20. The conference theme was “Understanding Our Past to Grow into the Future.” 

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Cooperation Makes Records Available for FREE

FamilySearch supports making records freely available for family historians and genealogists throughout the world. The Federation of Genealogical Societies and FamilySearch have cooperated on a number of these efforts in the genealogical community. Currently, the Federation is leading an effort to digitize and make freely available the pension records for the men who served in the War of 1812. 

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What’s New: New Courses from Learning Services

The Learning Services Group at continues to create new learning courses to help patrons learn how to make the most of the resources that FamilySearch has to offer. Here are some of the courses that are now available at

5 Minute Genealogy: Genealogy Boot Camp

FamilySearch announces a 27-minute video on the FamilySearch website. The name of the video isGenealogy Boot Camp. It’s listed under the category of Most Popular Courses. I’m always skeptical when any product is billed as “Most Popular,” but after going through the course, I discovered that it has rightfully earned that designation. 

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Tech Tips: Be Prepared for Genealogical Research with your Smartphone

In the old days, when you went to a library or repository to do research, you might have to lug a whole briefcase full of information. In the electronic age, that has mostly changed. Although it is still a good idea to have a pencil and a pad of paper, the up-to-date researcher will more likely carry a camera, a digital audio recorder, a laptop computer, and perhaps a scanner. What happens if you find yourself with some extra time near a research location and don’t have all of your equipment with you? Today’s smartphone just might save the research opportunity.

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Fresh from the Vault

New collections are added each week to FamilySearch. Collections that are marked with a camera indicate collections for which digitized images are available. Collections marked with the term “Browse Images” have not been indexed yet but are available for browsing. These collections have helps added to assist you in narrowing your search down to specific times, places, and record types. Click here to see the new collections. When you get to this page, click on the Last Updated link above the collection dates.

Spotlight Focus: Don’t Miss RootsTech 2013

Attend RootsTech, a family history and technology conference, March 21-23, 2013. Discover the latest family history tools and techniques to help in the pursuit of your ancestors. Learn how to find, organize, preserve, and share your family's connections and history. New Get Started track just for beginners! 

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Events and News: Genealogy and Family History Conferences

See a list of events that are happening in the family history industry in 2013.

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