Thursday, May 14, 2015

Riverton Saturday Seminar

The following is from FamilySearch.

Our Family History Journey

Riverton, Utah, May 11, 2015—The Riverton FamilySearch Library will host a free seminar on Saturday, May 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. The seminar will help genealogists of all skill levels learn how to:
  • Involve children, nephews, and nieces in family history and help them see that they are part of a much larger family fabric.
  • Engage family in their heritage.
  • Teach family members to understand the past and gain inspiration from the greatness of their heritage.
  • Help family members discover the sacrifices made in the past and learn the benefits of those sacrifices.
Beginning at 9:00 a.m., guests will hear from President Glenn M. Johns and his wife, Rosalyn. President Johns is the first counselor in the presidency of the Family and Church History Headquarters mission, with offices located in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. President and Sister Johns will share their personal, ward, and family experiences with family history.
Following the keynote presentation from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., two blocks of four classes each are offered that cover topics of interest for beginning, intermediate, and advanced family history enthusiasts.

10:10–11:10 a.m. Choose one of the following four classes:
  • “Religious Migration History and Genealogy”—David Dilts
  • “From Chaos to C.A.L.M.”—Tom and Alison Taylor
  • “Danish Research”—Orla and Karen Pedersen
  • “Brick Walls: Finding Your Missing Ancestors, Part 3”—Tom and Betsy Neil
11:20 a.m.–12:20 p.m. Choose one of the following four classes:
  • “Canadian Immigration”—David Dilts
  • “How to Choose and Use Photos in a Personal or Family History”—Tom and Alison Taylor
  • “Introduction to Kinpoint”—Matt Brooks
  • “Brick Walls: Finding Your Missing Ancestors, Part 4”—Tom and Betsy Neil
Registration is not required for this free seminar. The Riverton FamilySearch Library is located in the LDS Riverton Office Building at 3740 West Market Center Drive (13175 South), Riverton, Utah.

SLIG Scholarship Deadline Extended

The following is from the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

Applications are being taken for the SLIG Scholarship named in honor of Jimmy B. Parker and his service to the genealogical community.  The deadline has been extended to May 22 to allow promotion of this amazing opportunity in our booth at NGS.  The winner will be announced on June 18th, and will be able to attend the 2016 SLIG course of their choice.  

Mark Your Calendars!
SLIG 2016 Registration opens June 20, 9:00 am MDT

For more details visit:

ISGS Webinars

The following is from the Illinois State Genealogical Society.

Illinois State Genealogical Society

Upcoming Webinars

June 2015
Understanding Our Families, Understanding Ourselves

July 2015
Dissect Obituaries for New Clues

For the complete list of upcoming webinars, visit

New York State Family History Conference

The New York State Family History Conference

New York State Family History Conference
Registration is now open for the New York State Family History ConferenceSeptember 17-19 in Syracuse, New York.

The first day of the three-day event is a regional FGS conference featuring David Rencher, Josh Taylor, and Curt Witcher as lead speakers; the second and third days of the conference include both general and New York-focused tracks, and a full track on genetic genealogy.

Nationally known speakers include Henry Hoff (NEHGS); Josh Taylor (FindMyPast); Judy Russell (the Legal Genealogist); Thomas W. Jones; Eric Grundset (DAR); and Blaine Bettinger (the Genetic Genealogist). Conference sponsors include NEHGS; the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society; Findmypast; FamilySearch; the New York Public Library; the New York State Archives and Library; the Central New York Genealogical Society; the Capital District Genealogical Society; and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation. Early bird registration is available through May 31.

NEHGS Webinar - Includes Overview of Affiliate Program for LDS Members

The following is from the New England Historic and Genealogical Society.

Announcing a Webinar Just for You!

Sign up now for this FREE webinar designed just for new Affiliate account holders like you. Discover who we are, what we do, and how we can help you on your family history journey!

This live broadcast on June 11 will explore NEHGS's rich history of scholarship, provide an overview of our recent affiliate program with members of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and highlight additional services and benefits available to NEHGS members.

By registering, you can watch the presentation in real time and type in questions and receive verbal responses. 

When: Thursday, June 11 at 2:00 EDT
Presenter: Kelly McCoulf, Director of Constituent Relations

Watch recordings of past webinars here. Popular topics include:

Description: NEHGS has one of the largest collections of genealogical papers in the United States. Learn how these unique items can benefit your genealogical research. Join Manager of Manuscript Collections, Timothy G. X. Salls as he provides research case studies and highlights from our special collections.
Sharing Your Family History: Ideas from NEHGS

Description: Learn about different ways of sharing your family history findings with your family. Publishing expert Penny Stratton provides tips for organizing your materials for a variety of formats: from home-produced documents to photobooks to Register-style publications to simple online presentations. 

Description: Learn the basics of researching your early New England ancestors (1601-1700) using NEHGS resources, both onsite and online. Discover key reference works, records, and databases available to NEHGS members and guest users.

