Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Mark Your Calendars - UVPAFUG Meeting!


The next regular, second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting of the Utah Valley PAF (Personal Ancestral File) Users Group will be on Saturday, 10 Apr 2010, from 9 am to noon at our usual location at the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo. There is a map showing the location on the group's website http://uvpafug.org .

The main presentation for this meeting will be by Timothy G. Cross on FAMILYSEARCH'S EXTENDED TREE. His presentation will discuss current and future plans for FamilySearch's Tree. How does the Tree fit into FamilySearch? Is the Tree limited to just new.familysearch.org? Are we going to be able to make this "common" tree work? How are we supposed to source the Tree? Is this just for genealogists or can everyone participate? Brother Tim Cross has been a Product Manager for new FamilySearch for four years. Prior to working for the LDS Church, Tim worked in the computer industry for PriceWaterhouse; Booz, Allen, & Hamilton; and Novell. Tim is currently responsible for the Family Tree portion of new FamilySearch.

Following the main presentation there will be several classes taught concerning technology and family history. As usual, there will be something for everyone at all levels of expertise. The teachers and classes currently scheduled for this meeting are the following:

  1. FamilyInsight: NFS Sync and Ordinance Preparation, by Andrea Schnakenburg
  2. Using Google in Genealogy, by Duane Dudley
  3. Genealogy on Your MAC - Searching, Charting and Reporting, by Venita Parry
  4. Newspaper or Military Research, by Laurie Castillo
  5. Personal Help with PAF & NFS, by Don Engstrom, Finn Hansen, and Kathy and Max Hennie (new regular class)
  6. Q&A: FamilySearch's Extended Tree, by Tim Cross
  7. Video of last month's main presentation: How to Effectively Conduct Family History Research, by Barry Ewell
  8. Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay
  9. Legacy 7, by Dean Bennett
  10. RootsMagic 4, by Bruce Buzbee.

In addition to the classes this month Ancestry is providing professional scanning equipment again for those that are attending, with priority going to members of the Users Group. Individuals will be able to sign up for a 15-minute slot at the meeting that morning, so bring your genealogy scanning projects.

All meetings of the Users Group are open to the public whether members of the Group or not. The Users Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually 100-125 attending the monthly meetings on the second Saturdays. The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Don Snow and Laurie Castillo, 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents; Liz Kennington, PAFology Editor; Kay Baker, Gerry Eliason, and Don Engstrom working with finances and membership; and Bruce Merrill, Lynne Shumway, and Marie Andersen, working with the DVD Library. Several of these will be there to help with membership, answer questions, distribute the current issue of the monthly newsletter PAFology, and check out DVD's of past presentations and classes to members of the group. Information about the Users Group, main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on the Group's website http://uvpafug.org and the press releases are at http://blog.uvpafug.org/ . For further information contact President Gerhard Ruf at pres@uvpafug.org (801-225-6106) or 1st Vice President Don Snow at snowd@math.byu.edu .

OneClickTempleTrip.com launches this "General Conference" week; quickly identifies ancestors for Temple work

The following is from OneClickTempleTrip.com.

OneClickTempleTrip.com Combs LDS Genealogy Database to

Quickly Identify Ancestors to Take to the Temple 

April 1, 2010, Springville UT – OneClickTempleTrip.com is launching today, giving members of the LDS Church a quick and easy way to identify ancestors they can take to the temple for ordinance work.  OneClickTempleTrip.com ties directly to new.FamilySearch.org, the well-known and comprehensive genealogy database built and maintained by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), commonly known as Mormons.  The new web site has been certified by FamilySearch for temple ordinance work.  

OneClickTempleTrip.com Quickly Identifies Ancestors in FamilySearch
The FamilySearch database encompasses billions of Church records documenting family events such as birth, baptism, marriage, sealing, death, and more.  The system is currently only accessible by LDS Church members.

All the user has to do is enter his or her New FamilySearch username and password.  OneClickTempleTrip.com then instantly constructs the family tree from new.FamilySearch data, combs through their pedigree to locate kindred dead requiring specified temple ordinances, and quickly synchronizes with FamilySearch to reserve the ordinances.  All of this can be done on a home computer prior to going to the temple.  

Without OneClickTempleTrip, users must perform arduous individual look-ups in the FamilySearch database, hunting for icons in the family tree that indicate work to be done, examining each individual record to determine if the work needed matches the temple work planned, and repeating the process until the desired ordinances are identified.

OneClickTempleTrip.com automatically performs all these steps, taking as little as 1/15th the amount of time per name searched.  The value of time saved is tremendous!  Users must have a username and password for access to new.FamilySearch.org in order to use OneClickTempleTrip.com.  A full year of access costs just $24.95.

Simplify Preparations for Temple Work
"Complexity is the primary challenge for 98 percent of Latter-day Saint members trying to unravel their family history to identify ancestors for Temple work,” said Mark Mugleston, Editor-in-Chief of Mormon Entrepreneur.  “In one click, OneClickTempleTrip.com removes the ambiguity of family history, prepares your family members for temple submission, and points you directly to the temple."
About the Developer, OneGreatFamily.com
OneGreatFamily.com was founded in 1999 by Alan Eaton.  Eaton recently received the “Computing that Serves” Alumni Award from the BYU Computer Science Department.  This prestigious award is for “contributions to the field of computer science that make a positive difference in people’s lives.”
The company’s flagship site, www.OneGreatFamily.com, is focused on matching and merging all of the separate family trees created by genealogists into one single unified worldwide family tree.  This single family tree removes all duplication while maintaining all differences in conclusions that genealogists draw from the research evidence.  Today more than 214,000,000 individuals have been submitted in family trees to OneGreatFamily.com.  That database is entirely separate from OneClickTempleTrip.com and the NewFamilySearch database maintained by the LDS Church.  OneGreatFamily.com is privately held, based in Springville, Utah and has approximately 35 employees. 

