Tuesday, July 12, 2016

RootsMagic 7 Deals on Amazon Prime Day

The following is from RootsMagic.

RootsMagic 7 Deals on Amazon Prime Day

In case you haven't heard, July 12th is Amazon's annual "Prime Day", a one-day only day of deals for Amazon Prime members.  RootsMagic is participating in Prime Day, but we aren't limiting our deals to Prime members, and we aren't limiting it to one day either.

From July 12th (midnight PT) through July 14 (midnight PT), you can get $10 off either RootsMagic 7, or the RootsMagic 7/Book bundle.  There is a limited quantity so this deal could end earlier depending on stock.

To take advantage of these Amazon deals, here are the direct links:

RootsMagic 7

RootsMagic 7 plus Getting the Most Out of RootsMagicbook

Renee's Note: The discount price will not be reflected until checkout. Then you will see the $10 discount applied. 

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Jay Verkler Appointed Interim CEO At Findmypast

The following is from Findmypast.

Jay Verkler Appointed Interim CEO At Findmypast
London, Tuesday, July 5th 2016

Jay Verkler, former CEO of FamilySearch, has been appointed as interim CEO of Findmypast. He takes over from Annelies van den Belt who has stepped down after three years.

In a decade as CEO of FamilySearch, Jay pioneered the digital transformation of the world’s largest genealogical organisation. He oversaw the shift from vast paper and microfilm record stores to accessible digital archives. He broadened the audience for family history by developing partnerships with genealogy and technology companies, societies and archives across the world. Since leaving FamilySearch, he has been a consultant on strategy, product and technology for many organisations.

Welcoming Jay Verkler, Richard Hall, chairman of Findmypast, said: “I am delighted that Jay is going to head up Findmypast for the next six months. He has the industry knowledge and the entrepreneurial experience to drive the business forward. One of our key markets is the US and Jay has the experience and knowledge to help us to continue to expand Findmypast’s growth in America.”

Jay Verkler said: “I am excited about the opportunity to lead Findmypast. I have worked with the organisation over the years as a partner and advisor and am excited to work with talented team in a real determination to develop the business. There is great opportunity to build on existing partnerships and to establish new ones across the globe.”

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Mark Your Calendars - UVTAGG Monthly Meeting!

The next meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group - UVTAGG (Formerly the Utah Valley PAF Users Group) will be on Saturday, 09 Jul 2016, 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  http://uvtagg.org  and the press release blog is at  http://blog.uvtagg.org .  On the blog you can subscribe to receive emails of the press releases when they are posted the week before the meetings.

The main presentation at this month's UVTAGG meeting will be by Gurcharan Singh Gill on SEEK AND FIND: EXTRACTION OF PEDIGREES FROM REVENUE RECORDS OF PUNJAB, INDIA.  This will be a discussion of the process of finding these records and extracting the names into pedigrees.  This is more than just indexing the records since it requires additional information to put them into ancestral trees. This information will be of value to all Family History Centers where there is even a small population of people with ancestors from India.  Gill (That's the name he usually goes by.) came to America in 1954 at age 19, joined the LDS Church in California, and graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1958.  That same year he married Vilo Pratt.  He went on to Graduate School and got a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Utah in 1965.  He then taught Mathematics at BYU until he retired in 1999 and is the author of math papers and some problem books on Calculus and Analytic Geometry.  In 1993, he and Vilo were called to be the first Mission Presidents for the LDS Church in Bangalore, India, and they served there until 1996.  Later, after retiring from BYU, Dr. Gill has been doing family history on the Moga District in Punjab, India where he was born.  He has traced the genealogy of the Gill, Sidhu, Brar, Bhatti, and Toor Clans and published a booklet on this subject for his family and his descendants.  He and his wife live in the Edgemont area of Provo where they raised their children.

