Saturday, May 25, 2013

MyGenShare Webinars

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Join A Genealogy Webinar

The following webinars are schedule in the next two weeks.   Join us for great hour of learning and expanding you genealogy skills.

Supercharge Your Research:
Cut Ten Years off Your Learning Curve
Learn how to find your ancestors faster with substantially less road blocks, when you see your family in the times and seasons of their generation.  We will explore several simple, but very effective methods for creating a roadmap that you can follow, update, and change as you research your family.

Thursday, May 30, 7:00 PM Mountain Time | Register Here

Fifty Google Searches Every Genealogist Needs to Know
Search the internet like a genealogist.  Learn 50 of the most effective search queries that you, as a genealogist, can use to find what you want when you want it.

Thursday, June 6, 7:00 PM Mountain Time | Register Here

Important Note: Webinars will be aired in during the following times:
6:00 Pacific | 7:00 Mountain | 8:00 Central | 9:00 Eastern

Moving User Entered Sources from new.FamilySearch to FS - Family Tree

I found the following posted on the FHCNet Mailing List.

An announcement was made in a Get_Satisfaction discussion today that is encouraging. Be Prepared.

Ron Tanner (Family Tree Guy) wrote:
In a few weeks we will be sending out a survey to ask people if they want their NFS sources brought over or not. Those who choose to not move them over, we will not migrate their entered sources. For everyone else we will migrate their entered sources. Essentially the form in nFS was to generate a citation. We will collapse these pieces to create a citation and titles other information will be in the notes. We will create sources for you (they will appear in your source box) and attach them to the person they are on in nFS.

Annual Family History Department Devotional with Elder Scott

The Annual Family History Department Devotional

with Elder Richard G. Scott

of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Was held May 21 & 22, 2013
in the Conference Center Theater.

Live streaming of the meeting was available in both English and Spanish.

You can still watch the sessions in the links below. 

Tuesday, May 21

English – Tuesday, May 21 at 1:30 PM

Wednesday, May 22

It will also be available on the Family History Department’s Intranet site.

The devotional will be available in the following languages by Wednesday, May 29, 2013.  










My Family History Calling: May 2013

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FamilySearch Website Usage Way Up

Family History LibraryAfter the release of enhancements to, website usage is off the charts. See what all the excitement is about.
Read why the new site isn't just for beginners.
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Updated tagging terms and one click to Family Tree.
Fan chart wins big fans! 
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Executive Corner: The Office of the CGO

The FamilySearch Chief Genealogical Officer provides all areas of the organization, including the CEO, with industry insights, genealogical oversight, and a link to decision makers in the genealogy community. Meet David Rencher, our CGO.


NEW Family History Consultant Site & Training Curriculum

A new website on for family history consultants has just been released. This site features a new set of online training curriculum that includes the very latest videos, lessons, and handouts designed to help consultants be successful in their callings. Visit this new training site.


RootsTech 2014 Call for Papers

Mark your calendars! RootsTech is set forFebruary 6-8, 2014. It's time for the call for presentations. If you're interested in presenting at the largest family history conference in the U.S.,click here.

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Partner News

FamilySearch is pleased to announce that Leaf, Family ChartMaster, and FamilyMap are now Tree Access certified.  "Certified" means the product is compatible with and has features that conform to our strict standards of quality. See more partner news.


For FamilySearch Center Directors

I am so grateful for all your comments and suggestions last month on how we can make our centers an extension of the home and the temple. I invite you to continue to think about what you and your staff can do to make your center a place where families feel welcome. See the full article for FamilySearch center directors.

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Stake Indexing Director

New resources are now available for stake indexing directors. In addition to a new callings site on that is now available, there will soon be a bimonthly newsletter coming your way-watch for it in June!
Read a stake indexing director success story.

Do you have questions about your calling? Call other experienced consultants, and get assistance with training or learning about being a consultant:

Click Get Help on for your local toll free number. Help by phone is available Mon-Fri, 5-9 p.m., mountain time.

Are you an experienced consultant who would like to help others? Volunteer to answer phone calls or online chats
 to assist other consultants with their callings.

Fold3: USCT Service Records Complete through the 138th Infantry - Free through May 31st

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USCT Service Records Complete through the 138th Infantry - Free throughMay 31st

