Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Zamora Family Christmas Card

From the Zamora Family
William, Renee, Philip, Garrett
(Marie & Jon Conlon)

RootsTech 2014—Give the Gift of Family History

The following is from RootsTech.

Join us for RootsTech 2014 a Family History and Technology Conference.

Rootstech - February 6-8, 2014
Give something you love to someone you love this holiday season!
Need a last minute gift idea? You're coming to RootsTech in February—why not bring along a friend or two?
Give the gift of family history with a Getting Started one-day pass to RootsTech for just $15*. 
RootsTech 2014, hosted by FamilySearch, takes place February 6-8, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah and includes:

*To give a Getting Started one-day pass to your friends and family, simply register them using discount code RT14GIFT before January 1, 2014.
Happy Holidays! We'll see you in February!
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RootsMagic Webinars are Now Indexed

The following is from RootsMagic.

One of the free training options we provide for RootsMagic is our free online classes (webinars).  Not only are all of our webinars free, but you can watch them anytime, day or night.  Just go to that page, select the one you want and start watching.

But one of the biggest issues is that many of the webinars are 60-90 minutes long, and sometimes you are only interested in one part of the webinar.  In the past you had to start up the webinar and scan through or watch the entire thing just to find the part you were interested in.

Those days are over.  We have just put up PDF indexes for all of the webinars so that you can search the index to find which point in which webinar you want.  Each index covers about 10 webinars, and lists the time (minute and second) where various topics occur within each webinar.  You can then start the webinar and jump to that time in the webinar to watch just the part you are interested in.

We have webinars for every user, whether you are a beginner just getting started, or a power user looking for more tips on RootsMagic tools.

To check out the indexes or list of webinars, just visit: http://www.rootsmagic.com/webinars

Rhode Island puts trove of historic records online

The following is a snippet of the Boston Globe new article by David Klepper on December 1, 2013.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — In 1957, the Davol Rubber Company distributed a handy booklet for expectant mothers in Rhode Island. Among the bits of advice: Before you head to the delivery room, make sure you leave your husband plenty of prepared meals so he won’t go hungry.
The 28-page booklet is one of scores of historic documents, records and odds and ends in the Rhode Island State Archives that are now available for viewing online. The digital collection includes an 1803 letter from President Thomas Jefferson to the state’s governor, a list of soldiers who served in the War of 1812 and a curious photo of Red Sox great Ted Williams posing with a 557-pound tuna he caught off Point Judith.
The online archive — sos.ri.gov/archon — is intended to be used by researchers, genealogists, schoolchildren, journalists and anyone with an interest in the state’s history, according to Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, who oversees the State Archives.
‘‘It puts history at your fingertips,’’ Mollis said. ‘‘The whole goal is to give people information about Rhode Island’s history in an incredibly accessible way.’’
A quick search of the online collection yields several surprising finds. (cont'd)

MyHeritage launches major family history initiative in the Nordic countries

The following is from MyHeritage.