After the main presentation the following classes are scheduled.  See the UVTAGG website and blog for last minute changes and additions.
(1)  Gurcharan S. Gill, Submitting Temple Names for India
(2)  TBA
(3)  Don Engstrom and Don Reynolds, ASK AN EXPERT (Personal Help)
(4)  Video of last month's main presentation, Get More From Tech Enhancements From Family Tree, by Cathy Anderegg
(5)  Bruce Buzbee, ROOTSMAGIC
(6)  Gaylon Findlay, ANCESTRAL QUEST

Notice that 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 70-80 people attending the monthly meetings, many of whom are family history consultants.  The officers are Gerhard Ruf, President; Laurie Castillo, 1st VP; Don Snow, 2nd VP; Eileen Phelps, Newsletter Editor; Don Engstrom and Rayanne Melick, Membership and Finances; Bruce Merrill and Marie Andersen, DVD Library; and Chris Stevenson and Rick Klemetson, Webmasters.  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.  Membership includes many benefits such as being able to purchase the inexpensive presentation and class DVDs, receiving the monthly newsletter TAGGology (via email, if requested), and access to many genealogy resources through the UVTAGG's membership in the Federation of Genealogical Societies.  The online dues are only $10 per year and gift memberships make great presents for family history-minded relatives, friends, and family history consultants.  Membership is on a calendar year basis.  See more information about presentations, classes, class notes, and joining the Group on the websites above.  You can also contact President Gerhard Ruf at  pres@uvtagg.org  (801-225-6106), or 1st VP Laurie Castillo at  gengal@comcast.net  , or 2nd VP Don Snow at  snowd@math.byu.edu .

Worldwide Indexing Event 2016

The following is from FamilySearch.

Soon, you can watch athletes break records, but you can also preserve a different kind of record for generations to come. During 72 hours from July 15 to 17, help us index the world’s historical records, making them freely searchable on the Internet and helping families worldwide find their ancestors.
Join us as we "rewrite" history.

If you can read this:
Then you are needed!

Join us (and over 72,000 other volunteers worldwide) as we literally "rewrite history"—July 15 to 17. Just type what you see on a historical record, and make the world’s information freely searchable for people to find their ancestors worldwide!

MyHeritage Launches Online Family History Map

The following is from MyHeritage.

MyHeritage Launches Online Family History Map

PedigreeMap™ plots events and photos from users’ family trees on an interactive map to provide geographical and historical insights

TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah, June XX, 2016 — 
MyHeritage, the fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, launched  PedigreeMap™ today  an innovative way to visualize family history, optimized for tablet devices. PedigreeMap™ displays all events in a user’s family tree, such as births, marriages and deaths, as well as digital photos and scanned historical photos, on an interactive map. This allows users to trace the locations of their ancestors and gain new insights into their lives. All data is grouped by country and location, and users can easily filter their view of the map by person, family group, event type, and time period.

PedigreeMap™ comes with additional features such as place name standardization to improve data quality, and Heatmaps that showcase which geographic areas have a high concentration of activity in the user's family history.

“MyHeritage is the family history technology leader. We’re constantly developing new ways to give people insights about their family history," said Uri Gonen, Senior VP of Product Management at MyHeritage. “The first release of PedigreeMap™ helps people understand the life journeys of their ancestors, and we have interesting and original ideas lined up for the next releases.”

PedigreeMap™ is free for all users. To access it, log in to your account on MyHeritage or create a new account for free, then select PedigreeMap™ in the “Apps” menu.

About MyHeritage
MyHeritage is the world's fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. As technology thought leaders, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees and ground­breaking search and matching technologies. Trusted by millions of families, MyHeritage provides an easy way to share family stories, past and present, and treasure them for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages. www.myheritage.com

Upcoming SCGS Webinars

The following is from the Southern California Genealogical Society.

Extension Webinar Series

SCGS is there for you, no matter where you live. Join our twice-monthly webcasts with knowledgeable genealogists to help grow what you know.

The initial broadcast is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, July 20,  6:00 PM (Pacific)

As you move from goals to questions to sources to information to evidence to conclusions, learn how to use the right kind of tool at each step, including research logs and database programs.