How OneClickTempleTrip.com Works
  • Visit OneClickTempleTrip.com and enter your FamilySearch or LDS Account credentials.  OneClickTempleTrip will use new.FamilySearch data to automatically construct your family tree.
  • Specify the ordinance work you would like to do on your next Temple trip. For example, you might specify a male endowment or 5 eternal marriages (sealing to spouse).
Compare this to the manual, time-consuming equivalent process at NewFamilySearch, where family trees are organized as pedigree charts, and there is no tool to highlight just the ancestors in need of proxy work. To find an ancestor there, you must look through all pedigree charts for a special symbol.  Each person’s data must be opened and reviewed individually to see which ordinances are missing.  If the ancestor does not require the desired ordinance, repeat the process until you find someone that does. 
  • After successfully identifying the ancestors to fulfill your requirement, you can easily review the selections and perform Church-required reviews.  Then, reserve those ordinances and print Family Ordinance Request (FOR) paperwork to take the temple on your next visit. 
  • Once you’ve joined OneClickTempleTrip.com, you have a full year of access, so you can identify many ancestors who are in need of temple work. 
  • At the temple the Temple recorder will scan the FOR and print the necessary cards while you wait. 
How to Get FamilySearch Credentials (if needed)
    Ø      Verify your Membership Record Number and your confirmation date by asking either your Membership Clerk or Ward Clerk.  Your Membership Record Number is also printed on your Temple Recommend.
    Ø      Go to www.new.familysearch.org.  Click on the link labeled “Register for the new FamilySearch” and complete the multi-step process.

Insights into Insight: Major Update Coincides with FamilySearch Update

Ohana Software's recent newsletter is reporting.

This issue of Ohana Insights contains vital information concerning the release of our new update of FamilyInsight. Significant changes have been made to the FamilySearch family tree website. Those changes require you to update your FamilyInsight and other programs that work with new FamilySearch to new versions that are being release. They also affect your login to the new FamilySearch website.

Please help us by carefully reading the newsletter so you know what to do to get your program updated, etc.

We have tried to anticipate your questions and concerns and have addressed them in this newsletter. Before calling or writing, please review the newsletter to see if you can find the answer to your needs. If you cannot find what you need, please be patient as it may take us a bit longer to reply to your emails or answer your calls during this time of transition.

We hope we have identified key issues you may face and that the newsletter will be a good resource for you.

Links to download updates

FamilyInsight latest version. Free if you are within your year of free updates or update extension license period.
Get My Ancestors latest version. FREE
Ordinance Tracker latest version. Update free for those who have purchased previously
Charting Companion for FamilySearch latest version. Update free for those who have purchased previously.

~Login Changed ~

The top of the list is FamilySearch has released a new version of their website. Whether you login on thenew.familysearch.org website directly or through FamilyInsight, you will be required to use yourLDS.ORG login instead of your new.familysearch.org login. I quote from a FamilySearch email to beta testers for the FamilySearch family tree website. "FamilySearch is now integrated with LDS Account andFamilySearch account. This means that users will eventually have only one user name and password for all FamilySearch accounts (including Record Search, Research wiki, etc.) or for all LDS Accounts" (this is for LDS Church members and includes FamilySearch sites and ward and stake Web sites).There is also a combined FamilySearch type account for non LDS users.

When you use FamilyInsight and need to login, you will need to use your LDS.ORG login. If you do not know your LDS.ORG login or have other questions please go to the LDS Account support page

Go to the first section on the list, Sign-in Issues, and click on
  • How do I recover my user name or password?
    • I forgot my user name
    • I forgot my password
When you click on the links, answer the questions and follow the instructions. Once you retrieve your user name and password, use that to login through FamilyInsight. There are some changes to FamilyInsight. Please read carefully, as this will save writing an email and waiting for a reply.

The full March 2010 newsletter will be posted here.

Ancestral Quest News

The following is from Ancestral Quest.

Update for New FamilySearch and News on AutoMatch. 

Incline Software released a new update of Ancestral Quest on March 29, 2010 (12.1.23).

New.FamilySearch.Org Access. For users who work with New FamilySearch (NFS), this is a critical update, as it allows you to continue to work with NFS after the changes that were implemented by FamilySearch on 3/29/2010. Users who do not access NFS will find a couple of minor enhancements – like the addition of the display of Age at Marriage and Age at Death on the Family View. This is a free upgrade for all users of AQ 12.1 – simply download and install the new build.

This new release of Ancestral Quest (AQ) takes advantage of new methods provided by FamilySearch for AQ to work with NFS, so that users will find that most functions are now faster. One exception to this is working with notes and sources – users of AQ will still be able to view the notes and sources stored in the NFS records as they have in the past, but FamilySearch slowed this part of the process down in order to speed up everything else. AQ also allows users to transfer their notes right out of their PAF or AQ database directly into the records of NFS.

60-Day Free Trial. Ancestral Quest provides full access to all features of the program for 60 days. If you are evaluating AQ, you can download the new version and continue using it for free until your 60 days have expired. If you haven’t yet given AQ a try, you can download your free trial copy from www.ancquest.com.

