Saturday, June 22, 2013

PAF is going away . . .

Personal Ancestral File (PAF)

Downloads and support for PAF end JULY 15, 2013
Find out the full story by clicking above link.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

FamilySearch Improvement for this week!

Stay True to Experienced Searchers
Together with the many recent look and feel improvements of the FamilySearch website, there are several recent enhancements to the search system that greatly increase the power of seasoned genealogists to find specific records. In coming weeks we will be adding some long-asked-for new features to further increase your efficiency and productivity.
 Recent Features
Restrict Records by Location and Type
Searching with a life event, like birth, is great if you want to use a little information you know to pull out all records about your ancestor. If, however, you want to identify that specific birth record from England, and don’t want your results cluttered up with U.S. census and marriage records, you can now restrict the returned results to a specific location and record type. If you enter a country in the “Restrict records by:” location field search will only return records that originate from, or on which the primary event is from, the designated place. You can also select one or more record types and only get back records of that type.
See More Search Results
When looking for that elusive record that may have been mis-transcribed it is not uncommon to want to look through more than the 20 search results presented. We have added the ability to increase your search results up to 75 per page. You’ll find this great feature at the top of the search results page.
Share a Person Record
Family Research is a collaborative effort. You now have the ability to share your findings with family and friends using all the most popular social media tools.
Upcoming Features
View a Person Record Linked to Family Tree
When a historical records person is already linked to a person in the Family Tree you will see a link on the person details page in the historical records that will let you go directly to the linked person in the Family Tree.
Link a Person Record Directly to Family Tree
If a historical records person is not linked to Family Tree, you will be able to quickly look for them in the Family Tree and create the source in the Family Tree. We will add the link to the source box for you, as well, so you can further organize it in the source box if you wish.
Export Search Results to a Spreadsheet
Logged-in researchers will be able to export the data from their search results into a spreadsheet so they can sort, label, and organize these person records in their research workflows.
Comment on a Historical Records Person
Researchers will be able to leave comments on a person record that is viewable by all other FamilySearch users. We will allow you to flag these comments as being a correction to the transcribed data on the record. It may be a while before these changes are displayed and searched as part of the record, but for the first time you will be able to officially record errors in the record.
Filter Catalog Titles by Location
The FamilySearch Catalog now holds many titles from the regional libraries and even some Family History Centers. You will soon have the ability to see all the titles that are held in a specific library or center.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Roots Tech 2013 Daily Recaps

Click on a session below to jump to previously broadcast video.

ThursdayPresented by
8:30 AMKeynote – Dennis Brimhall, Syd Lieberman, Josh Taylor
11:00 AMThe Future of Genealogy - Thomas MacEntee and panel
1:45 PMTell it Again (Story@Home) - Kim Weitkamp
3:00 PMThe Genealogists Gadget Bag - Jill Ball and panel
4:15 PMFinding the Obscure and Elusive: Geographic Information on the Web - James Tanner
FridayPresented by
8:30 AMKeynote - Jyl Pattee and Tim Sullivan
9:45 AMResearching Ancestors Online - Laura Prescott
11:00 AMFamilySearch Family Tree - Ron Tanner
1:45 PMGoogle Search… and Beyond - Dave Barney
3:00 PMFrom Paper Piles to Digital Files - Valerie Elkins
SaturdayPresented by MyHeritage
8:30 AMKeynote - David Pogue and Ori Soen
9:45 AMUsing Technology to Solve Research Problems - Karen Clifford
11:00 AMDigital Storytelling: More than Bullet Points - Denise Olson

FamilySearch (The Next Generation)

New Family Tree
New Interactive Fan Chart
New Photos
New Stories
New Live Help
New Wiki
New Indexing Opportunity

The NEXT generation of FamilySearch ROCKS!

Saturday, December 01, 2012

German Script Tutorial from BYU

German Script Tutorial from BYU
Thanks to Lila Garner for pointing out this site. You will love this tutorial if you are trying to read Old German Script. The term Old German Script, as used throughout this tutorial, refers to the typefaces and handwriting styles of German-speaking countries during the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries. Although these scripts are based on the Latin alphabet, many of the individual letters may appear to the untrained eye as unique as the letters of the Russian or Arabic alphabets. Old German Script was used widely until the end of World War II, when Latin forms became the accepted standard for handwriting and printing. Nowadays very few German speakers can read or write Old German Script.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

We are as excited as ever for the Story@Home event being held February 1-2, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Story@Home conference is all about story; we will entertain, celebrate and explore ways that the power of story can help you create connections with those you cherish.
We are honored to have the Story@Home conference hosted by FamilySearch. FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services each year to learn more about their family history. FamilySearch provides:
FREE service to all at no cost
2.5 Billion names from all over the world
4,500 Family History Centers worldwide
24/7 Free expert phone support
Like Cherish|Bound, FamilySearch knows that learning the stories of our families helps us better understand who we are รข€” creating a family bond, linking the present to the past, and building a bridge to the future.
We are proud to work together to bring you the Story@Home conference. We hope you will join us – our story isn’t the same without you!
Visit the Story@Home website:
Register here (save $20 and register with the early bird discount on a full event pass through October 30, 2012): "
Here’s a couple of great 3-minute videos to help you find out more about our friends at FamilySearch:
We look forward to seeing you at Story@Home!
What's Your Story?