Hasten the Work - Preserving the Past with FamilySearch

Every time I download a digital copy of a record stored on FamilySearch, I think about how much money that saved me. Now I see that each image cost The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints / FamilySearch 10 cents. Free doesn't mean it didn't cost someone somewhere to make that available to me. From RootsTech I learned the LDS Church is preparing to provide stakes/congregations around the world with cameras so their members and volunteers can collect digital copies of local records. We have the plan for manpower to capture them. Now we just need the cameras!

The following is from LDS Philanthropies, a department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

Preserving the Past with FamilySearch 
2015 Goal: $2 Million

What Can You Do With a Dime?

On a mission to accelerate family history and temple work, FamilySearch is strengthening its efforts to capture records. Special camera equipment and dedicated camera crews are needed to capture digital images of records that are in various states of decay or, worse yet, tagged for disposal.

Many countries throughout the world lack the space and environmental conditions required to safely store these vital records. The ability to acquire, digitize, and otherwise preserve these treasured documents requires donations. For just 10 cents you can save 10 records - that’s 100 records for every dollar you give. A gift of $100 can save 10,000 records.

Part-Time Work from Home in the Genealogy Field

I saw this on LinkedIn and thought someone out there might find this interesting.

We're hiring an additional genealogy salesperson!

We're hiring an additional genealogy salesperson!

Do you love people and genealogy? Legacy Tree Genealogists is hiring a motivated individual to help us with genealogy sales.
Part-time position, work from home.
Hourly wage plus sales bonuses.
Answer incoming phone calls/emails to help people learn how Legacy Tree can help them discover their ancestry.
Email resumes to We're most interested in your sales experience and ability, but we'd also love to hear about your passion for and experience with family history.
About Legacy Tree Genealogists:
Founded in 2004, Legacy Tree provides genealogy research services and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. Our team is comprised of extremely talented, careful, and efficient genealogists worldwide who love helping clients discover their heritage. Learn more at

Friday, May 08, 2015

Mark Your Calendars: UVTAGG Meeting!

The next meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG (Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group - UVPAFUG) will be on Saturday, 09 May 2015, from 9 am to noon in the LDS "Red Chapel", 4050 North Timpview Drive (650 East), Provo. This is the regular second-Saturday-of-the-month meeting. Information about the Group, meeting location, main presentations, classes, and class notes are available on their website and the press releases are at . On the blog you can subscribe to receive the press releases via email when they are posted the week before the meetings.

The main presentation this month at UVTAGG will be by Robert Raymond on A GENEALOGICALLY CORRECT FAMILYSEARCH FAMILY TREE. Learn how you can use and help Family Tree increase its genealogical correctness and adherence with industry standards by using genealogical proof, sources, documents, citations, stories, photos, and collaboration. With your help, Family Tree is becoming a genealogically sound reflection of our shared family tree. 

Robert Raymond is a Deputy to FamilySearch Chief Genealogical Officer, David Rencher. He is well-known and works to increase genealogical soundness of FamilySearch products and helps set record acquisition and publication strategy. Robert writes a top ranked genealogy blog (pseudonymically) about,, records, and methodology. He is a genealogical technologist with more than 30 years' experience in technology and genealogy. He holds over a dozen technology patents and earned a Masters Degree in Electrical (Computer) Engineering from Brigham Young University where he was honored as a Kimball Scholar. Robert has served as a Director of the National Genealogical Society since 2012 and is currently working towards certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists. He is a volunteer at a FamilySearch Family History Center where he can be found in the trenches every Wednesday night. More information about him is on the website .

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled; check the meetings page at for last minute changes or additions. 
  1. A Billion+ Hidden Records on FamilySearch, by Robert Raymond
  2. The FamilySearch Partner Site: American Ancestors (NEHGS), by Laurie Castillo
  3. Ratchet Up Your Research with Evernote, by Liz Miller
  4. Ask An Expert (Personal Help), by Don Engstrom & Finn Hansen
  5. Video of last month's main presentation: What You May Not Have Noticed About The Census: Look Again!, by Stephen Ehat
  6. Ancestral Quest, by Gaylon Findlay
  7. Legacy: Fixing Relationships, by Dean Bennett
  8. RootsMagic, by Terri Tyler and Diana Olsen.

As you can see, there is something for everyone no matter what their level of family history expertise. This includes youth, those just getting interested in genealogy, long-time genealogists, and Ward Family History Consultants. All meetings of UVTAGG are open to the public, whether members of the Group or not. The Group has the goal of helping individuals use technology to further their family history and there are usually about 100 attending the monthly meetings, most of whom are Family History Consultants. The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Liz Kennington, Newsletter Editor; Don Engstrom and Rayanne Melick, Membership and Finances; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, DVD Library; and Chris Stevenson, Webmaster. Several of these will be at the meeting to answer questions, help with membership, distribute the current issue of the monthly newsletter TAGGology, and check out and sell to members of the Group DVDs of past presentations and classes. Many members don't live close enough to participate in the monthly meetings, but pay the $10 per year online dues to belong so they can receive the monthly newsletter via email and purchase the inexpensive DVDs of the presentations and classes. Gift memberships make great presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and Family History Consultants, and membership is on a calendar year basis. See more information about the presentations, classes, class notes, and how to join the Group on the websites above. You can also contact President Gerhard Ruf (801-225-6106), or 1st VP Laurie Castillo , or 2nd VP Don Snow .