Updating. To update, users should follow these steps:

1) Run AQ, go to the “Internet” menu, and select “Check for Latest AQ Release”. Your Internet browser should take you to the download page for the new build.

2) Exit AQ.

3) On the download page, select the option to run the “Basic” installer and run the installer.

That’s it! You may want to verify that the install was successful by running AQ, accessing the “About AQ” screen from the Help menu, and check that you are running AQ 12.1.23.

AutoMatch. Ancestral Quest was the first genealogy program to be certified to Syncronize with New FamilySearch, and received the 2009 FamilySearch Software Award for Most Comprehensive Syncing. One of the many impressive features for which AQ received this award was its ability to auto match. When Incline Software released AQ 12.1 in July of 2008, it included a feature called “Link/Sync/Upload Groups.” For a couple of years, AQ has been the only desktop application with the ability to automatically match large groups of your local records with New FamilySearch. You can choose to match your entire database, or select just a branch of your family tree. Over the years, users have enjoyed the ability to quickly match and link tens of thousands of records using this ability. Once AQ has completed the matching process on your defined group, it provides you with a list of all the matched records – you can choose to complete the process and link them all with a couple of clicks of the mouse, or you can spend time reviewing the list and verifying the matches individually before completing the link. AQ’s Group Link/Upload is also useful in a couple of other ways:

1) During the auto matching process, it identifies any records with duplicates on NFS, which allows you to quickly combine duplicate NFS records before syncing those records with your own records.

2) After you have linked the matching records, you can review the list of records that didn’t match. With a couple of mouse clicks, you can select all these records and upload them to NFS. They will be linked together in families on NFS just as they are in your local file. This feature can be used in lieu of importing GEDCOM files to NFS, with one obvious advantage – it performs the auto matching of records before the upload, so you will only upload records to NFS that are not already there – this avoids creating additional duplicates on NFS.

Ancestral Quest’s Group Link feature continues to provide the most comprehensive auto match capability of any desktop application.

Review of Ancestral Quest’s Other New FamilySearch Features.

Match records individually – in addition to the auto match, you can match any individual, one at a time if you prefer.

Match families – as you review a linked person, you can see family members in your local file and compare this with family members as recorded on NFS. For any matching family members, simply link them. For family members that are only in either your database or the NFS database, you can quickly add them to the other database so that both databases will match.

Exchange data between your local file and NFS – you can download names, dates, places, individuals and families from NFS to your local file. You can upload names, dates, places, individuals and families from your local file to NFS.

View notes and sources stored on NFS. You can copy and paste notes directly from your local file to NFS, and you can copy and paste notes from NFS records directly to your local records. You can also view the NFS sources while comparing your local records with their corresponding NFS records.

PAF users will find that AQ can directly open their PAF file just as if it were PAF, and move data between the PAF file and NFS. AQ is the perfect bridge between PAF and NFS, and is a FamilySearch Certified PAF Add-In, as well as a complete application that can replace PAF.

Import family lines. NFS does not have the ability to export data. Ancestral Quest can import as many generations as you like from NFS directly into a PAF or AQ database, including LDS ordinance information.

Reserve LDS ordinances and create Family Ordinance Requests (FORs). AQ not only reserves the records and places them on your NFS reserved list, it keeps track of the FORs, so you can later review the names on any FOR, thus tracking the progress of ordinances for that batch of names. As ordinances are completed, AQ allows you to automatically transfer ordinance completion dates from NFS to your local records.

Assign LDS Ordinance Cards to others. AQ allows you to assign your stack of ordinance cards to others, and keeps track of where each card is located.

Incline Software has provided Ancestral Quest as a premier Windows-based family tree program for over 15 years. In 1999, the LDS Church selected Ancestral Quest as the base for its Windows versions of PAF – both PAF 4 and PAF 5. Users of PAF will find that AQ looks and feels like a major upgrade to PAF. It will feel very easy and comfortable to use, and it provides the most comprehensive syncing with New FamilySearch.

Visit www.ancquest.com for more information. See www.ancquest.com/Ver12-1Tutorials.htm for a list of free training video tutorials.

Monday, March 29, 2010

New on MyHeritage.com

The following is from MyHeritage.

Hi Renee,

This week we've released two new features, both free, that we think you'll enjoy:

Family Book
A beautiful, highly structured digital book summarizing the family tree, ancestors and descendants of any person in your family. Includes photos and an index for places and dates used in the family tree. Create it on your site and it will be emailed to you automatically as a PDF file. Perfect for sharing with your family by email.

Create my Family Book now (free)
View example book - President John F. Kennedy 

Fan Chart
New: a popular chart showing ancestors or descendants, especially useful for very large family trees. 

Create my Fan Chart now (free)

If you've been using our Family Tree Builder software, you may have enjoyed those features there already (Book Reports, Fan Charts) but now for the first time you can also generate them right from your online family site without downloading anything.

We're working hard to improve our service and to bring to you the best tools for family history. Stay tuned for our new family tree poster printing service, to be announced soon!

Kind regards,
The team at MyHeritage.com 

Friday, March 26, 2010

RootsMagic 4 Releases Update with FamilySearch AutoMatch

The following is from RootsMagic.

This update is important because FamilySearch will be making changes Monday morning (at midnight) which will cause previous versions of RootsMagic to be unable to connect to FamilySearch. We encourage anybody using RootsMagic with FamilySearch to download this update as soon as possible so that they may continue to enjoy our FamilySearch features.