In partnership with the National Archives, Fold3 recently finished scanning and publishing the complete set of compiled military service records of the United States Colored Troops (USCT). The collection is comprised of over 3.6 million document images for the 1st through 138th USCT Infantry, the 1st through 6th USCT Cavalry, and the USCT Artillery.
Notably, it was 150 years ago this month, on May 22, 1863, that the U.S. War Department established the Bureau of Colored Troops under General Orders, No. 143. Prior to the Civil War, African American soldiers had served in many battles on American soil, but it wasn’t until the Bureau was created that official regiments were formed. And, while Union regiments had African American soldiers within their ranks prior to Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, it was that famous announcement that officially authorized the service of African Americans in combat.
The most recently published USCT records, the Union Colored Troops 56th-138th Infantry, were scanned directly from the original textual records, while the rest of the collection was digitized from microfilm. Two affidavits of ownership show the dramatic difference in depth and color of the different processes as we compare a page for Adam Hamilton (67th USCT), scanned from paper records, with that of Edward English (5th USCT Cavalry), previously archived on microfilm.
Additional documents from the file of Adam Hamilton, a private in the 67th USCT, illustrate the many types of records we can uncover in this rich collection of military records. Hamiltonenlisted January 24, 1864, in Mexico, Missouri. His physical characteristics and place of birth appear on a Volunteer Descriptive List. He was absent from duty in March and April as he was sick with smallpox in hospital at Port Hudson, Louisiana. He died of Variola (smallpox) on April 7, 1864. Although his military service was short, his file includes 24 pages as Hamilton was a slave of John Vivian of Boone County, Missouri, and Vivian was awarded compensation of $300.
Additional documents within the USCT compiled military service records include:
Read more about the U.S. Colored Troops, their service in the Civil War, and access descriptive pamphlets and related resources from the Fold3 description page for Union Compiled Military Service Records – Colored Troops. Explore the complete set of compiled military service records of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) on Fold3 free through May 31st.
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FindMyPast: Free Military Records for Memorial Day

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Search military records for FREE Memorial Day weekend

Remember your ancestors this Memorial Day Weekend with FREE Military RecordsMay 24–27. Anyone can access the records byregistering for free

With more than 34 million U.S. and International military records available, we encourage people to explore and learn about heroic figures in your family tree.
Military record sets will offer a captivating glimpse into the lives, losses and triumphs of your nation’s veterans  such as:
From a ’war that will end all wars‘ to a ’date which will live in infamy‘, we invite you to search for all your military ancestors on this Memorial Day weekend. 
Search Military

Ancestry: Free access to military records. This weekend only

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FREE ACCESS to draft, enlistment and service records through May 27th
Were your relatives called
to join a different kind of family?
This Memorial Day, find details about your family's military history with free access to 155 million military records.
And get to know the men and women who answered when duty called.
Search new collections

The True Story of Bob Marley's "Buffalo Soldier"

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Behind the Music: The True Story of Bob Marley’s “Buffalo Soldier” Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Marley’s Album by Opening Military Records of the Real Buffalo Soldiers Who Inspired the Song

(PROVO, Utah) – May 23, 2013 –, the world’s largest online family history resource, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Bob Marley’s hit song “Buffalo Soldier.” The song commemorates African American soldiers’ important part in expanding the American territories via their admirable “fight for survival.” The family history site is making its records of these actual Buffalo Soldiers who inspired the song, available to the public, free of charge.


While the song was hugely popular, the men behind it were not. As the first African American U.S. Army units after the Civil War, the Buffalo Soldiers were some of America’s unsung heroes until Bob Marley made their story famous.

“Bob Marley was obviously moved by the important role these first African American troops played in the history of America,” said Dan Jones, VP of Content for “The 30th anniversary of the song’s release is a perfect time to reflect on what their hard work did for this country and how their struggles inspired musical legends like Bob Marley.”

Handwritten records reveal that life for the soldiers was difficult–even by military standards. The troops were given used uniforms, guns that didn’t always work and were not even issued shoes. When they arrived at the western battlegrounds, the troops found the forts to be in great disrepair, in need of rebuilding before the troops could even fight in battle. The records track the soldier’s special assignments, promotions, reassignments, sicknesses and more.

Though African American regiments have existed since the Revolutionary War, it wasn’t until the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army that they would receive the nickname of Buffalo Soldiers.  During a skirmish with the Native American tribes the Buffalo Soldiers received the moniker that Bob Marley would later commemorate in his song.  Although the tribes fought ferociously against the U.S. soldiers, almost the entire company of soldiers survived the battle. The Native Americans were impressed with the Buffalo Soldier’s tenacity, and as a sign of respect, they likened the Army units to a buffalo that will keep charging despite injuries or circumstance.

“We are happy to be able to bring to life the history behind the iconic song,” Jones said. “By being able to shed light on the ‘Buffalo Soldiers,’ we hope to inspire more people to look into where they come from.”

These regiments would remain intact until the start of WWII, when they were disbanded and reorganized into other regiments. The name of Buffalo Soldiers would follow over with some of the men, but the name traditionally belongs to those men who fought with tenacity and bravery in the 9thand 10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army.

To find out more about the lives of the real Buffalo Soldiers, visit this Memorial Day weekend for access to the database, as part of 155 million military records that will be made available for free to the public through the 27th of May. One weekend not enough? Dig deeper into the past or see if you’re connected to the soldiers in Marley’s song by heading to to sign up for a free 14-day trial.

About LLC is the world's largest online family history resource with approximately 2.7 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 11 billion records have been added to the sites and users have created more than 47 million family trees containing more than 5 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site, the company operates several Ancestry international websites along with a suite of online family history brands including, and, all designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

FamilySearch New Collections Update 22 May 2013

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FamilySearch Adds More Than 1.1 Million Records and Images to Illinois County Marriages
FamilySearch has added more than 2.25 million index records and images this week from Argentina, Austria, Italy, Paraguay, Portugal, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,152,830 index records and images from the U.S., Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934, collection, and the 244,523 images from the Spain, Province of Valencia, Municipal Records, 1611-1935, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free

Searchable historic records are made available on through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at

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