Popular family history network adds millions of historical records and extends its market leadership in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, OSLO, Norway, COPENHAGEN, Denmark, HELSINKI, Finland & TEL AVIV, Israel – December 11 2013: MyHeritage, the popular family history network announced today a market expansion initiative focused on the Nordic countries. Millions of families can now search digitized Nordic records dating back to the 17th century to discover more about their ancestors and the lives they led.
In addition to the significant content added today, MyHeritage is investing millions of dollars to digitize more Nordic historical content and has signed new agreements that will result in a wealth of Nordic historical records to be added during the next few years.
MyHeritage is already the family history market leader in the Nordic region and is the only major company providing services in Norwegian, Danish and Finnish.  With more than 470,000 registered users in Sweden, 350,000 in Norway, 300,000 in Denmark and 200,000 in Finland, MyHeritage has amassed the largest Nordic user base and family tree database in the market. MyHeritage users can now enjoy a more comprehensive family history experience that combines family trees and historical records, to paint a more detailed and colorful picture of their ancestry.
MyHeritage has also launched today dedicated social media channels for Norway, Denmark and Finland including local blogs and Facebook and Twitter accounts, to complement its existing popular Swedish social media presence. Followers will be notified about additional record collections as they are added and enjoy tips and tricks for family history research and more information about MyHeritage’s services.
The Nordic historical record collections added today include birth, death, marriage, baptism and other records, covering more than 90 million names. This comes in addition to more than 70 million profiles in 730,000 family trees created by MyHeritage users from the Nordic region, and many more contributed by users with Nordic ancestry. The records and the public profiles are available for searching via SuperSearch, MyHeritage’s search engine for historical records. MyHeritage users also enjoy powerful matching technologies that research their family trees automatically and notify them whenever records relevant to their family are found. This makes discoveries easier and quicker than ever before.
For Sweden, MyHeritage has added 11 million records with 31 million names. These collections include baptism documents dating back to 1611, marriage documents dating back to 1630 and burial documents dating back to 1649. Visitors can find more information about the collections from Sweden and search them at www.myheritage.se/svenska-samlingar.
For Norway, MyHeritage has added 10 million records with 30 million names. These collections include baptism documents dating back to 1634, marriage documents dating back to 1660, burial documents dating back to 1666 and the Norwegian national census from 1875. Visitors can find more information about the collections from Norway and search them at www.myheritage.no/norske-samlinger.
For Denmark, MyHeritage has added 5.5 million records with 14 million names. These collections include baptism documents dating back to 1618, marriage documents dating back to 1635 and burial documents dating back to 1640. Visitors can find more information about the collections from Denmark and search them at www.myheritage.dk/danske-samlinger.
For Finland, MyHeritage has added 5.5 million records with 16 million names. These collections include baptism documents dating back to 1657, marriage documents dating back to 1682 and burial documents dating back to 1725. Visitors can find more information about the collections from Finland and search them at www.myheritage.com/suomalaiset-kokoelmat.
“We're delighted to add this vast collection of historical records to our fast growing database and are excited about the new family connections that our users will make and the family stories they will reveal", said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “This is a treasure trove not only for people in the Nordic countries but for everyone whose family originated from this region. We look forward to enhancing our leadership in the Nordic region and in many additional countries over the next few years – watch this space!”
With a diverse user base, spanning every country and continent, MyHeritage is a gateway to a massive variety of family histories from different cultures, religions and ethnic backgrounds. MyHeritage offers a private and secure environment for sharing and researching family history, and users can choose which information they wish to share. MyHeritage has ranked #10 in Deloitte's 2013 Fast 500 list of the 500 technology companies with the fastest revenue growth across all of Europe.
About MyHeritage
MyHeritage is a family history network helping millions of families around the world discover and share their legacy online. As technology thought leaders and innovators in the space, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible, exciting and easier than ever before. MyHeritage empowers its global community of users with unique social tools, a massive library of historical content and powerful search and data matching technologies. The service is available in 40 languages. For more information visit www.myheritage.com

Explore the New FamilySearch Indexing Website

The following is from FamilySearch.

Explore the New Indexing Website

We are excited to announce the launch of a new indexing website! This new site includes features you've requested in the past and is the first step toward an improved indexing experience. It is building the foundation for the major improvements you’ll see next year, such as a new browser-based indexing program, indexing on tablet devices, improved and simplified instructions, and more.

The website can be found by clicking the Indexing link on the home page of FamilySearch.org or by going directly to familysearch.org/indexing.

What’s Available Now?

Here are a few of the things that are available on the new website*:

  • Overview: The new overview page gives you the most important links right up front. View up-to-date indexing statistics and track progress toward the next billion records
  • Find a Project: Easily view the details of projects from specific locations, and see new indexing projects as well as those that are now complete and searchable.
  • Get Help: Find help, tutorials, and handwriting guides-all in one place.

What Will Be Available Next Year?

The new website is only the beginning of the improved indexing experience you’ve been asking for. Learn more about changes coming to the indexing program next year, and join us at RootsTech in February 2014 to get a hands-on experience with the new program. Thank you for your continuing efforts to make the world’s records freely searchable online.

FamilySearch indexing

* The indexing.familysearch.org website will continue to be available for a time, but you will need to visit that site only to change your indexing preferences.

Upcoming ISGS Webinars January 2014

The following is from the Illinois State Genealogical Society.

Join us on Tuesday, January 14, at 8:00 PM Central, where Thomas MacEntee, will present, 7 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists.  To attend this webinar, register athttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5698954937817284354.

Last week's webinar, Miracles, Mysteries & Mayhem: Online Family Trees, presented by Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (http://ilgensoc.org/members.php).

Upcoming Webinars

January 14 – 7 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists
Presenter:  Thomas MacEntee
Registration:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5698954937817284354

February 11 – Printed Legends and Missing Footnotes: Dissecting 19th and 20thCentury Compiled Genealogies
Presenter:  D. Joshua Taylor
Registration:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9213931983607980546

March 11 – Going Nuclear: DNA Discoveries to Trace All Lines of Descent
Presenter:  Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL
Registration:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8253902195291921152

For the complete list of upcoming webinars, visit http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=234.

