Friday, January 15, 2010

10 Years of Family History Technology Workshops

There is now 10 years of transcripts of previous Family History Technology Workshops for you to download FREE.

Center for Family History and Genealogy

The Center for Family History and Genealogy offers many FREE resources and guides to your family history and genealogy research. The Center for Family History and Genealogy is a large organization with many aspects. Click below on any topic for a brief overview and in-depth resources.

Resources
The Center for Family History and Genealogy have collected and published many for use by its patrons. The following are some of the resources available.
* Area/Topic Specific Guides
* Family History Lab
* BYU Family History Library
* Family History/Genealogy Conferences at BYU
* Family History Fireside Transcripts
* Family History training for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
* PAF Tutorial
* Script Tutorials - Resources for Old Handwriting & Documents
* U.S. Census Tutorial
* FamilySearch Indexing
* Internet Resources

BYU - Immigrant Ancestors Project


An Introduction to the Immigrant Ancestors Project: An Emigration Perspective to Immigration

Between 1821 and 1924, the world saw one of the greatest migrations ever, as approximately fifty-five million Europeans emigrated. The vast majority went to the Americas-- 33 million to the United States, 5.4 million to Argentina, 4.5 million to Canada, 3.8 million to Brazil and the rest in smaller, but significant numbers to countries from Mexico to Chile as well as to Australia and other Pacific rim countries. These immigrants, emigrants--migrants all--melded with indigenous and previous immigrants to enrich and forever change the recipient countries and their cultures. While Ireland, Germany, Italy, and England top the list in terms of numbers departing, every country in Europe contributed to the flow. These statistics and associated studies are only a black-and-white sketch of the rich tapestry of individual experiences that make up this great migration.
Arrival records: Only a Part of the Story

For those tracing the story of an individual immigrant, even the best passenger lists tell only part of the story, and most do not even do that. Over half of those in the United States do not give key details such as place of birth, and few give story details such as reasons for emigrating. In Latin America, even where arrival records are preserved, the information given is less. For example, in passenger lists for the years 1891- 1930 for the port of Buenos Aires, Argentina, during only four years was the place of birth for the immigrant given. For all of these reasons the European records of emigration, which are at the heart of the Immigrant Ancestors Project, need to be consulted to give a more complete understanding of the emigration process and its individual stories.

Read Old Handwriting and Documents

Free Script Tutorials: Resources for Old Handwriting & Documents
How do I read an old document? Languages covered:
English
Germany - Deutsch
the Netherlands - Nederlands
Italy - Italiano
Franch - Français
Spain - Español
Portugal - Português

This website offers guidance in the deciphering of manuscripts and other old documents that were printed in old typefaces or written in old handwriting styles. Languages covered here include English, German, Dutch, Italian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. The content of this website may be useful for genealogical, historical, and literary research.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Family Photoloom is now an Official Affiliate with NFS


Big things are happening at Photoloom! Just for starters, we are now an official software affiliate with New FamilySearch, and are working to become “New FamilySearch Certified.”

With our upcoming 3.0 release, Family Photoloom members will be able to import information from New FamilySearch* and tag their pictures with New FamilySearch IDs, enabling their pictures to be associated with records stored in New FamilySearch.

What does this mean for you?

# You can import your genealogy information into your Family Photoloom account directly from New FamilySearch, so you will no longer need to type it in.
# You can help ornament the global New FamilySearch tree with your pictures and documents. You have complete control over what is kept private and what is made available to other researchers.
# Together we are paving the way for a new generation of "image-enriched genealogy."


Call for 3.0 Beta testers: If you are a New FamilySearch user, we need your help! We are in need of Beta testers to help us polish our upcoming 3.0 release. Your efforts will take very little time and will help us immensely. All Beta testers will receive an expanded Free Family Photoloom account. Please contact us at support@photoloom.com, or call 503.628.1922 for more information.

* FamilySearch is a family history website provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It provides its resources free of charge to the public and is one of the most heavily used genealogy sites on the Internet. A new website, now known as New FamilySearch, that gives users the ability to edit data was launched in 2007, and is incrementally becoming available to genealogists worldwide. For more information, click here.

Read more: Family Photoloom

Family Photolooms


With our upcoming 3.0 release, Family Photoloom members will be able to import information from New FamilySearch* and tag their pictures with New FamilySearch IDs, enabling their pictures to be associated with records stored in New FamilySearch.

What does this mean for you?

# You can import your genealogy information into your Family Photoloom account directly from New FamilySearch, so you will no longer need to type it in.
# You can help ornament the global New FamilySearch tree with your pictures and documents. You have complete control over what is kept private and what is made available to other researchers.
# Together we are paving the way for a new generation of "image-enriched genealogy."

Read more: Family Photoloom