FREE ACCESS: Discover your WWII Ancestors

The following is from Fold3.

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In honor of VE Day access the WWII Collection Free

Free Access to the World War II Collection

WWII DocumentsThis May 8 marks the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day in 1945. If you have family members who served in World War II, or are just interested in the time period, take a look at Fold3'sWorld War II Collection, which you can access for free from May 1st to 15th.
The WWII Collection, currently with over 72 million records, has a diverse array of resources to mine, whether you're interested in historical aspects of the war or are searching for specific individuals who fought in it. A few of the most popular titles in this collection are
If it's been a while since you've taken a look at our WWII Collection, you might be unfamiliar with its new and updated titles, which include
WWII PhotosIf you're interested in learning more about VE Day, simply search for "VE Day" on Fold3 to find thousands of matches. Some interesting VE Day finds in the World War II collection include
  • A photo of US airmen in England attending a VE Day ceremony
  • A photo of US soldiers at the front lines on Okinawa listening to news of Germany’s surrender by radio
  • An account of how US Atlantic Fleet Bombing Squadron 127 celebrated VE day
  • An account of Allied servicemen participating in VE Day celebrations in Bermuda
  • The VE Day issue of the newspaper of the XIII Air Force Service Command Asiatic Press
Ready to explore the World War II Collection? Get started here.

UGA DNA and SLIG Scholarship

The following is from the Utah Genealogical Association.

The DNA Interest Group will meet virtually on Thursday, June 4th at 7:00 pm.  Angie Bush will present First Steps for Adoptees in June.  Complete information is posted on the UGA DNA Interest Group page, but you may also go directly to the DNA Genetic Genealogy Community to log into the webinar. Recordings of past presentations and handouts, when provided, will be placed behind the members wall for those unable to attend.  Angie Bush, the Genetic Genealogist, is also the coordinator for the SLIG 2016 Advanced DNA Course.
SLIG Scholarship:  The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is accepting applications for the SLIG Scholarship named in honor of Jimmy B. Parker.  The winner will be able to attend the SLIG 2016 course of their choice.  The deadline is May 15th.  Details about submission requirements and judging criteria may be found on the UGA website under SLIG Scholarships.  

46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree & Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus!

The 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree will be held  
Friday, June 5, throughSunday, June 7, 2015,  
at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport,  

2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, California.

If you've already registered,
think about adding:

Jamboree - 1 day or all 3 
DNA Day and luncheon 
  Special Events

  Printed Syllabus

and don't forget the special tracks:
African-American track Friday & Saturday
Jewish track Sunday

Save more by signing up for BOTH
Jamboree and DNA Day! 



Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus! and the 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree are just around the corner and getting closer all the time! We thank you for volunteering at Jamboree in the past and invite you back this year - June 4-7, 2015.

Your willingness to volunteer means you have a guaranteed seat for your favorite speaker's sessions. Room monitors get first pick at a chair. You can volunteer for as much or as little time as you want - even for just an hour.

When you volunteer at Jamboree you get a behind-the-scenes peek at what goes into making a large genealogical event such a success. Jamboree volunteers are welcome on the exhibit floor without paying a registration fee. Also, any volunteer who works at least four hours will receive a coupon for $5 toward food at the Marriott concession on the lawn.

We find your willingness to help others wonderful! We hope you will continue to volunteer at Jamboree this year. We would love to have a full team of volunteers before Jamboree (June 4).

We have many volunteer positions available, for both DNA day on Thursday, as well as Jamboree. Positions available include room monitors, hospitality, registration, set up/closing assistance, sales table, Information Technology assistance, audio/visual support, raffle sales, social media monitoring and much more! We hope you will contribute some of your valuable time to Jamboree again.

This year, we've streamlined the volunteer process to make it easy for you to sign up for what you would most like to do.  

Get started by reviewing the session schedule and note the session numbers of the the classes you want to monitor. If you're not sure of the job you want to do, go to the Jamboree website and learn more about the options.

Then sign up for your slot. The earlier you sign up, the more likely you are to get just the time and task you want. 

We look forward to seeing you at Jamboree! Please join us!

Lise Harding, Volunteer Coordinator
David Burde, SCGS President, Jamboree Co-Chair, Administration
Judi Ramsey, Jamboree Co-Chair, Program
Priscilla Pruitt, Jamboree Co-Chair, Exhibitors/Sponsors

Please contact Lise at

FamilySearch Adds More Than 9.8 Million Records

The following is from FamilySearch.

FamilySearch Collections UpdateMay 8, 2015

Find this e-announcement online at FamilySearch News and Press.
FamilySearch Adds More Than 9.8 Million Indexed Records and Images for Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Jamaica, Peru, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and the United States
FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 9.8 million indexed records and images for Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Jamaica, Peru, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 2,983,594 indexed records from the Croatia, Church Books, 1516–1994 collection; 57,446 indexed records and 1,785,969 images from the Jamaica, Civil Registration, 1880–1999 collection; and 1,087,758 indexed records from the Costa Rica Civil Registration, 1860–1975 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 at

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 historical 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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