And don't forget to spread the word!  Forward this email onto your friends and colleagues, post the information to social media sites and/or your blog/website, or print out a few copies of our webinar flyer to hand out at your local society meetings.  The flyer can be accessed at http://bit.ly/isgs2014webinars.

Support the ISGS Webinar program by making a financial contribution, which will help ISGS expand its educational offerings in a virtual manner.  To learn why we need your help, or to make a contribution, please visit http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=345.

Please direct any questions to the ISGS Education Committee atisgseducation@ilgensoc.org.

National Archives overseas British military burials collection added to Deceased Online

The following is from Deceased Online.

► Cyprus, Egypt, Malta and Singapore burial records in National Archives military collection◄  
  • Thousands of records from The National Archives for overseas British military cemeteries are available online for the first time from www.deceasedonline.com.
  • Already there are burial records for 8 British military burial sites within the UK on Deceased Online together with many more records from The National Archives. 
  • The overseas military burial sites featured are in 10 burial sites in 4 countries; Cyprus, Egypt and Singapore with the majority in burial sites in Malta.
  • The records comprise register scans and the earliest record is 1801; those featured include support staff as well active military personnel and their families
  • There are now approximately 40,000 National Archives’ burial records for military personnel and support staff across all services dating back to 1756 on Deceased Online.
  • Read full details on the collection at: https://www.deceasedonline.com/servlet/GSDOSearch  

Read Emma Jolly’s fascinating blog on this collection at:http://deceasedonlineblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/overseas-garrison-burials.html

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

SLCC Genealogy Course: Post #16 - Final Project

Where did the time go? I can't believe that I just handed in my Final Project for the Salt Lake Community College, Genealogy Course. The class that I just finished was the very first one in the series "Computer & Internet Tools for Genealogy" - CEGN-0001-001, Non-Credit, CEGN-0001-042, 3 Credit Hours. I was auditing the class so I don't receive any credits.  That's fine for me, I was only interested in the knowledge I could gain from the class.

Now I will have a break until the Spring Semester begins on Jan 13, 2014. The next class for me is "Intro to Genealogical Research" - CEGN 0010-001, Non-Credit, CEGN 0010-042, 3 Credit Hours.

Some of you may have noticed that I didn't post my usual Saturday or Sunday night weekly post on how the class was going for me. That's because this past Wednesday nothing was due for the class. We had two weeks to finish the Final Project. We had to submit a Pedigree Chart with us as the starting person. Then a family group sheet with us as a child. Then we had to submit a second family group sheet with one of our parents as a child. All of these had to show complete events with complete and evaluated sources and transcriptions. I had been doing this all along so I didn't have anything new to add. So I basically did nothing last week.

On Sunday I planned on working on the Final Project and write my article, but I caught some weird 24 hour bug. That's why I missed my weekly article. Monday, I started to look at the assignment and found out the Final Project wasn't due on Wednesday, like all the other assignments were. It was due Tuesday night. Yikes, I had to get started on the one thing that makes me panic - THE REPORT.

We had to state our goal, summarize our research and conclude with a list of more things that could be done in the future for these generations. It had to be no longer than 2-3 pages. This was one time we didn't have an example of what the report should look like. I really need examples to follow, so I Google "Genealogy Research Reports Examples" and found some that caught my fancy and then came up with my own thing.

It was a really good exercise for me to write the Research Report. I have never done that in all my years of genealogy. It made me stop and analysis my findings a little closer. It helped me spot a typo that made a big difference on someone's birth date. Spotting that typo made me do some more digging to make sure I was citing the right date, so it was very useful. The report was the perfect final step in compiling these past 16 weeks working on this genealogy project for class. Now I have a list of goals to pick up again at a later date.

After handing in the Final Project we had a survey to complete on the class. I'm going to give you some of the feedback I shared with them.

