Tuesday, December 19, 2006

24-7 Family History Circle » Ancestry Magazine Relaunches with All New Content and Design

24-7 Family History Circle » Ancestry Magazine Relaunches with All New Content and Design: "13 December 2006
Ancestry Magazine Relaunches with All New Content and Design
MyFamily.com Inc. has issued the following press release. Congratulations to everyone in the Publications department on the relaunch of Ancestry magazine!


Revamped Magazine Provides Family History Tips and Techniques for the Family Historian – From Beginners to Experts

PROVO, UTAH – December 13, 2006 – Ancestry Magazine, a leading family history publication, today announced its relaunch with the November/December 2006 issue, now available on newsstands. Published by MyFamily.com, Inc., the leading online network for connecting families past and present, Ancestry Magazine is a bi-monthly magazine that features captivating contributions from leading industry experts and a slew of family history how-to’s that help hone readers’ research skills and enrich the family history experience. The magazine is the offline complement to Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, also part of the MyFamily.com, Inc. network.

“Our readership has evolved over the years, and the new Ancestry Magazine speaks directly to today’s family historian, providing readers of every skill set and all levels of interest with the best and most efficient ways to discover the stories of the lives of their ancestors,” said Loretto Dennis Szucs, Executive Editor of Ancestry Magazine and co-editor of The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy. “With the digital revolution, family history has quickly become one of the world’s most popular and intriguing pastimes. Millions of records are now available at the click of a mouse, and yet most of us still love the feeling of flipping through the pages of our favorite magazine. Ancestry Magazine brings both worlds together beautifully.”

The revamped Ancestry Magazine is designed to better fit the needs and changing face of today’s family historian by offering tips and tools to guide beginners and empower experts. The magazine provides fascinating insights, techniques and insider information to assist readers at every level in their ancestral quest. The new Ancestry Magazine features include:

Reorganized Content – Ancestry Magazine has improved the offerings of cornerstone columns that have shaped the magazine over the years and introduced three new sections – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow – to help readers learn about their past, use current technology and research techniques, and preserve their legacy for future generations.
New Look – The eye-catching cover design and layout reflects the new content and modern outlook of the magazine.
Written for the Reader – Readers now have many opportunities to get involved in shaping the content of Ancestry Magazine. The magazine features reader ideas, opinions and comments throughout the magazine.
“We are pleased to relaunch Ancestry Magazine to better connect with expanding readership and respond to growing mainstream interest,” said Tim Sullivan, President and CEO, MyFamily.com, Inc., publisher of Ancestry Magazine. “Since 1994, family historians have looked to Ancestry Magazine as the family history source and authority. While continuing that twelve-year tradition, the magazine now clearly captures the voice of today’s reader, creating a forum for beginners and experts alike to share and learn more about the lives of their ancestors.”

With the release of six issues annually, Ancestry Magazine reaches 50,000 subscribers across the United States. The magazine is now available with a cover price of $4.95 per copy or $24.95 for a one-year subscription.

About Ancestry Magazine
Ancestry Magazine is a bi-monthly publication featuring regular contributions from recognized voices and influencers in the field of family history. The magazine has more than 50,000 paid subscribers. The publication is designed to show family historians how to bridge the gap between their own lives and the lives of their ancestors by offering tips, advice, the latest news and techniques to help the everyday genealogist discover the fascinating world of family history.

About MyFamily.com, Inc.
MyFamily.com, Inc. is the leading online network connecting families, present and past. MyFamily’s tools, content and community empower individuals to find people most important to them – and discover and share their unique family stories. The MyFamily network includes MyFamily.com, Ancestry.com, Genealogy.com, RootsWeb.com, Ancestry.co.uk, Ancestry.ca, Ancestry.com.au and Ancestry.de. MyFamily also publishes Family Tree Maker(R), the No. 1 selling family tree software, Ancestry Magazine and over 50 book titles and numerous databases on CD-ROM. For more information on MyFamily.com, Inc. visit

MyFamily.com Changes Name to The Generations Network

MyFamily.com Changes Name to The Generations Network
by Marie Mischel
MyFamily.com, Inc., the Provo-based online network for connecting families, has changed its name to The Generations Network.
The change is effective today.
“This is a long overdue recognition that we are a multi-branded company,” said President and CEO Tim Sullivan, pointing out that the company had shared its name with one of its products, which created some confusion.
The company is organized into different business units, with a general manager overseeing each division and reporting to Sullivan. The name change will help clarify that the company offers more than MyFamily.com.
In addition to the Web-related service MyFamily.com, the company produces the Family Tree Maker software and publishes Ancestry magazine and other book and CD-ROM titles. It also recently has launched genealogy-related Web sites for audiences in Australia, Canada and Germany. These Web sites are Ancestry.com.au, Ancestry.ca and Ancestry.de.
Recently, the company added millions of immigration and census records to its Ancestry.com product and expanded internationally. Next year, MyFamily.com, which has been online since 1998, will be overhauled and re-launched.
“We are more than we were a few years ago,” Sullivan said.
Also next year, the company plans a new release of the Family Tree Maker software.
As The Generations Network, the company will continue to offer the same products as previously, Sullivan said, although there will be more cross-marketing.
The new name was chosen because it reflects “the idea that we are relevant across the spectrum of all generations,” Sullivan said."