RootsMagic becomes First Genealogy Software to Automatically Match People with FamilySearch

SPRINGVILLE, Utah. — March 26, 2009 — RootsMagic, Inc. announced the immediate availability of an update to their RootsMagic 4 and RootsMagic Essentials genealogy software which includes a new "AutoMatch" feature. They become the first- and currently the only- genealogy software to offer this feature.

Time Saving

As FamilySearch certified software, RootsMagic and RootsMagic Essentials both allow you to share information to and from new FamilySearch as well as find and reserve incomplete temple ordinances for ancestors. In order to do any of this for a person, you must first match the person in your own file with the same person in the new FamilySearch system. In the past, a user was required to find a match for each person one-at-a-time, person-by-person.

"Our users told us that this was one of the more time-consuming aspects of working with new FamilySearch," explained Bruce Buzbee, president of RootsMagic, Inc. "If you had an average-sized file with 6000 people, it may take you several days of repetitive work just to match each one up with new FamilySearch. People want to be able to jump in and actually work with new FamilySearch and matching by hand was always a tedious first step." Buzbee added, "The new AutoMatch feature does most of this grunt work for you so you can just begin sharing data about your ancestors."

RootsMagic developed the AutoMatch feature over weeks of experimentation and guidance from FamilySearch. The AutoMatch examines each person in your RootsMagic file, searches the FamilySearch database for the person, and after carefully comparing them, matches them together if they are the same; all without requiring user intervention. "What used to take days of manual work is now done automatically in only a few hours," said Buzbee. "You can start the AutoMatch, leave it running while you do something else, and return later to find most of the matches found." Although the match is made automatically, no actual data is transferred without the user requesting it.

Important Update

In addition to the new AutoMatch feature, this update is required for RootsMagic to continue working with new FamilySearch. In the near future, changes made to FamilySearch will prevent versions of RootsMagic and RootsMagic Essentials prior to this update from connecting with FamilySearch. "We encourage anybody using our software with FamilySearch to download this update as soon as possible so that they may continue to enjoy our FamilySearch features," said Michael Booth, vice-president. "Installing the update now will make sure you have a seamless transition as FamilySearch continues to grow and evolve. Plus you'll get the AutoMatch which is worth the effort of the update by itself."

FamilySearch Made Easy

"We're thrilled to be the first software to offer a feature like 'AutoMatch'," said Booth. "We're sure our users will be just as excited to use it." Buzbee added, "Our mission is, 'Family History Made Easy', and that is exactly what this is. The AutoMatch feature solves a big problem for every person that uses genealogy software with FamilySearch."

RootsMagic also simplifies other tasks when working with New FamilySearch. RootsMagic 4 received awards for "Easiest to Sync" and "Best Dashboard" at the 2009 FamilySearch Developer Awards. Video tutorials, demonstrating how easy it is to work with New FamilySearch using RootsMagic 4 are available at http://www.rootsmagic.com/fs.

Free and Available Now

AutoMatch is included in RootsMagic Essentials, free genealogy software which includes all of the FamilySearch features. It is available for download at http://www.rootsmagic.com/essentials.
Current users of RootsMagic 4 and RootsMagic Essentials may update their software for free at http://www.rootsmagic.com/updates.

Users of other genealogy software products will find it easy to experiment with RootsMagic using their own data. RootsMagic can directly import data from PAF, Family Tree Maker (through 2006), Family Origins, and Legacy Family Tree. It can also read data using the popular GEDCOM format.

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 http://www.rootsmagic.com.

Legacy Family Tree update available ( & LegacyFS Video Online

The following is from Legacy News.

We have a great new update for you to download. Our development team has been working hard at enhancing Legacy's features and correcting minor issues you have reported. Many of the additions/changes are the direct result of your suggestions - thanks everyone!

Since our last major update (version 7.4 released on January 30) there have been three minor updates. Installing the latest update (see instructions below if needed) will keep you current. Below is a list of enhancements and corrections...

Read the whole entry

Geoff Rasmussen also posted the following on the LegacyFS Mailing List, 14 Mar 2010.

I recorded a presentation given to the Mesa FHC consultants this past week and published it online. The audio isn’t the best, but it’s not too bad. See www.legacyfamilytree.com/fs.asp and view the 4th video in the Video Tutorials section. You can click on the FamilySearch section of the video after waiting for the video to download if you don’t want to view the “overview” part at the beginning. Anyways, the video might give you some ideas for when you’re teaching Legacy in your own classes. It is given from the LDS perspective. The LegacyFS part of the video is about 40 minutes into the video.

The handouts are also available there to download as a .pdf. Feel free to redistribute them to your FHCs and classes.


Geoff Rasmussen
Millennia Corporation

Sunday, March 21, 2010

FamilySearch Indexing Update: 19 March 2010

The Following is from FamilySearch.

19 March 2010

New this week: the first indexing projects for Portugal and the Isle of Man. Also of note is a new sign-in process for FamilySearch Indexing. Beginning this week, indexers will need to create a free FamilySearch Account, which will provide the convenience of using just one user name and password for all FamilySearch Web sites.

New Projects This Past Week

(See the chart below for a complete list and current status of all indexing projects.)