1. What did you find the most valuable about this course?
Answer: Working through the subject in an orderly manner and then practicing what I learned. It was more useful to me than all the genealogy conference classes I have attended over the years. 
2. Is there anything we can do to improve the online experience?
Answer: I think I would have liked a Skyped conference call with other students. Especially when we had online discussions. I missed the interaction of getting to know what the other students were going through and what they learned. Sometimes it's good to bounce ideas off of others too. 
3. Would you recommend this course to a friend? Why or why not?
Answer: Yes, I would strongly recommend this class to others. It works for the beginner as well as the seasoned genealogist. I wish I had this type of class and focus when I was beginning to do genealogy. 
There is one last thing I wanted to report on regarding this class. I took the opportunity to try out a new organizing system for keeping track of my digital records. I mentioned it in my "SLCC Genealogy Course: Post #5 - Organization" blog post. I tried out Lisa Louise Cook's method for organizing your hard drive. She's not the only one that uses this method. I see this file system used as examples all over the place. After using this filing method I have to say I don't like it. There are just to many folder to drill through to find anything. I prefer having a folder just for one family and then putting all their records inside that folder. So during the next month I am going to reorganize the filing system I created for this course. I'm not sure about the file naming method she uses either so I have to do more thinking on that part.

It's been great attending this first class in the Salt Lake Community College, Genealogy Course. I hope you join me when it starts up again in January 2014.

See ya tomorrow, for tomorrow is always another genealogy day!

Monday, December 09, 2013

RootsTech 2014 Innovator Summit

The following is from RootsTech. The Innovator Summit replaces the Developer's Day.



A full day kick-off event on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 with business and tech developer classes throughout RootsTech.

Innovation. Collaboration. Technology.

New in 2014, RootsTech Innovator Summit is a unique opportunity for software developers, entrepreneurs and technology business leaders to explore and influence technology solutions in the family history industry.
This year, we’ve created a day for a wider audience of innovators to participate in a great lineup of sessions and content. Attendees will have the opportunity to collaborate and learn from other developers, business leaders, academia, and industry experts on Wednesday, Feb. 5 2014, and then participate fully in the RootsTech conference and Expo Hall from Thursday through Saturday, which also includes several business oriented sessions for innovators.

Keynote Speakers


Chris Dancy

Chris Dancy is a Director in the Chief Technology Officer’s office at BMC and Data Exhaust Cartographer that has been dubbed “The Most Quantified Human.” He utilizes analytics to measure almost everything about himself. Chris has been engaging information systems for over 20 years, with experiences ranging from Help Desk Level 1, to Service Desk Manager, ITSM Process Consultant, Software Product Manager, Executive Corporate Marketer, an entrepreneur, and currently as a Director in the Office of the CTO for BMC software.

Developer Challenge

The annual RootsTech developer challenge rewards developers who introduce the most innovative, new concepts to family history. Finalists are given the opportunity to showcase their product or application during RootsTech, with prizes being awarded to the winners!
Check out Treelines.com the 2013 winning concept from developer Tammy Hepps. Read Tammy’s story: How RootsTech Became the Birthplace of Treelines

Innovator Summit Passes

To see Innovator Summit pass pricing information, click here.
To see a pass comparison chart, click here.

Innovator Summit Classes

View Innovator Summit schedule. Innovator Summit classes have an ID number that starts with DEV.

Innovator Summit Schedule–Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Additional business and technology developer sessions will also be offered through RootsTech, Thursday to Saturday. *Lunch is provided free for all Innovator Summit attendees.

Schedule subject to change.

RootsMagic: Our Annual Holiday Offer for You

Give Them the Gift of RootsMagic and Save!

Are you looking for a gift that will really bring the family together? Then give the gift of computer software that unites families!

And, as a RootsMagic customer, we've made it even easier for you by offering each of these gifts at a special discount price of only $20 each (plus shipping & handling).
During this special holiday sale, you can order gift copies of RootsMagic 6 and the book "Getting the Most Out of RootsMagic" for just $20 (plus shipping).  That's right, both the program and book together for $20.

Even better, you can order our other products for just $19.95 each, or you can order our 3 best sellers (RootsMagic, Personal Historian, Family Atlas, and the RootsMagic book) together for just $49.95.

There is no limit on the number of discounted gift copies you can buy during this limited time offer which will endDecember 20, 2013. You will receive the full program and 360 page book for each copy you order.
To take advantage of this offer, just visit:


or order by phone at 1-80
0-ROOTSMAGIC (1-800-766-8762).  You'll need to mention the code HOLIDAY2013 when you call.

Exciting RootsTech 2014 Keynote Speaker Lineup

The following is from RootsTech. Stephanie Nielsen is my hero. Can't wait to hear from her on Saturday. Would have never thought I'd get an opportunity to hear her speak while at a Genealogy Conference.

Rootstech - February 6-8, 2014

Exciting RootsTech 2014 Keynote Speaker Lineup Includes Ree Drummond-The Pioneer Woman
We're excited to announce an all-star lineup of keynote speakers at RootsTech 2014. They will inspire us all to discover and share the stories that connect our families-past, present, and future. 