Monday, October 30, 2006

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: The End of PAF?

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: The End of PAF?: "October 29, 2006

Personal Ancestral File (often called PAF) is one of the most popular genealogy programs available. It is produced by the LDS Church (the Mormons) and is made available to everyone at no charge. Millions of genealogists around the world use Personal Ancestral File.

There is one problem: the program hasn't had a significant update in years. In fact, it is a rather old-fashioned genealogy program by today's standards. Other free programs now offer more features than what is found in PAF. Even more features can be found in programs selling for rather low prices.

Remember when PAF used to sell for $35.00? Those days are long gone.

Now a senior representative from the LDS Church has confirmed the rumors that have floated around for years: the LDS Church will not expend any more funds to develop a modern version of Personal Ancestral File.

LDS Church Historian, Elder Marlin K. Jensen, gave the keynote address at the October 6-7, 2006, Northern Utah Family History Conference and Symposium. He told how Personal Ancestral File was a major force in genealogy in past years. However, when the LDS Church senior executives look today at all the things that the Church could do to promote interest in genealogy and to provide resources to genealogists, it is obvious that commercial organizations are already providing excellent free and low-cost genealogy software. Any efforts by the LDS Church to 'compete' with the commercial organizations will not help meet the Church's goals to promote interest in genealogy and to provide appropriate resources to aid genealogists.

Instead, Jensen reports that the LDS Church's executives feel that the Church would be better served by concentrating its expenditures on the items that the Church can do best: digitizing microfilm and improving in-home access to original records, primarily via the www.FamilySearch.org web site.

Comment by Dick Eastman: This strikes me as a good idea. We already have a number of excellent genealogy programs, including one besides PAF that is available free of charge. Having the LDS Church spend money to support and improve "one more free genealogy program" is not the wisest use of the Church's funds earmarked for genealogy.

I'd much rather see the LDS Church spend that money on items that are difficult for other organizations to provide: convenient, in-home access to millions of genealogy-related records, improving its web-based genealogy software and promoting interest in family heritage throughout the world.

To be sure, this will be disappointing to present users of Personal Ancestral File who will sooner-or-later need to switch to a newer program. (There is no need to rush, however.) However, I suspect those same users will also welcome the access to more records and the other benefits created by the re-allocation of these funds.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

101 Ways to Research Your Family Tree for Free

Alternatives to Pay-For-Use Genealogy Sites on the Internet
Is free genealogy a thing of the past? With the constant addition of subscription genealogy databases on the Internet, people often wonder if there will soon be an end to free genealogy research via the Web. For those of you with this concern, take heart - free genealogy databases aren't going anywhere anytime soon. Web sites from all over the world contain free genealogy information of use to family tree researchers which has been contributed by individuals, companies and even governments. Birth records, marriage records, military records, ships passenger lists, surnames, census records, immigration records, wills, photos and much, much more are available on the Internet for FREE if you just know where to look. These 100 free genealogy sites, in no particular order, should keep you busy searching for weeks!

Family History Technology

A great Conference: Family History Technology

Monday, October 09, 2006

CensusTools - FREE Genealogy Spreadsheets for Census, Cemetery and Passenger Manifest Data!

CensusTools - FREE Genealogy Spreadsheets for Census, Cemetery and Passenger Manifest Data!

Free Genealogy Tips From GenSmarts

Look at the DEMO of GenSmarts: Free Genealogy Tips From GenSmarts

A family history overhaul

Deseret Morning News, Saturday, September 30, 2006

A family history overhaul
By Carrie A. Moore | Deseret Morning News

Whether your LDS ancestors pulled a handcart across the Plains or you have no affiliation with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there's a wealth of information being processed for placement on the Internet beginning next year that can tie you to your family tree — free.

Visitors to Temple Square walk past the LDS temple before conference weekend begins.

Thousands of Latter-day Saints in town for the church's 176th Semi-annual General Conference, which begins at 10 a.m. today, know something about their ancestry because they've long been taught to know who their progenitors are.

But relatively few know all of what's now available to help fill out their family tree, including archives that chronicle the early history of the LDS Church in exacting — and often personal — detail.