Recently Completed Projects

(Note: Recently completed projects have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a final completion check process. They will be searchable online atpilot.familysearch.org in the near future.)
  • Argentina, Balvanera - Registros Parroquiales 1833-1934 [Parte A]
  • Canada, British Columbia—Deaths, 1872–1986 [Part 4]
  • Jamaica—Civil Births, 1878–1899 [Part A]
  • Norway—1875 Census [Part 1
  • U.S., Florida—1910 Federal Census
  • U.S., Georgia—1910 Federal Census
  • U.S., Indiana, Clark County—Marriages, 1811–1959
  • U.S., Indiana, Dubois County—Marriages, 1811–1959
  • U.S., Indiana, Harrison County—Marriages, 1811–1959
  • U.S., Maryland—1910 Federal Census
  • U.S., Montana—1910 Federal Census
  • U.S., Tennessee—County Marriages, 1790–1950 [Part A]
Current FamilySearch Indexing Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion

Argentina, Balvanera—Registros Parroquiales, 1833–1934 [Parte B]Spanish5%
Argentina, Cordoba—Registros Parroquiales, 1722–1924 [Parte B]Spanish2%
Argentina, Santa Fe—Registros Parroquiales, 1634–1926 [Parte A]Spanish19%
Argentina, Santa Fe—Registros Parroquiales, 1634–1926 [Parte A]Spanish12%
Belgium, Antwerp—Foreigners Index, 1840–1930English86%
Brasil, Pernambuco, Recife—Registro Civil, 1900–1920Portuguese1%
Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Matrimonios, 1900–1910 [Piloto]Portuguese27%
Canada, New Brunswick—Births, 1810–1906English7%
Canada, Québec, Montreal—Régistres Paroissiaux, 1800–1900French17%
Česká republika, Litoměřice—Matriky, 1552-1905 [část 1] (Tschechien, Litomerice—Kirchenbücher [Teil 1])German23%
Chile, Concepción—Registros Civiles, 1885–1903 [Parte 2A]Spanish23%
Chile, Concepción—Registros Civiles, 1885–1903 [Parte 2B]Spanish5%
Colombia, Bucaramanga—Registros Parroquiales, 1649–1959Spanish1%
Colombia, Marinilla—Registros Parroquiales, 1815–1959Spanish21%
Deutschland, Baden, Achern—Kirchenbücher, 1810–1869 [Part A]German91%
Deutschland, Baden, Achern—Kirchenbücher, 1810–1869 [Part B]German24%
Deutschland, Mecklenburg—Volkszählung, 1890 [Div 39–69]German47%
España, Avila, Navalmoral—Registros Parroquiales, 1530–1935Spanish78%
España, Lugo—Registros Parroquiales, 1530–1930 [Parte 1]Spanish35%
España, Malaga—Registros Civiles, 1846–1870Spanish15%
France, Cherbourg—Registres Paroissiaux, 1802–1907French11%
France, Coutances—Registres Paroissiaux 1802–1907French6%
France, Coutances, Paroisses de la Manche, 1792–1906French90%
France, Paris—Registres Protestants, 1612–1906 [Partie C]French74%
France, Saint-Lo—Registres Paroissiaux, 1802–1907French42%
Guatemala, Guatemala—Registros Civiles, 1877–1900Spanish(New)
Guatemala, Huehuetenango y San Marcos—Registros Civiles, 1877–1900Spanish41%
Italia, Napoli, Castellammare di Stabia—Atti di Morte, 1809–1936 [Parte B]Italian9%
Italy, Trento—Baptisms, 1784–1924 [Part 2A]Italian(New)
Jamaica—Civil Births, 1900–1930 [Part A]English(New)
Mexico, DF—Registros Parroquiales, 1898–1933 [Parte 3]Spanish86%
Mexico, Jalisco—1930 Federal CensoSpanish65%
Mexico, Michoacan—1930 Federal CensoSpanish40%
Mexico, Nuevo Leon—1930 Federal CensoSpanish64%
New Zealand—Passenger Lists, 1871–1915English86%
Nicaragua, Managua—Registros Civiles, 1879–1984 [Parte 1]Spanish77%
Perú, Lima—Registros Civiles, 1887–1921 [Parte A]Spanish4%
Portugal, Setúbal—Registros da Igreja, 1581–1910Portuguese(New)
Russland, Sankt Petersburg—Kirchenbuchduplikat, 1833–1885German2%
South Africa, Cape Province—Church Records, 1660–1970Afrikaans, Dutch, English39%
Sverige, Södermanland—Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 1]Swedish10%
Sverige, Uppsala—Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 1]Swedish32%
Sverige, Örebro—Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 1]Swedish3%
U.K., Bristol—Non-Conformist Registers, Pre-1900 [Part A]English1%
U.K., Bristol—Parish Registers, 1837–1900 [Part B]English84%
U.K., Cheshire—Parish Records, 1538–1850 [Part 2]English/Old English89%
U.K., Essex—Parish Registers, 1538–1900 [Part 1]English3%
U.K., Isle of Man—Parish Registers, 1598–1850English(New)
U.K., Isle of Man—Parish Registers, 1800–1950English(New)
U.K., Warwickshire—Parish Registers, 1754–1900 [Part 1C]English13%
U.S., Hawaii—1920 Federal CensusEnglish91%
U.S., Indiana, Clay County—Marriages, 1811–1959English56%
U.S., Indiana, Daviess County—Marriages, 1811–1959English(New)
U.S., Indiana, Delaware County—Marriages, 1811–1959English(New)
U.S., Massachusetts—1910 Federal CensusEnglish44%
U.S., Michigan—1910 Federal CensusEnglish80%
U.S., Military—1920 Federal CensusEnglish93%
U.S., Minnesota—1910 Federal CensusEnglish93%
U.S., Mississippi—1910 Federal CensusEnglish(New)
U.S., Missouri—1910 Federal CensusEnglish(New)
U.S., Nebraska—1910 Federal CensusEnglish(New)
U.S., New Jersey—1910 Federal CensusEnglish(New)
U.S., Puerto Rico—1920 Censo FederalSpanish1%
U.S., Puerto Rico—Nacimientos Civiles, 1836–1930 [Parte A]Spanish(New)
U.S., Rhode Island—1935 State CensusEnglish73%
U.S., South Dakota—1945 State Census [Part A]English29%
Venezuela, Mérida—Registros Parroquiales, 1654–1992 [Parte 2]Spanish5%
Österreich, Wiener Meldezettel, 1890–1925German9%
Украина, Киев—Метрические Книги, 1840–1842Russian81%
(*Percentage refers to a specific portion of a larger project.)