Thursday, February 6

Annelies van den Belt
Ree Drummond, blogger and author, The Pioneer Woman 
Ree is an award-winning blogger and New York Times bestselling author. Her popular website, The Pioneer Woman, was founded in 2006 and showcases her cooking, photography, and stories about country life. 

Annelies van den Belt
Annelies van den Belt, CEO, DC Thompson Family History
Annelies is changing the way digital genealogical records are published and organized. Her company hosts 1.8 billion genealogical records across a family of online brands.

 Friday, February 7

Annelies van den Belt
Judy Russell, blogger and professional genealogist, The Legal Genealogist
Judy is a certified genealogist with a law degree who enjoys helping others understand the interplay between genealogy and the law. She blogs and maintains The Legal Genealogist website.

Annelies van den Belt
Dr. Spencer Wells, project director, National Geographic Genographic Project
The indiana Jones of genetics, Dr. Wells has traveled the world and captured the DNA of more than a half-million people to tell the story of the human journey.

 Saturday, February 8

Annelies van den Belt
Todd Hansen, TV host, The Story Trek
Behind every door there is a story. This TV series consists of random door-to-door interviews to discover who lives behind those doors and their real stories.

Stephanie Nielsen
Stephanie Nielsen, blogger and author, NieNie Dialogues 
Stephanie's story of survival and recovery after a plane crash captured the hearts of the nation. She has inspired others through interviews with Oprah Winfrey and on the Today Show.
The fourth annual RootsTech conference, hosted by FamilySearch, will be held February 6-8, 2014 at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah. In addition to renowned keynote speakers, the conference features over 200 classes, hundreds of booths in a huge Expo Hall, and evening events.
Early bird pricing is available until January 6, 2014Register today!

FamilySearch New Collections Update 5 December 2013

The following is from FamilySearch.

FamilySearch Adds More Than 1.2 Million Indexed Records and Images to Collections from BillionGraves, Bolivia, Germany, and the United States

FamilySearch has added more than 1.2 million indexed records and images to collections from BillionGraves, Bolivia, Germany, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 512, 388 indexed records and images from theBillionGraves Index, the 230,873 images from theU.S., North Carolina, Civil Action Court Papers, 1712-1970, collection, and the 79,078 indexed records from the Germany, Prussia, Pomerania Church Records, 1544-1945 , 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 FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org 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 FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online atFamilySearch.org.

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 FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Indexed Records
Digital Images
Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.
Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Added images to an existing collection.
Added images to an existing collection.
Added images to an existing collection.

Digging for Ancestors is Available Now

The following is from The In-Depth Genealogist.

Announcing the release of our first book, Digging for Ancestors...

Learn even more about Land Records

With Michelle Goodrum

Our very own, Michelle Roos Goodrum has been working with The In-Depth Genealogist to take her many blog posts, articles, and research experience in land records to develop a guide and extensive case study.  The book is chock full of step by step explanations and analysis of many documents and includes great resources.  The chapters in this book are adapted compilations of the early “Timeless Territories” articles published at The In-Depth Genealogist (http://www.theindepthgenealogist.com), related writings from her personal blog, The Turning of Generations (http://turning-of-generations.blogspot.com/), along with new material and useful resources. As you read each chapter, consider how the material, examples and methodology might relate to your own research questions or situations.
Check out the Table of Contents contained in the book:
Quick Start: Top Ten Tips
Getting Started with Land Records Research
Using Deed Indexes and Deeds
Transcribing Documents: Quick Answers to Why and How
Understanding Extracts and Abstracts
What are Dower and Dowry?
Using the BLM in Your Research
Baffled by Legal Property Descriptions?
Let's Talk: State Land States
A Look at Cash Entry Files
Examining a Homestead File
Using Land Records to Solve Genealogical Problems
Cemetery Deeds: They're Land Records, Too
Three Reasons to Visit the Old Family Home
Google Earth: See the Past in the Present
Fun with Land and Property Records
Appendix A: Resources for Land Records Research
Appendix B: Township Grid
Digging for Ancestors is a great resource and we hope that you all will gather at your computers in December to put in your own order.  The book is currently offered as a PDF for just $9.99.  Within the next few weeks additional formats will be available including Kindle and Nook. Best of all, we’ll also have a paperback version that will be 8.5” x 11” in full color for $29.99.  Simply go to http://theindepthgenealogist.com/idg-products/ to get your copy!


Jen & Terri