And with a complete overhaul of the church's FamilySearch.org Web site planned for the months ahead, even those who have no experience researching family history will be able to 'do something meaningful without having to learn anything prior,' according to Steve W. Anderson, online marketing manager for the church's Family History department.

New online tools will allow novices to log on and — with a few mouse clicks — pull up their family tree, with details about ancestors, of any faith or none, that are part of the database. 'You'll be able to attach images or photos to it, or something like a timeline of events. It will have all kind of things to make it a much richer resource.'"
Click Here for a whole lot more: "

Friday, September 15, 2006

New PAF Utility - Testers Needed

New PAF Utility - Testers Needed
I saw this posted on the PAF5 Mailing List and thought I would pass the info along.

We're looking for testers of a new PAF 5 utility!

This is Gaylon Findlay of Incline Software. My team wrote Ancestral Quest, which the LDS Church accepted as the basis for its current windows version of PAF. A couple of years ago, we made available a product called PAFWiz, and are now in final testing on a new version of PAFWiz. We need a few enthusiastic PAF 5 users to test this new version of PAFWiz.

A partial feature list includes:
* Major enhancements to the Source selection and entering process, including categorizing your sources and memorizing/reusing more sources
* Major enhancements to many PAF reports, and many new reports, including a new "Drop Line Descendant" report
* Ability to record To Do items and generate Research Logs from within your PAF data
* Advanced searches to Ancestry.com and the IGI
* Enter data into your PAF 5 file right from PAFWiz screens
* Spell-Check your Notes
* Sort the Name Index by any field, not just Name and RIN
* Publish a Family Book. Select from a long list of report types several charts and reports, then have PAFWiz generate not only the reports, but a master index and table of contents.
* Add DNA Test results to your PAF data
* Greatly enhanced merge features
* And scores of additional wonderful features. We've just given you a small sampling here to wet you appetite.

If you're interested in testing this wonderful new PAF utility, please visit:

Create Your Own Custom Genealogy Map

Mapping Your Ancestry with Google Maps
Google Maps is a free web map server application that offers street maps for Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the United States and much of western Europe, plus satellite map images for the entire world. Google Maps is just one of many free mapping services on the Web, but its ease of use and options for customization through the Google API makes it a popular mapping option.
There are three map types offered within Google Maps - street maps, satellite maps, and a hybrid map that combines satellite imagery with an overlay of streets, city names and landmarks. Some parts of the world offer much more detail than others.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Beta Version of New Advanced Search Now Available

Beta Version of New Advanced Search Now Available
Ancestry.com has launched the beta version of its advanced search template. With the new template, you can now specify whether you want all criteria to match exactly by checking the Exact matches only box at the top of the page, or only certain fields. To specify only certain fields, uncheck Exact matches only and select the Exact box next to each field you wish to match exactly.

The new search form also includes the keyword search, as well as several fields for specifying dates and locations.

You can navigate to the advanced search box by selecting the Search tab from the navigation bar at the top of Ancestry.com pages, and then selecting Advanced Search from the Search Resources box in the upper right hand portion of the page, or directly through this link:

Ancestry.com Advanced Search

Click on the Feedback link at the top of the Advanced Search page to submit your comments. If you experience problems using the search and would like to report them, please include details so that our technicians can recreate the problem and correct it. Thanks for your help in testing this beta version of the new search!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Technology offering new tools for genealogical research