Drew Smith, MLS, is a librarian at the University of South Florida (USF) Tampa Library. He is co-host and co-producer of the award-winning Genealogy GuysSM Podcast. He is the author of the 2009 GPC book Social Networking for Genealogists, and co-author of the 2013 McGraw-Hill book Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques. He is a past Secretary of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and a past Director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

Saturday, August 6, 10:00 AM (Pacific)

U.S. courthouse records have been damaged, destroyed, moved, or stored over the centuries. Prepare yourself in advance for on-site and online research by consulting authoritative sources. Learn why records may not be available in the courthouse, what may have happened to them, and where they (or replacements or substitutes) may exist today. 

George G. Morgan is president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and an internationally recognized genealogy expert who presents in the U.S., Canada, England, on cruise ships, and webinars. He is the prolific author of hundreds of articles for magazines, journals, newsletters, in genealogical publications, and at online sites internationally. His twelfth book, the fourth edition How to Do Everything: Genealogy, was released in January 2015. He is co-host of The Genealogy GuysSM Podcast, the longest running genealogical podcast with thousands of listeners worldwide.

Wednesday, August 176:00 PM (Pacific)

Surnames tell a fascinating story about our ancestors' past. From origin to meaning, migration to frequency, come learn how to find and include that story in your own family history.

Tessa Keough is a genealogist in transition (not her day job). She works on her own family history and special projects. These include a one-place study in Newfoundland, a one-name study of the Keough surname, a Google+ community (Legacy Virtual Users' Group), and a YouTube channel (TessaWatch). Tessa blogs at The Keough Corner andScandia Musings. She contributes to Worldwide Genealogy and the May I Introduce To You feature at Geneabloggers.

Ogden FamilySearch Library Jubilee Celebration

The following is from Ogden FamilySearch Library.

Discover Your Family History!

The Ogden Familysearch Library
is 50 Year
s Old in 2016.
Come Join our Celebration!
Participate in fun family history
activities July 11 through July 16
You can choose one (or all!) of the following-
  • Rootsmapper-Trace your lineage across the ocean-see what countries your ancestors came from on a computer map.
  • Grandma's Pie-See what percentage of you comes from what countries.
  • Surname Search-Find out what your surname means, where it comes from, and how many people in the world have it.
  • Find a Grave- Find out where your relatives or notable individuals are buried.
  • Relative Finder-Find out if you are related to a handcart pioneer, a President of the United States, an author, composer, or scientist.
  • Pioneers-See if you have pioneer ancestors. Then read their journal entries!
  • Coloring Book Station-Get a free family history coloring book.
  • Scan your photos and documents-Get help digitizing your photos. Convert your photos and store them on your flash drive.
  • One-on-one help-Want to get started on your family history? Do you have a research question? Ask one of our volunteers or missionaries.
  • Games through the Ages-Experience the games your grandparents played-horseshoes, gunny sacks, hopscotch, tops, jacks, and marbles.
Mon, Fri, Sat - 9 AM to 5 PM
Tues, Wed, Thurs - 9 AM to 9 PM
539 24th Street, Ogden, Utah

Free Access Still Available Until July 15th on Revolutionary War Records

The following is from Fold3.

Access Revolutionary War Records for Free*

Revolutionary War Signing for Payment VouchersDid you have ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War? Come check out Fold3's more than 5 million Revolutionary War records, which you can explore for free July 1–15.
Popular among the 21 titles in this collection are:
Full access to the Revolutionary War collection can help you find even more information on the people or events you're researching. For example, let's say you're researching James Morris of Connecticut. You can learn from his Revolutionary War pension file that he served in the Battle of Germantown, where he was taken prisoner of war for three years.
George WashingtonBut your research doesn't have to stop there. If you wanted to discover more about Morris than you found in his pension file, you could look in the Revolutionary War Rolls to find him listed on a muster rollduring his time as a prisoner. If you were interested in learning more what Morris's time as a prisoner of war may have been like, you could search for accounts of other Revolutionary War POWs—in places like the pension files, the Pennsylvania Archives, the papers of the Continental Congress, and elsewhere. Or if you'd rather flesh out your understanding of the battle Morris was captured in, then you could read George Washington's own account of the Battle of Germantown in the papers of the Continental Congress.
There's a lot to discover in the Revolutionary War Collection. Start your own exploration here.
*Access to the records in the featured collections will be free until July 15, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. MT. Free access requires registration for a free Fold3 account. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using a paid Fold3 membership.