Current FamilySearch Partner Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion
Australia, Victoria—Probate Records, 1853–1989English85%
België—Burgerlijke Stand, 1851-1900 [Deel B]Dutch40%
Belgique—Registres Civile, 1851–1900 [Partie A]French10%
Canada, Ontario, Toronto—Trust Cemeteries, 1826–1935English6%
Deutschland, Westfalen, Minden—Volkszählung, 1880–1900German1%
España, Avila, Madrigal y Garganta—Registros Parroquiales, 1530–1935Spanish36%
France, Quimper et Leon—Registres Paroissiaux, 1772–1909 [Part A]French80%
France, Quimper et Leon, St. Louis—Registres Paroissiaux, 1722–1909French10%
Norway—1875 Census [Part B]Norwegian4%
Philippines, Lingayen, Dagupan—Registros Parroquiales, 1615–1982Spanish9%
U.K., Norfolk—Parish Registers, 1538–1900English1%
U.S., Ohio—Tax Records, Post 1825 [Part 3]English4%
U.S., Utah, Salt Lake County—Birth Registers, 1890–1908English8%
U.S., Utah, Salt Lake County—Death Registers, 1848–1940English30%

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Elevator Ride of Terror!

Friday morning started out real good.  I have been having so much more energy lately, since wearing my c-pap machine during my daily naps.  I have also been on a diet and eating better. I really thought I was onto a path of health.  Then I stepped into the elevator to take a normal ride up to the 2nd floor and begin work.

All of a sudden the elevator made a weird clanging sound and moved around.  I noticed my feet were about 2 inches off the ground.  I was lucky I had been holding onto the hand rail and my cane before this happened. Then just as quickly the elevator slammed to a stop.  I just dropped back onto my feet with a jolt.  I pushed the buttons to open the elevator doors and nothing happened.  I was stuck in there.  I kept pushing them and also tried out the button to call an operator.  I had always wanted to press that button or pick up the phone in the elevator.  How did that thing work.  I heard it dial out and then a recording came on and was telling someone where the elevator was located.  By the time there was a live person on the phone my elevator door had opened.  I was shocked to see that I was on the basement floor at work - not the second floor as I had been heading.  My elevator must of free falled two stories down.

I felt sore but my adrenaline was running. I walked up the stair to where our company is located.  There was one other girl that would be there that early.  I walked over to her desk and asked her to put some "Out of Order" signs on the elevators.  We didn't want anyone else to take the ride of terror!

At work I took my Ultram for pain.  It helps with my fibromyalgia pain so I usually have it with me. When my managers came in I told them what happened.  I could work even though I was feeling pain in weird places.  My hips, ankles, ribs and neck.  I knew the next day would really tell me how badly I had hurt myself.  It wasn't until that night that the rush of pain came.  My hips and back hurt so bad I couldn't sleep.  I woke my husband up and told him we need to go to the emergency room.  It was better to go now, when they weren't busy, then to spend all morning tomorrow there.  When we got to the hospital I was right, they were slow, and we were seen right away.

They x-rayed my whole spine and found nothing broken.  I was told that during the next 5 days I would feel worse not better. If I didn't start to feel better in a week I would have to come back.  You just can't see hairline fractures until they start to heal.

Saturday was a blur. My headache just made it hard to get out of bed.  Then I discovered if I pushed my shoulders back and straight and tilted my head back that it would relieve the pain. It's just hard to keep them that way.  I recalled having a neck brace from years ago.  My husband dug it out for me and it's been my friend while up and around.  It 5 pm and I am just getting up for the day.  I will test out seeing how long I can sit.

This is such a literal pain in the butt.  I can't wait to get to the chiropractor tomorrow.  I don't think I can even attempt going to work until I have my pain under control.  I know this has nothing to do with genealogy but it is a record of my life right now.  I can see it really is a much healthier choice to not ride the elevator now.

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

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Exclusive Event Tickets Available for Consultants

The following is from FamilySearch.

March 18, 2010
Exclusive Event Tickets Available for Consultants

Dear Family History Consultant:

We would like to invite you to join us for a special event on Thursday, April 29, 2010. In conjunction with the National Genealogical Society Conference in Salt Lake City, an event that last came to town more than 25 years ago, FamilySearch is hosting “A Celebration of Family History” at the Conference Center.

Designed for NGS and general public attendees, this event will be a wonderful opportunity to invite and bring friends of all faiths. The event will celebrate the connections that tie families together through the generations. Musical performances will be given by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. Speakers will be President Henry B. Eyring and renowned historian and author David McCullough. This is a unique opportunity, and we are sure the tickets will go quickly.