Welcome change

Technology offering new tools for genealogical research
August 19, 2006
Through technology, "a significant and welcome change" is being made in simplifying family history work, said Elder Marlin K. Jensen of the Seventy, addressing the BYU Family History and Genealogy Conference devotional Aug. 1.
The new technology, an Internet-based system being developed by the Church, will consolidate software products and eliminate duplication, said Elder Jensen, executive director of the Family and Church History Department and Church historian/recorder.
About 650 people attended the 38th Annual BYU Family History and Genealogy Conference held Aug. 1-4, with the theme, "Strengthening Ties that Bind Families Together Forever." Sixty-seven presenters taught more than 120 classes.
The new technology system was mentioned by President Gordon B. Hinckley in October 2005 general conference, in which he said: "One of the most troublesome aspects of our temple activity is that as we get more and more temples scattered across the earth there is duplication of effort in proxy work. People in various nations simultaneously work on the same family lines and come up with the same names. . . . . The solution lies in complex computer technology. Preliminary indications are that it will work, and if this is so, it will be a truly remarkable thing with worldwide implications."
Elder Jensen continued, "Where possible, we want to make temple and family history work conveniently available to members in their own homes, or at nearby family history centers in those areas of the world where technology is not yet readily available in homes."
The goal is to "use the technology with which the Lord has blessed us to support processes that will enable all members, worldwide, to experience success and find joy in this work without needing to be expert genealogists or skilled technologists."
Components of the new system are built around what is called a "common pedigree" that will begin with the user's name and that of his or her ancestors who have been identified and data submitted to the system, Elder Jensen explained. "Members will be able to tell at a glance if temple work has been completed or needs to be done for ancestors in the system. Any other relatives who are interested in the same lines will see the same information," he said, thus allowing relatives to work together, reducing both unnecessary temple work and duplicate research.
Computer terminals in the Family History Library reflect Church's commitment to simplify family history research. Over time, vast collections and online assistance will be made available to researchers as they work from home.
More support will also be provided to members locally, instead of mostly at Church headquarters. An updated "Temple and Family History" section of the Church Handbook of Instructions suggests that family history consultants will receive more training and have more online resources that will enable them to take a more active role in supporting members' efforts in family history work.
Over time, the Church's vast collections will be made available online. First, the Church's 2.4 million rolls of microfilm are being scanned into a digital format. Second, the collection of additional records is being done with digital cameras instead of microfilm cameras.
However, all digitized records will need to be described and indexed before being made available on the Internet, said Elder Jensen.
Family Search Indexing is a new research system being created from the indexes of these records. It will contain names, dates, places and other vital genealogical information.
"The indexes will also link the searcher directly to the digital images of original birth certificates, marriage licenses or other relevant documents," said Elder Jensen. "The software for this system is very user friendly and contains all of the tools and instructions one needs to be an efficient and successful extractor. Designed to eventually replace the current program of Family Record Extraction, Family Search Indexing will allow users to participate in extraction work in the convenience of their own homes, at any time of day, and contribute as little or as much work as time permits."
Through this system, various members of the genealogical community can partner to create indexes for use by all.
"This new and vastly improved approach to extraction work has recently been made available in most Utah stakes that were participating in Family Record Extraction," said Elder Jensen. "If you are not yet a participant, I invite those of you who live in Utah to contact your stake family record extraction director, or if you live outside Utah, to visit the website at familysearchindexing.org to register and participate in a volunteer-based project."
He expects that online assistance will eventually be made available to guide researchers to the most pertinent documents for their research.
"I testify that the hand of the Lord is in these changes and I know they will bless both the living researchers and the deceased recipients of sacred ordinances."
Family history research and temple work are inseparably connected, he said, indicating the family history research should be the primary source for names for temple ordinances.
"In the commercial vernacular, family history 'ships' and the temples 'receive,' " he said.
Elder Jensen commended family history enthusiasts, such as those in attendance at the BYU conference, and said their example gives "much needed hope to those who once stood or still stand on the outside of family history looking in."
"Even in this age of exploding technology, the human element is and always will be the key ingredient in a successful program of family history."
He encouraged each family history researcher to become a mentor to others, to bear "pure testimony" to help foster increased family history research.
"When we do family history and temple work. . . we also participate in a work calculated to help us learn to love and serve others as our Savior loves and serves them. The ultimate reward we receive in doing family history work is to be found in the relationship and feelings we develop for those for whom we stand as proxy or saviors on Mt. Zion or in the temple," he said.
© 2006 Deseret News Publishing Company

Saturday, July 01, 2006

19,234,000,000,000,000 Bytes Required

19,234,000,000,000,000 bytes is the amount of computer storage the Mormon Family and Church History Department (FCHD) says will be required for their planned digitized version of the 2.5 million rolls of microfilm in their possession. The rolls contain three billion frames of information about an estimated 12 billion people. If you are having trouble counting the zeros, the number is 19 quadrillon bytes.

Growing the GENETIC FAMILY TREE one branch at a time

The Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to building the world's foremost collection of DNA and corresponding genealogical information.

SMGF is making their collection available for searching on this web site. Finding matching DNA results and pedigrees in the Sorenson Database can help you make new family connections throughout the world and across generations.

The Foundation is a world leader in DNA research with direct application to genealogy. Their work complements other studies that focus on the "deep ancestry" of humankind.

SMGF was inspired by discussions in 1999 between philanthropist James LeVoy Sorenson and BYU Professor Scott Woodward about using DNA in genealogy.
Since that time, SMGF has collected more than 60,000 DNA samples, together with four-generation pedigree charts, from volunteers in more than 100 countries around the world.

Y-chromosome DNA results and pedigree charts are available for searching in the Sorenson Database. Y-DNA results and pedigrees help you trace your direct paternal line.

SMGF plans to release the Sorenson Mitochondrial Database in the second half of 2006. mtDNA results and pedigrees can help you trace your direct maternal line.

The Foundation is also conducting research on autosomal DNA, and plans to release the Sorenson Autosomal Database in the near future. Autosomal DNA results and pedigrees can help you trace both family lines.

"I can't think of anything that matters more than reminding people everywhere that in a very real sense, we are all brothers and sisters," says Mr. Sorenson about our genetic connections.

We invite you to participate in the SMGF project and search the Sorenson Database. Help grow the genetic family tree, one branch at a time

Friday, June 30, 2006

Downloadable Book

This is a PDF file for the first edition of Idiots Guide to Genealogy Online. There are some useful tips, and it's free. Be advised that the download is quite large, 10 Meg, so it's probably better to pass if you have a dial-up connection. I may be able to burn a few CDs for people if the demand isn't too great. --gk

Sunday, June 25, 2006

PAF-LUG Yahoo! Groups NEW email format

Get ready for a new look for your Yahoo! Groups email.
We've made your Daily Digest and Individual group emails easier to follow and more engaging than ever.

And this is just the beginning. Be sure to keep an eye out for more great additions to Yahoo! Groups.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Useful Site for Date Calculations

This is a useful site for all kinds of date calculations and information. There are calculators for getting the time between two dates, and adding or subtracting a duration from a date. This can be quite useful if you know the age and date of death but are missing the date of birth.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Ancestry's NEW Tutorial (Great Hints if you use Ancestry.com)

Online Tutorial on using Ancestry.com website.

Ancestry has also added a search help area. Ancestry supports two powerful search methods: exact searching and ranked searching. The tips they have included in this site will help you use the exact search method to search the website with greater control and accuracy. You can switch from an exact search to a ranked search by clicking on the “Ranked Search” tab.

Learn more about RANKED searching - and Learn more about EXACT searching,
The exact topics covered are:
What is an exact search?
Get the most out of an exact search
Ancestry global search
Common names
Time periods & geography
Increasing the number of results
Searching specific databases
Wildcard searching
Subscription & free databases

Sunday, May 21, 2006

James Savage Online Search

A Genealogical Dictionary Of the First Settlers of New England, Before 1692 By James Savage (Volume 1, 2, 3 and 4).

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Genealogy Encyclopedia

Genealogy Encyclopedia
When tracing an ancestry it is common to encounter records filled with obsolete, archaic, or legal terms that can be difficult to interpret. Misinterpreting these terms can make the difference between linking persons to the right generation, parents, spouse or children. Understanding exactly what is stated in any record is vital before attempting to move to the next generation. Inexperienced or impatient genealogists undervalue the quality of their research by applying present-day definitions to documents created in an earlier century. Take the time to use the glossaries provided here and other excellent dictionaries, genealogical reference books and encyclopedias to interpret documents correctly.

Includes the following:
- Abbreviations: These are those most commonly used in genealogical records. It is not unusual to find, within the pages of one record, different variations used, but care should be taken to ensure that in these instances, it is a variation and not meant to indicate something else.
- Censuses: This describes what is listed on the census forms in each of the census years. Few, if any, records reveal as many details about individuals and families as do government census records. Substitute records can be used when the official census is unavailable.
- Illnesses: This describes the various old time Illnesses and Diseases that you will find in old documents, medical records or listed as causes of death on old death certificates or in old family Bibles.
- Occupations: This following list that describes the various old occupations of which many are archaic. These are useful to genealogists since surnames usually originated from someone's occupation. Ships passenger lists, census returns and other documents used in genealogy may give an ancestor's occupation, this list gives more modern interpretations of those terms. They also are useful to historians in general. The list is by no means complete.
- Terms: This page defines the Genealogical Terms used in genealogical research you will find in documents
- Nickname Meanings
- Worldwide Epidemics
- Tombstone Symbols
- Forms

This is in addition to another Encyclopedia of Genealogy (eogen) by Dick Eastman

DNA for Genealogists

Relative Genetics : Make your past your present to the future.: "DNA for the Genealogist" - Information on Autosomal DNA, which are the 22 pairs of non-sex chromosomes found in the nucleus. Autosomal DNA testing will perform a scan throughout all your chromosomes to find the answer to your genealogical question. The benefits of autosomal testing are that you can verify/establish nuclear family relationships, there are no gender limitations, and you can test directly for a certain relationship, e.g. grandparent or sibling. The limitation of autosomal testing is that currently you can only test relationships as far back as the grandparent generation.

Friday, May 12, 2006

OHGEN - Tools for Genealogy Researchers

OHGen.net is full of History and Genealogy Tools for Genealogy Researchers

There is a great deal of information which can be found on the website listed above to those who know how to search it. Using the FamilySearch's Family History Library Catalog's county batch record numbers is a quick way to figure out if your ancestors record is located at a county courthouse in most states. The LDS church members have voluntarily traveled around the country and microfilmed available courthouse and church records and made them searchable online. On this site is listed the batch record numbers by county which are to the indexes for these microfilmed records. Basic information is provided for each record. You can use the information to order a copy of your ancestors record from a family history library near you or a specific county courthouse as the volume of the probate record is often listed. Try many different spellings for your ancestors surnames as courthouse clerks often mispelled first and last names.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

ProQuest is in a fight for survival

ProQuest is the parent company for HeritageQuest Online. It provides online databases for use in academic and commercial environments. ProQuest does not sell its services to individuals. Instead, its customers are libraries and large corporations.