Tickets for “A Celebration of Family History” will be available to the public on Tuesday, March 23, but consultants receive exclusive early access to tickets beginning today. We particularly encourage you to invite family, friends, and those of other faiths who may be interested in family history. It will be a spiritually uplifting experience for all in attendance. You can request up to four tickets.

To request your tickets, please click here:  order tickets

Please request your tickets by Monday, March 22. We look forward to joining with you for this wonderful event.


U.S. and Canada: 1-866-406-1830

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

New Registration and Sign-in for FamilySearch Programs

The following is from FamilySearch.

March 16, 2010

New Registration and Sign-in for FamilySearch Programs

Dear Family History Consultant:

We are excited about all of our new technological advances and acknowledge your role in assuring that members in your local unit are aware of our new tools and know how to use them. We are now pleased to announce that FamilySearch programs are rapidly moving toward using a new sign-in system that will allow you to have and use the same user name and password not only for all FamilySearch sites but also for other general Church Internet sites.

· The new sign-in system is called an “LDS Account” for those who are Church members.

· It is called a “FamilySearch account” for the general public.

· The beta tests going on now for new.familysearch.org and for the Indexing program use this new sign-in system.

· The next update of these two programs will require all Church members to sign-in using an LDS Account.

· Other FamilySearch programs will send out notices when they begin to use LDS Account

· You will need to be familiar with the LDS Account registration and sign-in process in order to help your ward members through it.

· If you are not familiar with LDS Account, you can become familiar by registering for an LDS Account at wiki.familysearch.org.

· LDS Account Help Page. Click this link for more information about LDS Account.

Again, we appreciate all you do and hope your work is enjoyable and productive.



Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Chelsea Pensioners' British Army Service Records go online today at findmypast.co.uk

The following is from FindMyPast.com
* Most popular records at The National Archives
* In-depth and colourful insight into the lives of ordinary ranking soldiers
* Records include servicemen born in the UK and throughout the world, including India and Jamaica

Today leading family history website findmypast.co.uk launches its most exciting record collection online since the 1911 census - The Chelsea Pensioners' British Army Service Records - in association with The National Archives and in partnership with FamilySearch.

Known as "WO 97" at The National Archives, these most frequently viewed records are now online at findmypast.co.uk for the first time ever. The collection comprises over 6 million full colour images of the service records of soldiers in the British Army in receipt of a pension administered by The Royal Hospital Chelsea, and who were discharged between the dates 1760 and 1913.

Many of the soldiers listed may have served in some of Britain's most significant wars, including the Battle of Waterloo (1815), the Crimean (1853 - 1856) and both Boer Wars (1899 - 1902). The records only list those soldiers who either completed their full service in the army or who were wounded and pensioned out of the army. The records do not include those killed in action or army deserters or officers. Signatures of prominent officers such as that of Robert Baden-Powell can, however, be found on some soldiers' service records.

Each individual soldier's record consists of a bundle of a minimum of four pages, full of fascinating personal details, and could be up to 20 pages long! The details that can be found in these records are invaluable to family and military historians, providing a rich and colourful story of our ancestors' lives, with a level of detail that is hard to find in any other historical records.

Information the records may list
* Date and place of birth
* Age
* Name and address of next of kin
* Height
* Chest size
* Complexion
* Hair colour
* Eye colour
* Distinguishing features
* Rank and regiment
* Occupation before joining the army
* Kit list
* Medical history
* Conduct and character observations
* Countries where, and dates when, the soldier served
* Date the soldier signed up and date of discharge
* Service history including promotions, campaigns and countries where they fought
* Details of marriage and their children's names, baptisms and dates of birth

As well as being some of the most detailed records available to family historians, the records not only include servicemen born in the UK, but also throughout the world, with many soldiers born in India and even the Caribbean. These records are also invaluable to Irish, Scottish and Commonwealth researchers, as many men that joined the British Army from these countries throughout the centuries did so for a number of reasons; personal or economical. Indeed, almost 18 per cent of the soldiers listed in the records were born in Ireland so the records are consequently a fantastic new resource for anyone with Irish ancestry.

For two years FamilySearch's scanning team has been working at The National Archives scanning images of each individual page of these historic records. Findmypast.co.uk has then transcribed and incorporated them within a searchable database, enabling people to go online for the first time and search these records from their own home. The first quarter of a million records from this significant collection have gone online today, covering the period from 1883 - 1900 and comprising around 1.4 million images. The remaining records will go online over the next 18 months.

Debra Chatfield, Marketing Manager at findmypast.co.uk, said: "The Chelsea Pensioners' British Army Service Records are a wonderful resource for family historians. Unlike many other military records, which often only provide information about Officer Class soldiers, these records are of 'ordinary' soldiers. These fascinating, detailed records enable you to find out so much about your soldier ancestors, even including what they looked like, long before the invention of photography. The colour images of handwritten records provide amazing insights into the lives of our military ancestors."

William Spencer, Principal Specialist: Military, Maritime and Transport Records at The National Archives commented: "The online publication of these soldiers' records serves two key purposes: to provide worldwide online access and to preserve, in a new way, some of the most popular, and thus the most heavily handled records in The National Archives.

The detail in these extraordinary records will enable users to search for specific individuals or men who served in a specific regiment of the British Army - a task which has not been easy until now."