ProQuest provides many large databsaes, including dissertations, old newspapers, women's studies, law, science and much more. The company is best known in genealogy circles for its HeritageQuest Online product.

HeritageQuest Online provides:

U.S. Census records - actual images of all U.S. census entrties from 1790 through 1930
Books - digitized images of more than 20,000 family and local history books. Each word in every book is searchable.
PERSI - an online database of more than 1.6 million genealogy articles published ih the past 150+ years.
Revolutionary War Era Pension & Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files. This databse includes images of each hand-written application.
Freedman's Bank Records - includes images of the records of the Freedman's Bank, in operation from 1865 through 1874. This bank was founded to serve African-Americans.
For more information, see HeritageQuestOnline. Also: A most valuable service.

United States Vital Records

Our History and Genealogy Tools for Genealogy Researchers

There is a great deal of information which can be found on the website listed above to those who know how to search it. Using the county batch record numbers is a quick way to figure out if your ancestors record is located at a county courthouse in most states. The LDS church members have voluntarily traveled around the country and microfilmed available courthouse and church records and made them searchable online. Included on this site is a list of the batch record numbers by county which are to the indexes for these microfilmed records. Basic information is provided for each record. You can use the information to order a copy of your ancestors record from a family history library near you or a specific county courthouse as the volume of the probate record is often listed. Try many different spellings for your ancestors surnames as courthouse clerks often mispelled first and last names.

BYU Family History Site

This is a great Family History Resource : Be sure to check out the PAF Tutorial.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

PDF file for the Presentation on Bloglines

Here's link to the Adobe PDF file of my presentation given on April 22nd. Let me know if you have trouble with it. --gk gary@gskearney.com

"How Blogs Work"

"How Blogs Work" Thanks to Gary Kearney's presentation last Saturday (4/22/2006) at our PAF-LUG meeting we know more about "How Blogs Work". This site has more information and links to some of the more popular Blogs available on the Internet. Thanks Gary for a great presentation!

Genealogy Blogs & Bloggers

Genealogy Blogs & Bloggers
Stay current with the world of online genealogy with these fun and interesting genealogy blogs. Also known as Web logs, these genealogy blogs provide frequently updated content including articles, tips, links to interesting genealogy news items and information on new online databases and resources. Genealogy blogs are a very neat way to keep up with the latest genealogy techniques and databases. The news comes straight to you - on the Web, in your news reader, to your email. Learn how to find, subscribe to and read genealogy blogs and weblogs with this simple, straightforward guide.

About Genealogy Blog
Frequently updated for genealogy enthusiasts, the About Genealogy blog covers current genealogy news, plus a variety of how-to tips, articles, and databases on family history, heritage scrapbooking, surname origins, DNA research and famous family trees.

Genealogy Blog
Links and commentary on news of interest to genealogists, including event announcements and tidbits from genealogy columns. Plus tips and tutorials related to family history. The blogging crew includes Joe Edmon, Leland Meitzler, Donna Potter Phillips, Bill Dollarhide and Joan Murray.

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
Family history news, popular newsletter, tips and reviews from genealogist, Dick Eastman. He's been doing this longer than just about anyone!

The Genealogue
Christopher Dunham entertaining genealogy blog covers genealogy news, reviews, notes and humorous nonsense. Watch out for the posts labeled "Genealogue Exclusive" or "Genealogue News Flash" - they are generally spoofs :)

Dear Myrtle
Myrt has been providing practical family history advice online for over 10 years, and continues it here in her blog with articles, tips and answers to reader questions.

Random Genealogy
Serving as a sort of genealogy news reporting service, Random Genealogy highlights columns, databases and other genealogy news mentioned in the mainstream media.

24/7 Family History Circle
Juliana Smith heads up this daily genealogy blog from Ancestry.com. Here you'll find great articles and tips on genealogy research, along with news and updates about Ancestry's genealogy databases.

Along Those Lines...
George Morgan's weekly column "Along Those Lines..." moves from Ancestry.com to his own personal blog. His weekly "how to" articles are a must for anyone who wants to continue learning about family history and refining their techniques.

The Genealogy Guys Podcast
Genealogists George G. Morgan and Drew Smith discuss genealogy in these entertaining podcasts that you can download and listen to on your computer or mp3 player.

Genealogist Sharon Elliott comments on genealogy items of note in the news, especially those which don't often take the time to get their facts straight.