David Rencher, Chief Genealogy Officer at FamilySearch added: "The Chelsea Pensioners' Records are one of the collections that can provide rich context to one's family history puzzle - indeed, you can get an actual description of your ancestor's height, weight, hair and eye colour. As this collection grows, it will be a surprise treasure for those around the world with ancestors who served in the British Army. FamilySearch has played an essential part in making these records available to a wider, international audience."

Monday, March 15, 2010

Changes in Ohana's Webinar Archive

I received the following email from Ohana Software.
We are making some changes to our Webinar Archive:

Due to space we have decided that each archived webinar video will only be available for a month from the time it is posted. You are still welcome to download and keep many of them as training tools. However, the availability of guest presentations with be up to each guest presenter. We will leave all the webinar videos up for March, but beginning April 1st all the videos that are older than a month will be taken off the website.

If you have any questions or comments about this new policy, don't hesitate to e-mail me.


Andrea Schnakenburg

Ohana Software

The following webinar videos will be available to download until 1 April 2010.
  • Syncing Your File with FamilySearch™ using FamilyInsight
  • Mini Webinar: Editing and Correcting Place Names
  • Basic Research Practices in the Age of New FamilySearch by Janet Hovorka
  • How to Find U.S. Birth, Marriage, and Death Records (& Substitutes) on the Internet by Rae Lee Steinacker
  • How to Light a Fire Under Your Ward
  • New Resources to Make It Easier by Paul Larsen
  • Syncing PAF files with FamilySearch™ using FamilyInsight
  • Ordinance Reservation 101
  • Using Record Search by Merlin Kitchen
  • Heritage Collector: Gather, Prepare, Print, and Share by Marlo E. Schuldt
  • Collaboration Clean-Up/ Refining Your File
To download and save a webinar video you will need to right click on the red play button and select "Save Target As" (IE) or "Save Link As" (Firefox). This will allow you to pick a location and save the video.

Family ChArtist

Last week at work (WorldVitalRecords) I was replying to some support emails. I came across an inquiry from a gentleman wanting to know how he could get a chart showing everyone in his database. WorldVitalRecords does not offer this service, but I know who does. The company is Generations Map!

They do a wonderful job of making order out of the chaos in our genealogy databases. Their chart called Generations Map is my favorite. Last week was also the very timely launch of a new service they are providing - Family ChArtist. This is a web-based program that will allow you to upload your GEDCOM or sync to New FamilySearch to help you create beautiful, well just breath-taking, family heirloom quality charts.

The program is very easy to use, and the options appear limitless. The hardest part about using Family ChArtist is trying to choose amongst the gazillion gorgeous graphics available. You really need to take a look at them to appreciate what they have done.

After you have created your chart you can download a free 8.5 x 11 jpg to print from your home computer. If you want larger charts you can order a PDF or paper charts from 8 different paper options. You will find the options fit every taste and budget.

Janet Hovorka has put a lot of effort on her blog The Chart Chick to show you the possibilities available using Family ChArtist. Mark Tucker from Think Genealogy did a great job creating a Family ChArtist video for them. You can view the video on YouTube here.

This is a fantastic service and I encourage you to stop by and make your custom chart today!

USAFH Training Center 2010 First Quarter Meeting

The following is from the FREP Mailing List.

Dear FRED (Family Records Extraction Directors) and others interested:

You are invited to the special first quarter training meeting to be held on Saturday, 20 Mar 2010 at 9:00 am. at our Training Center. If you are involved or interested in indexing, this meeting is for you. People from the family search indexing department have been invited and committed to join us and give instruction and answer questions on these topics:

1. Familysearch indexing beta test in progress. (It may be released by meeting time.)
2. Record Search - the partial reward for doing indexing.
3. Familysearch Forums - Indexing section for indexing topics and
Program Administration.
4.Stake success with their indexing competition.

Please let others know about this meeting, because it will be helpful to all Stake Extraction Directors, Assistant Stake Extraction Directors, High Counsel advisers over Temple and Family History, High Priests Group Leaders and others interested in Family Search indexing work. Please tell them and/or bring them with you.

Your support of this program is greatly appreciated.
Thank you.

Ralph L. Hansen
Assistant Director
Utah South Area Family History Training Center
1075 South Geneva Road, Orem, Utah 84058
Phone (801)356-9114
Our Website is at: familyhistorytraining.org

Time is running out to register for the first ever LDSTech Developers Conference

The following is from LDSTech.

Last Chance to Register for the LDSTech Developers Conference

The inaugural LDSTech Developers Conference, conveniently scheduled the Thursday and Friday (April 1 - 2) before general conference, is almost upon us. The response we've had from the community has been phenomenal and we are very excited to meet many of you.
The response has been so large that available seats are very quickly filling up. If you would like to attend please register as soon as possible. If you haven't registered yet, it's not too late. Learn more about the LDSTech Developers Conference.

What to Expect
Those that attend the LDSTech Developers Conference can expect to join a project team and begin working. You will be assigned tasks, and experienced team members will be available to assist you.
Below is a list of the projects that you will have the opportunity to lend your talents to:

Mobile Gospel Library (including scriptures)
    • Android
    • BlackBerry
    • iPhone
    • Java ME
    • webOS
    • Windows Mobile
      Mormon Channel
        • Android
        • BlackBerry
        • iPhone
        • webOS
        • Windows Mobile
          Mobile Member
          • Android
          • BlackBerry
          • iPhone
          • webOS
          • Windows Mobile