Genealogy Software News
If you like to know what's new in genealogy software, then you're going to love this blog by Sarah, Doug and Kevin. A one-stop source for news on the latest software releases, reviews and articles.

Genealogy Education
Family history lecturer, instructor and researcher Kenneth G. Aitken discusses topics of interest to genealogy speakers, instructors and researchers in this interesting genealogy blog.

Legacy News
As you might expect, this genealogy blog covers news and tips related to Legacy Family Tree software. In addition, they blog about other news of genealogical interest.

RSS Genealogy
This site aggregates RSS feeds from a number of popular genealogy blogs and Web sites - a convenient one stop site for genealogy news.

Genealogy and How
Up to date announcements of new genealogy Web sites, records, products and databases placed online.

Past Voices: Letters Home
Enjoy poignant old letters full of interesting stories and genealogy tidbits. This genealogy blog includes transcribed letters from Civil War soldiers, from wives to husbands, sons to mothers and sisters to sisters.

Oakville Black Walnut
Dave has an interesting genealogy blog with posts going back to February 2005. He comments frequently on interesting genealogy tidbits, from new genealogy databases to tools and Web sites that genealogists may find useful.

Olive Tree Genealogy Blog
Lorine, the person behind Olive Tree Genealogy, posts information on new genealogy databases and search tools appearing online.

The Paper Trail
Genealogy blog focuses on locating old documents and papers and posting them online, including marriage certificates, burial records, slave certificates and land deeds

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Surname Tracker

Surname Tracker - Free Research Agents for Genealogy

The Genealogy Research Agent

Every week information is added for between 5,000 and 8,000 surnames at Genealogy Today -- making it a challenge to keep up with all of the surnames that you are researching. That's why we created the Surname Tracker -- a program that runs 24 hours a day matching new information with the profiles of our visitors.

Everytime the Surname Tracker finds a match for one of your surnames, you'll receive an email with summary information and a quick link to get the details. Every email also includes an opt-out link, so you can turn off the service at any time.

The Surname Tracker searches all of the databases at Genealogy Today -- both free and subscription, so you may receive matches from some of the fee-based databases. Even without a subscription, the Surname Tracker can give you clues by telling you the names of possible ancestors/cousins and the sources that they were found in.

The BEST part of the Surname Tracker service is that it is FREE! Anyone can sign up, you don't need to be a member or a subscriber. All you need is an email address -- well, if you don't have an email, we'll even give you one for free as well. That's FREE EMAIL addresses.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Encyclopedia of Genealogy

Encyclopedia of Genealogy (eogen): This encyclopedia is not a place to find all the ancestors of John Doe or all the descendants of John and Mary Smith. The World Wide Web already has many online message boards and databases that perform that function well. Instead, the Encyclopedia of Genealogy serves as a clearinghouse of genealogy techniques: where to find records, how to organize the data found, what the terminology means and how to plan your next research effort.


One of the best definitions of DNA I have ever come accross. From the Encyclopedia of Genealogy (eogen)

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Canadian Genealogy Centre

Canadian Genealogy Centre -Library and Archives Canada

Canadain Automated Genealogy

Automated Genealogy includes Canada's 1901, 1906, and 1911 Census Records online

American Memory

The Library of Congress: The Learning Page... More than 100 American Memory collections! View over 7 million historical documents, photographs, maps, films, and audio recordings.

Making of America

Making of America (MoA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 9,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.

Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library Home Page


Genwriters - Writing For Future Generations

Olive Tree Genealogy

Olive Tree Genealogy - Search free genealogy databases for your ancestors

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

New PhpGedView Available at No Charge

SALT LAKE CITY, April 17 /PRNewswire/ — Neumont University today announced the development of PhpGedView (PGV), an Internet-based genealogy program through the collaboration of students and instructor, John Finlay.

Anyone can use the technology for free to setup a genealogy website, edit data online and collaborate with relatives working on the same family research.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006


All Nebraska residents have remote access to HQ via the Nebraska Library Commission, operated by the State of Nebraska. Your Nebraska driver's license number serves as a library card and will give you access to many online databases.
Nebraska Libraries and Nebraska Access

Friday, March 03, 2006

FamilySearch Indexing: Preserving Our Heritage

FamilySearch Indexing: Preserving Our Heritage

You can make a difference!

You can help preserve records from around the world. Millions of records are currently being digitally imaged by FamilySearch. The information on these records is being indexed by volunteers and will be made freely available to people everywhere.

We are currently seeking volunteers for future projects sponsored by FamilySearch Indexing. Register today and receive additional information and automatic updates. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to you after the registration information below is submitted.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Savage's "Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England": Archive CD Books USA

Savage's "Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England": Archive CD Books USA: "A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England"
Special Offer: $9.95 (66% OFF!)

Even a hundred and forty years after publication, Savage’s four-volume set remains the starting point for most research problems in seventeenth-century New England. Savage applied his acute analytical skills to every family that he could find in the first, second and third generations of settlement.

Savage scoured every record available to him in the Boston area, and corresponded copiously with historians and genealogists all over New England in an attempt to make his compendium as complete as possible. Some correspondents were less diligent than others, so the coverage in the areas away from eastern Massachusetts can be spotty. Nevertheless, no other single source covers the first century of New England settlement so broadly.

Savage has been superseded in a limited portion of his range by the Great Migration Study Project, but that effort has at this date covered somewhat less than half of the immigrant generation, and will never cover the second and third generations in the way that Savage did.

Savage was in some ways a precursor to the Jacobus generation of genealogists, exploding myths with great gusto, and taking care not to confuse and combine in one sketch records that belong to two or more men. His sketches are often relieved by his personal comments, stemming from his Victorian political and religious sensibilities.

Summary by Robert Charles Anderson, FASG
for Archive CD Books USA

Friday, February 03, 2006

Bureau of Land Management GLO Records

BLM GLO Records

U.S. Department of the Interior
Bureau of Land Management Eastern States
7450 Boston Boulevard Springfield, Virginia 22153

Press Release

For Release Immediately Contact: Terry Lewis (703) 440-1712
General Land Office Records Web Site Reconnected in BLM-Eastern States

The Bureau of Land Management-Eastern States announced that its General Land Office (GLO) Records Web site is now back on line at http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/. Title companies, historians, genealogists, and other interested people can now once again obtain millions of historic land title records from the thirty Public Land States (those States not included in the original 13 Colonies), East and West, dating back to the 1780s. These fascinating and valuable records include homesteads, patents, military warrants, and railroad grants. To date more than 4.2 million records have been scanned and imaged since the project began in 1989. This Web site provides a wealth of historical data and literally tells the story of the settlement of the West.

"The GLO Records Web site is one of the most popular Web sites at the Department of the Interior. The Web site offers customers the ability to easily research and query the GLO database by name, land description, and county, and view and print these historic documents from their homes or offices, saving them time and money," said BLM-Eastern States Director Mike Nedd.

As the BLM completes its first round of Web site reconnections of State-specific information sites, the following other BLM State Office Web sites are also once again available on the Internet: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. In addition, the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Information site is also now available. The Bureau originally disconnected these sites so that site security could be improved.

"We at BLM recognize the impact that this disconnection has had on our customers, and we thank them for their patience and understanding during this period. The last six months have posed challenges, but making sure that all constituents receive timely information about the agency's actions has been a priority for the entire agency," said Mike Nedd.

The BLM is now concentrating on reconnecting sites that provide interactive non-Indian Trust data and services. Unfortunately, sites of this kind are more complex and time consuming to reconnect. Additional announcements will be made as other sites are reconnected.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Family Search's New Family Tree

Family Search's New Family Tree

Its only going to be further beta tested for the next 3 weeks. So it might be released to church members before the middle of the year?

The Family Tree will contain over 1 billion records from many different sources, including the following:
* Selected Church membership information.
* Church ordinance information.
* All records from Ancestral File and Pedigree Resource File.
* Information that is entered by users like you.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Storage expert warns of short life span for burned CDs - Computerworld

Storage expert warns of short life span for burned CDs - Computerworld:

And don't count on hard disk drives for long-term storage, either

News Story by John Blau

JANUARY 10, 2006 (COMPUTERWORLD) - Although opinions vary on how to preserve data on digital storage media, such as optical CDs and DVDs, Kurt Gerecke, a physicist and storage expert at IBM Deutschland GmbH, takes this view: If you want to avoid having to burn new CDs every few years, use magnetic tapes to store all your pictures, videos and songs for a lifetime.

'Unlike pressed original CDs, burned CDs have a relatively short life span of between two to five years, depending on the quality of the CD,' Gerecke said in an interview this week. 'There are a few things you can do to extend the life of a burned CD, like keeping the disc in a cool, dark space, but not a whole lot more.'

The problem is material degradation. Optical discs commonly used for burning, such as CD-R and CD-RW, have a recording surface consisting of a layer of dye that can be modified by heat to store data. The degradation process can result in the data 'shifting' on the surface and thus becoming unreadable to the laser beam.

'Many of the cheap burnable CDs available at discount stores have a life span of around two years,' Gerecke said. 'Some of the better-quality discs offer a longer life span, of a maximum of five years.'

Distinguishing high-quality burnable CDs from low-quality discs is difficult, he said, because few vendors use life span as a selling point.

Hard-drive disks also have their limitations, according to Gerecke. The problem with hard drives, he said, is not so much the disk itself as it is the disk bearing, which "

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